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Lee Knox leads Georgia Am by 2

In Roswell, Ga., Lee Knox shot 2-under-par 70 at Settindown Creek on Saturday and will carry the lead into today’s final round of the Georgia Amateur.

The Augustan, who won this tournament in 2010, has a two-shot lead, but it could have been more.

The Alabama golfer made bogeys on two of his final three holes (Nos. 16 and 17) and shot 2-over 38 on the back nine after 4-under 32 on the front.

Knox is at 7-under 209 for 54 holes.

Matt Russell, of Dunwoody, is in second place after 69. Michael Garretson, of Acworth, is three back after shooting 75.

Former Greenbrier golfer Chris Waters, now of Athens, is tied for sixth place. He shot 73 and is at 213.

Augusta’s William Sigg had 75 and is tied for 11th place at 218.

Austin Vick, of Evans, is tied for 31st place at 223 after shooting 74.

And Grovetown’s Jamie Felder is tied for 48th place at 226 after shooting 75.

• In Bluffton, S.C., North Augusta’s Matt NeSmith shot 1-under-par 71, but lost ground on the leader in The Players Amateur at the South Course at Berkeley Hall.

NeSmith, who started the third round eight shots behind Australia’s Daniel Nisbet, now trails Nisbet by nine.

Nisbet had 70 and is at 11-under 205 entering today’s final round. NeSmith, 18, is tied for fourth place at 214 after previous rounds of 69-74.

Alabama golfer Bobby Wyatt shot 67 and is one behind Nisbet.

Today’s winner will receive an exemption into the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage in April.

• In Kannapolis, N.C., former Augusta State golfer Major Manning was the top area finisher in the eGolf Tour’s Southern Open, which concluded Saturday at the Club at Irish Creek.

Manning, who lives in Daytona Beach, Fla., closed with 3-under-par 68 to tie for 20th place, seven shots behind the winner, Drew Weaver.

Weaver, a former Virginia Tech golfer, shot 70 and beat Michael Sims (67 on Saturday) by rolling in a 30-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. They finished at 17-under 267.

Weaver won $24,000 and Sims, who had a second-round 59, earned $14,111.

Of the other area golfers, David Robinson, of Sandersville, Ga., had 68 and tied for 27th place at 275; Aiken’s Stephen Poole had 72 and tied for 38th place at 277 and former Augusta State golfer Henrik Norlander had 72 and tied for 57th place at 282.

NBA

Hornets’ Gordon stays in Big Easy

The New Orleans Hornets have matched the Phoenix Suns’ four-year, $58 million offer to Eric Gordon, keeping the restricted free agent guard in New Orleans.

• The Charlotte Bobcats have been awarded center Brendan Haywood off waivers from Dallas.

Haywood, who grew up in Greensboro and played collegiately at North Carolina – the same alma mater as owner Michael Jordan – was cut loose by the Mavericks using the amnesty clause.

• The Boston Celtics made it official: Kevin Garnett is coming back as part of the team’s efforts to keep key pieces after losing Ray Allen to the Miami Heat.

More than a week after Garnett reportedly agreed to a three-year contract, the Celtics announced on Saturday that he, forward Brandon Bass and center-forward Chris Wilcox had re-signed.

• The Detroit Pistons have added Vyacheslav Kravtsov with a multiyear contract.

The team said in June that it planned to sign the 24-year-old Ukrainian.


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