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Golf

NeSmith rolls as east keeps Cup

In Orlando, Fla., North Augusta’s Matt NeSmith helped the east rally against the west as the Wyndham Cup concluded Thursday at Bay Hill Lodge and Club.

The matches finished at 25-25, but as the defending champion, the east team is considered the winner and retains the cup.

The east trailed by a point entering the final day, which featured singles.

NeSmith beat Thomas Lim, of Moorpark, Calif.,
4 and 2 in his match.

NeSmith finished the week with a 2-2 record.

Augusta’s Greyson Sigg lost his singles match to Scott Scheffler, of Dallas, 3 and 2. He finish the week with a 1-3 record.

Cody Proveaux made an 8-foot par putt on the final hole to halve his match and allow the east to keep the cup.

• In Savannah, Ga., Augusta’s Laura Coble shot her third consecutive even-par 72 to win the 83rd Georgia Women’s Amateur State Championship at The Landings’ Deer Creek course.

Coble, who won this event for the sixth time, beat 21-year-old Kathryn Fowler by three shots. Fowler closed with 69.

Augusta’s Mary Helen McElreath shot a final-round 78 to win the first flight by five shots.

• In Leland, N.C., USC Aiken golfer Matt Atkins finished second in a 36-hole U.S. Amateur sectional qualifier, earning a spot in
August’s U.S. Golf Association event.

Atkins, who will be a senior in the fall, shot
74-75–149 at Magnolia Greens Golf Plantation to finish one shot behind medalist Michael McGowan.

Only the winner and
runner-up earned spots in the U.S. Amateur, scheduled for Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo, on Aug. 13-19.

NBA

Charlotte signs ex-Mav Haywood

Brendan Haywood is returning home with a purpose.

Haywood, who grew up in Greensboro, N.C., made it clear he’s coming back to the Carolinas with the goal of helping the Charlotte Bobcats turn things around after they finished with the worst record (7-59) in the NBA last season.

Claimed off waivers last week from the Dallas Mavericks, the 7-foot Haywood was introduced Thursday at a news conference along with free-agent acquisition Ramon Sessions, a point guard who opted out of his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers to sign with the Bobcats.

“Myself and Ramon will be great additions to this team,” Haywood said. “We’re looking forward to getting this thing started and help this team be better than it was last season.”

Haywood still owns a home in Charlotte and has frequently worked out at the Bobcats facility.

Tennis

Malisse rolls in Farmers Classic

In Los Angeles, fifth-seeded Xavier Malisse advanced to the Farmers Classic quarterfinal, beating Matthew Ebden 6-4, 6-3 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.

The 32-year-old Malisse will face two-time tournament champion Sam Querrey today.

“I’ll try to put as many returns (as possible) in play, that’s the first thing,” Malisse said.

“But I think I’ve just got to go out and look at my own game. Try to concentrate on what I’m doing, keep trying to hit serves like that and be aggressive.”

In other second-round matches, Nicolas Mahut beat Paolo Lorenzi 7-5, 7-6 (7) and Marinko Matosevic topped Tobias Kamke 6-3, 1-6.


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