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Golf

Current Jaguars top Taylor, alumni team

Mitch Krywulycz led the Augusta State golf team to a nine-shot victory over an alumni team Saturday in the inaugural Henry Thomas Cup tournament at Forest Hills Golf Club.

Seventeen players and coaches on the current Augusta State men's and women's team took on 15 alumni players, including two-time PGA Tour winner Vaughn Taylor of Evans. The top four scores counted for each team.

The current team shot 8-under-par 280 and the alumni had 289.

Krywulycz, a junior, had the low round of the day with 4-under-par 68, one better than Taylor.

No one on the current team shot over par. In addition to the 68 by Krywulycz, men's coach Josh Gregory and Jake Amos , a junior, had 70s and senior Mike Keast shot 72.

Taylor (class of 1998), with his 69, was the lone alumnus under par. Coleman Tidwell (class of 1993) had 73, as did Bill Price Jr. (class of 1985). Jamie Felder (class of 1999) and Michael Webb (class of 2002) had 74.

Sarah Mooney and Tamara Luccioli were the top players from the current women's team with 77.

The tournament is played in honor of Henry Thomas , a volunteer assistant coach who retired in 2004 after 33 years of helping the Jaguars.

Many of the same players, including Taylor, will be playing in today's Birdie Club Jaguar Golf Jamboree, also at Forest Hills.

Olympics

Tokyo says 2016 bid will weather crisis

Organizers hoping to bring the 2016 Olympics to Tokyo said their bid will weather the global economic downturn.

Tokyo's bid committee for the 2016 Games pointed to the Japanese government's $100 billion loan to the International Monetary Fund as proof of the country's resilience amid the worsening financial crisis.

Tokyo is competing with Chicago, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Summer Games. The IOC will vote on the host city on Oct. 2, 2009.

Tennis

Connors is arrested at basketball game

In Santa Barbara, Calif., tennis great Jimmy Connors was arrested outside the campus arena where UC Santa Barbara and top-ranked North Carolina were playing a basketball game.

The eight-time Grand Slam champion was taken into custody Friday night after refusing to comply with an order to leave an area near the entrance of the Thunderdome after a confrontation, police said in a statement.

Figure Skating

Kostner earns gold at Cup of Russia

In Moscow, Carolina Kostner earned the Cup of Russia gold, topping error-plagued overnight leader Fumie Suguri with an elegant free skate.

Suguri's mistakes allowed American Rachael Flatt to take the silver medal after posting the session's top technical score at the Megasport arena. Suguri, of Japan, finished third.

Soccer

South Africa boosts World Cup security

World Cup organizers in South Africa want to reassure soccer fans that they will be safe at the 2010 tournament.

Senior government, police and sports officials said the country is beefing up police numbers and training, investing in high-tech equipment and crime-busting surveillance. The police plan to spend $64 million on the deployment of 41,000 officers for the World Cup.

Winter Sports

Hellner, Kalla claim cross country titles

In Gallivare, Sweden, Marcus Hellner and Charlotte Kalla , of Sweden, won their first World Cup cross country ski titles.

- In Moscow, Havard Bokko won the 1,500-meter race and Claudia Pechstein dominated the 5,000 to win their first World Cup races this season.


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More details in McCormick attack

The McCormick County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the reported attack on a bicyclist over the weekend, but has yet to find much evidence, a spokesman said Tuesday.
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