North Augustan takes Rolex lead

In Alpharetta, Ga., Matt NeSmith is halfway to his second major American Junior Golf Association victory this month.

NeSmith, of North Augusta, shot 3-under-par 67 Wednesday to take the lead after 36 holes at the Rolex Tournament of Champions at Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course.

At 5-under 135, NeSmith, who won the FootJoy Invitational on June 11, is one shot ahead of Vincent Martino, of Southlake, Texas, who shot 68 for the second day in a row.

Greyson Sigg, of Augusta, shot 75 and dropped into a tie for 42nd place at 7-over 147.

In the girls division, North Augusta’s McKenzie Talbert shot 71 and is tied for 13th at 144, six shots behind leader Jaye Marie Green, of Boca Raton, Fla.

Ashlan Ramsey, a former Martinez resident who now lives in Milledgeville, Ga., shot 69 and is tied for 21st at 147. North Augusta’s Jessica Hoang had 77 and is tied for 38th at 152.

• In Dothan, Ala., Hunter Dunagan, of Martinez, took home a major trophy after winning the 13-14 age group at the 63rd Annual Press Thornton Future Masters in his first appearance.

The 14-year-old Dunagan posted rounds of 69-71-72 for a four-shot victory at Dothan Country Club.

• In Wintergreen, Va., Travis Ross shot 8-under-par 64 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the eGolf Professional Tour’s Championship at Winter­green Resort.

Former Augusta State golfer Henrik Norlander had 70 and is tied for 21st. Mitch Krywulycz, another former Jaguar, had 73. David Robinson, of Sandersville, Ga., shot 74.

Track and Field

Tiebreaker won’t occur before 200

In Eugene, Ore., USA Track and Field officials said they will wait until after the women’s 200 meters Saturday night at the Olympic track trials to finalize plans for breaking a third-place tie in the 100.

Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh finished the 100 this past weekend in a dead heat for third. The top three finishers in each event at the trials make the U.S. Olympic team for London, provided they have met the qualifying standards.

As it stands now, both runners are already eligible to be selected to the Olympic 400 relay team. So are Carmelita Jeter, who won the 100, and runner-up Tianna Madison.


Complaint over Brees’ tag heard

NFL Players Association attorney Jeffrey Kessler says an arbitrator expects to rule within a week on arguments presented Wednesday concerning the Saints’ use of the NFL’s franchise tag on quarterback Drew Brees.

Arbitrator Stephen Burbank is handling the matter of how to interpret language in the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, which requires any club that designates a player as a franchise player for the third time to give that player a 44 percent raise.

Brees, once a franchise tag player with San Diego, has been designated New Orleans’ franchise player in 2012. The QB seeks clarity on whether the raise for third-time franchise players applies to his career, or only his stint with one team.

• Former NFL executive Eddie Jones, who spent 10 years as president of the Miami Dolphins, has died. He was 74.

Jones joined the Dolphins as vice president of administration and finance in 1988 before becoming executive vice president and general manager in 1990. He became team president in 1996 and held that position until retiring after the 2005 season.

– From staff and wire reports