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May 28, 2017 - 3:30 am


Florida State beats Duke 5-1, advances to ACC title game

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Dylan Busby homered, doubled and drove in three runs, and Florida State beat Duke 5-1 on Saturday to advance to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

Busby hit a two-run homer in the third inning and added a RBI double an inning later to help the eighth-seeded Seminoles (38-20) reach their third straight ACC title game.

Cole Sands (6-3) struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings.

Adam Laskey (4-5) allowed four runs for the ninth-seeded Blue Devils (30-28). They were denied their first ACC championship game berth. Duke scored its run in the ninth on Jack Labosky's single.

Jackson Lueck tripled in Florida State's first run in the first, then scored on Quincy Nieporte's groundout.


LSU powers past South Carolina 11-0 to make SEC title game

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Greg Deichmann homered twice to help LSU beat South Carolina 11-0 on Saturday in the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals.

The game ended after the seventh inning under the 10-run mercy rule.

The Tigers (42-17) will try for their 12th league tournament championship Sunday against the Florida-Arkansas winner. They scored all 11 runs in the first three innings.

Deichmann hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a solo shot in the Tigers' six-run third. He went 3 for 4.

Kramer Robertson also had three hits, including a homer and triple. He drove in two runs and scored three.

Zach Watson added a two-run triple. Jared Poche' (10-3) allowed only two hits in six innings for LSU.

South Carolina (35-25) couldn't capitalize on four LSU errors.


Webb Simpson breaks out of crowd to take Colonial lead

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Webb Simpson shot a 3-under 67 on Saturday to break out of a crowd and take the third-round lead at the Colonial.

At 9-under 201, Simpson was two strokes ahead of Danny Lee and Paul Casey after both of them made long birdie putts at the 18th hole. Stewart Cink and Kevin Kisner were three strokes off the lead.

After being among four players who shared the 36-hole lead, Simpson went ahead alone to stay after consecutive birdies to start his back nine. He made a 6-foot birdie putt at the 387-yard 10th and a 12-footer at the 630-yard 11th before finishing with seven consecutive pars.

It is only the second time in 12 years at Colonial for the 54-hole leader to have more than a one-stroke advantage.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth shot a 68 with a caddie switch after making the turn, and was at 4 under.

Lee and Kisner were also tied for the second-round lead, along with Scott Piercy who shot a 72 to fall five strokes back.


Blaney goes last to first to win Xfinity race at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Blaney passed Kevin Harvick on a restart with three laps to go to win the Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Blaney went from last to first to earn his fifth career Xfinity race win. It was his first victory on the circuit since the 2015 season at Kentucky, a span of 14 races without a win.

Harvick's tough luck at Charlotte continued. He has won 46 career Xfinity Series races, but has been shut out at Charlotte.

Blaney had qualified third for the race, but was sent to the back of the field to start the race because of unapproved tire changes to his No. 12 Ford. He raced to the lead early in Stage 2 — and won it —but needed a late restart to take the race.

Austin Dillon finished third and Christopher Bell fourth.


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UNC beats NC State 12-4, advances to ACC semifinals

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Brandon Riley drove in three runs during a 10-run first inning that helped North Carolina beat rival North Carolina State 12-4 on Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

Tyler Lynn and Logan Warmoth also had two-run singles in the big inning that helped the second-seeded Tar Heels (46-11) take early command. They will play Miami on Saturday in the second semifinal.

Brian Miller led off the bottom of the first with a homer off Brian Brown (4-2). Riley had a run-scoring double before he capped the inning with a two-run single that made it 10-0.

J.B. Bukauskas (9-0) allowed four hits in seven innings for the Tar Heels. Lynn finished with three hits and Cody Roberts also had two RBIs.

Josh McLain homered for the seventh-seeded Wolfpack (34-23), who made three errors. Only three of the 12 runs they allowed were earned.


Bucket list: Earnhardt seeking Coca-Cola 600 victory

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s first childhood memories of Cup Series racing come from Charlotte Motor Speedway.

He remembers watching his famous father Dale Sr. tear up the track. He ran plastic Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough cars down a nearby dusty hill. He recalls his days as a teenager, breaking into the track with buddies and hotwiring golf carts until they were chased off by approaching headlights.

It's the place where he'd finish running an Xfinity race and return to the Campus Connection apartment complex across the street and drink beer with his buddies until late into the night.

It's also the track where he ran his first NASCAR Cup Series race — and won the 2000 All-Star race as a rookie.

But of all of the memories at Charlotte, one is strangely absent — a Cup Series points race victory.

The 42-year-old Earnhardt would like to change that in his final season as a NASCAR driver before stepping away for retirement. In fact, he wants to win the Coca-Cola 600 more than any other race remaining on the docket.

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