Pair start poorly at U.S. Women's Am

In Eugene, Ore., two golfers with ties to Augusta struggled in the first round of the U.S. Women's Amateur on Monday.

Former Augusta State golfer Garrett Phillips shot 6-over-par 78 at Eugene Country Club. Phillips is tied for 87th, 12 shots back of Amanda Blumenherst , of Scottsdale, Ariz., who shot 66.

Augusta resident Laura Coble , the former Augusta State women's golf coach, shot 83 in the first round. She is tied for 132nd.

- In Savannah, Ga., Augusta's Chase Parker paired with Drew Aimone , of Savannah, to tie for second place in the fourth annual International Junior Four Ball Invitational.

Parker and Aimone shot rounds of 64-67 for a 13-under 131 total in the event, held this past weekend at the Club at Savannah Harbor.

Matthew NeSmith , of North Augusta, and Chandler Brazeal , of Aiken, teamed up for a fourth-place finish after shooting 65-67. Aiken juniors Hampton Jones and Nathan Guy shot 70-73 to finish at 1-under 143.

Juniors were selected for the event based on their performances during the past year.

- In Auburn, Ala., Jordan Johnstun, of Evans, placed second in a U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifier held at the Auburn University Club, earning a spot in this month's U.S. Amateur.

Johnstun shot 2-under-par 142 for the tournament. The top three qualifiers from the sectional advance.

The U.S. Amateur will be held Aug. 18-24 at Pinehurst.


Ex-South Carolina star signs with Cavs

Former South Carolina star Tarance Kinsey has signed a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers after spending part of last season overseas.

Cleveland general manager Danny Ferry announced the deal.

The 24-year-old Kinsey played for Memphis as a rookie in 2006-07, averaging nearly 8 points a game. He split last season between the Grizzlies and a team in the Turkish Basketball League. He spent four seasons with the Gamecocks and played on both NIT title teams in 2005 and 2006.

- Police detained Boston Celtics star and NBA Finals MVP Paul Pierce in handcuffs during a weekend traffic stop on the Las Vegas Strip but released him without issuing a summons.

Las Vegas police Officer Bill Cassell said Monday that Pierce was handcuffed briefly after emerging "a little agitated" from a vehicle he was driving around 3 a.m. Sunday.

- Point guard Carlos Arroyo , who spent the past two seasons with the Orlando Magic, has become the latest NBA player to bolt overseas, signing with an Israeli team.

The 29-year-old Arroyo signed a one-year deal with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

- The Detroit Pistons have signed free agent center Kwame Brown , the overall No. 1 pick in the 2001 draft.

Brown will be paid $4 million next season. He has an option for a second season for another $4 million.

Horse Racing

Prado, Nafzger lead Hall of Fame class

In Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Jockey Edgar Prado and trainer Carl Nafzger , who between them have three Kentucky Derby wins, led a group of six new inductees into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame on Monday.

Inducted with Prado and Nafzger were retired jockey Ismael Valenzuela and three horses: Manila , Inside Information and Ancient Title .

Prado, 41, is best known for having ridden the ill-fated 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, Barbaro . He was also aboard when Barbaro broke down two weeks later in the Preakness. The horse was euthanized as a result of the injuries.

- Curlin , the 2007 Horse of the Year, worked five furlongs and is "in a beautiful rhythm," his trainer said Monday, the day before his next race is scheduled to be announced.

Majority owner Jess Jackson , who was present for the workout at Saratoga's Oklahoma training track, will announce when and where Curlin will race next today.



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