NeSmith, Harbin receive honors
South Carolina’s Matt NeSmith was named the Southeastern Conference’s co-Freshman of the Year.
The North Augusta resident shared the award with Arkansas’ Taylor Moore.
Augusta resident Dykes Harbin, a senior at South Carolina, made the All-SEC second team.
Alabama coach Jay Seawell, a former Augusta State men’s coach, was named SEC Coach of the Year.
Harbin leads the Gamecocks, and ranks 16th in the conference, with a stroke average of 72.73.
NeSmith ranks second on the team and 21st in the SEC with a scoring average of 73.00, which is tied for the fourth-best stroke average for a freshman in school history. He had a team-high eight top-20 finishes, including six top-10 showings.
• In Clinton, S.C., a team from The River Golf Club in North Augusta won the recent South Carolina Golf Association Trescott Championship at Musgrove Mill Golf Club.
Following a format where all three amateurs’ scores were counted in an 18-hole round, Jeff Pope (74), Ben Lown (76) and Justin Thompson (76) shot 226 to win by five shots over a team from Northwoods Golf Club.
There were 28 teams in the tournament.
Jacksonville WR suspended again
Justin Blackmon’s latest violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy will cost him money – maybe lots of it.
The league suspended the Jacksonville wide receiver Tuesday for the first four games of the 2013 season for his second violation in less than a year. He will not get paid for the four-week hiatus. And the suspension triggers language in his contract that voids future guarantees.
Now, the Jaguars could cut him without having to pay about $10 million that remains on a four-year,
$18.5 million contract.
Two Pitt players kicked off team
Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst has dismissed two players and suspended another indefinitely after they were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Another player was charged with assault and suspended.
Tight end Drew Carswell and defensive back Eric Williams, both juniors, have been removed from the team. Carswell, Williams and defensive tackle Khaynin Mosley-Smith all were suspended last week after police made a drug raid on their house.
Dortmund makes Champions final
In Madrid, Borussia Dortmund needed every bit of its first-leg advantage to stave off a comeback attempt by Real Madrid and reach the Champions League final for the first time since 1997.
Karim Benzema scored in the 83rd minute and Sergio Ramos in the 88th, putting Real Madrid in position to advance with one more goal. But Dortmund held on for a 4-3 aggregate win following a 2-0 loss Tuesday night.
The final is May 25 at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Former winner falls in Munich
In Munich, Radek Stepanek, of the Czech Republic, beat seventh-seeded Mikhail Youzhny, of Russia, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to advance to the second round of the BMW Open.
Youzhny was the second former winner of the clay-court event to be eliminated after two-time champion Nikolay Davydenko lost Monday. Youzhny was the 2010 winner.
– From staff and wire reports