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COQUITLAM, B. Vince Wilfork Womens Jersey .C. —Lydia Ko
was still turning heads—and challenging history—Saturday at the Canadian
Womens Open. The 15-year-old phenom took sole possession of the lead after three
rounds as she shot an even-par 72 at the Vancouver Golf Club. After sharing top
spot on Friday, Ko now sits at 8-under 208 and holds a one-stroke advantage over
four other golfers. Jessica Shepley of Oakville, Ont., the lone Canadian
remaining in the field, shot a 2-under 70 and now sits at 1-over 217. Heading
into Sundays final round, Ko has a chance to make womens golf history. Ko, who
was born in South Korea but has grown up in New Zealand, can become the youngest
player ever to win this even and any other LPGA competition. “Its good to stay
at the top of the leaderboard,” said Ko. “But my first goal was to make the cut
and, hopefully, (finish) top-15 or something. But to be up there in an honour,
especially playing against the worlds best.” Ko can also become the fifth
amateur to win an LPGA tournament and the first since JoAnne Carner took the
Burdines Invitation in 1969. No amateur has ever won the Canadian Open. Lexi
Thompson of the United States is the youngest LPGA Tour winner, having taken the
Navistar LPGA Classic last September at 16. Ko is already the second-youngest
golfer to win a womens pro event on any tour, behind Brooke Henderson, 14, of
Smiths Falls, Ont., who won a Canadian Womens Tour event in Quebec this year.
Henderson, who missed the cut here, broke Kos record by just two days. But the
modest New Zealander was surprised by her chance to make history in Canada.
“Yeah, 15-year-olds dont lead at an LPGA event all the time. ... Im very
surprised,” she said. “But Ive been playing really good golf, and Ive been
really confident with my game.” But unlike in the first two rounds, Ko struggled
at times on Saturday. She got as low as 10-under with birdies on the par-3 first
hole and par-4 sixth. However, she also bogeyed the seventh and ninth holes and
then saw her four-foot par put lip out on 18 after she had stepped back from her
initial approach to get a better look at her line. “Im definitely going to do
some putting practice,” she said. Although she has a chance to make history in
an LPGA event, Ko said she felt more pressure trying to live up to her status as
the worlds No. 1 amateur. “The next thing is just playing against the big
names,” she said. “Its really hard to keep up with them.” But on Sunday, the big
names will have to keep up with her. Expressing respect for her more seasoned
opponents, Ko hoped she has not become too big of a target. “Its quite
nerve-racking, but Im really here for experience and fun—and Im having fun at
the moment.” Chella Choi, tied for the lead with Ko after the second round lead,
struggled in with a 1-over 73, dropping into the four-way tie for second with
Stacy Lewis of the U.S., who fired a sizzling 6-under 66, and South Koreans
Inbee Park (70) and Jiyai Shin (69). Lewis, a two-time winner this year, made
the most out of moving day—the nickname for the third round when golfers move
up the leaderboard—as she posted an eagle three on the par-5 10th hole as
well as four birdies. “I finally got off to a good start, which I hadnt done any
of the previous days,” said Lewis. The 27-year-old Ohio native is contending for
this tournaments title for the second straight year. In 2011, she and Michelle
Wie finished as runners-up to champion Brittany Lincicome. Lewis also excelled
at another LPGA tournament in Canada earlier this year. She tied for fifth at
the Manulife Financial Classic in June. Now, its just a question of whether she
can surpass Ko. “Suzann (Pettersen) and I were talking about it (Friday),” said
Lewis. “This is our job, and were working full-time on it. Its not supposed to
be her job, and yet shes beating us. I think its good for the game. Shes
obviously playing well.” Meanwhile, Shepleys self-esteem was also soaring as the
29-year-old posted her best score of the tournament. The low score came after
she squeaked into the weekend with a 3-over total that was right on the cut
line. Its the first time since April she has played in the final two rounds of
an LPGA event. With her parents and friends looking on, Shepley soaked up the
home-country atmosphere. “I was really relaxed and actually enjoyed playing golf
today for the first-time in a long time,” said Shepley, who is playing in her
fifth Canadian Womens Open. While Ko chases history and veterans pursue her,
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James Wilder Jr.MONTREAL—Montreal Impact rookie Andrew Wenger will be in the
spotlight when he replaces star striker Marco Di Vaio on Saturday night against
the visiting Philadelphia Union. A good showing by the top pick in the Major
League Soccer SuperDraft could lead to more starts through the final stretch of
the season now that Di Vaios future is in the hands of a tribunal investigating
a massive betting and match fixing scandal in Italy. “Its like any other game,”
said 21-year-old Wenger, who returned last week from a hamstring injury. “The
pressure is on the team to put another win together and keep moving forward.”
Montreal (8-13-3) is four points ahead of Philadelphia (7-10-2) in Eastern
Conference standings, but the Union hold five games in hand. Prosecutor Stefano
Palazzi on Friday requested a one-year suspension for Di Vaio, formerly of
Serie-A club Bologna, for allegedly failing to report fraud in a suspected
match-fixing incident in a game against Bari in 2011. Di Vaio said last week he
wasnt worried about the hearings in Italy because he did no wrong, but the
prosecutors aggressive stance suggests there is cause for concern. Reports said
the tribunal hopes to make a decision by the end of next week. The 36-year-old
is the Impacts highest paid player at US$1.9 million and its first designated
player, or one paid more than the MLS maximum of $350,000. He scored his first
MLS goal in a 3-1 win over New York last week and was hoping to get on a roll
over the final 10 matches of the regular season. “Its unfortunate timing, but
were confident that when he comes back we can continue from where he left off,”
said coach Jesse Marsch. “We know we have a good bench, so when Andrew steps in
and Sanna (Nyassi) comes on the field, we have guys that can help us attack and
are dangerous.” Di Vaio left this week for the hearings in Italy and was
expected back Sunday. Marsch said he may now return Saturday afternoon, although
there are no plans to use him in the game after that much travel. The coach
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bad,” he said. “Its hard to predict whats going on over there. “I know its bit
of a witch hunt. So theres not really anything I can comment on because I dont
now enough about what exactly is going on and who is involved. Its futile to
talk about it until its actually reality.” Di Vaio was the key figure in the
expansion clubs recruiting campaign. It was while meeting with Di Vaio that they
acquired defender Matteo Ferrari, who brought in his friend Bernardo Corradi,
the teams scoring leader until his season ended with a knee injury. And
Alessandro Nesta, the former AC Milan and Italy defender, signed with Montreal
largely because his old friend Di Vaio was there. Palazzi also recommended a 3
1/2 year ban for Juventus and Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci over a match in
2010, and one year for Juves Simone Pepe. He called for Bologna to be docked two
points in the standings. Juventus coach Antonio Conte had a plea bargain turned
down this week and faces a long ban. In all, 13 Italian clubs and dozens of
players and training staff are under investigation. The Impact want to stay
focused on making the playoffs, starting with a win over Philadelphia. The Union
were 4-1-0 in league play in July, including a 2-1 win at home against Montreal
in which the Impact tied the game in the 89th minute only to lose on a Carlos
Valdes goal in injury time. There have been big changes since then, starting
with the return of Wenger, Ferrari and Nelson Rivas from injuries and Nestas
debut against New York. Montreal expects to start a three-man back line of
Ferrari, Nesta and Rivas, with Hassoun Camara playing in an advanced right back
role. The Union may debut six-foot-four central defender Bakary Soumare, a
former MLS all-star with the Chicago Fire who was recently signed from French
club Boulogne. Montreal wants to build on a home record of 7-3-2. The New York
match was their first sellout since returning to revamped Saputo Stadium. On
Friday, about 2,000 tickets remained for the Philadelphia clash. ’ ’ ’ 

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