Sports World: Quek loses focus on PGM C'ship final day

Quek loses focus on PGM C'ship final day

SHAH ALAM (Selangor) • Singapore's No. 2 golfer Quincy Quek faded to an even-par 72 to end joint 14th on nine-under 207 at the PGM Northport Championship at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club. He won US$603.64 (S$846.12).

Malaysia's Ben Leong closed with a 70 for a 196 total to win the Asian Development Tour event by seven shots from England's Steve Lewton (69).

The other Singaporeans, Jonathan Woo (70, 211) and Mitchell Slorach (71, 212), were tied for 29th and 36th respectively.

Timberwolves can't handle Heat in loss

LOS ANGELES • Hassan Whiteside delivered his 11th straight double- double, as the Miami Heat continued their hot National Basketball Association (NBA) streak with a wire-to-wire 123-105 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.

Miami have made a stunning turnaround from the team who struggled to an 11-30 start to the season, as they have won 23 of their last 28 games for the best record in the NBA over that stretch.

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F1's Carey calls for Ecclestone's help

LONDON • Former Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone's renowned negotiating skills and access to state leaders have been called upon by his successor, Chase Carey, in order to save the Brazil Grand Prix.

Ecclestone, whose 40-year reign as the face of Formula One ended abruptly in January when new owner Liberty Media appointed Carey to his role, told Sky Sports News he had been asked to try and persuade the Brazilian President to contribute money to the Interlagos race.

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Hoffman in 1-shot lead at Arnie's event

MIAMI • Charley Hoffman fired a six-under 66 on Friday to seize a one-shot lead after the second round of golf's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

The 40-year-old American finished with a total of 134, one stroke ahead of Argentina's Emiliano Grillo ( 68) and two in front of Britain's Matthew Fitzpatrick (69).

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Neck-and-neck at LPGA's Founders Cup

PHOENIX • Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn and American Stacy Lewis shot identical scores for the second straight day (five-under 67s on Friday, following 64s on Thursday) to sit atop a crowded leaderboard at the LPGA Tour's Founders Cup.

The duo lead Lee Jeong Eun, Hur Mi Jung, Michelle Wie and Vicky Hurst by one stroke.

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Federer to face Sock after Kyrgios pullout

INDIAN WELLS (California) • Roger Federer reached his 10th Indian Wells Masters semi-final via walkover on Friday as Australian Nick Kyrgios withdrew from their highly anticipated quarter-final tie with food poisoning.

Federer, a four-time champion in the California desert, will take on 17th-seeded American Jack Sock, who toppled fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 19, 2017, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe