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    YOUNG BRUCES PACE LADIES PGT QUALIFIER
    Two young sisters trying to gauge their strength in a ladies tournament found themselves on top of the heap in the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour Qualifier as Samantha Bruce fired a two-under 70 to wrest a one-stroke lead over Nikki at Canlubang’s South course in Laguna on Thursday. Samantha, a 5-foot-9, 12-year-old Grade 7 student at Assumption San Lorenzo, birdied three of the last five holes for a 33 and a 70. Nikki, 15 and a sophomore, also at Assumption, earlier threatened to blow away the field with a two-under 34 as she made the turn with back-to-back birdies. But she fumbled with a bogey on the par-5 11th and dropped another stroke on the 16th to settle for a 71.

    FERRER TOUGHS IT OUT TO REACH LAST EIGHT
    OEIRAS, Portugal: Top seed David Ferrer had to dig deep to reach the quarterfinals at the Association of Tennis Professionals Portugal Open on Wednesday finally overcoming Frenchman Eduardo Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. The 31-year-old Spaniard, who was beaten in his opening match at last week’s Barcelona Open, will play Romanian journeyman Victor Hanescu, who accounted for sixth-seeded Frenchman Benoit Paire 7-6 (7/2), 6-4.

    AFP

    Philippine Basketball Association standings

    BEST-OF-FIVE SEMIFINALS
    Bracket A
    San Mig Coffee 1-1
    Alaska Aces 1-1
    Game 1: San Mig-71 Alaska-69
    Game 2: Alaska-86 San Mig-67
    (series tied at 1-1)
    Bracket B
    Barangay Ginebra 1-1
    Talk ‘N Text 1-1
    Game 1: Ginebra-104 Talk ‘N Text-81
    Game 2: Talk ‘N Text- 85 Ginebra-79
    (series tied at 1-1)

    The semifinals will resume on May 8 at the Araneta Coliseum.

    FOWLER RETURNS TO DEFEND QUAIL HOLLOW CROWN
    CHARLOTTE, North Carolina: Rickie Fowler, who cemented his status as a rising US Professional Golfer’s Association (PGA) Tour star with a victory in the Wells Fargo Championship last year, returns to defend that title this week. Fowler claimed his first US PGA Tour title with a playoff victory over Rory McIlroy and DA Points. Afp

    HARRISON RETIRES FROM BOXING
    LONDON: Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison said Wednesday he was retiring from professional boxing following his latest loss. The 41-year-old Briton suffered a first round knockout by Deontay Wilder of the United States in Sheffield, northern England, on Saturday.

    AFP

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