Pope leads by 7 in Regions play

In Graniteville, North Augusta’s Jeff Pope, who is putting together one of the greatest seasons in Regions Bank Amateur Series history, shows no signs of letting up.

Pope, who has won three times in five starts this year and has a 170-point lead in the race for player of the year honors, opened up a seven-shot lead after the first round of the Orville White Cup at Midland Valley Country Club.

Pope shot 5-under-par 66 on Saturday in the seventh event of the nine-tournament series.

Jay Blackburn, Chase Epting and Keith Williams are tied for second place at 73.

It is a different story in the senior division, where Aiken’s Jeff Roberts shot 1-under 71 and has a one-stroke lead over Tripp Kuhlke, Billy Rangos and Glen Eskierka. Roberts is seeking his second victory of the season.

The final round begins at 10 a.m. today.


Horse Racing

Dogwood horse wins at Saratoga

In Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice took command approaching the top of the stretch and drew off for a 31/2-length victory in a 6½-furlong maiden special weight race for 2-year-olds at Saratoga.

Palace Malice, trained by Todd Pletcher, will now be pointed toward the $300,000 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga on Sept. 3.

Fort Larned rallied strongly in the final quarter-mile to win the $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap by 1¼ lengths over favorite Ron the Greek at Saratoga.

The 4-year-old Fort Larned stalked a strong pace before launching a decisive move that carried him to the wire in 1:47.76.



UConn’s Calhoun is injured in spill

In Uncasville, Conn., Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun fractured a hip in a bicycle accident Saturday, hours before he was supposed to coach a group of his former players in a charity game.

The 70-year-old Calhoun was cycling near his summer home in Madison, Conn., when he hit some sand and fell, said associate head coach George Blaney.

The Hall of Fame coach was scheduled to have surgery at the UConn Health Center in Farmington.



Haas downs Fish in Citi semifinals

In Washington, fourth-seeded Tommy Haas beat top-seeded Mardy Fish 6-3, 7-5 to reach the Citi Open final.

Haas will face second-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov, a 6-4, 6-4 winner over No. 8 Sam Querrey.

Haas, the German ranked 36th in the world, improved to 4-1 against Fish, and has won six of his past seven matches against top-15 players. Fish is ranked 15th.


Mixed Martial Arts

Machida earns title shot in win

In Los Angeles, former champion Lyoto Machida stopped Ryan Bader with one punch midway through the second round of the UFC’s latest prime-time network show Saturday night, getting a knockout that might have earned him a chance to reclaim his title.

After the fights, UFC President Dana White said Machida had earned another light heavyweight title shot with his sudden victory.

White promised a shot at the winner of champion Jon “Bones” Jones’ bout with veteran Dan Henderson in September.



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