All-County title taken by Rebels
Hephzibah’s boys won their eighth consecutive All-Richmond County cross country title on Thursday at Diamond Lakes.
The Rebels, who had the top three finishers, finished with 17 points. Cross Creek had 52, Richmond Academy 60 and Westside 99.
Hephzibah senior Justin Woodard was the overall winner, with a time of 16 minutes, 35 seconds. He edged teammate Jaquan Lewis, who had 16:46. Hephzibah’s Reggie Fields (17:00) was third.
In the girls meet, Richmond Academy beat Hephzibah by one point, 44 to 45. Cross Creek had 53 and Westside 69.
Richmond Academy’s Ivie Teston was the individual winner at 20:54.
Moore wins her 4th senior title
In Aiken, Patty Moore rallied to win her fourth Women’s Eastern Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship.
Moore, of Charlotte, N.C., trailed Pat Brogden by a shot entering the final round, but closed with 71 to beat Brogden for the title by two shots at Houndslake County Club.
Brogden, of Garner, N.C., had a final-round 74.
Moore opened with rounds of 76-73 while Brogden shot 77-71.
Paine hoops will open on the road
The Paine College men’s basketball team will play a split Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule this year.
The Lions released their 2012-13 schedule on Thursday.
Paine, which is in the East Division, will play those teams twice and play West teams once.
The Lions will revive a long-dormant matchup with USC Aiken. The teams will meet at Aiken’s convocation center on Dec. 19.
The Paine men will open their season on Nov. 16 in the Catawba College Classic.
The men’s first home game will be Nov. 28 against Allen University.
Surgery won’t be needed for Love
The Minnesota Timberwolves got a bit of good news Thursday when doctors told All-Star Kevin Love that he wouldn’t need surgery on his broken right hand.
The bad news is they still have to figure out a way to replace his 26 points and 13 rebounds a game for the next six to eight weeks.
Love said in a statement that he broke his right hand while doing knuckle push-ups the day before in a pre-practice workout.
The injury means the Wolves will be without their two best players – point guard Ricky Rubio isn’t expected back until mid-December at the earliest because of a torn ACL in his left knee – for the first month of the regular season, and possibly longer.
• In Atlanta, Devin Harris scored 14 points, including nine in Atlanta’s 21-1 run to open the second half, and the Hawks beat the New Orleans Hornets 97-68 in a preseason game on Thursday night.
Josh Smith led the Hawks with 16 points. Al Horford had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony Morrow had 15 points.
Anthony Davis, the No. 1 overall draft pick, led the Hornets with 19 points, including 15 in the first half.
• Slater Martin, the Hall of Fame guard who won four NBA titles with the Minneapolis Lakers and one with the St. Louis Hawks, died Thursday. He was 86.
Martin died Thursday at a skilled nursing facility in Houston after a sudden illness, daughter-in-law Becky Martin said.