Reuters Sports News Summary

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Spieth continues brilliant form to grab Houston Open lead

Texan Jordan Spieth continued his sizzling form when he surged to a one-stroke lead after the third round at the Houston Open on Saturday. Playing in front of his parents and sister, the 21-year-old compiled six birdies, punctuated by a 40-foot putt from the fringe at the 16th hole, on his way to a five-under-par 67 at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble.

Maloney inspires Fire to win over struggling Toronto

Shaun Maloney inspired Chicago Fire to a 3-2 win over Toronto FC in Major League Soccer on Saturday. The loss is the third straight for Toronto, who invested heavily in the off-season and brought in Italy international Sebastian Giovinco and American striker Jozy Altidore.

Familiar foes Djokovic and Murray resume battle in Miami

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray renew their rivalry on Sunday in the final of the Miami Open with the Serb looking to extend his dominance over the Scot. World number one Djokovic has won the last nine clashes of the pair on hard courts and overall has a 17-8 advantage in their meetings.

Caddie Jackson, an iconic figure at the Masters

Carl Jackson has a lifetime of memories from Augusta National where he has caddied in every Masters since 1961 bar one, and is one of the remaining few in a dying breed -- black caddies who have worked at the iconic venue. For regular visitors to the Masters, Jackson has become an integral part of the tournament fabric and is best known for his remarkable 39-year partnership with fellow American Ben Crenshaw, a twice former champion at Augusta National.

Golf-South Korean Kim takes three-shot lead at ANA Inspiration

South Korea's Kim Sei-young picked up two late birdies to break three shots clear of Stacy Lewis after the third round of the ANA Inspiration in California on Saturday. Kim, in the hunt for her first LPGA major, was part of a three-way tie for the lead late in the day with Lewis and Morgan Pressel but moved ahead as her American rivals faded over the closing holes.

Hall of Fame Canadien Elmer Lach dies at age 97

National Hockey League Hall of Famer Elmer Lach died on Saturday at the age of 97, the Montreal Canadiens said. Lach, who won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player after scoring 26 goals and 54 assists in the 1944-45 season, played his entire 14-season career with the Canadiens, helping the team to three Stanley Cups.

Serena strolls to eighth Miami title

Serena Williams won her eighth Miami Open title with little trouble, enjoying a 6-2 6-0 win over Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro in just 56 minutes on Saturday. The victory was the world number one's third consecutive title at Miami and she becomes just the fourth woman in the open-era to win the same tournament eight times, joining Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert and Steffi Graf.

Wisconsin stuns previously unbeaten Kentucky

The Wisconsin Badgers stunned previously undefeated Kentucky 71-64 in a tense Final Four triumph on Saturday to advance to the U.S. collegiate national championship game against Duke. "Best birthday present I've ever had," said a celebrating Frank Kaminsky, who sparked the Badgers' victory with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

George returning for Pacers, eight months after breaking leg

Two-time NBA All-Star Paul George will make his season's debut for the Indiana Pacers on Sunday, eight months after breaking his leg in a horrifying incident. George announced on Twitter that he would be available for the game against the Miami Heat, a crucial contest for both teams who are part of a five-team battle for the final two playoff berths in the Eastern Conference.

Far from the Bernabeu, Raul makes modest start with Cosmos

In a run-down stadium on the industrial outskirts of Florida's Fort Lauderdale, record Real Madrid goal-scorer Raul made his belated debut for U.S. second division side New York Cosmos on Saturday. While former Spain team mate David Villa enjoyed a debut with New York City in front of 40,000 fans at Yankee Stadium last month, fewer than 12,000 turned up to watch Raul play on a field showing the markings from a recent American football game.

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