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Luther Welsh's wife loses cancer battle

Anne Welsh , the wife of former Thomson High football coach Luther Welsh , died Thursday.

First-year Thomson football coach Milan Turner said Anne Welsh died in an Augusta hospital. She had battled cancer.

Anne Welsh and her husband would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in September.

Luther Welsh won more than 300 games in his career before retiring after he led the Bulldogs to a 9-3 record and a playoff victory last season. He is also battling cancer.

Welsh won three state championships at Thomson, where he coached a total of 19 years during two stints.

- The Augusta Sports Council announced the preseason watch list for the 2011 Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation's top collegiate punter. The preseason list recognizes the five returning Ray Guy Award semi-finalists from 2010.

The list includes: Drew Butler , of Georgia; Bryan Anger, of California; Kyle Martens , of Rice; Quinn Sharp , of Oklahoma State; and Dawson Zimmerman , of Clemson. The complete list of candidates will be released on October 28.

College Sports

Evans accepts job at Savannah State

Two people knowledgeable about the situation, who requested anonymity, confirmed that Savannah State has hired former Georgia athletic director Damon Evans as a consultant to assess Savannah State's athletic department. Marilynn Suggs , Savannah State University's first female athletic director, was fired Wednesday after less than seven months on the job.

Minor League Baseball

Duvall's slam helps GreenJackets rally

In Asheville, N.C., Adam Duvall hit a grand slam in the top of the ninth inning to help the Augusta GreenJackets rally for a 7-4 victory over the Asheville Tourists on Thursday night.

Duvall also had three doubles for the GreenJackets.

Augusta trailed 4-1 after the fifth inning but scored six runs over the final three innings to pick up the win.

Golf

Lee Knox has lead in Georgia Amateur

In Atlanta, Augusta's Lee Knox is off to a strong start in defense of his Georgia Amateur Championship title.

Knox, an Alabama golfer, opened with 3-under-par 67 at Cherokee Town and Country Club.

He has a one-shot lead over Ridge Purcell , of LaGrange, in the 72-hole tournament.

Of the other area players in the field, Augusta's Greyson Sigg had 73 while Knox's father, Jeff , had 75, as did Rob McRae , of Augusta.

Augusta's William Sigg had 76 while Waynesboro's Daniel Mobley had 77, as did Evans' Austin Vick .

There will be a cut after today's second round.

- In Roswell, Ga., Evans native Ashlan Ramsey had rounds of 73 and 72 to finish fifth at the Georgia Women's Open on Sunday.

Ramsey was 1-over-par for the tournament at Summergrove Golf Club, finishing five shots behind Dori Carter and Lacey Agnew . Carter beat Agnew on the second playoff hole to win the title.

Augusta's Laura Coble (76-71) tied for sixth at 3-over.

Augusta's Mary Helen McElreath (75-80) tied for second in the regular division. Sandra Moody , of Waynesboro, Ga., shot 86-80 to finish third in the senior division.

- Matt NeSmith , of North Augusta, and MacKenzie Talbert , of Strom Thurmond, were named to the East roster for the Wyndham Cup. The match-play competition will take place July 25-28 at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, N.C.

College Basketball

Jackets' Oliver will leave for Seton Hall

Swingman Brian Oliver transferred from Georgia Tech to Seton Hall. Oliver, a 6-foot-6, 226-pound native of Glassboro, N.J., averaged 8.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 58 games with the Yellow Jackets.

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Fired Augusta parks chief loses suit against city

U.S. District Court Judge J. Randal Hall granted the city's request for summary judgment Tuesday, finding Tom Beck was unable to prove his 2012 firing violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.
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