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Golf: Arimura leads Webb by one stroke after third round

Posted: 26 Feb 2011 02:57 AM PST

SINGAPORE (AP) - Japan's Chie Arimura shot a 1-under 71 to maintain a one-stroke lead over Australia's Karrie Webb after the third round of the HSBC Women's Champions on Saturday.

The 23-year-old Arimura was steady if not spectacular on the third day of the event, shooting two birdies and one bogey for an 11-under 205 going into the final round.

Arimura, who has never won an LPGA tournament, will be paired Sunday with Webb and world No. 1 Yani Tseng of Taiwan, who shot a 69 Saturday and is six strokes off the lead.

"I might be nervous," Arimura said. "Just competing against those great players is even hard for me to believe, even now, it's like a dream."

Webb, who has won 36 LPGA titles, more than any other active player, shot 70 to cut Arimura's lead by one stroke.

"I feel pretty fortunate to only be one shot behind," the 36-year-old Webb said. "I've got a great opportunity to win."

Tseng, who is seeking her fourth title of the year, is at 5-under 211, even with South Koreans Na Yeon Choi and Sun Young Yoo. Tseng jumped to the top ranking after winning the Australian Women's Open and Australian Ladies Masters on the Ladies European Tour in February and last week's LPGA Thailand event.

"It's a big gap (from the lead), but this is golf, you never know until the last putt drops," she said.

South Korea's I.K. Kim had the best round of the day with a 67 to jump back into contention at 7 shots off the lead.

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Checa leads qualifying for Superbike Championships

Posted: 26 Feb 2011 02:42 AM PST

PHILLIP ISLAND, Australia (AP) - Spain's Carlos Checa broke the course record as he set the fastest qualifying time for Sunday's two races in the opening round of the World Superbike Championship.

Checa completed the 4.445-kilometre (2.76-mile) circuit on Australia's Phillip Island in 1 minute, 30.882 seconds in the final Superpole 3 qualifying session Saturday.

It was the fastest Superbike time ever at Phillip Island, eclipsing the previous record of 1:31.050 set by Regis Laconi of France in 2009.

Checa has led all the practice and qualifying sessions over the past two days.

World champion Max Biaggi of Italy was the second-fastest rider in 1:30.895, also breaking Laconi's mark. He was followed by Sylvain Guintoli of France in 1:31.293.

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