Paine wins SIAC event by 5 shots

Victor Tapia and Paine College rallied to win the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Golf Classic on Tuesday at Jones Creek Golf Club in Evans.

Tapia shot 78 to lead Paine, which rallied from three shots back after the opening round to win by five over Benedict College.

Freshman Carlos Solio added 80 for the Lions, who finished at 678.

Solio, who opened with 75, was the medalist at 155. Tapia finished second at 156. Both made the All-Tournament team.

• Georgia sophomore Brian Carter, a former Lakeside golfer, has earned a sponsor exemption into the Nationwide Tour’s Stadion Classic at UGA.

The tournament, to be played at Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga., runs from May 3-6.

Carter will be joined by teammate Nicholas Reach, a freshman.

Carter appeared in seven events this season, with his best finish being a third at the Northeast Tri Match.

He is coming off a 13th place finish in the Southeastern Conference Championships last weekend, where the Bulldogs finished fourth.

Georgia will play in the NCAA Regionals May 17-19 at its home course.

College Basketball

Guard is signed by Augusta State

Junior college transfer Ryan Weems has signed a national letter-of-intent with Augusta State.

Weems, a 6-foot guard played the past two seasons at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. where he averaged 18.1 ppg., in just 15 games as a sophomore before being sidelined with a season-ending injury.

Kassy Johannsen, a 6-foot-1 post player from Holy Family High School in Broomfield, Colo., has signed a national letter of intent to play for the USC Aiken women.

Johannsen owns the Holy Family school record for blocks in a season (126), average blocks per game (5.3) and blocked shots in a career (280).


Barcelona is out after being tied

In Barcelona, Spain, Lionel Messi walked off the Camp Nou pitch in tears, as one of the most dominant eras in Europe came to a crashing halt.

Despite going a man and two goals down in the first half, Chelsea pulled off one of the unlikeliest comebacks in Champions League history on Tuesday, earning a 2-2 draw against Barcelona that sent the London club into the final 3-2 on aggregate and eliminated the defending champion.


Kuznetsova wins opening match

In Fez, Morocco, former U.S. and French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova moved into the second round of the Grand Prix SAR by beating Eleni Daniilidou of Greece 6-1, 7-5.

The second-seeded Russian, who last won a title in 2010, broke Daniilidou seven times.

Third-seeded Petra Cetkovska, of Czech Republic, defeated Melinda Czink, of Hungary, 6-4, 6-2, and fifth-seeded Simona Halep of Romania advanced when Fatima Zahrae El Allami, of Morocco, retired after losing the first set 6-1.

• In Stuttgart, Germany, fifth-seeded Sam Stosur of Australia defeated Peng Shuai, of China, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the second round of the Porsche Grand Prix.

Seventh-seeded Marion Bartoli of France also cruised into the second round of the indoor clay tournament, beating qualifier Iveta Benesova,, of Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-2.