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  • Five-star basketball recruit G.G. Jackson has committed to play for the University of South Carolina. Jackson, a local star at Ridge View High School, announced Saturday via social media that he will play college basketball for the hometown Gamecocks. Jackson initially committed to play for North Carolina as a class of 2023 recruit on April 27. But he re-opened his recruitment on July 14 with the hopes of graduating early from Ridge View to be part of the 2022 recruiting class.
  • Karrie Webb shot a 6-under 66 in windy and hot conditions Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over playing partner Annika Sorenstam in the Senior LPGA Championship in Salina. Kan. Webb had six birdies in the bogey-free round in 100-degree heat and wind gusting to 30 mph. She was at 9 under with a round left at Salina Country Club. Sorenstam had a 68.
  • Brooke Henderson saw her lead at the Evian Championship at Evian-les-Bains, France, reduced to two shots after the third round on Saturday as the Canadian seeks her second major title. Henderson missed a 3-foot putt for birdie at the par-5 18th and had to settle for a 3-under 68 that left her on 17-under par, two off the 54-hole record for the tournament. So Yeon Ryu, a two-time major winner from South Korea, shot 65 after three birdies on her last four holes and was alone in second place.

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  • American player Bernarda Pera stunned top-seeded Anett Kontaveit 6-2, 6-4 to win the Hamburg (Germany) European Open on Saturday for her second title in seven days. The 81st-ranked Pera, who won her first WTA title in Budapest last week, saved three of the four break points she faced and took four of the six she created to beat Kontaveit, the world No. 2.
  • Lucia Bronzetti reached her first final on tour by rallying past fellow Italian Jasmine Paolini 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the Palermo (Sicily) Ladies Open on Saturday. In Sunday’s final on the red clay of the Country Time Club, Bronzetti will face fourth-seeded Sara Sorribes Tormo or sixth-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu.

Matthew Tkachuk and Jonathan Huberdeau both had the best years of their career last season. And now they’re changing places in an NHL blockbuster deal. Tkachuk was traded to the Florida Panthers on Friday night, with Huberdeau part of the haul that is going to the Calgary Flames for the power forward. Florida also sent defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, prospect Cole Schwindt and a lottery-protected first-round selection in the 2025 NHL Draft.

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