News for Saturday, May 11, 2013

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West: USC wins regional by one over Purdue

USC won its fourth consecutive regional on Saturday, this time with major help from two freshman – Annie Park and Kyung Kim. The top-ranked Trojans finished one-shot ahead of Vanderbilt to win.

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Controversy causes a stir in Woods-Garcia pairing

It took less than two holes for controversy to rear its head in the Tiger Woods-Sergio Garcia final twosome in The Players’ third round Saturday.

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5 Things: Lingmerth leads by 2 after a long day

It was a long day Saturday at the Players Championship, and for many reasons – inclement weather halting play for nearly two hours and early contenders playing their way out of the tournament. Here are 5 Things you need to know from Saturday’s third round at The Players.

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Central: Duke claims its 8th NCAA regional victory

Eight always is a significant number at NCAA regionals – it’s the number of teams that gets to advance to the NCAA Championship – but particularly special this year for the Blue Devils. Mississippi State's Ally McDonald won the individual title.

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Auburn advances to NCAAs on emotional high

There are times in sports when the human spirit shows such resiliency. Just days after being diagnosed with cancer, Auburn head coach Kim Evans watched her Tigers advance to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2010.

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How it happened: Lingmerth takes two-shot lead

In a day with controversy and a weather delay, it was David Lingmerth who made headlines and has taken a two-shot lead with the third round still in progress over Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson. See how it all happened in the Tracker.

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Maggert turns back time at Players

At 49 years old, Jeff Maggert might not be as sharp as he once was back when he finished T-11 at the 2003 Players. But 10 years later and after a third-round 66, he can still see himself winning this week at TPC Sawgrass.

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Bad play early by leaders, allows others to shine

As if seeing Jeff Maggert re-appear at The Players Championship for the first time in 10 years or so wasn’t enough of a surprise, how about the suddenly shoddy play by your leaders? Having spent the better part of two days making birdie upon birdie, the top 12 names on the leaderboard through 36 holes found the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass a much different animal in Saturday’s third round.

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East: Alabama, Meadow sweep regional

The Alabama Crimson Tide swept the East Regional at the Auburn University Club to advance to the NCAA Championships. The team won by eight shots. Stephanie Meadow shot a 13-under 203 total to claim her second consecutive individual title by six shots.

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Notes: Notables who missed the cut at The Players

It’s all about the marquee names who decided to stick around for the weekend of the 2013 Players Championship, guys like Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan. But before we give the weekend stage to those who are here, how about a few notes on those who aren’t.