Kevin Marsh leads Southern Amateur
THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — Kevin Marsh shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday in the Southern Amateur, giving the 40-year-old Nevada developer a three-stroke lead in the event featuring college stars half his age.
Marsh had an 11-under 133 total on the Nicklaus Course at The Club at Carlton Woods.
"I just hope I can keep playing well, but it's two more days in this heat," said Marsh, the 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion who won the Carlton Woods Invitational three of the past four years. "I love this place."
California senior Michael Weaver, the runner-up last summer in the U.S. Amateur, was tied for second with Georgia Tech senior Ricky Werenski. Weaver had a 67, and Werenski shot 71.
The winner will receive a spot next year in the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Georgia readies for early-season gauntlet
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Georgia is widely considered one of the favorites to challenge Alabama's dominance in the Southeastern Conference.
Whether that is realistic could be decided by the end of September.
Georgia was picked to win the Eastern Division in a media poll released Thursday, but the Bulldogs have a brutal early-season schedule, including games against potential top 10 teams Clemson, South Carolina and LSU.
Georgia coach Mark Richt said Thursday his team is "in a race" to be in midseason form by the time it travels to play Clemson on Aug. 31.
Georgia is led by senior quarterback Aaron Murray, who is the first in SEC history to have at least 3,000 yards passing in three straight seasons. The Bulldogs return 10 offensive starters and four on defense.
6 current football players join O'Bannon lawsuit
NEW YORK (AP) — Six college football players have been added as plaintiffs to a high-profile lawsuit that claims the NCAA owes billions of dollars to former players for allowing their likenesses to be used without compensation.
The players are: Vanderbilt linebacker Chase Garnham; Clemson cornerback Darius Robinson; linebacker Jake Fischer and kicker Jake Smith from Arizona; and tight end Moses Alipate and wide receiver Victor Keise of Minnesota.
Former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon is the lead plaintiff in the long-running legal battle that could fundamentally alter how the NCAA operates.
A federal judge in Oakland, Calif., on July 5 allowed the attorneys to update their lawsuit to fix legal technicalities, including adding at least one active player to the lawsuit.
The judge is still mulling whether to turn the lawsuit into a class action.
Auburn dismisses Shaq Johnson from basketball team
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn has dismissed guard Shaq Johnson from the basketball team for violating unspecified team rules.
Coach Tony Barbee announced the sophomore's dismissal on Thursday. Barbee says he is "very disappointed in Shaq's choices and actions, and they won't be tolerated."
He says the dismissal "is in the best interest of both the program and the student-athlete."
Johnson played in all 32 games as a freshman and started 21. He averaged 6.2 points in Southeastern Conference games and played 18 minutes a game.
Fellow freshmen Brian Greene Jr. and Jordan Price have already left the team since last season, when the Tigers went 9-23.
Team USA beats Cuba 2-1 in exhibition
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Matt Chapman had an RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Team USA a 2-1 victory over Cuba on Thursday night in an international exhibition.
The matchup was the opener of a five-game series between Cuba and a team of American college stars — and the first between the countries on American soil since 1996.
Cuba's Jose Fernandez tied the game at 1-1 with an RBI single with two outs in the ninth. But Chapman responded by ripping a line drive to right field with two outs in the 11th.
Cuba, which lost pitcher Misael Siverio to defection on Tuesday, will play the U.S. in Omaha, Neb., on Friday and Saturday before games in Cary and Durham, N.C. next week.
Created: Fri, 19 Jul 2013 04:15:12 EST
Updated: Fri, 19 Jul 2013 04:15:12 EST