Ex-Pacer runner-up in Tarheel tourney

In Blythewood, S.C., Nation-wide Tour player Blake Adams birdied No. 18 at Columbia Country Club on Thursday to secure a one-stroke victory in the Tarheel Tour's Columbia Open.

Adams, a Georgia Southern alum, shot 7-under-par 65 to finish at 16-under 200. Cory Kaufman and former USC Aiken golfer Scott Usher tied for second place.

Usher matched Adams' 65 to finish at 15-under. Aiken native Kevin Kisner (68) finished fourth, two shots back. Sandersville, Ga., native David Robinson (68) tied for sixth at 11-under.

- In Johns Creek, Ga., Augusta golfers Jeff Knox and Josh Gregory qualified for match play in the 87th Annual Atlanta Amateur Match Play Championship.

Knox, who tied for 10th in stroke play after 3-over-par 73, and Gregory, 19th after 75, will begin match play today at Rivermont Golf & Country Club.

Local Sports

First Buddy Walk to be held in Aiken

The Aiken office of Family Connection of South Carolina will play host to its first Buddy Walk, a walk in celebration of individuals with Down syndrome.

The Buddy Walk will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at USC Aiken's Roberto Hernandez Stadium.

Proceeds will support families of those with Down syndrome and will help research efforts.

- The Columbia County West Rotary Club will hold its annual "Hardy Hundred" bicycle tour Sunday.

The ride begins at Harlem High School and will feature 40-mile, 70-mile and 100-mile options.

Registration -- $30 for adults and $15 for children -- includes a post-ride meal, rest stops with food and drinks, and rider support.

Proceeds will benefit the Johns Award, which recognizes outstanding students.


Jankovic romps in Porsche Grand Prix

In Stuttgart, Germany, Jelena Jankovic won her first match since learning that she will regain the top ranking, defeating Alona Bondarenko, 6-2, 6-0, in the Porsche Grand Prix.

Venus Williams reached the quarterfinals, defeating Kateryna Bondarenko, 6-4, 6-2.


Probst is chosen as new USOC chairman

In Colorado Springs, Colo., the U.S. Olympic Committee elected Larry Probst as its new chairman, to replace Peter Ueberroth on the board in November.

The 58-year-old Probst, a longtime executive at the entertainment company Electronic Arts, was elected to the four-year term during a meeting Thursday.

"There wasn't any debate at the board meeting," Ueberroth said of the unanimous vote that ended in Probst getting a four-year term.

Ueberroth will stay on with the USOC in a nonvoting capacity.

Auto Racing

Castroneves faces tax fraud charges

In Miami, two-time Indiana-polis 500 winner and Dancing With The Stars champion Helio Castroneves was indicted Thurs-day on tax evasion and tax fraud charges, accused of using offshore accounts to hide millions of dollars in income from the Internal Revenue Service.

A charge of conspiracy and each of the six counts of tax evasion carry a maxium five-year prison sentence.


Gordon, Bulls agree on a one-year deal

Chicago guard Ben Gordon accepted the Bulls' one-year, $6.4 million tender offer.

The offer means Gordon could become an unrestricted free agent after the upcoming season.


Leg injury sidelines Red Wings' Chelios

Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios will be out three to six weeks after fracturing his shin bone while blocking a shot.



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