Augustan moves into match play
In Johns Creek, Ga., Augusta’s Brad Jones easily advanced through stroke play to the first round of the Atlanta Amateur Match Play Championship at Rivermont Golf and Country Club.
Jones, a former Richmond Academy and Furman golfer, shot 2-over-par 72 in the stroke-play qualifier to tie for 11th place. The top 32 advanced to match play.
Jones will take on Jeff Belk, of Marietta, in this morning’s first-round match. Belk shot 73 in stroke play.
• In West Caldwell, N.J., Paul Simson won the USGA Senior Amateur for the second time in three years, beating Curtis Skinner 4 and 3 on Thursday at Mountain Ridge Country Club.
The 61-year-old Simson, from Raleigh, N.C., is the 14th player to win the tournament twice. He won in 2010 at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla., and is a three-time British Senior Amateur champion.
The 55-year-old Skinner, from Lake Bluff, Ill., was making his first appearance in the event for players 55 and older.
• Phil Mickelson gets to combine his love of golf and football for a good cause on Oct. 15 when the San Diego Chargers play host TO the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on Monday Night Football.
The three-time Masters Tournament champion will attempt a 100-yard shot in the $1 million “KPMG Chip4Charity” shot to benefit First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides books for children in need, at halftime of the game.
Mickelson will be located in one end zone, aiming for a target in the other end zone, which will have a green ($50,000/20,000 books) and three rings ranging from $100,000/40,000 books (outer most ring) to $1 million/400,000 books (bulls eye center ring).
Moore, Brunson lift Lynx to win
In Minneapolis, Maya Moore scored 20 points, Rebekkah Brunson had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks 94-77 in the opener of the Western Conference Finals.
Former Josey star Taj McWilliams-Franklin had six points and four rebounds for the Lynx.
Candace Parker scored 25 points and Alana Beard had 16 for Los Angeles.
Game 2 of the best-of-three series is Sunday in Los Angeles, where the Lynx are 4-21 all-time.
Former F1 star plans to retire
Michael Schumacher is retiring from Formula One racing again – and this time, he says, “it might be forever.”
Unable to duplicate the success of his prime, the seven-time F1 champion announced Thursday he will retire at the end of the season.
• Roush Fenway Racing will give Ricky Stenhouse Jr. another Sprint Cup start as he prepares to replace Matt Kenseth next season in NASCAR’s top series.
The team said Thursday that Stenhouse will drive the No. 6 Ford next week at Charlotte.
Stenhouse is taking over No. 17 next season when Kenseth joins Joe Gibbs Racing.
Featherweight is ‘proud gay man’
Describing himself as “a proud gay man,” Puerto Rican featherweight Orlando Cruz on Thursday became what is believed to be the first pro boxer to come out as openly homosexual while still competing.
His announcement comes two weeks before the 31-year-old left-hander challenges Mexican boxer Jorge Pazos for the WBO Latino title.