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GOLF

Koon on top by four in Palmetto Amateur

In Graniteville, Allen Koon shot 3-over 73 Saturday and holds a four-stroke lead entering today's final round of the Palmetto Amateur at Midland Valley Country Club.

Koon, a University of South Carolina golfer from Bamberg, S.C., who shot 63 in the opening round, is at 5-under 205.

Michael Lawrence, of Easley, S.C., who began the day nine strokes back, shot 68 to move into second-place tie with Chris Couch, of Summerville, S.C. Couch shot 69.

South Carolina Amateur champion Luke Hopkins, of Greer, S.C., shot 73 and is fourth at 210.

Augusta State golfer Tarik Can and former USC Aiken golfer Clint Smith are tied for 10th at 213. Both shot 69.

- Shepherd Archie shot 68 to lead the 16 to 18-year-old of the Augusta City Junior Championship by four strokes after the first round at Forest Hills Golf Club.

William Sigg shot 70 and leads the 14 to 15-year-old division by one, while Matthew NeSmith shot 74 and leads the 12 to 13-year-old division by one. The 10 to 11-year-old division played nine holes. Carter Mobley shot 37 and holds a five-stroke lead.

The girls division also played nine holes. Taylor Ramsey shot 35 and leads by one.

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Series sweep is first for Aiken since May


In Aiken, Dustin Richardson and Ben Bando hit solo homers to back the complete game effort of pitcher Steve Dunham as the Foxhounds defeated Charlotte County 5-3 Saturday night to sweep the Redfish.


It was the first series sweep for the Foxhounds since May.

TENNIS

Federer to play for title in Rogers Cup

In Montreal, defending champion Roger Federer reached the final of the Rogers Cup with a 7-6 (6), 6-2 win over Radek Stepanek.

Federer will meet the winner of the evening semifinal between No. 2 Rafael Nadal and No. 3 Novak Djokovic today. Federer is going for his 50th career title.

The Rogers Cup is Federer's first tournament since taking his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title on July 8.

SOCCER

Ankle injury might sideline Beckham

David Beckham may be returning to the bench just three days after making his Major League Soccer debut.

Beckham aggravated his injured left ankle earlier this week and will be a game-time decision when the Los Angeles Galaxy play the New England Revolution today.

Beckham, his ankle wrapped, stretched and jogged on the sidelines during Saturday's practice while his teammates went through drills and an intrasquad scrimmage. He tried a few kicks on set pieces, but that was the only time he kicked the ball hard.

He played 21 minutes off the bench in the Galaxy's 1-0 loss to D.C. United on Thursday.

HORSE RACING

Jambalaya denies The Tin Man's bid

In Arlington Heights, Ill., Jambalaya found a seam down the stretch and used it to catch and pass defending champion The Tin Man and win the 25th Arlington Million.

The Tin Man, at age 9, was bidding to become the first back-to-back winner of the lucrative race, but was caught inside the 16th pole by the Canadian horse and beaten by three-quarters of a length.

Jambalaya's victory entitles the 5-year-old gelding to an automatic entry in the $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf.

The Arlington Million field was reduced to seven when early favorite After Market was scratched because of a concern over the firmness of the track.

CYCLING

Team time trial win puts Voigt out front

In Bretten, Germany, defending champion Jens Voigt took the lead in the Tour of Germany after CSC won a team time trial in the second stage.

CSC covered the 26.2-mile stage in 51 minutes, 40.6 seconds, with Discovery Channel finishing 25 seconds back.

The team time trial - held on a demanding course with three climbs - was the first at the race since it started in 1999.

Voigt holds the overall lead at 5 hours, 15 minutes, 55 seconds, one second ahead of several CSC riders, including Fabian Cancellara and Bobby Julich.

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