Parel improves his position after 70

In Winter Garden, Fla., Augusta's Scott Parel moved up in PGA Tour Qualifying tournament at Orange County National Golf Center, keeping his 2008 PGA Tour hopes alive.

Parel shot 2-under-par 70 in the third round of the six-round event, and is tied for 65th place. Parel was tied for 72nd after the second round. He opened with 71-70.

The top 30 finishers in the 166-player event earn 2008 PGA Tour cards.

Former Thomson resident Franklin Langham went the other way. A 77 dropped him from a tie for 121st place to a tie for 152nd.

Frank Lickliter II , who opened with a pair of 62s, had 68 in the third round and is 24-under for the event. He leads Jason Alfred (64 on Friday) by five shots.

- In Sun City, South Africa, Justin Rose shot 7-under-par 65 to share the lead with Trevor Immelman after the second round of the Nedbank Challenge.

Rose and Immelman (66) are at 11-under 133, three strokes ahead of Ernie Els at Gary Player Country Club.

- In Queensland, Australia's Stephen Bowditch shot 7-under-par 65 to take a one-stroke lead over compatriot Paul Sheehan in the New Zealand Open.

Sheehan shot 67. New Zealand's Michael Long was 8 under after 67.


Forrest to defend welterweight title

Former Augustan Vernon Forrest will defend his WBC super welterweight title tonight against Italian Michele Piccirillo .

Forrest, who now lives in Atlanta, is 39-2 with 28 knockouts. Piccirillo, the former IBF welterweight titleholder, is 48-3 with 30 knockouts.

The scheduled 12-round bout, to be held at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., will be shown as part of a boxing tripleheader on Showtime beginning at 9 p.m.

In other fights on the card, Antonio Tarver (25-4-0, 18 KOs) will face Danny Santiago (29-3-1, 19 KOs) for the IBO light heavyweight championship and Nonito Donaire (18-11, 11 KOs) will take on Luis Maldonado (37-1-1, 28 KOs) for the IBF/IBO flyweight championship.


Thomson complex gets national honor

In Daytona Beach, Fla., Thomson's Sweetwater Park Sports Complex was named as the 2007 United States Specialty Sports Association Sports Complex of the year at the group's national convention.

Sweetwater is the first Georgia complex to receive the award, which was created in 1991.


Junior Lynx set for three home games

The Augusta Pee Wee Junior Lynx will play host to the Atlanta Fire in three games this weekend at Augusta Ice Sports Center.

One game will be played today -- at 4:30 p.m. -- and two are scheduled for Sunday, at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. There is no admission charge.

The Junior Lynx play in the Southern Youth Hockey League.

Arena Football

Colts begin tryouts Dec. 8 at Butler

The Augusta Colts, formerly the Augusta Spartans, will hold tryouts Dec. 8 at Butler High School.

Registration begins at 10 a.m., and there is a $50 registration fee. For more information, call coach Bubba Diggs at (803) 634-1807.

The Colts will play in the American Indoor Football Association next season.


Austrian ends U.S. home dominance

In Beaver Creek, Colo., Michael Walchhofer of Austria edged Steven Nyman by 0.05 seconds to win a World Cup downhill, breaking the American men's four-year victory streak at home.

Walchhofer ended an embarrassing slump for Austria's men, who had failed to win a World Cup race this season until now.



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