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Oosthuizen opens 5-stroke lead at Shenzhen

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Oosthuizen opens 5-stroke lead at Shenzhen

SHENZHEN, China (AP) Louis Oosthuizen shot a 9-under 63 to set a 36-hole World Golf Championship record and open a five-stroke lead at the HSBC Champions on Friday.

The 2010 British Open champion, the co-leader overnight, had eight birdies and an eagle to offset one bogey at Mission Hills.

He was at 16-under 128, the best two-round score in the WGC history, bettering the 15-under marks set by Tiger Woods at the 2000 Bridgestone Invitational and the 2006 Cadillac Championship.

British Open champion Ernie Els shot a 63 to jump from 19th after the opening round into a share of second with Australian Adam Scott (68) at 11 under.

Els made seven birdies on the front nine for a 29, matching his lowest nine-hole score in a PGA Tour event. He also had a 29 at the 2002 British Open.

Shane Lowry and Jason Dufner were in fourth place, six strokes back at 10 under. Phil Mickelson moved into contention with two eagles on the front nine, but double-bogeyed his final hole to fall into a share of sixth with Dustin Johnson.

Oosthuizen again made the most of the five par-5s on the Olazabal Course at Mission Hills, birdying four and making eagle on the 566-yard seventh. He birdied all five par-5s in the first round on Thursday.

The South African nearly had a second eagle on Friday. After hitting his second shot into a bunker on the par-5 ninth, he hit a difficult chip shot over a ridge and onto the green that rolled 15 feet and missed the pin by inches.

``You get those days where if you hit it well, you leave yourself in a decent spot for a chip-and-putt for a birdie on the par-5s,'' he said. ``I think I can reach all of them, which, you know, makes it easy.''

Oosthuizen is having one of his best years on tour, with two titles and a runner-up finish to Bubba Watson after a playoff at The Masters. He says the highlight was the albatross he hit on the par-5 second hole in the final round at Augusta.

He's not expecting to repeat the feat at Mission Hills, but is hoping he can keep hitting well off the tee on the long holes to bag as many birdies as he can.

``I've just been playing really, really solid to shoot low numbers,'' he said. ``I'm in a great position to win it, but it's not even crossed my mind at the moment.''

He's happy to be at Mission Hills after falling and injuring his ankle during a tennis match two weeks ago. He said the ankle is still swollen and a little painful, but he's able to hit and walk on it.

``I feel it, but it's all right,'' he said.

Mickelson, a two-time HSBC Champions winner, played a superb front nine with two eagles and two birdies to move into a share of second place with Scott at the turn.

But on the 18th he barely cleared the lake and landed in the rough on a steep slope next to the green. Balanced awkwardly with one foot on a rock and the other on the hill, he missed the ball completely with his first swing. He popped it onto the green with his second attempt but then missed a 10-foot putt for bogey.

``It's disappointing finishing with a double, but I played pretty well for the most part throughout the first 12, 13 holes,'' he said. ``I just played a little sloppy coming in.''

Scott, the co-leader with Oosthuizen after the first round, made four birdies to keep pace on the front nine before blundering an opportunity for birdie on the par-5 ninth, which he had eagled the day before.

After positioning himself well with a deep second drive that nearly reached the green, the Australian left his chip shot short, setting up a difficult 10-foot putt that he missed. He pulled the putt wide by inches and had to settle for par.

Scott's struggles continued on the back nine with three bogeys to go along with three birdies. Still, he believes he can make up ground on Oosthuizen over the weekend.

``Five shots is just a couple of holes to get back,'' he said. ``There are eagle chances and there's also a lot of trouble, so it can all turn around quickly.''

Peter Hanson and Bubba Watson fell off the pace after trailing by one coming into the day. Hanson slipped to 12th place after carding a 71 and Watson plummeted to 17th after triple-bogeying the tricky par-5 15th and finishing with a 72.

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Soto makes debut in Nationals loss to Dodgers

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Soto makes debut in Nationals loss to Dodgers

WASHINGTON  -- Kike Hernandez and Yasiel Puig each hit two-run homers, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Hernandez's blast off Stephen Strasburg in the fifth inning put the Dodgers up 3-2. Yasmani Grandal also homered off Strasburg (5-4), who allowed three runs and five hits over 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts.

Alex Wood (1-4) pitched six innings, allowing just three hits and two earned runs. Wood came out to start the seventh, but returned to the clubhouse after showing some discomfort during his warm-up tosses.

Trea Turner homered for Washington, which swept Arizona last weekend and then went five days without playing a full game because of rain before getting swept by the Dodgers.

Los Angeles, after losing six consecutive games, has now won four straight overall and five of six over Washington this season.

Washington's Juan Soto, at 19 the youngest active player in the majors, made his debut in the eighth as a pinch-hitter and struck out against Erik Goeddel.

The Dodgers added two runs in the ninth. Josh Fields recorded the final four outs for his second save of the season.

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George McPhee's Vegas Golden Knights advance to Stanley Cup Final

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George McPhee's Vegas Golden Knights advance to Stanley Cup Final

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Ryan Reaves scored the winning goal, Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves and the Vegas Golden Knights pushed their remarkable expansion season into the Stanley Cup Final, beating the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Sunday in Game 5 of the Western Conference final.

Alex Tuch also scored for the Knights. They lost Game 1 in Winnipeg before winning four straight to become the first expansion team since the 1968 St. Louis Blues -- when the six initial expansion teams were put alone in the West -- to get to the final.

Vegas will meet the Tampa Bay Lightning or the Washington Capitals in the final. Tampa Bay leads the Eastern Conference final 3-2, with Game 6 set for Monday night in Washington.

Josh Morrissey scored for the Jets, and Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves.

Reaves, the bruising Winnipeg native acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins before to the trade deadline in February, snapped a 1-1 tie with 6:39 left in the second period when he tipped Luca Sbisa's point shot past Hellebuyck for his first goal of the playoffs.

Winnipeg got a power play early in the third, but couldn't muster much of anything. The Knights smothered much of the Jets' attack for the next 10 minutes, with Hellebuyck having to come up with big stops on William Karlsson and Eric Haula to keep his team within one.

The Jets pressed with under 4 minutes to go, with Fleury stopping captain Blake Wheeler on the doorstep, but it wasn't nearly enough as the Knights closed out their third straight series on the road.

The Jets beat the Knights 4-2 in Game 1, but Vegas snatched home ice with a 3-1 victory in Game 2 before picking up 4-2 and 3-2 wins at T-Mobile Arena.

The Knights, whose jaw-dropping inaugural 109-point campaign included a Pacific Division crown, swept the Los Angeles Kings in the first round, and knocked out the San Jose Sharks in six games.

The Jets had the NHL's second-best record with 114 points in the regular season. They advanced to the first conference final in city's history with a five-game victory over the Minnesota Wild in the opening round before topping the Presidents' Trophy-winning Nashville Predators in Game 7 on the road.

The usual raucous, white-clad crowd at Bell MTS Place -- not to mention the thousands of fans outside the arena attending a street party on a sun-drenched spring afternoon -- were silenced just 5:11 into Game 5 when Tuch jumped on Morrissey's turnover and fired his sixth past Hellebuyck.

The Jets were tentative to start and it got worse after the opener as Vegas dominated the next couple of shifts, forcing some good saves from Hellebuyck before Winnipeg got its feet moving.

After being outshot 7-1 in the first 7 minutes, the Jets finally pushed back and turned the tide with the next nine attempts on goal, culminating with Morrissey making amends for his early gaffe with 2:46 left in the period.

Bryan Little won a faceoff in the offensive zone straight back to second-year defenseman, who blasted his first career playoff goal past Fleury's glove.

One of Winnipeg's downfalls in the series through four games was an inability to maintain momentum. The Knights scored within 1:28 of a Jets' goal in each of the first four games -- a crushing 12 seconds after Winnipeg tied Game 3, and an equally gut-wrenching 43 seconds after the Jets knotted Game 4 -- but they managed to take the game to the locker rooms tied 1-1.

Both teams had chances in the second period before Reaves made it 2-1, with Jets center Mathieu Perrault just missing on a pass from Little that had too much speed.

Right after Reaves scored the second playoff goal of his career -- and first since 2015 with St. Louis -- Winnipeg's Nikolaj Ehlers rang a shot off the post on Fleury.

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