Pope keeps up his red-hot play

In Thomson, North Augusta’s Jeff Pope continued his strong play in the Regions Bank Amateur Series in Saturday’s first round of the Camellia Classic.

Pope, who has won three of his past four starts dating back to last season, opened with 2-under-par 70 at Belle Meade Country Club to share the lead with Jesse Key.

Ethan Chamineak had 71 and Brendan Fisher and Rick Hopper shot 72.

Jamie Felder and Lance Johnson opened with 73s and late entrant Jay Blackburn, the career leader in regular division victories with 12, had 74.

In the senior division, seven players are within four shots of leader Jeff Roberts, who opened with 72.

Glen Hurt had 73, Kenny Larry and defending champion Mark Ernyei had 74s and Jim Dyer and Robert Samuels had 75s. Chuck Withers and Owen Chivers had 76s.

The final round will be played today.

• In Concord, N.C., Matt Harmon holed out a bunker shot for eagle on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with Drew Weaver to win the eGolf Tour’s HMG Hotels Classic at Rock Barn.

The shot came on the par-5 18th hole.

Harmon shot 3-under-par 69 while Weaver had 70. They finished at 14-under 274. Harmon won $25,000.

Major Manning was the top area finisher. The former Augusta State golfer shot 73 to tie for 24th place at 282.

Mitch Krywulycz shot 79 to tie for 52nd place at 292 and Rob Bennett had 77 to finish 56th at 294.

• Augusta State men’s coach Kevin McPherson will be on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive program at 6:45 a.m. today.


Minor League Hockey

Ralph to return as ’Hawks coach

Brad Ralph will be returning for his third season as head coach of the Augusta RiverHawks.

Ralph and team agreed to terms on Friday.

Ralph has 71 wins, 34 losses and seven overtime losses in his two years with the team.

The RiverHawks won the SPHL regular-season title last year.


Minor League Baseball

Pitching dooms Jackets on road

In Asheville, N.C., the Augusta GreenJackets’ bats came to life, but it wasn’t enough to overcome poor pitching.

Even with a seven-run fourth inning, Augusta fell 12-10 to the Asheville Tourists on Saturday, losing for the seventh time in the past eight games.

Augusta (22-32) sent 12 batters to the plate in the seven-run fourth inning, with Shawn Payne getting two hits, including a three-run double.



Arizona State is in title series

In Oklahoma City, Alix Johnson had a three-run homer to lead Arizona State to a 6-0 victory over Louisiana State University in the Women’s College World Series.

The victory earned Arizona State a spot in the best-of-three championship series, which starts Monday.

The Sun Devils will take on the winner of Saturday’s late game between California and Oregon.


Track and Field

Felix cruises to win in the 200

In Eugene, Ore., Allyson Felix breezed away from the field in the 200 meters at the Prefontaine Classic, easily holding off training partner Jeneba Tarmoh and crushing her rival Carmelita Jeter.

Felix’s time was 22.23.