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Adam Schenk holds one-shot lead over Jordan Spieth and Tommy Fleetwood at Valspar Championship going into final round | Golf News



Jordan Spieth carded a 69 to sit one shot off the lead at seven-under; the three-time major winner opened with an eagle, and led by as many as two shots during his round, but he made only three pars over his final 12 holes

Last Updated: 19/03/23 12:09am

Adam Schenk leads by one heading into the final round at the Valspar Championship

Adam Schenk leads by one heading into the final round at the Valspar Championship

Adam Schenk held on to his lead at the Valspar Championship on Saturday, albeit with Tommy Fleetwood and Jordan Spieth closing to within one shot of him heading into the final round.

Schenk hit his approach on the 18th to within five feet and sunk the resulting birdie putt for a one-under round of 70, snatching a one-shot advantage at the end of a wild and windy round.

“We didn’t have a ton go our way until the very end,” Schenk said.

Neither did Fleetwood, who opened his round with a birdie but followed with 12-straight pars. He wound up with a bogey-free 69 to sit a seven under and with a share of second place on the leaderboard with Spieth.

It was he who dictated the action on Saturday. The American also scored a 69, but wasted numerous chances to separate himself from the field.

Spieth opened with an eagle, and led by as many as two shots during his round. But he made only three pars over his final 12 holes – on four of those occasions, he followed a bogey with a birdie.

Jordan Spieth led by two shots at one stage on Saturday Jordan Spieth led by two shots at one stage on Saturday

Jordan Spieth led by two shots at one stage on Saturday

But that ended on the 18th when he hit a tree on his drive, went into a front bunker and then blasted by the pin to the collar for a final bogey.

“I didn’t have my best stuff in the approach game, but overall I’m in a good spot for tomorrow,” Spieth said.

“I made a few too many mistakes, but overall in these conditions, I think I would have signed for two under.”

The weather was as wild as his round, gusting to 20 mph and shifting to an entirely different direction as the final groups were on the back nine.

Rain that was expected never arrived, though Innisbrook was expecting showers overnight that could put a premium on scoring.

Schenk, sitting at eight under, will play in the final group with Spieth, whose game appears to be rounding into form with the Masters on the horizon.

Eight players are within three shots of the lead. Webb Simpson had a 68 that included a bogey on the par-five 14th when he hit into the water while trying to lay up.

Englishman Tommy Fleetwood is in the mix heading into the final round of the Valspar Championship Englishman Tommy Fleetwood is in the mix heading into the final round of the Valspar Championship

Englishman Tommy Fleetwood is in the mix heading into the final round of the Valspar Championship

He was two shots behind, along with Taylor Moore (69) and Cody Gribble (70). Patton Kizzire had a 67 and sits at five under, along with Wyndham Clark and Englishman Matt Wallace.

Wallace’s countryman Fleetwood was the steadiest of the bunch. He made birdie on the par-five opening hole and the par-five 14th, and was had a collection of big par putts to keep some momentum.

“I kept plugging away,” Fleetwood said. “Pars were good. Birdies were hard to come by.

“I never went backward. I was very happy with anything par or better.”

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Hollie Doyle: Star flat jockey set for Friday return ahead of Lincoln meeting at Doncaster | Racing News



Leading flat jockey Hollie Doyle will make her return to riding on Friday at Newcastle ahead of this weekend’s Lincoln meeting at Doncaster, live on Sky Sports Racing.

The Group One-winning rider has been out of the saddle since January following an elbow injury sustained in a fall at Wolverhampton.

Doyle enjoyed another memorable season in 2022 with over 150 winners, partnering Nashwa to a first Classic victory as well as landing another Royal Ascot success on Bradsell and further glory on star stayer Trueshan.

She is set to make her return at Newcastle, taking the ride on Rhythm And Hooves in the 5:50pm race, ahead of Saturday’s opening flat turf meeting of the year at Doncaster.

Some of her rides include Richard Spencer’s Revich in the lucrative Lincoln Handicap, as well chances on Wilderness Girl in the Cammidge Trophy and the classy Tempus in the Doncaster Mile.

Hollie Doyle and Trueshan

“It’s been a frustrating time on the sidelines, but it was great to receive the green light to return,” said the Sky Sports Racing ambassador.

“I’ve been back at Oaksey House this morning, and the team there have been fantastic right the way through my recovery.

“I’ll be riding out this week and am looking forward to getting back in the saddle at Newcastle on Friday and on Lincoln day at Doncaster and kicking on from there.”

Watch every race from the Lincoln meeting at Doncaster this Saturday, exclusively live on Sky Sports Racing.

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England Women: Sarina Wiegman recalls goalkeeper Hannah Hampton and defender Esme Morgan | Football News



Sarina Wiegman has handed recalls to Hannah Hampton and Esme Morgan while uncapped Lucy Parker also returns to the fold as the Lionesses prepare for back-to-back fixtures against Brazil and World Cup co-hosts Australia in April.

Dropping out from February’s squad are the injured Emily Ramsey along with Lotte Wubben-Moy, Katie Zelem and Ebony Salmon.

Chelsea forward Fran Kirby continues to be absent as she recovers from a knee injury, while Bethany England also misses out despite scoring five goals in six appearances for new club Tottenham.

Katie Zelem has been omitted from Sarina Wiegman’s latest England squad

Wiegman said: “We are getting closer to the World Cup and I can’t think of two better games to assess our progress. After these games, there will be less than three months until we fly to the tournament and we must make every second on and off the pitch count.

“For us as a technical staff this will be the last chance to see the players within our England environment before we come together for the final preparation phase in June. And these two matches will be two real tests to see where we are at.”

The Lionesses have not faced Australia since October 2018 when Kirby scored in a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage.

The last meeting with Brazil was in October 2019 at the Riverside Stadium when Debinha scored twice for the visitors, before England’s late consolation in a 2-1 defeat.

England squad in full

England's Chloe Kelly celebrates after scoring her second goal against Belgium
Chloe Kelly has been in excellent club form for Man City this season

Goalkeepers: Mary Earps, Sandy MacIver, Ellie Roebuck, Hannah Hampton

Defenders: Millie Bright, Lucy Bronze, Jess Carter, Niamh Charles, Alex Greenwood, Maya Le Tissier, Esme Morgan, Lucy Parker, Leah Williamson

Midfielders: Laura Coombs, Jordan Nobbs, Georgia Stanway, Ella Toone, Keira Walsh

Forwards: Rachel Daly, Lauren Hemp, Lauren James, Chloe Kelly, Jess Park, Alessia Russo, Katie Robinson

Upcoming fixtures

April 6: England vs Brazil – kick-off 7.45pm, Women’s Finalissima (Wembley Stadium)

April 11: England vs Australia – kick-off 7.45pm, friendly (Gtech Stadium)

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Anthony Barry: Chelsea and Bayern far apart in agreeing compensation for assistant to join Thomas Tuchel’s staff | Football News



Chelsea and Bayern Munich remain far apart over agreeing compensation for Anthony Barry to join Thomas Tuchel’s coaching staff.

Bayern have approached Chelsea about taking their assistant coach after Tuchel expressed an interest in bringing him into his new set-up.

Chelsea have made their position and expectations clear to Bayern for Barry to be released from his contract, and nothing has yet been agreed between the clubs.

But amid the uncertainty, Barry and Chelsea have agreed that he will not attend Cobham until the situation is resolved either way.

Chelsea have a list of potential replacements should he ultimately leave for the Bundesliga champions.

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Speaking at his first press conference since becoming Bayern Munich boss, Tuchel said he wasn’t expecting to be in his position, but believes his squad is one of the most talented groups in Europe

The Chelsea players return to training on Tuesday following international duty ahead of their clash with Aston Villa on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

Barry is a highly thought-of coach who has also worked with Robert Martinez and the Belgium national team, the Republic of Ireland team under Stephen Kenny, and Paul Cook at Wigan Athletic before joining Chelsea in 2020.

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