News for Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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Alabama leads after Virginia's luck runs out

Portland Rosen led Virginia to the early lead in the opening round of the NCAA Championship, but a disqualification later in the day changed the story for the Cavaliers.

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5 Things: Different year, same ol' teams

5 Things: Is it realistic to think anyone can challenge the likes of UCLA or Alabama? Meanwhile, a couple of newbies held solid in the first round of the NCAA Championship thanks to veteran leadership.

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Duke women make run behind Cangrejo, Duncan

Duke, behind Alejandra Cangrejo's comeback from injury and a late surge by Lindy Duncan, sits only three shots off Alabama's lead.

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Notes: Europe's version of The Players Championship

Notebook: Two weeks after the best Europeans came to Florida for the PGA Tour's premier tournament, the favor is not being returned at the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship.

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Els, Furyk, Rose, Singh join Memorial field

Memorial Tournament winners Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Justin Rose and Vijay Singh have committed to play in the 37th tournament, set for next week at Jack Nicklaus' Muirfield Village Golf Club.

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Top 10 NCAA Women's Championship moments

Sure, 'Time Marches On,' but not so fast that we can't hum a few notes while compiling a top-10 list of NCAA Women's Championship favorites, courtesy of our Beth Ann Baldry.

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Hate To Be Rude: Dufner has figured it out

Hate To Be Rude: After years of heartache, Jason Dufner has won twice in the past four weeks and is coming into his own at the age of 35.

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Maginnes On Tap: Let’s not rush to judgment

Slow-play penalties may improve the pace of play, but at what cost? John Maginnes.

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Toy Box Notes: Dufner relies on Titleist

Toy Box Notes: Jason Dufner's driver helped seal his Byron Nelson victory.

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Nationwide Notes: Struggles on path to PGA Tour

For players like BMW Charity Pro-Am winner Nick Flanagan who earn their PGA Tour cards via the Nationwide Tour's three-win promotion, PGA Tour success isn't a given. Sean Martin

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Els hopes for approval of Wentworth West redesign

Will Ernie Els' re-design of Harry Colt’s Wentworth West Course finally get the seal of approval from Europe’s elite during this year’s BMW PGA Championship? Alistair Tait

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Bateman (No. 50, 2013) commits to North Carolina

Davis Bateman of Charlotte, N.C., has given a verbal commitment to North Carolina. Bateman, who attends Providence Day School in Charlotte, is ranked No. 50 in the Class of 2013 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings.

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This week in the world of golf . . .

This week in the world of golf includes the PGA Tour's Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas at Colonial CC.

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Tiger insists he's close to regularly contending

Tiger Woods insists he is close to contending on a weekly basis, even if recent results suggest otherwise. "I think I'm headed in the right direction," Woods said at Congressional Country Club, where he was promoting the AT&T National which takes place June 28 to July 1.