Originally created 07/15/06

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Golf

Knox turns in 64; trails by one shot

In Rome, Ga., Augusta's Jeff Knox had the low round of the day in the Georgia State Golf Association's Amateur Championship and moved within one shot of the lead in the weather-delayed event.

Knox shot 6-under-par 64 at Coosa Country Club. Knox, who opened with 69, trails Ryan Zebeau of Cedartown, who followed his 61 with 71. Zebeau is at 8-under 132.

Jay Moseley of Bainbridge and David Noll Jr. of Dalton are tied for second place with Knox.

Of the other area golfers in the field, Jefferson Murray (71-70) is at 141, Ryan Blackburn (70-72) is at 142, Brad Jones (74-73) and Brian Carter (75-72) are at 147, Lee Knox (78-73) is at 151, Chase Parker (75-79) is at 154 and Scott Clark (82-77) is at 159.

Some players didn't complete the second round because of darkness, including Evans' Carter Newman, who opened with 70. After Round 2 is completed this morning, the cut will be made.

- In Bremerton, Wash., Georgia Tech's Kevin Larsen lost in the semifinals in the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.

Larsen, a senior who defeated Matt Savage of Louisville, Ky., 4 and 3 in the quarterfinals Friday morning, lost to Anthony Kim 6 and 5 in the semifinals.

Kim will take on Casey Watabu in today's 36-hole final. The winner will earn an invitation to the 2007 Masters Tournament.

- In San Diego, Augusta's Ashlan Ramsey finished third in the Callaway Junior World championship.

Ashlan, 10, led after the first round of the three-day event. She was the only American in her age group to make the 36-hole cut.

Her sister, Taylor Ramsey, finished 20th in the 11-12 year-old division.

She shot 74-78-82.

Minor League Baseball

Suspended mascot wants a jury trial

The lawyer for a mascot for Greenville, S.C.'s minor league baseball team says his client is innocent of a charge of molesting a female fan.

Cecil M. Amick III, 37, was charged with a misdemeanor earlier this month after a woman said he touched her breast in a stairwell while dressed up as Reedy Rip'It.

Amick's lawyer, Thomas Creech, said his client wants a jury trial to prove he is innocent. He could face up to 30 days in jail and a fine if convicted.

The Greenville Drive of the South Atlantic League has suspended Amick with pay until the case is resolved.

Tennis

Defending champ is out in Swiss Open

In Gstaad, Switzerland, Richard Gasquet beat defending champion Gaston Gaudio 6-3, 6-2 in the Swiss Open quarterfinals, while top-seeded Ivan Ljubicic was eliminated 7-6 (4), 6-3 by Feliciano Lopez.

In today's semifinal, Gasquet will play Philipp Kohlschreiber and Verdasco will face Marin Cilic.

- In Bastad, Sweden, top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko beat Nicolas Massu 6-4, 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the Swedish Open.

Auto Racing

IndyCar leader is second to Wheldon

Taking a little time off to enjoy some parties hasn't affected Sam Hornish Jr.'s ability to drive.

Hornish qualified second Friday for tonight's Firestone Indy 200 in Gladeville, Tenn., giving the IndyCar Series' points leader his fifth front-row start of the season as he works for a third consecutive victory.

Hornish Jr., who was in Los Angeles on Tuesday and Wednesday for ESPN's annual ESPYs, had a lap of 202.362, second to Dan Wheldon's 203.293.

Minor League Football

Ragin' Bulls open home slate tonight

The Georgia Ragin' Bulls open their home schedule at 7:30 tonight at Glenn Hills High School.

The Grovetown team will take on the Orangeburg Ruffriders.

Admission is $8 for adults and $3 for children 6-14.