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Father, son tied for 2nd in Georgia Am

In Savannah, Ga., Augusta's Jeff Knox and one of his sons, Lee, are tied for second place after the second round of the Georgia Amateur Championship.

The two have shot 72-70--142 and are tied with five others for second place at Deer Creek Course at The Landings Club.

Everyone is chasing Dalton's David Noll Jr., who has opened a five-shot lead. Noll shot 66 on Friday and is at 7-under 137.

In addition to the Jeff and Lee Knox, other local players making the cut are Chase Parker (77-71--148), Brian Carter (77-71--148), Tripp Kuhlke (76-74--150), Josh Gregory (76-75--151), Tom Hardy (75-76--151), Matthew Motes (78-74--152) and Jimbo Garren Jr. (78-75--153).

The local players missing the cut were Rob Bennett (78-80--158), Wilkes Murray (74-84--158), Brad Jones (80-79--159), Jacob Tilton (81-78--159), George Bullard (80-80--160) and Jefferson Murray (81-84--165).

- In Bluffton, S.C., James White, of Acworth, Ga., shot 6-under-par 66 and continues to lead The Players Amateur at Belfair Golf Club.

White is 11-under 133 and has a six-shot lead over Brooks Koepka, of Wellington, Fla., at the halfway mark. Koepka is at 70-69--139.

The top local player is Augusta's Patrick Reed , who is tied for 14th after rounds of 74-69--143. Fellow Augusta State golfers Carter Newman (75-74--149) and Taylor Floyd (73-76--149) are tied for 46th.

Derek Chang , who will be on the Augusta State team next year is tied for 59th after 80-72--152. Augusta State golfer Mitch Krywulycz is tied for 66th at 71-83--154.

- In Akersberga, Sweden, Augusta State's Henrik Norlander has helped lead Sweden into today's final against England in the European Amateur Team Championship.

Sweden beat Spain 51 to 11 in the semifinals on Friday, as Norlander went 1-1. Norlander and Pontus Widegren beat Juan Francisco Sarasti and Carlos Pigem 1-up in foursomes and Norlander halved his singles match with Antonio Hortal.

College Baseball

More accolades for Gamecocks' Tanner

Baseball America has named South Carolina's Ray Tanner its coach of the year.

Tanner, in his 14th year with the Gamecocks, led the team to a 54-16 record and the NCAA title this season. He also was named coach of the year by the publication in 2000.

College Football

Tandem from Laney will play for Dean

Former Laney players Martin Epps and Tavares Burton have signed to play for Dean College, a two-year school in Franklin, Mass.

Epps and Burton will be running backs/defensive backs for the Bulldogs, who were 9-2 last year in the Northeast Football Conference.

NFL

Panthers, Edwards agree on contract

The Carolina Panthers signed third-round pick and former Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards to a four-year, $2.5 million contract.

- Former Carolina Panthers guard Keydrick Vincent signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

- Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand pleaded guilty Friday to driving while impaired, two weeks after he was pulled over in northern lower Michigan for driving erratically near a bar. He was sentenced to six months of probation with $870 in fines and costs.

Tennis

Defending champs in Davis Cup hole

In Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michael Llodra upset Fernando Verdasco 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (2) to give France a 2-0 lead over defending champion Spain in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.

Gael Monfils outlasted David Ferrer 7-6 (3), 6-2, 4-6, 5-7, 6-4 in the first singles match.

Spain is playing without Wimbledon champ Rafael Nadal.

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