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Tide leads in golf; UF, FSU close

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. — Freshman Justin Thomas shot 70 to help Alabama take a three-shot lead over SEC rivals Florida and Auburn after the first round Tuesday at the NCAA men's championships.

The Tide shot 1-over 285.

UCLA's Anton Arboleda had the best score, 4-under 67, and leads by a shot over Corey Conners of Kent State and Tyler McCumber of Florida.

FSU is five back in a five-way tie for sixth. Seminoles Brooks Koepka and Joaquin Lolas shot 71 and are tied for 13th.

football: If Jay Hopson were not white, his hiring as Alcorn State's coach would have raised questions about the fall of a once-proud program and about what went wrong at Hopson's last job. Alcorn State is reeling from a 2-8 season and a long slog in mediocrity. And Hopson was last seen resigning as Memphis' defensive coordinator after the Tigers gave up 106 points in their first two games.

But because Hopson is white, his race was the central issue in his hiring by the historically black university in Lorman, Miss. According to the Southwestern Athletic Conference, Hopson is the first nonblack head football coach in conference history.

"I don't see white or black," Hopson said his introductory news conference Tuesday. "We're purple and gold."

basketball: Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg agreed to an eight-year deal worth an average of $1.5 million a year that runs through 2021.

Butler: The school is leaving the Horizon League and joining the Atlantic 10 this fall, one year sooner than originally planned.

Tide leads in golf; UF, FSU close 05/29/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 12:10am]
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