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Briefs: MacKenzie's meltdown hands leads to Turnesa

| Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008

MADISON, Miss. -- Will MacKenzie simply "spaced out" on the last hole.

Penalized two strokes for moving impediments in a hazard, MacKenzie lost three shots on 18 to give the Viking Classic lead back to Mark Turnesa.

MacKenzie's 8 Saturday on the par-5 18th left him tied for second with Brian Gay, two strokes behind Turnesa on the Annandale course.

"I made a huge mistake," MacKenzie said. "A very costly mistake."

Turnesa, a PGA Tour rookie who also topped the second-round leaderboard, shot a 6-under 66 for a 17-under 199 total. MacKenzie and Gay had 67s.

MacKenzie, who has one tour victory, the Reno-Tahoe Open in 2006, opened with birdies on the first two holes and made the turn at 32. His only stumble before 18 was a bogey on the fourth hole.

Pro basketball

• Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade mentioned the New York Knicks as a possible destination when he hits free agency in summer 2010, and said he would be open to Miami pursuing point guard Stephon Marbury if he becomes available. New Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni worked with Wade as an assistant coach on the Olympic basketball team, and the Heat star said he would be interested in playing for the offensive-minded coach.

Hockey

• Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier was given a two-year contract extension yesterday. Regier, who was entering the final year of his current contract, is now signed to lead the club through the 2010-11 season. "We had one piece of big unfinished business," Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn said. "It's probably the best contract we've done all year."

Motor sports

• In Dover, Del., Kyle Busch made it eight victories this season in the Nationwide Series, leading 157 laps and absolutely dominating to win yesterday in a green-white-checkered flag finish at Dover International Speedway. "It was a pretty flawless day for us," Busch said. "We made it look easy." Busch won in the same No. 18 Toyota that his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin drove to Victory Lane in May. Starting from the pole, Busch was never really challenged and pulled ahead by a couple of car lengths on the final restart late in an overtime race that stretched to 207 laps.

Tennis

• In Guangzhou, China,- Olympic bronze medalist Vera Zvonareva beat China's Zheng Jie, 6-3, 7-5, yesterday to advance to the final of the Guangzhou International. The top-seeded Russian will face fourth-seeded Peng Shuai of China, a 6-2, 6-1 winner over France's Camille Pin.

• In Tokyo, Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova and Dinara Safina cruised into the final of the Pan Pacific Open with straight-set victories yesterday. Seventh-ranked Kuznetsova defeated Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik, 7-6 (5), 6-2, while No. 5 Safina routed compatriot Nadia Petrova, 6-1, 6-0.

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