Originally created 06/14/06


Amateur Golf

Atchison qualifies for Public Links

Augusta's Paul Atchison has qualified for July's U.S. Amateur Public Links tournament.

Atchison shot 70-70-140 to finish second in a sectional qualifier at RiverPines Golf Course in Alpharetta, Ga. Brian Davidson, of Baldwin, was the medalist at 68-71-139.

The top three finishers of the 97 entrants qualified for the tournament, scheduled July 10-15 at Gold Mountain Golf Course in Bremerton, Wash.

The U.S. Amateur Public Links tournament is open to golfers who belong only to public courses.

The winner earns an invitation to the 2007 Masters Tournament.

College Basketball

Redick is charged with drunken driving

Duke basketball star J.J. Redick was arrested early Tuesday in Durham, N.C., on charges of drunken driving, another blow to a school shaken by a lacrosse scandal.

Redick, The Associated Press Player of the Year, also was charged with unlawful use of highways for making an illegal U-turn.

Redick, who has a Virginia driver's license, lost his driving privileges in North Carolina for 30 days, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.

The 21-year-old Redick was released on $1,000 bond shortly after being taken before a Durham County magistrate. He is to appear in court July 17. The arresting officer wrote in his report that Redick had "very glassy eyes, strong odor of alcohol coming from breath."

Redick had a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 percent. The legal limit for drivers in North Carolina is 0.08.

Horse Racing

Barbaro has cast removed from leg

Barbaro had the cast replaced on his shattered right hind leg Tuesday in Kennett Square, Pa., another huge stride in the recovery of the Kentucky Derby winner who suffered a life-threatening injury at the Preakness.

Barbaro's cast was replaced under general anesthesia, and the 3-year-old bay colt had a very smooth pool recovery, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center said in a statement.

Dean Richardson, the chief of surgery at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals, replaced the cast he first put on Barbaro's leg during surgery May 21.

"His leg looks excellent," Richardson said in the statement. "The incision has healed well and judging by the radiographs, the graft is opacifying (taking). Callus is forming nicely, and all of the implants look unchanged."

Barbaro remains in intensive care at the New Bolton Center, where he underwent five hours of surgery one day after he broke his leg a few hundred yards from the starting gate at Pimlico Race Course.


Devils hire Julien as their new coach

Former Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien was hired as coach of the New Jersey Devils, who were forced to play much of last season with their general manager behind the bench.

Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello replaced worn-out coach Larry Robinson in December with the Devils in danger of missing the playoffs.

Julien coached Montreal from January 2003 to January 2006, when he was fired.

After getting off to a 12-3-1 start this season, the Canadiens won only seven of the next 25 games.

College Baseball

Yellow Jacket signs to play for Erskine

North Augusta's Craig Butcher has signed a grant-in-aid to play for Erskine College in Due West, S.C.

Butcher, a second baseman-catcher, will join a powerful team.

The Flying Fleet were 42-16 last season, the fourth consecutive year the team broke the school record for victories. They were 15-7 in the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference.


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