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7 STRAIGHT BIRDIES PUT U.S. TEAM BACK IN HUNT FOR WORLD CUP

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The United States made seven consecutive birdies to end the front nine, vaulting up the leaderboard. Wales finished its day with five straight, and Scotland strung together four in a row to put itself into contention.

Still, they're all looking up at Sweden and Argentina entering today's final round of the final World Golf Championships event of the year.

Welcome to a suddenly close-knit World Cup, which seemed destined to be an Argentine runaway at one point. Sweden (63) rallied to finish Saturday 16-under 197 and with a one-shot lead over Argentina (67), with Scotland (65) another shot back.

After the Scots, it's a seven-way tie for fourth at 11 under - with Wales (62) and the U.S. team (63) making big third-round moves to get into that cluster, along with Italy (64), Mexico (65), Spain (67), South Africa (67) and Germany (68). "I think it might be a dogfight tomorrow," Stewart Cink said.

Cink had five of the seven birdies during the Americans' big run to end the front side.

AUSTRALIAN PGA: Nick O'Hern had nine birdies in a course record-equaling 63 to join fellow Australian Peter Lonard in a three-stroke lead at 18-under after three rounds in Coolum.

ALFRED DUNHILL CHAMPIONSHIP: Charl Schwartzel shot his third straight 68 for a two-stroke lead into the final round in Malelane, South Africa. His 12-under 204 left him two ahead Lee Westwood (67) and Mark Pilkington (65) at the European tour event. Defending champion Ernie Els shot 3-under 69.

COLLEGES

Tampa swimming teams fall to Wright State

The Division II Tampa swimming teams, both ranked 10th by CollegeSwimming.com, lost to visiting Division I Wright State as the men fell 148-100 and the women lost 156-106. The only win for the men was the 400 freestyle relay team of Frank Kuchta, Greg Cerrato, Roman Dagash and Blaine Bess, which finished in 3:18.42. Jessie Bardin won two individual races for the women, the 100 and 200 free in 54.02 and 1:55.81. Bardin also earned a first-place finish in the 400 free relay.

WINTER SPORTS

FIGURE SKATING: Caroline Zhang and Stephen Carriere won individual events in Sofia, Bulgaria, for the United States, which became the first country to sweep all four gold medals at the Junior Grand Prix. Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker won the pairs, and siblings Madison and Keiffer Hubbell took the gold in the ice dance as the United States captured nine of 12 medals.

BIATHLON: Norwegian star Ole Einar Bjorndalen won a 12.5-kilometer pursuit by the widest margin at a meet, extending his record streak of World Cup victories to nine in Hochfilzen, Austria. Germany's Andrea Henkel won the women's 10-kilometer pursuit, a day after capturing the sprint title.

BOBSLED: Evgeni Popov led Russia to a convincing victory in a four-man race that closed out the season's second World Cup competition in Park City, Utah.

ET CETERA

SOCCER: Manchester United beat Manchester City 3-1 in London to extend its Premier League lead to nine points. Wayne Rooney, Louis Saha and Cristiano Ronaldo scored for United, which won for the 14th time in 17 games and has 44 points.

HORSES: Boboman left a good impression in his first graded stakes race, rallying to win the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif. ... Magna Graduate took charge early and pulled away to a 6-1/2-length victory in the $107,700 Queens County Handicap at Aqueduct in New York. ... Fernando Po edged Soldier's Dancer by a neck in the $100,000 Kris S. Stakes at Calder Race Course in Miami.

BOXING: Two-time heavyweight champion Michael Moorer knocked out Cliff Couser in one round in Hollywood. ... Undefeated Andre Berto of Winter Haven stopped Miguel Figueroa at 1:59 of the sixth round of their welterweight fight in North Little Rock, Ark. ... Former Olympic superheavyweight champion Audley Harrison stopped Danny Williams in the third round in a heavyweight fight in London. ... Amir Khan, the 2004 Olympic lightweight silver medalist, won the IBF intercontinental light-welterweight title in London.

SWIMMING: France's Laure Manaudou broke her own world record in the 400-meter freestyle at the European Short Course Championships in Helsinki, Finland. She finished in 3 minutes, 56.09 seconds to beat the mark of 3:56.79 she set at last year's championships in Trieste, Italy.

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