Watson shoots for history
TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) - Tom Watson tries to add an improbable feat to his already accomplished golf career when he tees up at the British Open today. The 59-year-old takes a one-shot lead into the final round as he tries to become the oldest winner of a major. Julius Boros was 48 when he won the 1968 PGA Championship.
Watson, a 5-time British Open champ, is trying to equal the record of Harry Vardon for most Open wins.
Watson is making his run at history on the Turnberry course where he outdueled Jack Nicklaus in a legendary showdown to capture his second claret jug in 1977.
Watson takes a one-shot lead over whippersnappers Matthew Goggin, who's 25, and Ross Fisher, who is 28. Neither was alive the last time Watson won at Turnberry.
Lee Westwood and Retief (reh-TEEF') Goosen trail by two shots. Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk) and Stewart Cink (SIHNK) are three off the lead.
Lickliter on top
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Stateside, Frank Lickliter takes a one-shot lead over Greg Chalmers into today's final round of the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. Jeff Maggert and Chris Riley are two off the pace.
Going for a dozen
(AP) - Jason Marquis (mar-KEE') takes another shot at becoming the majors' first 12-game winner when he takes the mound for Colorado today against San Diego. The Rockies right-hander hasn't pitched since a no-decision against Atlanta eight days ago. He didn't get in any work at the All-Star game and has been nursing a small irritation on his right index finger.
San Francisco's Matt Cain tries to join the 11-win club against the Pirates in Pittsburgh this afternoon. J.A. Happ looks to keep his perfect record intact when he pitches for Philadelphia at Florida. The reliever turned starter is 6-0 going into today's play.
The rest of the National League schedule has Milwaukee at Cincinnati, the Cubs visiting Washington, St. Louis hosting Arizona, Houston at the Dodgers and the Mets at Atlanta.
In the American League, Roy Halladay will try to enhance his trade value to the Blue Jays when he goes after his 11th win of the season. He gets the start against the East-leading Red Sox. Halladay has been the subject of trade speculation since prior to the All-Star break. Boston goes with 8-6 Jon Lester who is 5-1 in his previous eight starts. The Red Sox start the day with a 2-game lead over the Yankees in the AL East.
Elsewhere in the American League: Seattle is at Cleveland, Baltimore visits the White Sox, the Yankees host Detroit, Tampa Bay invades Kansas City, Oakland hosts the Angels and Minnesota visits Texas under the lights.
Nocentini still leads heading into 15th stage
BENSANCON, France (AP) - Rinaldo Nocentini (noh-chehn-TEE'-nee) continues to wear the leader's yellow jersey at the Tour de France heading into today's 15th stage. The Italian had a second cut off his lead by George Hincapie (hihn-KAP'-ee) who moved into second place Saturday to trail by five seconds. Alberto Contador is still six seconds behind and starts the day in third place followed by 7-time winner Lance Armstrong who remains eight seconds back.
The Tour takes a break after today's high mountain stage that finishes up in Verbier, Switzerland.