Coble, Ramsey reach quarters
In Braselton, Ga., Augusta’s Laura Coble is off to a solid start in her bid for a 10th title in the Georgia Women’s Match Play Championship.
Coble, the No. 8 seed in the championship flight, advanced to the quarterfinals Monday at The Legends at Chateau Elan, where she will join former Columbia County resident Ashlan Ramsey.
Coble opened with a 5 and 4 win over Christina Yang, of Suwanee, then defeated Ramsey’s sister, Taylor, 2 and 1 in the Round of 16.
Ashlan Ramsey defeated Lilburn’s Kimberly Graff, 5 and 4, in the first round. She then routed Ivy Shepard, of Peachtree City, 8 and 7 in the Round of 16.
Coble will meet Sydney Needham, of Villa Rica, in today’s quarterfinals. Ramsey will face Jackie Rajek, of Suwanee.
The semifinals will also be played today and the finals are set for Wednesday.
• In Aiken, Carson Jacobs, of Hendersonville, Tenn., shot 2-under-par 68 to finish first in a qualifying round for the Palmetto Amateur, which will be held Wednesday through Saturday at Palmetto Golf Club.
Also qualifying were Peter Marra (69), Ryan Sevigny (69), Austin Frick (70), Will Starke (70) and Drew McElveen (70).
Neymar finishes Barcelona deal
Neymar completed his transfer to Barcelona on Monday in a deal that unites the Brazilian star with Lionel Messi in what should be a formidable attacking partnership.
Neymar signed a five-year contract with club president Sandro Rosell after choosing Barcelona over Real Madrid.
The 21-year-old jogged onto the Camp Nou field for the first time in his new Barcelona jersey with “Neymar Jr” on the back.
Hall of Fame QB Kelly has cancer
Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly says he has been diagnosed with cancer in his upper jaw bone and will have surgery on June 7.
Kelly is suffering from squamous cell carcinoma, but he has recently undergone tests to show that the cancer is isolated in his jaw and has not spread to other parts of his body.
“Doctors have told me that my prognosis for recovery is very good,” he said.
Kelly spent 11 seasons with the Bills before retiring following the 1996 campaign. He still holds nearly every significant career franchise passing record – 35,467 yards, 237 touchdowns and 26 300-yard games.
• Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Mike Adams is expected to make a full recovery after being stabbed during an attempted carjacking early Sunday morning.
Coach Mike Tomlin said Monday that the 23-year-old Adams understands how lucky he is that he was not more seriously hurt during the incident on the city’s South Side.
“Obviously, it’s an unfortunate situation, but he’s very blessed to be in the position that he’s in,” Tomlin said.
Italian fails test, punished by UCI
Giro d’Italia stage winner Mauro Santambrogio tested positive for EPO from a sample given on the opening day of the race last month.
The International Cycling Union says it suspended the 28-year-old rider for now and asked the Italian cycling federation to prosecute a disciplinary case.
Santambrogio faces being stripped of his victory in the tough and mountainous stage 14 and his ninth-place finish overall.