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Smith makes return with 68 at Goshen

Garland Smith is in control after Saturday's first round of the Goshen Golf Classic, the fourth Regions Bank Amateur Series event of the year.

The 20-year-old Edgefield, S.C., resident shot 4-under-par 68 on Saturday at Goshen Plantation Golf Club, and carries a five-shot lead into today's final round.

Four players -- defending champion Jay Blackburn, Young Kim, Drew Cooper and Brad Armstrong -- shot 73.

Kim's round included a hole-in-one on the seventh hole with a 5-iron shot.

Regions Bank Amateur Series points leader Ryan McCook had 75.

Smith, who won the season-opening Sunbelt Nissan/Golf Capital Invitational in his only other start this season, has yet to shoot a round of par or higher. He had 70-71 to win the Sunbelt event at Mount Vintage Plantation.

Former pro Tommy Carpenter , making his senior debut in the series, shot 71 and is tied for the lead with Glen Hurt .

Billy Rangos and defending champion Bob Varn shot 72s.

- In Conover, N.C., Chris Thompson , of Lawrence, Kan., shot his second consecutive 4-under-par 68 and won the eGolf Tour's HGM Hotels Classic.

Thompson finished at 21-under 266, two shots clear of Ryan Gildersleeve (65). He earned $33,852 for the victory.

North Augusta's Kyle Bradley (67) and former Augustan Cortland Lowe (70) were the top local finishers. They tied for 11th at 272.

Ryan Dillon (72) tied for 16th at 274, Matt Hendrix (70) and David Robinson (70) tied for 27th at 276, Jordan Johnstun (75) tied for 30th at 277, Scott Parel (70) tied for 38th at 278 and Scott Usher (72) tied for 69th at 285.

Minor League Baseball

Drive rides bats to blowout of Jackets

In Greenville, S.C., Vladimir Frias had three hits and drove in four runs to lead the Greenville Drive to a 14-4 rout of the Augusta GreenJackets on Saturday night.

Despite being outscored by 10, the GreenJackets managed to out-hit the Drive 16-15.

Nick Liles had four hits and Christopher Dominguez had three hits and a home run for Augusta.

Softball

Georgia stays alive, eliminates Florida

In Oklahoma City, Brianna Hesson singled home the winning run in the fifth inning and Erin Arevalo struck out the final five batters to snuff out a Florida rally and secure a 3-2 win for Georgia on Saturday night at the Women's College World Series.

Alisa Goler hit a two-run home run in the first inning for the sixth-seeded Bulldogs (50-12), who immediately bounced back after Florida (49-10) came back to tie it in the top of the fifth.

The Gators, who ousted Missouri with a 5-0 win earlier in the day, are eliminated.

Georgia will play UCLA at 1 p.m. today.

- Kenzie Fowler bounced back from a rocky Women's College World Series debut and Karissa Buchanan scored twice and Arizona eliminated defending national champion Washington with a 4-3 win.

Arizona played Hawaii in an elimination game late Saturday.

NBA

Celtics assistant is headed to Chicago

Tom Thibodeau , the defensive mastermind who helped the Boston Celtics reach the NBA Finals for the second time in three years as an assistant, is the Chicago Bulls' new head coach, a person familiar with the situation said.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because a deal has not been announced. Thibodeau's deal is worth approximately $6.5 million, with two years guaranteed plus a team option, and he will continue to assist the Celtics through the NBA finals.

Bulls officials declined comment. The team and the NBA agreed to wait until after the finals are over to make the hiring official.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers would not confirm the reports before Boston practiced Saturday. Game 2 of the finals is tonight.


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