McIlroy shoots stunning 61 to take lead

CHARLOTTE - World number one Rory McIlroy fired an electrifying 11-under par 61 in Saturday's third round to vault into a four-shot lead at the US PGA Tour Wells Fargo Championship. The 26-year-old had 11 birdies with no bogeys to break his own Quail Hollow course record of 62. "I feel like the best player in the world and I wanted to go out there and prove that," McIlroy said. McIlroy's effort gave him an 18-under total of 198 and a four-shot lead over American Webb Simpson who shot a 68 and was alone at a 14-under 202. McIlroy's hopes of reaching golf's magical number of 59 ended with pars at 17 and 18. But the finish didn't mar a spectacular round that included streaks of four birdies in a row from the seventh through 10th holes and five birdies on the trot from the 12th through 16th.–AFP

China bids emotional farewell to Liu

SHANGHAI - China bade a fond farewell to its greatest athlete on Sunday as Liu Xiang, the nation's peerless sprint hurdler, took a bow in front of 40,000 fans in his home city of Shanghai after a spectacular Diamond League meeting. On a night when Ethiopian Almaz Ayana recorded the third fastest 5,000 metres in history, nothing could upstage the ceremony after the event in the Shanghai Stadium to honour the former Olympic 110m hurdles champion Liu, who retired last month. After making an emotional speech to the crowd, Liu was joined by his fellow hurdlers, led by world champion David Oliver and Olympic champion Aries Merritt, in a gentle lap of honour which reduced some fans to tears. Earlier, the crowd had been treated to the sight of six world bests for the year.–Reuters

Moon takes title despite last hole horror

SEOUL - South Korea's Moon Kyong-Jun notched up his first career victory to claim the GS Caltex Maekyung Open, despite a heart-stopping bout of the jitters on the final hole. Holding a four-shot lead over playing partner Gareth Paddison from New Zealand as they approached 18th, Moon seemed intent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory as he holed out with a triple bogey seven. But he still managed to win by two clear shots, signing for a one-over-par 73 to finish the OneAsia event on four-under-par 284. "I really don't know what happened at the last," Moon said. "My worst hole all week but thankfully I had a good lead." Paddison, who bogeyed the last three holes, closed with a 74 to finish joint second with compatriot Ryan Fox, Australian Jason Norris and South Korean Kim Do-Hoon. AFP

UoS thrash IMCB in RBC Cricket

ISLAMABAD - The University of Sargodha (UoS) continued their impressive run in the Red Bull Campus (RBC) Cricket 2015 edition by steamrolling the Islamabad Model College for Boys (IMCB), Rawalpindi by 71-runs here at COMSATS ground Sunday. Batting first, Sargodha posted 162-6 in the allotted 20 overs. Waqas was top scorer and scored 45 runs. Abid took three while Ismail grabbed two wickets. The IMCB players found the target well beyond their reach and stuttered to 91 all out in 14.4 overs. Abid and Atif made, with contributions of 17-runs each, were the only batsmen to offer some semblance of resistance to the rampaging bowlers from the University of Sargodha. Faheem, who snared four wickets, was the pick of the bowlers while Waqas was named man-of-the-match for his 45.–Staff Reporter

Pakistan readies for Special Olympics

ISLAMABAD - Special Olympics flame hope ignited in Athens and begins its historic journey to the United States for Special Olympics in Los Angeles. Pakistan would take part in 9 disciplines with a strong contingent of 55 athletes and 18 coaches. Pakistan would participate in Athletics Football, Table Tennis, Badminton, Swimming, Cycling, Power lifting, Tennis and Basketball. Special Olympics Pakistan is holding coaching camps at different venues. Khalid Rehmani, who is volunteer of Special Olympics Pakistan and also secretary Pakistan Tennis Federation said Pakistani contingent would leave for Los Angles on July 21. “We hope athletes would not only repeat that tremendous performance of winning 59 medals but would further enhance that tally to a considerable amount.”–Staff Reporter