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Hendrick ranks California as one of toughest defeats
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 8:22 PM

By JENNA FRYER

Associated Press

CONCORD, N.C. — It was a long cross-country flight home for Rick Hendrick after the team owner watched victory slip away for two of his drivers at Auto Club Speedway.

Jimmie Johnson was leading in the closing laps until a tire failure sent him to pit road and cost him his first win of the season. His misfortune appeared to be Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon’s gain, though, as Gordon inherited the lead from Johnson.

But as Gordon cruised toward the finish line, a spin by Clint Bowyer with two laps remaining jumbled everything. Gordon restarted in traffic, had trouble on the restart and finished 13th. Johnson was 24th after leading a race-high 104 laps.

 
Masters field nearing completion
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 8:21 PM

By DOUG FERGUSON

Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Texas Open is the last chance for players to crack the top 50 in the world ranking and earn a spot in the Masters.

The drama is lacking this year.

Richard Sterne is No. 53 and George Coetzee is No. 55 — except they’re not in the field at San Antonio. The only players at the Valero Texas Open who can move into the top 50 are Chesson Hadley (No. 56) and Ryan Palmer (No. 62). Everyone else who could make it to the top 50 would have to win — and that’s an automatic invitation, anyway.

Without any movement, Stephen Gallacher of Scotland (who won Dubai) is the only player who will have moved into the top 50 since the end of last year.

Augusta National began relying on the world ranking in 2000, only it was slightly different. The top 50 at the end of the preceding year received invitations, along with the top 50 a month before the Masters. Starting in 2003, the final cutoff was moved to one week before the Masters.

 
Golf Glance
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 8:20 PM

Associated Press

PGA TOUR

TEXAS OPEN

Site: San Antonio.

Schedule: Today-Sunday.

Course: TPC San Antonio, Oaks Course (7,435 yards, par 72).

Purse: $6.2 million. Winner’s share: $1,116,000.

 
Additional NCAA Women's Tournament Capsules
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:00 AM

Associated Press

SOUTH CAROLINA 78, OREGON STATE 69

SEATTLE — Aleighsa Welch, Tiffany Mitchell and South Carolina made certain there was no second-round upset this time for the Gamecocks.

Welch had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Mitchell 20 points and 10 boards and top-seeded South Carolina used its size and athleticism to overwhelm No. 9 seed Oregon State 78-69 on Tuesday night in the NCAA tournament.

A year after getting upset by a 12 seed in the second-round of the tournament, the Gamecocks are headed to the Sweet 16 for the second time in three years under coach Dawn Staley. South Carolina (29-4) will face No. 4 seed North Carolina in the Stanford Region semifinals on Sunday. The Gamecocks lost to the Tar Heels 74-66 in December.

 
NFL office can help refs with replays
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:00 AM

Associated Press

 

ORLANDO, Fla. — The NFL officiating department will help referees rule on instant replay reviews starting next season.

League owners passed a rule Tuesday allowing referees to consult with director of officiating Dean Blandino and his staff to help determine whether a call should be upheld or overturned. NFL officials said the change should speed up the process.

Blandino and other staff will be monitoring the games from league offices in New York and will immediately begin reviewing challenges before the referee even gets to his monitor. They can make recommendations on what replays to look at but the referee still will make the final decision.

Rich McKay, Falcons' president and co-chairman of the influential competition committee, called it "kind of a proof of concept to see how this works. We feel pretty comfortable with it, though.

"What we do like is we take the true experts in replay, those in New York, to be able to communicate with the referees who have the ultimate decision. We just think we get a more consistent decision-making process."

 
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