Augustan shares Forest Hills lead
States Fort leads a strong group of Augusta-area golfers who will battle for a Hurricane Junior Golf Tour title today at Forest Hills Golf Club.
Fort shot even-par 72 and is tied for the lead in the Forest Hills Junior Open with Damon Powers, of Canton, Ga.
Augustans John Christian Whyte and Evan Downs are tied for fourth place after 74s while Evans’ Jack Rautenstrauch had 75 and is tied for sixth place.
Augusta’s John David Chambers is tied for eighth place after 76.
• In Elgin, S.C., North Augusta’s Lance Johnson shot 3-under-par 68, but still lost ground to Ben Fogler in the third round of the South Carolina Golf Association’s Amateur Championship.
Fogler had 67 and carries a five-shot lead over Bryce Howell into today’s final round at The Members Club at Woodcreek.
Fogler, a Vanderbilt golfer from Elgin, is at 14-under 199. He shared the first-round lead and led by four after the second round.
Howell, of Blythewood, had 67 on Saturday.
Johnson, who opened with 69-72, is tied for eighth place at 209, 10 shots off the lead.
Of the other area golfers to make the cut, Kyle Bearden is at 219 after 73 on Saturday, Ben Lown is at 220 after 74 while Alex Handy and Jeff Pope, who both shot 77s, are at 221.
• In Johns Island, S.C., Evans’ Eunice Yi helped Georgia build a big lead after the first day of the Georgia-South Carolina Girls’ Junior Challenge Match.
Yi, a Georgia Regents University signee, defeated Kelsey Badmaev, of Blythewood, 6 and 5 in her match at Seabrook Island-Crooked Oaks Course.
Each of the four matches was worth three points, with one point to the winner of each nine and one point to the overall match winner. Yi earned three points, as did three of her teammates.
Georgia won three of the four matches, sweeping all three points in those.
In the day’s final match, Reoni Hirai, of Summerville, S.C., beat Annie Swords, of Newnan, 4 and 3, giving the Palmetto State its three points.
Hirai and Yi will meet in the final match today.
Former Bulldog to play for title
In Washington, eighth-seeded John Isner, a former Georgia standout, beat unseeded Dmitry Tursunov 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Citi Open final.
• In Carlsbad, Calif., top-seeded Victoria Azarenka beat seventh-seeded Ana Ivanovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 to advance to the final of the Southern California Open.
Dempsey will be back in the MLS
Clint Dempsey is returning to Major League Soccer, ending his six-year spell in English soccer.
The 30-year-old Dempsey played for the New England Revolution from 2004-06 before joining Fulham in 2007.
He moved to Tottenham but wasn’t a regular.
West Germany OK’d drug use
A report by German researchers claims West Germany’s athletes were systematically doped with government backing from the 1970s, and possibly earlier.
The Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper publicized details from the unpublished 800-page report titled “Doping in Germany from 1950 to today” on Saturday, revealing the extent to which West German politicians were allegedly willing to promote drug use among athletes to ensure international success.