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College Golf

Clemson grabs lead at Palmetto

In Aiken, Clemson jumped out to the lead after two rounds of the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Invitational.

The Tigers are at 11-over-par 571, six shots ahead of Atlantic Coast Conference rival Virginia.

South Carolina is in third place at 579 and Georgia State is fourth at 585.

USC Aiken, which is playing host to the event, is tied for seventh at 588. Georgia Regents is tied for ninth at 589.

Austin Langdale, of Clem­son, posted consecutive 69s to take a three-shot lead in the individual standings.

For the Jaguars, Meechai Padung is tied for 20th at 146, Viktor Edin and Jake Marriott are tied for 33rd at 148, and Maverick Antcliff and Alex Wennstam are tied for 47th at 150.

For the Pacers, Brandon Robinson-Thompson is tied for 10th at 145, Stephane Boudreau is tied for 42nd at 149, Kyle Godsman is tied for 47th at 150, Gaines Milliner is tied for 57th at 151 and Hayden Letien is tied for 65th at 154.

The final round is today.

Tennis

Murray moves on at Indian Wells

Indian Wells, Calif., Andy Murray outlasted Jiri Vesely 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4 on Monday in his second consecutive three-set match at the BNP Paribas Open.

The fifth-seeded Murray had his hands full playing for the first time against Vesely, who at age 20 is the youngest in the top 100 of the ATP Tour rankings and was competing in his first Masters 1000 event.

Four-time tourney champion Roger Federer defeated 27th-seeded Dmitry Tursunov 7-6 (7), 7-6 (2) with an ace on match point.

In the women’s third round, top-seeded Li Na defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-4.

Li closed out the match with an ace, one of her 15 winners in a match in which she had 28 unforced errors. The Australian Open champion has never been past the semifinals in six previous
appearances at Indian Wells.

Boxing

Groves demands neutral referees

George Groves will not fight Carl Froch unless the British Boxing Board of Control appoints “neutral officials” for their rematch at Wembley Stadium.

Froch retained his WBA and IBF titles with a ninth-round stoppage against Groves in Manchester on Nov. 23.

Groves launched an appeal, saying referee Howard Foster stopped the fight prematurely, and the IBF then ordered a rematch. Froch’s belts will be at stake again May 31.

During a news conference Monday, Groves labeled the ninth-round stoppage a “stonewall robbery” and added that his request for neutral officials was “conditional on the fight going ahead.”

• A 6-foot-6 Chinese super heavyweight who won the Olympic silver medal in 2008 is the first fighter to join Dino Duva’s promotion company.

Zhang Zhilei will continue his pro career with Dynasty Boxing.

Cycling

Dutchman wins second stage

In Saint-Georges-Sur-Baulche, France, Moreno Hofland won the second stage of the Paris-Nice race in a sprint finish Monday, and Nacer Bouhanni retained the overall lead.

Hofland, 22, won in 4 hours, 53 minutes, 46 seconds on the 127-mile trek from Rambouillet to Saint-Georges-sur-Baulche for his first career stage win.

The Dutchman moved into third place overall.


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