Pacers are No. 3 in baseball poll

The USC Aiken baseball team moved up one spot to No. 3 in the latest Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division II Poll.

It marks the Pacers’ highest ranking since being ranked second in the May 4, 2009 poll.

USC Aiken is 25-9, 15-6 in Peach Belt Conference play.

• Paine College catcher Luis Serrano was named the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

Serrano recorded eight hits, including a home run, and a .333 batting average in six games last week.

• USC Aiken women’s tennis player Margot Simon was named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week.

Simon is the first Lady Pacer to receive the award.

Simon helped USC Aiken to a perfect 3-0 week as a team last week by going 3-0 at No. 2 singles.

• In Charleston, Evans’ Brian Carter, who plays golf for Georgia, tied for 16th at the Azalea Invitational at the Country Club of Charleston over the weekend.


Augustan claims 23rd state crown

In Atlanta, Augusta’s Tee Meyers won his 23rd Georgia powerlifting title at a World Natural Powerlifting Federation event.

The 55-year-old deadlifted 705 pounds to secure first place in the 198-pound class.

Meyers also garnered the “Best Lifter” award and the “Heaviest Lift of the Competition.”


Goodell OK with Parcells, Saints

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he won’t stand in the way if the New Orleans Saints ask Bill Parcells to take over as interim coach for suspended Sean Payton.

“That’s their decision. They need to make those decisions and we’ll move forward,” Goodell said.

Before the Saints pick someone to run the team this year, though, Goodell still has to rule on Payton’s appeal of his season-long suspension, along with the appeals of shorter suspensions to assistant coach Joe Vitt and general manager Mickey Loomis.

• Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested again Monday, just days after he posted bail on similar charges that he burglarized a home and stole prescription drugs, authorities said.

Leaf was first arrested on Friday after police found oxycodone pills in his golf bag that an acquaintance later said Leaf stole from his home. Then early Monday, three days after posting a $76,000 bond, he was arrested again on accusations that he broke into another home outside Great Falls, Central Montana Drug Task Force Commander Chris Hickman said.

• Wide receiver Torry Holt, a seven-time Pro Bowler with the St. Louis Rams, will sign a one-day contract with the franchise and then retire.

The team set a news conference for Wednesday to honor Holt, who spent his first 10 seasons with the Rams after being a first-round pick in 1999.

Holt caught 869 passes for 12,594 yards and 74 touchdowns with St. Louis.


American Fish is out of Davis Cup

The U.S. Tennis Association says No. 9-ranked Mardy Fish is pulling out of this week’s Davis Cup quarterfinal against France because of a health scare.

In a statement posted Monday on USTA.com, the federation says Fish, the highest-ranked American player, was seen by doctors in Miami. He was told he has extreme fatigue and needs to rest for at least two or three days.