Sub-par round gives Blackburn the lead

In Saluda, Jay Blackburn opened the Region's Cup event at Persimmon Hill with 2-under-par 70 for a two-stroke advantage in the Regular Division heading into today's final round.

Brandon Burnside is alone in second place, while Bryson Jones and Thomas Todd sit four back of the lead.

In the Senior Division, as in the Regular Division, only one player broke par. Jim Brisson shot 71 to grab a slim, one-stroke lead over Gerard Maxfield . A round of 73 has Kenny Larry alone in third place.

- In Columbus, Ga., Augusta State's Mitch Krywulycz fired 4-under-par 67 to remain atop the leaderboard in the 79th Southeastern Amateur at the Country Club of Columbus.

A rising junior from Sylvania, Australia, Krywulycz extended his lead from a single shot to four heading into today's final round. He stands at 10-under.

The University of Georgia's Michael Green , of Augusta, is tied for seventh at 3-under after shooting 68.


Aiken's Taylor earns scholastic accolade

University of Georgia sophomore Grace Taylor , of Aiken, has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.


20-pound haul gives Hutto, Burgess title

In Appling, Keith Hutto and Eddie Burgess caught five bass weighing 20 pounds on Saturday, blowing away 120 other anglers to win the inaugural Tommy Shaw Memorial Open Team Bass Tournament out of Wildwood Park on Thurmond Lake.

The duo won $5,000, plus $1,220 for the tournament's biggest fish of 6.16 pounds, caught by Burgess.

Brad Smith and Brandon Byrd finished second with 16.66 pounds, winning $2,500. Woody Parks and David Dawkins , in third place with 16.10 pounds, collected $1,500.

The tournament, named after the longtime operator of a marina on the lake, benefitted the Medical College of Georgia's Children's Medical Center toy fund.


Nadal will go for his first title on grass

In London, French Open champion Rafael Nadal beat four-time champion Andy Roddick 7-5, 6-4 to reach the final at the Queen's Club for the first time.

Nadal is vying to become the first Spaniard in 36 years to win a grass-court event. Andres Gimeno won at Eastbourne in 1972.

Nadal will face Novak Djokovic in today's final. The second-seeded Serb dispatched fourth-seeded David Nalbandian 6-1, 6-0.

- In Halle, Germany, Roger Federer reached the Gerry Weber Open final and pushed his record winning streak on grass to 58 matches with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Germany's Nicolas Kiefer .

In today's final, Federer will go up against Philipp Kohlschreiber , who beat seventh-ranked James Blake 6-3, 7-5.

- In Warsaw, Poland, top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko and second-seeded Tommy Robredo reached the final at the Warsaw Open with straight-set victories.

Davydenko beat Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-3, while Robredo ousted Juan Monaco 6-4, 6-4.

- In Barcelona, Spain, second-seeded Maria Kirilenko and unseeded Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez advanced to the final of the Torneo Barcelona.

Kirilenko defeated Stephanie Cohen-Aloro 7-5, 6-3, and Martinez Sanchez rallied to beat fellow Spaniard and doubles partner Nuria Llagostera Vives 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Horse Racing

Curlin continues his streak of successes

In Louisville, Ky., Curlin , last year's horse of the year, won easily in the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs in his first North American start this year.

With Robby Albarado aboard, Curlin took the lead after the second turn and cruised from there. Einstein was second, followed by Barcola in third.

The 4-year-old won his fifth race in a row.



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