North Augustan takes over lead

In Greensboro, N.C., North Augusta’s Matt NeSmith has taken a three-shot lead at the halfway mark of the American Junior Golf Association’s FJ Invitational at Cardinal Golf & Country Club.

NeSmith shot 3-under-par 69 in Wednesday’s second round of the 72-hole event and is at 5-under 137.

Friday’s winner receives an exemption into the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro on Aug. 16-19.

Golfers tied for second place at 140 are Shun Yat Hak, Motin Yeung and Michael Pisciotta.

• In Carrollton, Ga., Augusta’s Laura Coble won both her matches in the Georgia Women’s Match Play Championship on Wednesday and advanced to today’s quarterfinals at Sunset Hills Country Club.

Coble opened the day with a 5 and 3 victory over Collen Panosian, of Smyrna. She closed it with a 2 and 1 victory over Abby Johnson, of Braselton.

Today, Coble will meet Jackie Rajek, of Suwanee, in a quarterfinal match.



Jag sign fourth recruit for hoops

Michael Graham, a 6-foot-5 forward, has signed a national letter of intent to play for Augusta State.

Graham averaged 14.7 points and 8.8 rebounds a game as a senior for Largo (Md.) High, the Class AA state runner-up.

Graham joins Florida junior-college transfer Ryan Weems, North Carolina prep guard Keshun Sherrill and Flagler transfer Chad July as the additions to the Jaguar program.

• The Greater Augusta Alumni Chapter of the South Carolina State Bulldogs Club will holds its annual “Bulldog Nite Out” scholarship benefit tonight at Julian Smithg Casino.

Guests include football coach Buddy Pough and band direction Dr. Eddie Ellis.

Also, the Greater Augusta Alumni Chapter of South Carolina State University will honor six members of the chapter that will be inducted into the 2012 athletic hall of fame Sept. 8.

They are Al Young, Raliegh Roundtree, Robert “Buzzy” Banks, Arthur Prescott, Bobby Moore and James Quarles.

For more information, call Rod Pearson at (706) 627-3163 or James Quarles at (706) 831-7010.



Event starts at Newman Monday

The Walton Foundation for Independence Wheelchair Tennis Championship will be played Monday and Tuesday at Newman Tennis Center.

The Championship is the third event in the first annual Georgia Wheelchair Grand Prix, a series of tournaments which culminate with the Georgia Wheelchair Grand Prix State Championships on Oct. 26-28 in Peachtree City.



Sandusky’s trial reaches 3rd day

In Bellefonte, Pa., a foster child said he was threatened, warned he would never see his family again if he ever told anyone what happened. Another said he stayed quiet because he didn’t want to stop getting tickets to the hottest game in town – Penn State football.

That was how two of Jerry Sandusky’s alleged victims explained the former Penn State assistant coach’s hold over them in the third day of the trial.

Sandusky, 68, is charged with sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period – accusations he has denied. Three of Sandusky’s accusers testified Wednesday, bringing to five the number of alleged victims to take the stand.



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