Claxton tops in Q-School class
In La Quinta, Calif., Swainsboro, Ga., native Will Claxton continues to lead the way in the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, which has completed three of its six rounds.
Claxton has led every round, shooting rounds of 8-under-par 64 on Wednesday, 70 on Thursday and 69 on Friday. He’s at 13-under 203 and has a two-shot lead over three players.
Claxton, a Swainsboro High graduate who played collegiate golf at Auburn, is a six-year veteran of the NGA Pro Golf Tour, formerly known as the Hooters Tour.
Evans resident Vaughn Taylor, a two-time PGA Tour winner, is tied for fifth place for the second consecutive day after shooting 69.
Aiken resident Kevin Kisner, who was tied for ninth after two rounds, is now tied for 19th after shooting 71.
Augusta’s Scott Parel has shot 71-72-71 and is tied for 73rd. Aiken native Matt Hendrix is tied for 142nd place after rounds of 68-76-76.
The top 25 finishers and ties earn PGA Tour cards for 2012.
Christmas Day to have five games
Two more games have been added to the three already scheduled for Christmas Day.
The two new games are Orlando at Oklahoma City and Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State.
Those games were added Friday to the three that already were set when the 2011-12 schedule was originally unveiled: Boston at New York, Miami at Dallas, and Chicago at the Los Angeles Lakers.
Aiken Tech game is at USC Aiken
Aiken Tech’s home game today against Georgia Perimeter College has been moved to the USC Aiken Convocation Center and the game time changed from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hansen easily beats his rival
In Atlanta, Brendan Hansen won his first race against Japan’s Kosuke Kitajima since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The 30-year-old American captured the 100-meter breaststroke Friday night at the U.S. Winter Nationals with a time of 1 minute, 0.31 seconds.
Kitajima, who didn’t shave and isn’t in peak racing form, settled for fifth in 1:01.18.
Hansen and Kitajima were rivals at the last two Olympics.
Johnson wants to buy Dodgers
Magic Johnson has joined a group bidding to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The former Los Angeles Lakers superstar and part-owner said Friday he’s partnering with former Atlanta Braves executive Stan Kasten and wealthy investor Mark Walter to join the auction for the Dodgers, who will be sold by Frank McCourt. Johnson sold his equity stake in the Lakers in October 2010.
• Left-hander Chris Capuano and the Dodgers agreed to a $10 million, two-year contract.
Capuano will get $3 million next year and $6 million in 2013. The deal includes a $6 million option for 2014 and a $1 million buyout.
• The Texas Rangers have hired former Houston general manager Tim Purpura to oversee all aspects of their minor league system.
• Former New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya has been hired by the San Diego Padres as senior vice president of baseball operations.