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QB Patterson eligible for Michigan in 2018

ANN ARBOR, MICH.

Quarterback Shea Patterson is eligible to play for Michigan this year after the NCAA granted the Mississippi transfer’s request to waive the usually required redshirt season at his new school.

Michigan and Ole Miss released a joint statement Friday to announce the decision, which could set the stage for six of Patterson’s former Ole Miss teammates to be cleared to play next season, too.

Patterson transferred from Ole Miss after the Rebels were sanctioned by the NCAA last year. The NCAA allowed Mississippi’s rising seniors to transfer without having to sit out this season, but Patterson and several other Ole Miss underclassmen decided to leave and request permission to play immediately.

Patterson claimed Ole Miss coaches and staffers misled him during the recruiting process about an ongoing NCAA investigation.

McMurray rolls car at least 7 times in crash

TALLADEGA, Ala.

Jamie McMurray rolled his car at least seven times at Talladega Superspeedway.

McMurray’s left rear tire appeared to fail in a practice session Friday and it began a four-car accident.

McMurray’s No. 1 Chevrolet spun horizontally along the track and was broadsided by Newman, flipping and hitting the safety barrier before landing on the passenger side.

He climbed out of the car and walked to an ambulance. Says McMurray: “I’ve been racing forever and I’ve never done a roll like that before.”

Ty Dillon and Daniel Suarez also were caught in the wreck. All four were evaluated at the infield care center, but may have to go with backup cars.

It was a rough start to the weekend leading up to a restrictor-plate race known for crashes and chaos.

Eastern Gateway baseball drops two

AUSTINTOWN

Mercyhurst North East swept a doubleheader from Eastern Gateway Community College on Friday, winning 6-2 and 11-1 at Richard L. Coppola Field.

In the first game, Jack Tumulty (4-1) pitched a complete game for MNE (19-15), scattering seven hits while striking out 13. Jason Swope and Jovan McClatchey had two hits and a triple.

Damien Coleman’s single plated both Gators runs in the second inning, Doug Painter had two hits and Zach Johnson a double to pace EGCC (10-13).

Gators pitcher Kyle Campbell (2-5) also went the distance, allowing eight hits and striking out three in a losing effort.

In the second game, Jake Harsany picked up the win with a four-hitter for the Saints.

Luke Baranchak had two hits and three runs batted to pace MNE offensively.

Painter laced two more hits and Dylan Kurcon a triple, scoring EGCC’s only run in the first inning.

Jake Rudzik took the loss despite, exiting with a knee injury after facing just three batters in the first inning.

The teams are scheduled for another doubleheader at 2 p.m. today at Coppola Field.

Nadal in semifinals at Barcelona Open

BARCELONA, Spain

Rafael Nadal defeated Martin Klizan 6-0, 7-5 to extend his winning streak on clay and reach the Barcelona Open semifinals on Friday.

Nadal started well but needed to save three set points to close out the match for his 17th straight victory on the surface.

The top-ranked Spaniard has won 42 consecutive sets on clay.

“It was a good start for me, a quick one, but then in the second set everything changed,” said Nadal, who had to come back from a break down. “I feel a little bit luck today to be through in straight sets again.”

The 140th-ranked Klizan had eliminated Novak Djokovic in the second round.

Nadal will next face David Goffin, who defeated Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-2.

From staff and wire reports

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