North Carolinian on top at Jones Creek
Steve Gilley , from Eden, N.C., shot 5-under-par 67 on Monday and has a two-shot lead over Chris Gold and Matt Hughes after the first round of the Peach State Professional Golf Tour's Jones Creek/TPMA Classic.
Tyson Alexander and Jon Kennedy both shot 70 and are tied for fourth at Jones Creek Golf Club.
Austin Hughes , Adam McKenney, Jay McLuen , and Scott Parel each carded 71 and sit tied for sixth.
Other notable local players include Greg Hemann , who shot 72 and is tied for 10th; Jordan Johnstun , who carded 73 and is tied 15th; and Kyle Bradley , who turned in 74 and is tied for 18th.
The final round is today.
Minor League Baseball
Ex-Greenbrier star signs with Pirates
Former Greenbrier High School baseball star and Georgia Tech product Brandon Cumpton has signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Cumpton was drafted by the Pirates in the ninth round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft in June. He said he will fly to Pittsburgh for a physical before joining the State College Spikes, the Pirates' short-season affiliate in the New York-Penn League.
The right-handed pitcher helped Greenbrier win back-to-back state championships before playing three seasons with Georgia Tech. High school and college teammate Jeff Rowland was also drafted and signed a deal with the Detroit Tigers earlier this summer.
Augusta Boxing Club takes 5 gold medals
In Santee, S.C., five Augusta Boxing Club members won gold at the Ladson Invitational Boxing Championships on Saturday.
Damon King won the 65-pound division and claimed "Best Boxer of the Tournament" honors.
Other Augusta winners were Desmond Lyons in the 75-pound division, Jermaine Fowler in the 95-pound division, Willie Burns in the 100-pound division and Patrick Thompkins in the 175-pound division.
- Professional boxers Paul Williams and Ray Whitfield will receive Outstanding Achievement Awards at the White Linen Affair at Pure Nightclub on Aug. 14 in Augusta. Elite Athletes founder Jabari Levi and community activist Jonay Baily will also be honored.
- In New Castle, Ind., Augusta's Skylar Robinson finished eighth in the World Karting Association's Manufacturers' Cup Nationals at New Castle Motorsports Park.
- The Aiken Slam Jam Skate Contest will be held Saturday at Aiken Skate Park, behind H. Odell Weeks Activities Center. The entry fee is $5, and the deadline to sign up is Wednesday. For more information, call (803) 642-7631.
Nets, Raptors will play two in London
NBA commissioner David Stern said the league will play two regular-season games in London next season. The Toronto Raptors will face the New Jersey Nets on March 4 and 5 at the O2 Arena.
- Representatives from the NBA and the players' association will return to the negotiating table later this week to resume talks toward a new labor agreement. It will be the first bargaining session since the league's All-Star weekend in February, when the players rejected the owners' proposal for a deal to replace the one that expires June 30, 2011.
Arbiter agrees with voiding 17-year deal
An arbitrator ruled that the NHL acted correctly in voiding Ilya Kovalchuk 's landmark $102 million contract with the New Jersey Devils. The league had rejected the 17-year contract, saying the longest deal in league history violated its salary cap.
The decision put Kovalchuk back on the market as an unrestricted free agent, and the high-scoring Russian already was talking to the Devils again.
NHL spokesman Frank Brown said it was too early to say whether the league would take punitive action against the Devils.