The Europeans made quite a Saturday morning of it and left the United States needing a very special Sunday to take the Solheim Cup.

Europe won four of the six matches that were completed Saturday morning and halved another, and when darkness interrupted the afternoon matches the United States trailed 8-5.

The last match to end Saturday at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club in Germany was a good one for the United States, with Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr earning a point in fourballs. The other three fourball matches were suspended because of darkness, the U.S. holding a slight adtantage in each. Those will be completed before Sunday's 12 singles matches begin.

Saturday's matches featured a trend: blown U.S. leads. Two U.S. pairs lost after leading by four holes.

"At least we have a little bit of red on the board. I haven't seen much of that the last few days," U.S. captain Juli Inkster said. "But we need to finish. We need to buckle down and get those last two holes."

Europe needs 14 points to win a third straight Solheim Cup for the first time. The U.S. needs 14 to extend its series lead to 9-5.

newsmakers

Ended the run: Sebastian Vettel, who won the pole for the Singapore Grand Prix, stopping a streak of seven poles in a row for Lewis Hamilton. Vettel's pole position is his first for Ferrari.

Withdrew: Former world champion Mark Cavendish of Britain, from cycling's world championship in Richmond, Va. He suffered a shoulder injury during the Tour of Britain.

Won tri title thrice: Spain's Javier Gomez, who took his third straight men's world triathlon championship by finishing second in the ITU World Triathlon Series finale in Chicago.

Golf

Day builds on his lead with a 69

Jason Day shot a 2-under 69 at the PGA Tour's BMW Championship in Lake Forest, Ill., good enough to take a six-stroke lead into the final round.

Instead of running away from the field, as he had in the first two rounds after shooting 61 and 63, Day spent most of Saturday running in place. He made his first bogey in 20 holes at the sixth, then piled on three more, offsetting a half-dozen birdies.

Tennis

U.S. leads in Davis Cup playoff

Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey won in doubles, lifting the United States to a 2-1 lead over host Uzbekistan in Tashkent and to the brink of victory in a Davis Cup World Group playoff.

One win from Sunday's reverse singles will ensure the U.S. extends its 26-year stay in the top-tier World Group.

In a Davis Cup semifinal, Andy Murray and his brother Jamie led Britain to a five-set victory against Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Groth of Australia to seize a 2-1 lead in Glasgow. Argentina took a doubles victory and a 2-1 lead over Belgium in Brussels.

NFL

Son tells of Starr's close call

Green Bay Packers legendary quarterback Bart Starr nearly died a few weeks ago, his son revealed.

Bart Starr Jr. told WBAY-TV in Green Bay that his father developed an infection that put him in the hospital and almost killed him. But he said his father is recovering and "battling real hard to make it back to Green Bay" for the Thanksgiving Day game. He said his father is sorry to miss Sunday's game with his Super Bowl I teammates.

Starr suffered from a series of health complications last year, including multiple strokes.

AROUND THE HORN

Horse racing: Frosted rallied from fifth place under jockey Joel Rosario and won the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby by two lengths over Iron Fist in Bensalem, Pa. Frosted, likely headed next to the Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct. 31 to take on Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, won for the fourth time in 12 starts. I'm a Chatterbox won the $1 million Cotillion for 3-year-old fillies and is headed next to the Breeders' Cup Distaff.

Auto racing: Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway, racing past Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth with two laps left.

Soccer: The Columbus Crew beat host D.C. United 2-1 to clinch an MLS playoff berth.

TODAY'S NUMBER

4Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid athletes includes fewer Americans this year. Four of the top five spots are held by non-Americans, led by soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo ($79.6 million). Twenty years ago, only eight of the top 40 weren't American.