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Golf

Former Terp claims Jones Creek crown

Former University of Maryland golfer Chris Gold topped Steven Thomas in a playoff to win the Peach State Professional Golf Tour's Jones Creek/TPMA Classic at Jones Creek Golf Club on Tuesday.

Gold closed with a final-round 69 and finished at 6-under-par 138, same as Thomas, who shot 66.

Michael Gordy and Tyson Alexander tied for third at 139.

Other notable local golfers included: Kyle Bradley , who shot 67 and finished in tied for fifth with Scott Parel , who shot 70, with 141; Jordan Johnstun , who carded 69, tied for seventh with Adam McKenney , who shot 71, totaling 142; and Greg Hemann shot 75 and finished 19th at 147.

- In Dahlonega, Ga., Augusta State golfer Henrik Norlander shot 69-67--136 and qualified as a second alternate at a U.S. Amateur Qualifying event at Achasta Golf Club.

Daniel Bowden , of Easley, S.C., was low medalist with 67-64--131. Four other players also qualified for the tournament at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

- In Charlotte, N.C., Augusta's Laura Coble failed to qualify for the U.S. Women's Amateur after shooting 77-76--153 in a qualifying tournament at Charlotte Country Club.

Auto Racing

Kentucky will hold first Sprint Cup race

Kentucky Speedway will play host to its first NASCAR Sprint Cup race on July 9, 2011. The track will receive one of the Cup race dates normally reserved for Atlanta Motor Speedway.

- Kasey Kahne will drive for Red Bull Racing next season, replacing Mark Martin in the No. 5 Chevrolet at Hendrick starting in 2012.

- Kansas Speedway will hold two NASCAR Sprint Cup races, on June 5 and Oct. 9 of next year.

Track and Field

Bad back will bench Bolt for rest of year

Usain Bolt 's manager says the Olympic track star is taking the rest of 2010 off because of tightness in his lower back.

Manager Ricky Simms said in an e-mail Tuesday that Bolt has been examined by a doctor in Germany and the back problem "restricts his ability to generate power in his stride." Simms says racing "in this condition could risk injury" to Bolt's legs.

The announcement comes less than a week after Bolt lost to American rival Tyson Gay in the 100 meters at Stockholm.

Bolt owns world records in the 100 and 200.

- North Carolina says assistant track coach Antonio Pettigrew was found dead in Chatham County early Tuesday.

School spokesman Matt Bowers said Pettigrew's body was discovered in his car.

Pettigrew was part of the 1,600-meter U.S. relay team that won the gold medal in the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Soccer

Neymar leads Brazil to victory over U.S.

In East Rutherford, N.J., Neymar scored in his national team debut, Alexandre Pato added a goal late in the first half and new-look Brazil rolled over the United States 2-0 on Tuesday night in the first match for both nations since a disappointing World Cup.

WNBA

Storm clinches with win over the Dream

In Atlanta, Lauren Jackson scored six points of her 14 points in a decisive 8-0 run and Seattle clinched the top overall seed in the playoffs by rallying for an 80-70 win over the Atlanta Dream.

Tanisha Wright also scored 14 points for the Storm (25-4).

Angel McCoughtry scored 16 points for Atlanta.

Horse Racing

Louisiana Derby ups purse to $1 million

The Louisiana Derby is now a $1 million prep race for the Kentucky Derby.

The Fair Grounds boosted the purse by $250,000 from last year and making the race the richest ever to be run in New Orleans.


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