National briefs: Garcia ahead after Round 1
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. ó Sergio Garcia put together his third straight impressive round at The Players Championship. The first two gave him a runner-up finish last year. The 6-under 66 on Thursday was only a great start.
Garcia built a two-shot lead on the Stadium Course, and it was a good step toward ending an 0-for-53 drought on the PGA Tour.
Kenny Perry and Paul Goydos had 68s, and Phil Mickelson shot 70.
DURHAM ó Duke offensive tackle Cameron Goldberg, a senior, has been reinstated following a suspension for breaking team rules.
Goldberg, who started all 12 games last year, was suspended from all football-related activities in April. In a statement, coach David Cutcliffe said Goldberg ihas done everything I asked him to do in a timely manner.î
* CLEMSON, S.C. ó Anthony Simmons and former womenís basketball coach Jim Davis are among eight people named to the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame.
CLEVELAND ó Browns linebacker Willie McGinest said the 2008 season will be his last. He told SI.com that he wants to finish his career with one last playoff run.
n RICHMOND, Va. ó A federal judge ordered imprisoned quarterback Michael Vick to repay more than $2.4 million to a Canadian bank for defaulting on a loan.
The Royal Bank of Canada sued Vick in September, arguing his guilty plea to a federal dogfighting charge prevented him from repaying the loan.
ROME ó Andy Roddick and James Blake advanced at the Rome Masters, marking the first time in six years that two Americans have reached the quarterfinals.
n BERLIN ó Justine Henin lost 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 to Dinara Safina in the third round of the German Open.
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