Trojans starter handcuffs Jags

Anderson’s Spencer Earle hurled a four-hitter in a 6-1 victory over Augusta State in a non-conference matchup.

Augusta (8-17) scored its run on Curtis Parker’s homer in the seventh inning.

Augusta starter Rob Crosby took the loss. He gave up all six runs in seven innings.

Anderson’s Shawn Delmontagne had two hits and three RBI for the Trojans (8-19).



Ex-Jacket takes eGolf Tour lead

Former Georgia Tech golfer Chesson Hadley took over the lead in the eGolf Tour’s Pine Needles Classic.

Hadley shot a course record 6-under-par 66 at Seven Lakes Country Club in West End, N.C., to move to
12-under 131.

“I couldn’t believe it was a course record, but I guess it was,” said Hadley after his round. “They asked for a golf ball and the scorecard, so it must have been official.”

Ex-Duke golfer Adam Long, the first-round co-leader, had 68 at Seven Lakes and is at 132.

Kevin Foley, who played the par-71 Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., had 65 on Thursday is at 133.

Former Augusta State golfer Mitch Krywulycz (69 at Seven Lakes for 140) is the top local golfer.

David Robinson had 71 at Seven Lakes for 141.

Stephen Poole had 70 at Seven Lakes 142, but missed the cut by a shot.

Rob Bennett (143), Scott Usher (143) and Brad Arrington (152) also missed the cut.



Djokovic earns semifinal spot

In Indian Wells, Calif., top-ranked Novak Djokovic defeated Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-4, winning the final three games of the match to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open.

Ana Ivanovic earned a spot in the women’s semifinals with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Marion Bartoli, the 16th-ranked Serb’s second consecutive win over a top-10 player.

She will play Maria Sharapova, who needed more than three hours to subdue Maria Kirilenko 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.

Sharapova broke Kirilenko three times in the final set, when Kirilenko’s father-coach came on court with her trailing 4-0.

The chair umpire turned him away because she didn’t first ask permission. Kirilenko also was penalized a point for hindrance in the second set after she tapped her racket on the court three times during a point.



Leaders to meet over World Cup

FIFA head Sepp Blatter will meet Brazil’s president today to settle differences over preparations for the 2014 World Cup.

Blatter will meet Dilma Rousseff in the capital Brasilia two weeks after FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke made harsh remarks over Brazil’s slow preparations, igniting a furor that impaired the relationship between the host country and soccer’s governing body.

Pele will join the talks, along with Brazil Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo.

Blatter asked for the meeting with Rousseff during his apology to Brazil.

He is hoping the talk will help both sides focus on getting the country ready for the Confederations Cup next year and the World Cup in two years.

“We will discuss the status of preparations and what needs to be done over the next few months to achieve the common goal of FIFA
and the Brazilian government,” Blatter said in a statement.



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