Area duo make Q-School moves

David Robinson and Henrik Norlander made big moves in the first stage of the PGA Tour’s Qualifying School Tournament on Thursday.

Robinson, of Sandersville, Ga., shot 7-under-par 63 in the second round at Florence (S.C.) Country Club to move from a tie for 59th after an opening 74 to a tie for 11th. The top 17 advance to the second stage after 72 holes.

Norlander, a former Augusta State golfer who lives in Augusta, shot a third-round 6-under 66 at The Lakes at Castle Hills in Lewisville, Texas. Norlander, who
was tied for 26th after rounds of 72-73, is now fifth. The top 18 advance from this stage.

In a second stage event in Kingwood, Texas, former Augusta State All-American Patrick Reed, who now lives in Spring, Texas, should have no trouble advancing.

Reed, who was tied for the lead after rounds of 69-63, had 65 on Thursday and now leads by four shots. Roger Furrer, another former Jaguar playing at this site, has shot 76-69-70 and is tied for 39th place.

Wallace Booth, a former Augusta State golfer who is playing at the same site as Norlander, shot 76 and is tied for 30th place.

Mitch Krywulycz, another ex-Jaguar, shot 3-over 75 in the second round at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga., and is tied for 57th place. The top 18 advance.

Other area players are Casey Johnson (tied for fifth at Pine Mountain, Ga., Stephen Poole (tied for 21st at Florence after 71), Garland Smith (tied for 56th after 74 at Florence), Scott Usher (tied for 61st at Florence after 74) and Brad Arrington (tied for 70th at Pensacola after 9-over 79 in the third round).

Prep Softball

’Pack, ’Dogs are in losers bracket

In Columbus, Ga., Green­brier and Harlem lost their openers in the state softball tournament and must win today to stay alive in their respective double elimination tournaments.

Greenbrier lost 7-1 to Pope in Class AAAAA. The Lady Wolfpack will take on Northgate at 1 p.m. today in the losers bracket.

In the Class AA tournament, Harlem was blanked 6-0 by Dade County. The Lady Bulldogs take on Jeff Davis at 9 a.m. today in their losers bracket game.


Stern announces retirement plans

NBA Commissioner David Stern will retire on Feb. 1, 2014, 30 years after he took charge of the league. He will be replaced by Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver.

The announcement came at an NBA Board of Gover­nors meeting Thursday.

Stern told owners during their two days of meetings of his plans, and the board unanimously decided Silver would be his successor.

“I decided that things are in great shape and there’s an organization in place that will ultimately be led by Adam that is totally prepared to take it to the next level,” Stern said.


Famed trainer Steward is dead

Emanuel Steward, the owner of the legendary Kronk Gym and one of boxing’s greatest trainers, has died. He was 68.

Victoria Kirton, Steward’s executive assistant, says Steward died Thursday in a Chicago hospital. She did not disclose the cause of death.

Steward made his name training Thomas Hearns at the Kronk Gym in Detroit.

Steward worked with a long line of champions such as Lennox Lewis, during a big part of his title run, and current heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko as recently as July.