News for Saturday, June 2, 2012

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Alabama vs. Texas: Our staff predictions

The NCAA final between Texas and Alabama promises to be a battle of epic proportions. Our college experts break down whom they think will win each match, and subsequently which team will win it all.

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Lewis shoots 65 again to tie tournament record

Stacy Lewis didn't even glance at the leaderboard on Saturday in the second round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic. She knew better, a lesson well learned from her first LPGA victory this season.

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Scouting report for Texas-Alabama finale

Match play was supposed to spice the NCAA Championship up. Officials could have never expected this: No. 1 vs. No. 2. An extensive scouting report on both squads, courtesy of Lance Ringler.

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Balicki: NCAA final pits No. 1 vs. No. 2

For the first time since the format was changed to stroke/match play in 2009, the NCAA Championship final will pit the nation's No. 1 team (Texas) against No. 2 (Alabama) . . . Who could ask for anything more exciting than that? Ron Balicki.

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Lavner: Unlikely heroes lead ’Bama into NCAA final

Unlikely heroes Hunter Hamrick and No. 5 man Scott Strohmeyer stepped up for second-ranked Alabama, leading the Tide into what figures to be an epic NCAA final against top-ranked Texas.

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Martin: Venezuela's Vegas carries Texas to win

Texas' Julio Vegas is following in his older brother's footsteps as a successful Venezuelan transplant golfer. One thing Julio could have on Jhonattan? An NCAA title after leading the 'Horns to the finals.

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Scores: Day 2 of match play at NCAAs

Check out scores from the second day of match play at the 2012 NCAA Men's Golf Championship.

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NCAA Tracker: Alabama, Texas advance

In two tightly contested battles, top-seeded Alabama and top-ranked Texas advanced to Sunday's NCAA title match. See how it all unfolded . . .

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Jay Haas opens 3-stroke Champions lead in Iowa

Jay Haas will carry a three-shot lead into the final round of the Principal Charity Classic after shooting a 6-under 65 on Saturday.

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Memorial notes: Fowler continues stellar play

Memorial notebook: Rickie Fowler has put together a scintillating stretch of golf, and the world will get to see it when he is paired with Tiger Woods on Sunday.

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Baldry: I.K. Kim finds way to give back

The last time I.K. Kim made headlines, it was for unfortunate reasons. On Saturday, her $123,000 donation to the Special Olympics put things in perspective.

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Jaidee takes 1-stroke lead at Wales Open

Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand took a one-stroke lead at the Wales Open after shooting a 4-under par 67 in the third round at Celtic Manor on Saturday.

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Tracker: Tiger fires 73, four back of Levin

Tiger Woods will play with Rickie Fowler on Sunday, with both stars trying to catch leader Spencer Levin at the Memorial. See how it all unfolded on Saturday . . .

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U.S. Open sectionals loom for some at Memorial

With U.S. Open sectionals set to take place in two days, and many involving players in the Memorial field, Monday's qualifiers are very much on the minds of those in Dublin, Ohio.

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Tait: Fisher still dreams of '12 Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup jinx? Can Ross Fisher's post-Celtic troubles be solved by his quest for a trip to Medinah?

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Judge refuses to block land for Rio Olympic course

Rio 2016 organizers won a legal dispute when a judge decided not to annul contracts and block construction on disputed land for the Olympic golf course.