Nathan Smith selected as amateur of month

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The Post-Gazette learned that Nathan Smith will be named national amateur of the month for September today by the Southern Golf Association.

Smith, of Allison Park who is a member at Wildwood Golf Club and St. Jude Golf Club, recently won the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship for a record fourth time.

It is the third time Smith, 34, has won the prestigious award. Only PGA Tour star and reigning U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson has won the award more times, having been selected four times during his collegiate career at Wake Forest.

More golf

Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium is closer to becoming a full PGA Tour member than tour officials first indicated. Colsaerts received a sponsor exemption to play next week in the Frys.com Open. As a special temporary member, he could earn a full card if he finishes the equivalent of No. 125 on the money list at the end of the year. The tour said Tuesday that Colsaerts had earned $494,386, which left him about $100,000 short of the player currently at No. 125. But on Wednesday, the tour said it forgot to count his World Golf Championship earnings. That puts the European Ryder Cup player at $652,886, which is equal to No. 119 on the money list.

Pro basketball

The NBA will penalize floppers this season, fining players for repeated violations of an act a league official said has "no place in our game." Those exaggerated falls to the floor may fool the referees and fans in a game, but officials at league headquarters plan to take a look for themselves afterward. Players will get a warning the first time, then be fined $5,000 for a second violation. The fines increase to $10,000 for a third offense, $15,000 for a fourth and $30,000 the fifth time. Six or more could lead to a suspension.

Bill Walton is ready to recap his amazing career and even more amazing recovery. Simon & Schuster announced that Walton, 59, is working on a memoir that will come out in the fall of 2013. The book is tentatively called "Back From the Dead." It will cover everything from Walton's triumphs with UCLA to his overcoming a stutter and becoming a broadcaster to the collapsed spine that left him hardly able to move for three years.

Hockey

Swiss club Lugano said it has reached an agreement to sign Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron during the NHL lockout. Lugano said on its website that Bergeron will arrive in Switzerland "in the coming days" after private benefactors helped fund his contract.

• Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said he is headed home to Sweden to play for second-division Djurgarden during the NHL lockout. Stockholm-based Djurgarden says in a statement that it has reached a verbal agreement with Landeskog for the duration of the NHL lockout.

Figure skating

Former U.S. figure skating champion Johnny Weir returns to competition this weekend at the Finlandia Trophy in Espoo, Finland. Weir, a three-time winner at nationals (2004-06), has not competed since finishing sixth in the 2010 Olympics at Vancouver.

Track and field

A Swedish photographer said he hopes to raise money for charity by auctioning off a camera that Usain Bolt used to take pictures after winning the 200-meter final at the London Olympics. Bolt grabbed the camera from Jimmy Wixtrom, of Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, and snapped shots of the crowd and teammate Yohan Blake, who finished second. He then carved his name on the camera before handing it back to Wixtrom.

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