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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Sergio Garcia and Francesco Molinari share a one-stroke lead halfway through the World Tour Championship after shooting 5-under-par 67s on Friday.They each made six birdies and a solitary bogey, and moved to 9-under 135 totals, one better than overnight leader Lee Westwood.Westwood carded a 70, dropping a shot on the final hole after hitting his second shot into the water.Fellow Englishman Tyrrell Hatton (66), Austrias Bernd Wiesberger (67), South African Charl Schwartzel (67) and Dutchman Joost Luiten (69) were tied for fourth at 7 under in the season-ending championship of the European Tour.Garcia looked in superb touch and, except for a couple of mistakes on the par-4 12th and par-3 13th holes, the latter resulting in his only bogey, seemed in control of the round.I try to enjoy myself as much as possible. Obviously, when youre playing well, its a little easier. It was a good day, said the Spanish Ryder Cup star.Molinari made his only bogey on the 10th.Maybe yesterday the start was even better, but (I) played solid pretty much all the round, the Italian said. I had a little lapse in concentration on the 10th and then recovered well.Race to Dubai leader Henrik Stenson stayed in touch with his rivals for the Europe No. 1 crown. The Swede shot a battling 3-under 69, to move to 3 under at the halfway stage, the same as No. 2 Danny Willett (70), and one behind compatriot Alex Noren (69).Stenson was saved by a hot putter on a day when he wasnt his usual accurate self with his irons. An errant tee shot on the 13th hole injured a female spectator.Im definitely not playing great, but I had some more chances and the putter was behaving a lot better than yesterday, Stenson said. Its a bit of a grind, but Im hanging in there and fighting hard. I know the guys are going to come at me.Meanwhile, defending champion Rory McIlroy improved on his horror start of 75 with a 68.Mentally, yesterday, I was still on holiday, he said. I felt a bit better out there today.Saucony Schoenen Kopen . Only three players drafted by NHL clubs were included on the Czech selection camp roster on Wednesday. Those players were Dallas Stars 2012 first-rounder Radek Faksa, Winnipeg Jets 2013 fourth-rounder Jan Kostalek and Phoenix Coyotes 2012 seventh-rounder Marek Langhamer. Saucony Schoenen Aanbieding . -- Nathan Pancel scored twice as the Sudbury Wolves defeated the North Bay Battalion 4-2 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. http://www.sauconynederland.com/ .B. - Sebastien Auger made 44 saves as the Saint John Sea Dogs edged the visiting Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2-1 on Saturday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. Saucony Nederland . -- Ohio States Urban Meyer has never had any issue acclimating to the biggest stages in college football. Saucony Schoenen Goedkoop . Giroud, who wasnt in the starting lineup for two matches after allegations about his private life and a decline in form, scored twice in the first half. Tomas Rosickys chip made it 3-0 before half time at Emirates Stadium, while defender Laurent Koscielny scored an unmarked header in the second half.ATLANTA -- Shortstop Dansby Swanson, born and raised in the north Atlanta suburbs, had a big dream come true Wednesday night.Thats the only way you can really sum it up, he said. Playing for your hometown team and basically going out there and doing what youve worked your whole life for is pretty special.Swanson, the Braves top prospect and the No. 1 overall draft pick of 2015, had his contract selected from Double-A Mississippi and went 2 for 4 batting eighth in his debut.It came in another lackluster effort by the Braves -- a 10-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins in a matchup of the two worst teams in the majors.But the sparse crowd at Turner Field, not unusual this season for a team that dropped to 18-41 at home, gave Swanson loud cheers before and during the game. He walked up to his first at-bat with Ludacris Georgia playing over the speakers and received a standing ovation before lining out in the second inning.The 22-year-old Swanson met with family and friends before the game and loved hearing a group of them cheer from their seats about 30 rows up from home plate.Theyre nuts, I know, Swanson said. It was great to hear that. It means a lot to me. I love every single one of them and Im just glad they were able to be a part of it.Next year figures to be just as special. Swansons family home will be even closer as the Braves move into a new ballpark in Marietta, just a few miles from his former high school.The Braves made it 2-2 in the third on Freddie Freemans 24th homer. Other than that two-run shot, the focus was on Swanson, who singled in the fourth, struck out in the seventh and singled in the ninth.Swanson was running on adrenaline and excitement before the game.After a six-hour drive from Jackson, Mississippi, on Tuesday night, he arrived at his parents home in Marietta at 2 a.m. He got about four hours of sleep, took a surreal drive to Turner Field and was the first player to arrive in the clubhouse around 11 a.m., spending 30 minutes talking with Brian Snitker in the interim managers office.Hes a very well-grounded kid, very intelligent, Snitker ssaid before the game.dddddddddddd He gets it. The intangibles are just dripping off this young man, not to mention his athletic abilities as a baseball player.Atlanta created a spot on the 25-man roster for Swanson after trading shortstop Erick Aybar to Detroit on Tuesday night and designating Mike Aviles, the utility man acquired in the deal, for assignment.Swanson was eager to get on the field and prove that he belongs in the big leagues. He was the first No. 1 overall pick to debut in the season following his draft year since Washington pitcher Stephen Strasburg in 2009.Expectations have been predictably high since last December, when the Braves traded pitcher Shelby Miller and minor leaguer Gabe Speier to Arizona for Swanson, center fielder Ender Inciarte and pitcher Aaron Blair.Swanson was projected to fill a big spot at his position after Atlanta traded away Gold Glove shortstop Andrelton Simmons the month before.Pressure is kind of something that comes about when I guess you dont believe in yourself as much, that you dont believe in something you can do or accomplish, Swanson said. I just worry about what I can control and theres no pressure on myself when I do that.Swanson spent just 127 games in the minors. The former Vanderbilt standout had a combined .275 average and nine homers and 55 RBI in 105 games between Mississippi and Class A Carolina.This is a very smart kid and a good player, President of Baseball Operations John Hart said. However he performs up here, I think its going to be beneficial for him and for us as we go to make a decision to what were going to do with the shortstop position next year.Swanson said he was too young to remember his first game at Turner Field, but by the time he was old enough to pay attention, Braves star third baseman Chipper Jones made a lasting impression.Every time I came to a game, Chipper always hit a home run, like five different times, Swanson said. It was pretty spectacular. ' ' '
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