Meeting is today for Bulldog Club

The Greater Augusta Bull­dog Club will hold its annual spring meeting today at Julian Smith Casino. Football coach Mark Richt will be the featured speaker.

A buffet dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the program starts at 6:30.

Tickets costing $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger are available at all Queensborough Na­tion­al Bank locations, Some­where in Augusta and Sur­rey Center Pharmacy.

• Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney and basketball coach Brad Brownell will speak at the “Prowl and Growl” meeting today at the Aiken Jaycee Building.

Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner starting at 6.

For more information, contact Tripp Bryan at (803) 349-5301 or trippbryan@bellsouth.net; Spooky Weeks at (803) 649-5141 or hweeks@hecos.com; or Bryan Young at (803) 648-2672 or bryan young@ allstate.com.



Pacers fall to 14 in baseball poll

USC Aiken is No. 14 in the latest College Baseball News­paper Division II poll, released Monday. The Pacers, who have dropped five of their past seven games, fell three spots from No. 11.

• USC Aiken first baseman Ty Barkell was named the Peach Belt Conference’s Freshman of the Week. He hit .529 (9 for 17) last week.

• Former Josey football star Raleigh Roundtree and Al Young, a former football coach at Josey, Laney and Cross Creek, are among nine players who will be inducted to the 2012 class of the South Carolina State Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 7.



Verdasco wins  at Monte Carlo

In Monaco, Fernando Ver­dasco of Spain, Jurgen Melzer of Austria and Alexandr Dol­gopolov of Ukraine advanced to the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

The 13th-seeded Verdasco rallied past Olivier Rochus of Belgium 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 and will next play Ivan Dodig of Croatia. The Spaniard dropped serve twice in the first set but didn’t face another break point.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic begin play later this week.



Bolton’s Muamba is out of hospital

In London, Fabrice Muam­ba was discharged from a hospital less than a month after the Bolton midfielder collapsed during a game from cardiac arrest.

Muamba had been in the London Chest Hospital since March 17. His heart stopped beating on its own for 78 minutes while doctors worked to resuscitate him, and his prospects of survival were uncertain. But he recovered remarkably quickly, leaving his bed just nine days after collapsing.

Muamba said he is “looking forward to continuing my recovery and spending precious time with my family.”

It is unclear whether he will be able to play professionally again.



Russian could be banned for doping

Russian cyclist Denis Galimzyanov was suspended after testing positive for a banned blood booster, putting at risk his chances of riding in the London Olympics.

The International Cycling Union said traces of EPO were found in an out-of-competition urine test March 22. The Russian Cycling Fede­ra­tion has been asked to open a disciplinary case.

Anti-doping rules allow for Galimzyanov to attend the testing of his backup “B’’ sample. He faces a likely two-year ban if the second test also proves positive.