Johnstun heads up Regions Cup field

Evans golfer Jordan Johnstun makes a rare Regions Cup appearance in the 36-hole Camellia Classic, which begins today at Belle Meade Country Club in Thomson.

Johnstun, who qualified for the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship last week, has played in three Regions Cup events the past two seasons, winning two of them (the Augusta City Amateur twice).

The former Georgia Southern golfer has skipped the first three events this year.

Doug Weiss , the 2008 Regions Cup Player of the Year and the current points leader, is also in the field. Weiss won the City of Augusta Match Play Championship two weeks ago.

The senior division is headed by Mike Jackson , the winner of last week's Persimmon Hill/North Augusta Exchange Club Invitational. Senior division points leader Kenny Larry is not playing this week.

- In Macon, Ga., teenager Mariah Stackhouse successfully defended her Georgia Women's Amateur Championship title.

Stackhouse, 15, rallied from five shots back at the start of the day to tie Dori Carter after regulation. Stackhouse then won a three-hole playoff at Idle Hour Country Club with a birdie on the third hole.

Stackhouse, of Riverdale, closed with 69 while Carter, of Valdosta, the second-round leader, had 74. They shot 5-under 211.

Augusta's Laura Coble , a five-time winner of this event, finished fifth after a final round 73 for 221.

Pro Football

Augusta native is on BC Lions' roster

Augusta native and former South Carolina defensive tackle Jonathan Williams is on the 46-man Opening Day roster for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League.

The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Williams was signed by the Lions this spring as a free agent.

The Glenn Hills graduate played in all 25 games over two seasons at South Carolina after transferring from Mississippi Delta Community College.

College Football

Incentive added to Spurrier's contract

The University of South Caro-ina's board of trustees approved an amendment that wou-d a--ow footba-- coach Steve Spurrier to earn up to an additiona- $100,000 if his players reach certain academic levels.

Spurrier could make anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 should the football team reach at least 925 on the NCAA's Academic Progress Report.

Also, South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman has received a five-year contract extension. Hyman did not receive a raise on his deal, which guarantees him $430,000 a year. Hyman and university president Harris Pastides both cited the troubled economic climate for holding off on a raise.


Mayweather return set for September

Floyd Mayweather 's return to boxing is back on.

The flamboyant former pound-for-pound king was scheduled to fight Juan Manuel Marquez in July at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, but his return from a brief retirement was postponed after he injured a rib training.

Mayweather has been cleared by doctors and the fight has been rescheduled for Sept. 19.

Track and Field

Rodgers' win comes without Dix, Gay

In Euguene, Ore., Mike Rodgers sped down the track in 9.91 seconds, beating a depleted field in the 100 finals at the U.S. championships. Darvis Patton was second and Monzavous Edwards took third.

Olympic bronze medalist Walter Dix wasn't in the field for the finals, pulling up just before the finish line with a right hamstring injury in the semis. He joined Tyson Gay on the sideline for the marquee race.

In the women's race, Carmelita Jeter beat Muna Lee by one-thousandth of a second for her first national title.



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