Paine coach is leaving program
After three-plus years at Paine College, golf coach Herman Belton turned in his resignation Thursday and is headed back to Benedict College for a second stint at the Columbia school.
Benedict plays in the same conference (the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) as Paine.
Belton coached at Benedict, which is his alma mater, from 2001-2006, leading the Tigers to the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship title in 2003 and 2004.
Belton, 45, starts at Benedict Friday.
“They’ve given me the challenge and opportunity to elevate them to being competitive again,” Belton said.
At Paine, Belton led the Lions to SIAC titles in 2012 and 2013 and appearances in the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship both years.
“I am extremely thankful for Dr. (George) Bradley and Paine College for the tremendous opportunity to be at 1235 (15th St.),” Belton said, referencing the college’s address.
“I’m truly honored and indebted to have been part of the program.”
Minor League Baseball
Johnson is sharp in Jackets’ win
In Kannapolis, N.C., Chase Johnson pitched six innings of shutout ball and Rafael Rodriguez had a two-run homer as the Augusta GreenJackets blanked the Kannapolis Intimidators 5-0 on Friday night.
Four Augusta pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts, five of them by Johnson (3-6).
Augusta scored three runs in the second inning and two in the eighth.
Augusta improved to 53-56, 19-22 second half.
Sabol makes cut in Optimist event
In Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Megan Sabol, of Martinez, finished 28th in the Optimist Junior Golf Tournament.
She shot 74-83-79-79 at PGA National.
There were 84 girls from 15 countries in the event. Sabol was one of 35 who made the cut.
Serena is ousted in quarterfinals
In Stanford, Calif., eighth-seeded Andrea Petkovic ended Venus Williams’ run in the Bank of the West Classic, beating the former top-ranked player 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 in the quarterfinals.
After a shaky start, the 25th-ranked Williams picked up her game in the second set and appeared poised to take over the match.
The 18th-ranked Petkovic rallied in the third set, taking leads of 3-1 and 5-3, to beat Williams in their first meeting since Luxembourg in 2012.
Petkovic, making her debut in the tournament, is looking for her third title of the season. She also reached the semifinal at the French Open.
Varvara Lepchenko took care of qualifier Sachia Vickery, 6-1, 6-0, to earn her 400th career win, which includes all levels.
She will meet third-seeded Angelique Kerber tonight. Kerber topped Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-1.
• In Washington, Donald Young reached his first ATP semifinal in three years by beating seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2 at the Citi Open.
Young, ranked 73rd, hadn’t made it this far on tour since October 2011, when he was the Thailand Open runner-up.
Two months earlier, he got to the semifinals at Washington’s hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open.
Young will face No. 2 Milos Raonic in the semifinals today.