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Golf

Aiken’s Hendrix tied for NGA lead

In Snowhill, N.C., Aiken’s Matt Hendrix posted 6-under-par 66 on Friday and is tied atop a crowded leaderboard at the NGA Tour’s Cutter Creek Classic.

Hendrix is at 8-under 136 and is part of a four-way tie for the lead after the second round at Cutter Creek Golf Club.

Mark Silvers (65), Ben Klaus (68) and Kevin Hall (66) also have a share of the lead.

• In Morgantown, N.C., Martin Jeppesen shot 4-under 66 in the final round to win the eGolf Tour’s Mimosa Hills Open on Friday.

The 25-year-old former Eastern Michigan golfer finished at 14-under 196 to beat Harold Varner III by one stroke at Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club.

Former Augusta State golfers Tarik Can and Taylor Floyd tied for seventh at 201. Can closed with 65. Floyd had 68.

• Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder says Mike McGraw will not return as the head coach of the Cowboys golf team.

Holder said he believes the move is the best interest of the program. No other specific reason for the move was offered.

McGraw served as Holder’s assistant for seven seasons starting in 1997 before spending 2004-2005 as head coach of the Oklahoma State women’s golf team. He was named head coach of the men’s team in fall 2005 when Holder became AD.

The Cowboys won the NCAA golf title –the school’s 10th – in McGraw’s first year in 2006 and finished runner-up to Augusta State in 2010.

Soccer

Spain routs US in U-20 World Cup

In Istanbul, Spain showed why it is favored to win the Under-20 World Cup by beating the United States 4-1 on Friday in its opener after a pair of goals from star strikers Jese and Gerard Deulofeu.

France also turned in a strong performance in the other Group A match, scoring two second-half goals within four minutes to win 3-1 against Ghana.

The Americans got their lone goal when Luis Gil scored from outside the penalty area in the 77th.

Tennis

American makes final after upset

In Eastbourne, England, American qualifier Jamie Hampton reached the first final of her career when she upset 2009 champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-3 at Eastbourne on Friday.

She’ll attempt to become the first American to take the title since Chanda Rubin beat Conchita Martinez in 2003 when she faces Russian Elena Vesnina in the final today.

Vesnina beat Yanina Wickmayer 6-2, 6-0 in just 51 minutes. She’ll be bidding for her second title this year.

Horse Racing

Trainer punished for recklessness

A British trainer was banned from racing for three years for running a horse nine times after it had undergone a procedure that is banned.

A British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel disqualified Ian McInnes until June 21, 2016, after ruling that he “disregarded the welfare” of Commando Scott by running the horse after a leg operation.

The BHA said Friday in a statement that McInnes “seriously undermined the trust placed in trainers to look after horses in their care and to abide by the rules of racing.”

McInnes was also found guilty of misleading officials during the investigation and was given a second penalty of six months. The suspensions will run concurrently.


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