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Kisner, Hoffman share Bay Hill lead

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Charley Hoffman finished a lot better than he started, closing with three straight birdies for a 1-under 71 that allowed him to catch Kevin Kisner for a share of the lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Hoffman opened with two sloppy bogeys and his fourth bogey dropped him four shots behind. The last of his three straight birdies came after a chop-and-run from the rough left of the 18th fairway, and a 70-foot birdie from the fringe.

Kisner ran his birdie attempt on the 18th about 6 feet by and three-putted from the fringe. He shot 68.

They were at 11-under 205, three shots clear of Tyrrell Hatton, Marc Leishman and Matt Fitzpatrick.

Rory McIlroy birdied his last two holes for a 65 and climbed within five shots.

Allgaier holds on to win Xfinity race in Arizona

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Justin Allgaier held on to the lead in a restart with four laps to go and won the NASCAR Xfinity race in scorching heat, his first victory in five years.

Allgaier, who took four tires on his Kelley-Earnhardt-Miller Chevrolet in one of the late cautions, held off Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones.

Blaney, who started the day 33rd after missing the qualifying, pulled ahead of Jones before the final lap to finish second.

Jones and Blaney won the first and second stages of NASCAR's three-stage format.

There were nine caution flags for 54 laps of the 200-lap race.

The temperature at Phoenix International Raceway in the barren hills southwest of the city was 93 degrees when the race started and 96 by the end.

Montgomery combines with 2 others on no-hitter vs. Tigers

LAKELAND, Fla. - Former Sumter High and Sumter P-15's standout Jordan Montgomery pitched four perfect innings to close out the New York Yankees' 3-0 victory over Detroit on Friday in spring training action.

More importantly, Montgomery combined with Masahiro Tanaka and Chasen Shreve on a no-hitter.

Tanaka struck out six and walked two in 4 1/3 innings. After Shreve got the final two outs in the fifth,Montgomery finished up with his four flawless innings. The left-hander and former University of South Carolina standout has emerged as candidate for a bullpen spot and could get into the mix for open fifth starter spot.