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Branshaw keeps 2-stroke lead in Viking Classic

MADISON, Miss. -- David Branshaw shot a 3-under-par 69 Saturday to lead by two strokes after three rounds of the Viking Classic, with a crowd of 17 golfers within six shots of his 13 under going into the final day.

Bill Haas had a 70 and was in second place while Chad Campbell moved into contention with a 64 that left him three strokes behind at 10 under. He was tied with Shaun Micheel and Johnson Wagner, who both shot 68s.

Branshaw, Haas and Wagner are among seven golfers in the top 10 seeking their first PGA Tour victories, while Campbell and Micheel are trying to turn around their games.

Two-time champion Fred Funk led a group of nine that sat four back at 9 under and six others were 8 under and well in contention, something Branshaw said he is aware of but trying to ignore.

• LPGA -- In Prattville, Ala., Lorena Ochoa, seeking her fourth consecutive win, shot a 3-under-par 69 and overtook Stacy Prammanasudh on the last hole Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into the final day of the Navistar LPGA Classic.

Prammanasudh, who carried a three-stroke lead into the day, three-putted for bogey on the 18th hole. She overshot the hole on the 12-foot downhill birdie putt, starting the trouble and shot a 73 -- 10 strokes worse than her opening round.

• COLLEGE BASKETBALL -- Marijuana was found in the on-campus apartment of Tennessee basketball player Duke Crews before he was suspended indefinitely from the team, police said.

University police Capt. Keith Lambert said no one was in the apartment when the two small bags of marijuana were found Monday by housing personnel investigating a complaint of loud music.

Crews, a forward, started 18 games as a freshman last season, averaging 8.4 points and 5.1 rebounds. He led the Volunteers in blocked shots with 32 and field goal percentage, .518, as the team went 24-11 and reached the regional semifinals of the NCAA tourney.

• FOOTBALL -- Former Arkansas quarterback Clint Stoerner faces a drunken-driving charge and other misdemeanor counts after he was stopped by an officer early Friday morning for driving a car playing music that was too loud, according to police and court records.

Stoerner, who lives at Little Rock, was quarterback for Arkansas from 1996 through the 1999 season and still holds many Razorback passing records. He was a backup on the Dallas Cowboys' roster for three seasons after finishing his college career at Arkansas.

• BASKETBALL -- The United States is one win away from qualifying for the 2008 Olympics.

Rebekkah Brunson scored 20 points and America routed Argentina 104-53 to advance to the gold medal game at the FIBA Americas tournament.

• PRO TENNIS -- Venus Williams advanced to the final at the Hansol Korea Open by defeating Italy's Flavia Pennetta in straight sets.

The top-seeded Williams will face fourth-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia in Sunday's final.

Williams beat the unseeded Pennetta 6-2, 6-2. Kirilenko defeated fifth-seeded Eleni Daniilidou of Greece 7-5, 6-0.

Williams is 2-0 against Kirilenko, who is ranked 29th in the world.

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