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May 07, 2017 - 4:29 am

SOUTH CAROLINA-ASSAULT

Police clear Moore, Samuel in bar fight

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Police have cleared South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore and receiver Deebo Samuel from any involvement in a bar fight last weekend.

Moore, Samuel and former South Carolina defender Jalen Dread were accused earlier this week of participating in a fight. However, after reviewing video evidence, the Columbia Police Department determined that while Moore was at the bar, he was not involved in the fight. Samuel was in the area, but not at the bar during the time of the assault.

Police are still looking for Dread, a backup linebacker who decided to transfer.

Moore led the Gamecocks in tackles his first three seasons before sitting out last year following neck fusion surgery.

Samuel topped South Carolina with 59 receptions and 783 yards.

NASCAR-TALLADEGA

Earnhardt flirts with pole before Stenhouse steals show

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — The farewell tour for Dale Earnhardt Jr. has officially started.

All eyes are on NASCAR's favorite son as he races Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, a place where he's adored by the fans and expected to win every time he gets in his Chevrolet.

The crowd roared Saturday in qualifying when he shot to the top of the board, but it was short-lived. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the last car to qualify and bumped Earnhardt to second.

Earnhardt leads all active drivers at Talladega with six wins, but has never started from the pole.

"I'm pretty happy," Earnhardt said. "Great lap by Stenhouse and the Roush crew. Would have liked that pole."

Earnhardt announced last week he's retiring at the end of the season.

Stenhouse didn't mind spoiling the Talladega party with his first pole in four years.

"It will be nice to lead the field to the green here," Stenhouse said. "It's a cool way to start the weekend."

ARCA-TALLADEGA

Justin Haley wins ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Justin Haley won the rain-delayed ARCA Racing Series event at Talladega Superspeedway in the first restrictor-plate start of his career.

Only eligible to race at Talladega after turning 18 late last month, Haley held off Andy Seuss in an overtime finish in MDM Motorsports' No. 28 Toyota.

Haley, from Winamac, Indiana, also won an ARCA race last year on the Illinois State Fairgrounds' dirt mile. He's racing this season for GMS Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Spencer Davis was third in the race postponed Friday because of rain. Austin Theriault was fourth, followed by Shane Lee, Gus Dean, Bobby Gerhart, Riley Herbst, Tom Hessert and Bo LeMastus.

WELLS FARGO

Patrick Reed surges ahead at Wells Fargo

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Patrick Reed birdied his final two holes for a 5-under 67 to surge into the lead Saturday at the Wells Fargo Championship, but not by much.

With one round remaining at Eagle Point, the tournament remains wide open, even for Dustin Johnson.

Reed stuffed a short iron into 4 feet on No. 17 and reached the 580-yard 18th hole in two for a two-putt birdie, giving him a one-shot lead over John Rahm of Spain and Alex Noren of Sweden.

Noren missed a 5-foot birdie putt on the last hole that would have tied Reed at 8-under 208. Noren and Rahm each shot 69.

Seventeen players were within four shots of the lead. That includes Phil Mickelson (69) and Johnson, who had a 67 despite missing a half-dozen chances from inside 15 feet on pure greens.

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