Norlander is tied for lead in eGolf
In Charlotte, N.C., it was a good day for former Augusta State golfers in the second round of the eGolf Tour’s Olde Sycamore Open.
Henrik Norlander shot 7-under-par 65 to tie for the lead and Mitch Krywulycz rallied from a poor opening round to make the cut.
Norlander shot 6-under 30 on the front nine Thursday with birdies on Nos. 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, and 9 at Old Sycamore Golf Club.
He’s tied for the lead at 10-under 134 with Dustin Bray (68 on Thursday) and Jonathon Krick (67).
Krywulycz opened with 73 but came back with 67 to make the cut by a shot.
Aiken’s Stephen Poole shot 70 and is three shots off the lead.
Missing the cut, which fell at 3-under 141, were Rob Bennett (70-72–142) and David Robinson (71-74–145).
The final round is today.
• In Weddington, N.C., former Georgia golfer Russell Henley shares the first-round lead on the Web.com Tour’s rain-delayed Chiquita Classic.
Henley shot 6-under-par 66, as did Skip Kendall, Will Wilcox, Jason Kokrak and Scott Dunlap.
Augusta’s Scott Parel had 71 and Aiken native Matt Hendrix shot 72.
Lockout takes preseason slate
The NHL on Thursday announced the cancellation of the remainder of its 2012 preseason schedule due to the lockout of its players.
The league previously had canceled preseason games through Sept. 30.
Thursday was the 12th day of the lockout. The regular season is supposed to begin on Oct. 11.
The two sides have scheduled talks for today in New York, although they are on secondary economic issues as opposed to the core issue of how to split more than $3 billion in annual revenue.
The NHL and the union last met for formal negotiations on Sept. 12, three days before the labor pact that ended the previous lockout – back in 2005 – ran out.
Now there is at least a glimmer of optimism as talks are expected to last through the weekend.
If a deal isn’t reached soon, regular-season games will be the next thing to be called off, and players will begin to miss paychecks.
Monaco among surviving seeds
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Juan Monaco reached the quarterfinals in his Malaysian Open debut but fellow seeds Alexandr Dolgopolov and Feliciano Lopez lost.
Second-seeded Monaco defeated wild card Jimmy Wang 6-4, 7-5. Monaco responded to losing his serve three times by breaking Wang five times.
Fourth-seeded Dolgopolov lost to Alejandro Falla 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Falla will face Julien Benneteau.
“I started really bad and missed a lot of balls,” Dolgopolov said. “I came back in the second set, but it was an up and down match.”
Igor Sijsling upset No. 5 Lopez, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (2). They played impeccably on serve with 11 aces each and no break points conceded.
• In Bangkok, Gael Monfils edged sixth-seeded Victor Troicki 7-5, 7-5 in the second round of the Thailand Open.
Monfils also reached the quarterfinals last week in Metz, his first tournament since May after being sidelined by a right knee injury.
Monfils used five breaks of serve to trump the three he lost, beating Troicki a third consecutive time. Monfils will meet 2009 champion Gilles Simon, who defeated Go Soeda 6-4, 6-4.
Fernando Verdasco edged Donald Young 7-5, 6-4, and Bernard Tomic rallied past Dudi Sela 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.