Derek Hitchner of Minneapolis lost to Ben Carr of Columbus, Ga., 3 and 2 on Saturday in the semifinals of the U.S. Men's Amateur in Paramus, N.J.

The two 22-year-old, fifth-year seniors — Hitchner at Pepperdine and Carr at Georgia Southern — were tied after nine holes. But Carr went 3-up with birdies on the par-5 13th and the par-4 14th holes.

"I just didn't make nearly enough putts today," Hitchner said. "I felt like I had a lot that were burning edges, but felt like I hit it pretty well and gave myself some chances but just couldn't convert them."

Hitchner advanced to match play by surviving a playoff and then beat his first four opponents.

"It was an unbelievable week," Hitchner said. "Obviously it stings quite a bit. … But still it was, all in all, just a fantastic experience."

Hagan leads Funny Car qualifying

Defending event champion Matt Hagan topped Funny Car qualifying Saturday in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

He had a 3.843-second run at 331.36 mph in Tony Stewart Racing's Dodge Charger Hellcat SRT.

"It's impressive to do that, especially with the sun shining," Hagan said. "That's a testament to this track and the NHRA prep. … We're in a great spot tomorrow. "

Top Fuel points leader Brittany Force also qualified No. 1. She had a 3.661 at 334.65

Doug Gordon, the 2020 NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car world champ, walked away unhurt from a frightening accident during the opening round of eliminations Saturday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Following a narrow loss to Shane Westerfield, Gordon's Beta Motorcycles Camaro made a hard left turn just after the finish line and, with the car on its side, made contact with the retaining wall and flipped all the way over. Gordon quickly exited the car under his own power and was evaluated onsite by medical personnel.


The Gophers soccer team, coming off a 1-1 tie with Baylor on Thursday in its season opener, will play at No. 7 Texas Christian in Fort Worth at noon Sunday. The match was moved up from 7 p.m. because of inclement weather forecast in the evening. The Horned Frogs tied 0-0 with Wisconsin in their opener on Thursday.