Two Augustans make Am field
In Athens, Ga., Augusta’s Greyson Sigg and Chase Parker qualified for the U.S. Amateur in a sectional qualifier Tuesday at Athens Country Club.
Sigg shot 67-68–135 in the 36-hole event to claim medalist honors by two strokes over Sam Straka, of Valdosta, Ga. Parker tied for third at 138 with Zach Estep, of Lawrenceville, Ga. Parker shot 71-67.
They join Augusta’s Lee Knox and North Augusta’s Matt NeSmith, who qualified earlier this month at Columbia Country Club.
The U.S. Amateur is scheduled for Aug. 12-18 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
Pistons, Bucks engage in trade
A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the Detroit Pistons acquired point guard Brandon Jennings from the Milwaukee Bucks for point guard Brandon Knight and two prospects.
The person, who spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the trade hasn’t been announced, says Jennings has agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract with the Pistons. The person says Detroit will also give up seldom-used center Viacheslav Kravtsov and forward Khris Middleton in the trade.
The Bucks also signed free-agent guard Gary Neal and first-round draft pick Giannis Antetokounmpo on Tuesday.
• The Charlotte Bobcats re-signed shooting guard Gerald Henderson. Contract terms were not disclosed.
A person familiar with the situation said the deal is worth $18 million over three seasons with a player option for the third season.
• Seven-foot center Jeff Withey signed his rookie contract with the New Orleans Pelicans.
The club did not release terms of the deal with the former Kansas standout.
Withey was drafted by Portland in the second round of the draft, 39th overall, and then traded to New Orleans.
• Oscar “Ossie” Schectman, the former New York Knicks guard who scored the first basket in NBA history, died Tuesday. He was 94.
Schectman’s son Peter confirmed his father’s death, which was also announced by the Knicks.
Peter says his dad died of complications from respiratory failure.
Schectman scored the opening basket of a game in what was then known as the BAA on Nov. 1, 1946 for the Knicks against the Toronto Huskies.
Kerber rolls in opening match
In Washington, top-seeded Angelique Kerber cruised past Irina Falconi 6-2, 6-3 in the first round of the Citi Open on Tuesday.
With No. 15-ranked Sloane Stephens’ loss Monday, No. 9-ranked Kerber is 17 spots higher than any player remaining in the tournament. The German will face the winner of the match between Melanie Oudin and Anastasia Rodionova.
Taylor Townsend lost to Monica Niculescu 6-3, 6-0. Last year, Townsend became the first American girl to finish No. 1 in the year-end world junior rankings.
On the men’s side, Ryan Harrison, upset Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 7-5 and Sam Querrey beat Denis Istomin 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (9).
• In Kitzbuehel, Austria, Leonardo Mayer upset top-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 7-6 (4) to reach the quarterfinals of the bet-at-home Cup.
Two-time champion Robin Haase opened his title defense by defeating Guillaume Rufin 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the first round. The 68th-ranked Dutchman finished with 10 aces.