NeSmith has lead at Mount Vintage
North Augusta’s Matt NeSmith shot 4-under-par 68 on Sunday to take a four-shot lead in the Carolinas Georgia Junior Championship.
Zach Seabolt, of Raleigh, N.C., and Drew Johnson, of Oak Ridge, N.C., carded 72s to tie for second in the 36-hole tournament at Mount Vintage Plantation.
Evan Usry, of Evans, and Greyson Sigg, of Augusta, had 75s and are tied for 12th. Aiken’s Ryan Carpenter shot 77 and is tied for 27th.
Other local players include Davis Parker (78), Blake Hadden (81), Jack Gibbs (81) and Emmanuel Kountakis (83).
Fine accuser admits to lying
A prison inmate who accused a former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach of sexually molesting him more than 40 years ago admits he made up the claim.
The accuser, Floyd VanHooser, says in a letter that he lied to police and in December interviews with The Associated Press and The Post-Standard newspaper of Syracuse. He says he wanted to get back at the coach, Bernie Fine, because he did not hire a lawyer to help VanHooser fight a criminal conviction.
Fine had helped raise the 56-year-old VanHooser.
Two other men accused Fine late last year of abusing them as children, but the statute of limitations has expired. Fine was fired after they came forward.
Major League Baseball
Nationals extend Gonzalez’s deal
Gio Gonzalez agreed to a contract extension with the Washington Nationals just three weeks after the left-hander was acquired in a trade with the Oakland Athletics.
The Nationals said Sunday the deal runs though the 2016 season and includes options for two more years. Gonzalez had filed for arbitration on Friday.
Ethiopians are tops in Houston
In Houston, Ethiopian runners swept the Houston full and half marathons in record times on Sunday.
Tariku Jufar won the men’s marathon in 2 hours, 6 minutes and 51 seconds, eclipsing the previous best time of 2:07.04 set last year by Ethiopia’s Bekana Daba. Jufar is the fourth consecutive men’s champion from the African nation.
Alemitu Abera won the women’s race in 2:23.14. The previous record was 2:23.53, set by Ethiopia’s Teyba Erkesso in 2010.
In the men’s half marathon, Feyisa Lelisa won in a personal-best 59:22. That eclipsed the course and American record set by Ryan Hall in the 2007 U.S. Half Marathon championship (59:43).
Belaynesh Oljira won the women’s half marathon in 1:08.26, breaking Shalane Flanagan’s record time of 1:09.41, set in 2010.
Frenchmen take Dakar Rally titles
In Lima, Peru, Frenchmen Stephane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres won the Dakar Rally on Sunday, completing the final stage two weeks after the race began in Argentina.
Peterhansel won Dakar for a record-10th time and Despres added his fourth title.
The final special stage was only 18 miles and both leaders took it easy on the last day. Peterhansel in the cars category and Despres in the motorbikes nearly wrapped up the title on Saturday, needing to avoid a major catastrophe to climb the podium.