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Poulter, Mahan on Collision Course at Match Play

Marana, Ariz. — The stars are gone from the Match Play Championship. Still remaining are Ian Poulter and Hunter Mahan, the best in match play over the last couple of years.

Poulter added to his reputation as one tough customer yesterday when he beat Steve Stricker with one big putt after another, raising his record in match play to 19-3-2 over the last four years. Mahan outlasted U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson in 18 holes, leaving him two matches away from joining Tiger Woods as the only repeat winners of this World Golf Championship. Mahan has gone 151 holes at Dove Mountain without trailing.

They meet in the semifinals this morning.

Matt Kuchar had no trouble against Robert Garrigus. He plays in the semifinal against Jason Day, who beat Graeme McDowell.

Hockey

School Investigating Fans
In KKK-Style Hoods

Sioux Falls, s.d. — North Dakota school administrators are investigating a photo posted to Twitter from Friday’s state hockey semifinal game in which three fans in the student section are wearing Ku Klux Klan-style white robes and hoods.

Shane Schuster, 19, said he was seated with some friends at Ralph Engelstad Arena when something in the Red River High School student section across the rink caught his eye midway through the first period.

“I thought, ‘Are those KKK hoods?’ I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I was shocked.”

Schuster, a University of North Dakota student, said he focused his camera phone and snapped a photo, later uploading it to Twitter. The hoods were on for about 10 to 20 minutes, he estimated, but they were removed by the second period.

Mark Rerick, the Grand Forks Public Schools’ athletics director, said yesterday that he conferred with arena and tournament security staff immediately after learning about the picture.

“After confirming the incident, we notified the administrators at Red River High School who immediately began their investigation,” Rerick said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press. “To the best of my knowledge, the students have been identified by the Red River administrators who are continuing their investigation.”

Schuster said Red River’s principal contacted him yesterday asking if he had any additional photos, but he had just one.

Red River topped Fargo’s Davies High School 2-0 to advance to last night’s North Dakota Boys State Hockey Tournament title game against Grafton-Park River.

Davies High School is named in honor of Ronald Davies, the former federal judge from Fargo whose 1957 rulings integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. — a pivotal event in the civil rights movement.