Around the Nation (March 13): Matt Every shoots 68 to take early lead at Valspar Championship

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GOLF

Every has early lead at frigid Innisbrook

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Matt Every made the best of the worst conditions Thursday with a 3-under 68 to take the early lead in the Valspar Championship.

The third leg of the Florida swing was greeted with frigid air and gusts over 20 mph. The Copperhead Course at Innisbrook already is one of the toughest in Florida, and the cold wind made it even harder. Three players from the morning wave shot in the 60s. Robert Garrigus and Michael Putnam each had a 69.

Ben Curtis (Kent State) is two strokes behind after an opening-round 70.

AUTO RACING

Gordon ready to tackle Darlington changes

Jeff Gordon’s grown accustomed to change in NASCAR, especially at Darlington Raceway.

The four-time Sprint Cup series champion has won races at the track “Too Tough To Tame,” in March, May, August and September and is ready for Darlington’s latest schedule shift when the Southern 500 takes place April 12.

Gordon says things are always changing in stock car racing and when Darlington holds its race does not matter — as long as he’s lined up at the starting line. Gordon is the series’ active leader with seven victories at Darlington.

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