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Golf

Diaz carries lead into final round

In Mandeville, La., Roberto Diaz is still at the top in the NGA Tour’s Florida Marine Open.

Diaz, who has had at least a share of the lead after every round at Beau Chene Country Club, shot 4-under-par 68 on Saturday and is now at 20-under 196. He opened with rounds of 65-63.

Jon Curren, who had 68 on Saturday, is two shots off Diaz’s lead.

Aiken native Matt Hendrix had 66 and is 10 shots off the lead at 206.

The final round is today.

Minor League Baseball

Jackets to play twin bill today

The game between the Augusta GreenJackets and Charleston RiverDogs was postponed Saturday because of rain.

A doubleheader between the two teams is scheduled for today beginning at 1:05 p.m. There will be two seven-inning games.

Augusta will start Chris Stratton in the first game followed by Joe Biagini in the second game.

NFL

Pack has plans for Favre’s No. 4

The Green Bay Packers president says he’d like to see the team retire Brett Favre’s No. 4 jersey before the former quarterback gets inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016.

A WTMJ-TV report says Packers president Mark Murphy held a recent question-and-answer session on the team’s Web site. During the session he revealed plans for helping to end a long rift between Favre and the team.

Murphy says Favre will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He says the team wants to retire his No. 4 prior to that induction.

Murphy says he knows many fans were upset that Favre played for the Vikings. But he says as time has passed, wounds have healed and fans have refocused on all the great things Favre did as a Packer.

Track

Bolt runs fastest 200 of the year

In Paris, Usain Bolt ran the fastest 200 meters of the season with a time of 19.73 seconds at the Areva Diamond League meet in Paris.

Bolt shaved 0.01 seconds off the previous best time of 2013, set by American sprinter Tyson Gay at the U.S. trials last month.

Fellow Jamaican Warren Weir was second in 19.92, ahead of former European champion Christophe Lemaitre in 20.07.

Bolt will next compete in the 100 and 4x100 relay in London on July 26-27 in a one-year anniversary event for the 2012 Olympics. That will be his final major meeting before the world championships, which start Aug. 10.

In other events at Areva, Olympic champion Kirani James, of Grenada, clocked a world-leading 43.96 in the men’s 400, beating Americans LaShawn Merritt (44.09) and Tony McQuay (44.84) and three-time Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba, of Ethiopia, ran 14:23.68 in the women’s 5,000, also a world-leading time this season.

Regatta

Washington is in final of ‘Grand’

The University of Washington continued its unbeaten season, booking a place in today’s final of the Grand Challenge Cup for international eights at the Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames.

The “Grand” is the senior event of this regatta, and Washington beat the Polish national squad by 1 ¼ lengths in Saturday’s semifinals.

It now faces the Great Britain national squad.

–From staff and wire reports


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