Ex-Jag tied for 8th after strong finish

Former Augusta State star Carter Newman fired 5-under-par 66 on Wednesday in the opening round of The Southern Open on the eGolf Tour at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, N.C.

Ryan Nelson shot 8-under 64 on the River Run Country Club course and leads by one. Sandersville, Ga. resident David Robinson is tied for fifth after opening with 65 at Irish Creek.

Newman, part of a six-way tie for eighth place, made five consecutive birdies to close out his round.

Former Jags Mitch Krywulycz (68) and Jay Haas Jr. , (70) are tied for 21st and 34th, respectively.

North Augusta's Kyle Bradley shot 68 at Irish Creek, Augusta's Scott Parel shot 70 at River Run, Aiken's Stephen Poole had 71 at River Run, Swainsboro's Will Claxton had 73 at River Run, and Augusta's Brad Arrington shot 78 at Irish Creek.

- Carter Tate , of Alabama, and Eunice Yi, of Evans, took the overall titles at the Ross Bridge Junior Classic on July 11-12 at the Robert Trent Jones Trail's Ross Bridge Resort in Birmingham, Ala.

Yi fired 72-76 to take the female 15-19 division crown. Jessica Rouillard, of Auburn, was second in the division with rounds of 79 and 73. Megan Heath , also of Auburn, took third with 74-79.

- In Palm Harbor, Fla., USC Aiken's Matt Atkins is tied for 36th after the first round of the 105th Southern Amateur Championship at the par 71, 7,250-yard Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club.

Atkins carded 1-over par 72 after finishing with three birdies.

The winner of the prestigious Southern Amateur Championship will receive an exemption into the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational at the Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Fla.

That tournament will be played in March.


Sweden's Soderling makes quarterfinals

In Bastad, Sweden, Robin Soderling barely broke a sweat as he routed Argentina's Diego Junqueira 6-0, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals of the Swedish Open.

The top-seeded Swede will next face Italy's Potito Starace , who opened strongly but was pushed to three sets in a 6-0, 6-7 (5), 6-2 win over Jonathan Dasnieres De Veigy of France.

Third-seeded Thomas Berdych of the Czech Republic has also reached the quarterfinals after defeating Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-2, 6-2.

Juan Monaco of Argentina, Spain's Ruben Ramirez Hildago and Andreas Haider-Maurer of Austria won their first-round matches and will be back in action today.


Powell's 20 helps Liberty crush Dream

In Newark, N.J., Nicole Powell scored 20 points and the New York Liberty cruised to a 91-69 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Wednesday.

Kia Vaughn had 14 points, Leilani Mitchell scored 12 and Plenette Pierson 11 to help New York (8-5) win for the sixth time in seven games.

Angel McCoughtry scored 17 points, Coco Miller had 15 and Armintie Price added 12 for Atlanta (3-9), which has lost six of eight.


New Mexico player won't face charges

Prosecutors said Wednesday they will not file charges against a University of New Mexico football player who was arrested after wearing saggy pants on a plane at San Francisco airport.

The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office reviewed the June 15 arrest of Deshon Marman and determined criminal charges were not warranted.

"My belief is if we took this into a courtroom with 12 members of our community on our jury, they would tell me, 'Come on guys, you have more important things to spend your time on,'" District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. "And I share that view."

Marman was arrested on suspicion of trespassing, battery of a police officer and obstruction after police say he refused to leave the US Airways flight on the captain's orders.