TRUCKEE, Calif. - Tucsonan George Cunningham defeated Jeffrey Swegle of West Des Moines, Iowa, 4 and 2 Thursday in the round of 32 at the rain-delayed U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.

Cunningham advanced to the round of 16, also played Thursday. He faced Cameron Young of Scarborough, N.Y., and they were all square after 18 holes when the match was suspended because of darkness.

If Cunningham wins, he would face Doug Ghim of Arlington Heights, Ill., today.


Irving stars in USA Basketball scrimmage

LAS VEGAS - Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving had 23 points and seven assists to lead the White team to a 128-106 victory over the Blue on Thursday night in the USA Basketball Showcase at the Thomas and Mack Center.

Irving, an All-Star who was a member of the 2012 USA Basketball Select Team that trained against the U.S. Olympic team, scored 16 in the first half to spark his squad's come-from-behind win, after the Blue team took an early 10-point lead in the first quarter.

After hitting five three-pointers in the third period to build an 89-79 lead, the White team distanced itself by outscoring the Blue team by 12 points in the final quarter to provide the final margin. Anthony Davis, who played on the Americans' gold medal-winning team in London, had 22 points and seven rebounds for the Blue.

The scrimmage, which consisted of four 12-minute quarters and was played primarily using FIBA rules, concluded USA Basketball's four-day minicamp for young players. Twenty-five of the 28 players who attended participated in the game.

The U.S. men's national team won't face international competition until the 2014 World Cup of Basketball in Spain.

College football

S. Carolina says Clowney-Jay-Z talks are OK

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A South Carolina spokesman says the school found no impermissible contact between All-America defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Jay-Z, the rap mogul-turned-sports agency head.

Athletic spokesman Steve Fink said Thursday the athletic compliance office talked with Clowney and reviewed visits between him and Jay-Z. NCAA rules allow players to talk with agents as long as no agreements are reached regarding future representation.

• Georgia received an important boost for 2013 on Thursday when offensive lineman Kolton Houston won his long battle for eligibility.

Houston was granted reinstatement by the NCAA after three years under suspension for an anabolic steroid he was given for shoulder surgery.