Veteran tied at Savannah Lakes
In McCormick, S.C., one of the oldest players in the field has a share of the first-round lead in the NGA Tour’s Savannah Lakes Village Classic.
Danny Ellis, a 41-year-old former Clemson player who competed in the 1994 Masters Tournament, shot 5-under-par 67 at Monticello Golf Club.
Ellis, who played at Clemson from 1989-1993, is tied for the lead with former Ohio State golfer Bo Hoag and former Austin Peay golfer Erik Barnes.
Former Augusta State golfer Major Manning shot 74, as did Martinez resident Casey Johnson.
Augusta’s William Lanier, had 75.
The winner of the 72-hole tournament, one of the majors on the tour, will earn $28,000.
Syracuse player to join Jaguars
Margaret Darling is transferring from Syracuse to play volleyball for Augusta State.
Darling will enroll in the fall and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
The 6-foot Darling is from Limestone, Ontario, where she played for Georgetown District High in Georgetown, Ontario. The varsity team went 40-1 during her three years on the squad.
South Carolina’s game suspended
In Columbia, South Carolina’s game with Alabama on Thursday night was suspended in the eighth inning because of severe weather.
The game, which is tied at 0-0, is scheduled to resume at 5 p.m. today.
Motocross star will make debut
X Games and motocross star Travis Pastrana is set to make his Nationwide Series debut tonight at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.
Pastrana was supposed to make his debut last summer at Indianapolis, but he broke his right ankle two days before.
“It’s been since that race … I’ve been thinking about getting in here and starting the Nationwide and seeing what’s going on,” he said Thursday at Richmond (Va.) International.
“It has been a long road of, ‘Hey, how you going to do? When you going to race?’ … We’re going to go out here and I finally get a chance to have some fun (today). I’m really pumped.”
Handshakes are barred for match
The English Premier League has been forced to scrap team handshakes before Sunday’s match between Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers because of John Terry’s pending racism trial.
The Chelsea captain is accused of racially insulting QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, who is black, during their Premier League game in October.
Terry faces a criminal trial in July from the incident that led to him being stripped of the England captaincy ahead of the European Championship.
Azarenka wins on retirement
In Stuttgart, Germany, top-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus advanced to the Porsche Grand Prix quarterfinals when Andrea Petkovic was forced to retire after injuring her right ankle.
Azarenka was leading 6-2, 4-4 when the German stepped awkwardly and twisted her right ankle on the indoor red clay court.
Petkovic had to be helped off the court.