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Golf

Evans’ Yi 3rd at championships

Evans’ Eunice Yi sits in third place after shooting 2-over-par 74 in the first round of the Georgia Girls’ Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.

Megan Sabol, of Martinez, shot 8-over 80 and is tied for 16th.

Bailey Tardy, of Norcross, is in first place after shooting 4-under 68.

• Seven local golfers are competing in the Geo­rgia Junior Cham­pion­ship at The Farm in Rocky Face.

Russell Sabol, of Martinez, and Salil Ghamande, of Evans, were the top local golfers in Mon­day’s opening round, shooting 7-over-par 79 to tie for 45th.

The first-round co-leaders are Ryan Stachler and Tyler Han­son, who shot 4-under 68.

Other local golfers competing are Michael Chees­borough, of Augusta (81); Austin Knox, of Augusta (83); Michael Quick, of Waynes­­boro (85); Ja­son Murphy, of Augusta, (85); and Jay Mobley, of Waynes­boro (87).

College Football

QB for Cowboys heads to Illinois

Former Oklahoma State starting quarterback Wes Lunt is transferring to Illi­nois, returning to his home state after giving the Illini little consideration out of high school.

Lunt is from Rochester, Ill., and started five games last season as a freshman for the Cowboys but was sidelined by an injury. He was the first true freshman to open the season as the starting quarterback at Oklahoma State since at least 1950.

Lunt will have to sit out this fall under NCAA transfer rules, but he could be an instant upgrade for a struggling Illinois program. The pocket passer averaged 184.7 yards a game and threw for six touchdowns last fall.

Lunt said turmoil surrounding Illinois coach Ron Zook, who was fired after the 2011 season, was part of what led him not to consider Illinois originally.

Media

Radio crew fired for mocking ALS

The cast of an Atlanta sports radio show has been fired after mocking a former NFL player who has Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The comments Monday on Mayhem in the AM referred to ex-Saints safety Steve Gleason, 36, who has lost the ability to speak or move because of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He played for the Saints from 2000-06.

Host Nick Cellini took to Twitter to apologize, calling it a stupid attempt at humor. Listen­ers on the station’s Face­book page called for the hosts’ termination.

During the segment, two of the on-air personalities took a call from a third host who pretended to be Gleason by using a voice that sounded automated. The host pretending to be Gleason told jokes and eventually asked the two others to do him a favor by smothering him.

College basketball

Ex-WNBA chief proposes change

The WNBA’s first president feels women’s college basketball needs to make changes if the sport is to grow.

Val Ackerman was hired by the NCAA in November to assess the state of the women’s game.

In a report submitted last week, she advised a series of ideas that would help. They include moving the Final Four back to a Friday-Sunday format, exploring a two-site super regional for the second week of the NCAA Tournament and going back to having the top 16 teams play host to the first two rounds. In Ackerman’s proposal, the eight-team super regionals would be awarded to sites for three years at a time.


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