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Colleges

Paine leads way at Jones Creek

Paine College posted a total of 322 on Monday to take the lead after the first round at the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Golf Classic.

The Lions lead Morehouse by nine shots at Jones Creek Golf Club.

Paine’s Victor Tapia (78) leads the individual standings by a stroke over Paine’s Carlos Solis and Jordan Buchannan, of Benedict.

• Paine will play top-seeded Stillman on Wednesday in the opener of the SIAC Baseball Championship in Ozark, Ala.

Cycling

LeMond calls for objective testing

Former Tour de France winner Greg LeMond says professional cycling must take drug testing out of the hands of the International Cycling Union for the sport to clean up.

LeMond spoke Monday at a University of Texas symposium on doping in sports. LeMond says riders don’t trust the sport’s governing body, which has had to defend itself against allegations it helped Lance Armstrong cover up doping offenses.

Horse Racing

Trainer to face doping inquiry

Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni is to attend a British Horse Racing Authority disciplinary inquiry after prohibited substances were found in samples taken from 11 horses at his stables in Newmarket, England.

Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford says “this is a dark day for Godolphin. We are all shocked by what has happened.”

Al Zarooni has trained some high-profile winners, including Monterosso in the 2012 Dubai World Cup – the world’s richest horse race – since joining the racing organization of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum.

Tennis

Nadal is looking to bounce back

In Barcelona, Spain, after his eight-year winning streak in Monte Carlo was ended by Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal is quickly refocusing on winning an eighth title at the Barcelona Open.

Going into another clay-court tournament that Nadal has dominated, the Spaniard said he still needs to improve following a lengthy injury layoff before he’s able to beat the likes of Djokovic in a final.

Nadal said Monday he was “neither angry nor sad” about losing the Monte Carlo Masters title, but “against the world No. 1 you can win or lose, and this time I lost.”

Nadal says “I think I’m on the right track but missing things after all that happened.”

Nadal has reached five consecutive finals since returning in February from a knee injury – winning three, and losing two.

• In Palermo, Italy, Roberta Vinci put Italy into the Fed Cup final, beating Lucie Safarova, of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3 Monday in a series postponed a day because of rain.

Vinci gave Italy a 3-1 lead in the best-of-five playoff against the defending champion. The match was played before a sparse crowd, with most visiting fans having traveled home Sunday.

Italy will play for the title in November against Russia, which defeated Slovakia in Sunday’s other semifinal.

• In Marrakech, Morocco, Chanelle Scheepers and Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor won in straight sets Monday at the Grand Prix SAR.

Scheepers and Torro-Flor will meet in the second round.

Scheepers beat second-seeded Sorana Cirstea 6-3, 6-1, and Torro-Flor defeated Arantxa Rus 6-1, 6-1.


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