Falcons capture Peach Belt title
In Columbus, D.J. Rivera scored 22 points as
Montevallo defeated Columbus State 70-57 on Sunday in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament championship game.
Antoine Davis added 15 points for the Falcons (23-7), who earned an automatic bid to the Division II Tournament.
Steve Peterson had a game-high 24 points for the Cougars (18-10).
Paine dominates twin bill at home
William Gorman went 8 for 9 with 10 RBI in two games, as Paine swept a doubleheader against Claflin, winning the first game 14-7 and the nightcap 18-9 at Lion Field.
Luis Serrano had four RBI in the twin bill for the Lions (4-8).
• In Athens, Ga., Nick Smith allowed only two earned runs in 7⅔ innings as Western Illinois salvaged the final game of a three-game series with a 7-4 win over Georgia.
Austin Cowen and Rich Mascheri both had two hits and an RBI for the Leathernecks (4-6).
Peter Verdin drove in two runs for the Bulldogs (10-2).
• In Atlanta, Zane Evans was 2 for 4 with two RBI to lead Georgia Tech to a 6-3 win over Rutgers.
Vinny Zarrillo drove in two runs for the Scarlet Knights (3-6).
Sam Dove was 3 for 4 with an RBI and Evan Martin also had three hits for the Yellow Jackets (10-2), who swept the three-game series and have won five in a row.
Loar takes home Nationwide win
In Panama City, Edward Loar won the Panama Championship for his first Nationwide Tour title, closing with 4-over-par 74 and a one-stroke victory over four players.
Loar, 34, finished at 4-under 276 and earned $99,000.
Aiken’s Matt Hendrix, who entered Sunday tied for third, finished tied for 33rd at 284 after shooting 77. Augusta’s Scott Parel shot 71 and finished tied for 43rd.
League looking into bounties
The NFL says it will keep looking at plays from recent seasons after a league investigation found that the New Orleans Saints paid bounties to players for knocking opponents out of games.
League spokesman Greg Aiello said in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Sunday the NFL will be “addressing the issues raised as part of our responsibility to protect player safety and the integrity of the game.”
Ferrer defends crown in Mexico
In Acapulco, Mexico, top-seeded David Ferrer easily defended his title at the Mexican Open on Saturday, beating fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-1, 6-2 in the final.
In the women’s event, Sara Errani defeated fellow Italian Flavia Pennetta 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-0 to win her third WTA title.
• In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei became the first Asian winner of the Malaysian Open when her opponent Petra Martic retired with exhaustion after playing both her semifinal and final matches on the same day.
The unseeded Hsieh beat the fifth-seeded Martic 2-6, 7-5, 4-1.
Earlier Sunday, Martic beat second-seeded Jelena Jankovic 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5) in a semifinal lasting more than three hours. Rain triggered a suspension of play Saturday at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian and Country Resort.