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May 11, 2014 

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COLLEGE TENNIS

Gamecocks fall to Tar Heels

At Chapel Hill, N.C., No. 28 South Carolina dropped a 4-1 decision at No. 7 North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday afternoon. Kyle Koch provided the lone point of the day for the Gamecocks (16-14) with his 12th straight singles victory.

HORSE RACING

Palace Malice wins at Belmont Park

Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice turned the Grade III Westchester Stakes into a paid workout, romping to a 9¾-length win in the mile race at Belmont Park in preparation for the Metropolitan Mile next month.

Sent off a 1-20 odds, the Aiken-based 4-year-old colt won for the third time in three starts this year. Dogwood president Cot Campbell said Palace Malice’s next start would be in the $1.25 Met Mile on June 7 “if everything went well” in the Westchester, and trainer Todd Pletcher said, “He certainly ran well enough today to keep that as a top priority.”

Palace Malice, son of two-time Horse-of-the-Year Curlin, won for the sixth time in 15 starts and increased his career winnings to $1,961,135. He won the Belmont Stakes a year ago.

Bob Spear

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Charleston Southern tops Coastal for Big South crown

At Myrtle Beach, No. 7-seed Charleston Southern defeated top seed Coastal Carolina 3-1 in the Big South championship game. The Buccaneers used dominant pitching by Cheyenne Gandara to earn their first NCAA Tournament berth.

SOCCER

Manchester City wins Premier League title

At Manchester, England, Manchester City won the Premier League for the second time in three seasons with a 2-0 victory over West Ham. City won behind goals from Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany, meaning Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Newcastle at Anfield was meaningless.

From Staff and Wire Reports

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