Saints name Vitt as interim coach

The New Orleans Saints have named Joe Vitt as interim coach, despite the top assistant’s six-game suspension for his role in the club’s bounty system.

The Saints had to find a one-season replacement for head coach Sean Payton, whose season-long suspension in connection with the bounty scandal begins Monday and runs through the next February’s Super Bowl. General manager Mickey Loomis said Vitt will take over Monday.



Ex-Nittany Lion is eGolf leader

In Southport, N.C., T. J. Howe shot 3-under-par 69 to take over the lead in the Championship at St. James Plantation.

Howe, a former All-American at Penn State, is at 9-under 135 at the halfway mark of the eGolf Tour event.

He’s being chased by Chesson Hadley and David Robinson, who both shot 70 and are one shot off the lead.

Robinson, of Sandersville, Ga., is seeking to end a streak of 47 winless events since 2008, when he won three times on the tour and was the leading money winner with more than $100,000.

Aiken golfers Alex Hamilton (73 on Thursday) and Stephen Poole (71) made the cut on the number. They are tied for 43rd place at 3-over 147.

Missing the cut were Tarik Can (149), Roberto Diaz (156), Brad Arrington (156) and Mitch Krywulycz (157).


Local Colleges

Jags, Pacers in top 5 in softball

Augusta State is ranked fourth and USC Aiken fifth in the first NCAA Southeast Region softball poll of the season.

The top eight at the end of the season in each region typically advance to NCAA Regional play.

The rankings are a primary determining factor in determining at-large postseason bids.

• USC Aiken’s golf team moved up two spots, to 16th, in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Division II College Coaches’ Poll.

USC Aiken is coming off a second the Peach Belt Conference Championship, losing in a playoff to UNC Pembroke.

• The women’s tennis team at USC Aiken is ranked seventh and the men’s team is ninth in the inaugural NCAA Division II Tennis Southeast Region Rankings.


College Basketball

UConn freshman to head for NBA

Andre Drummond will declare for the NBA Draft, a University of Connecticut source told ESPN.com, making the highly touted freshman the program’s first one-and-done player.

The school will make an official announcement today.

Connecticut’s postseason ban in 2013 was a factor in Drummond’s decision, a source told the Connecticut Post.



Wozniacki earns quarterfinal spot

In Copenhagen, Denmark, Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber and Jelena Jankovic – the top three seeded players – advanced to the quarterfinals of the e-Boks Open.

Wozniacki, seeded first, is the two-time defending champion. She downed Pauline Parmentier 6-2, 6-1 in 67 minutes and will next face Alize Cornet.

• In Casablanca, Morocoo, Jeremy Chardy upset top-seeded Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-1 in the second round of the Gran Prix Hassan II.

Chardy will face Albert Ramos next.