Lady Jaguars off to a rough start

In Greenville, N.C., the Augusta State women posted a total of 23-over-par 311 on Monday and are tied for 12th place after one round of the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate.

The Lady Jaguars are 16 shots behind leaders Maryland and North Carolina-Wilmington at Greenville Country Club.

Christine Duschek-Hansen led the way for Augusta State, shooting 3-over-par 75. She is tied for 21st.

Also for the Lady Jags, Casey Kennedy (77) is tied for 33rd, Marit Bjerke (79) is tied for 48th, Stephanie Bennett (80) is tied for 60th and Shannon Pak (82) is tied for 73rd.

• In Akron, Ohio, USC Aiken’s Matt Atkins shot 4-under-par 68 to grab a share of the individual lead at the Firestone Invitational.

Atkins’ strong round helped the Pacers post 3-under 285 on Monday, good for second place at Firestone Country Club. The Pacers trail Ball State by three strokes heading into today’s final round.

The tournament was shortened to 36 holes because of a frost delay.

Also for the Pacers, J.P. Solis (69) is tied for third, Kyle Godsman (73) is tied for 21st, Mark Dickson (75) is tied for 43rd and Hayden Letien (80) is tied for 84th.

• In Jekyll Island, Ga., States Fort, of Evans, carded 68-71–139 to win the boys’ 11-14 division of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour’s South Georgia Junior Classic over the weekend.

Hunter Dunagan (74-72–146) and Joseph Daniel Kim (77-77-–154), both of Martinez, finished second and third, respectively.

• Former U.S. Open champion and longtime television analyst Ken Venturi has been selected for the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Venturi, 81, was chosen through the Lifetime Achievement category.

He will be inducted May 6 at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.



First-half goals power USC Aiken

In Aiken, Chinedu Arinze and Chevy Augustine scored first-half goals, leading the USC Aiken men’s soccer team (4-3-3) to a 2-1 victory over Mount Olive.

• USC Aiken volleyball player Shannon Byers was named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.

Byers averaged more than three kills and two digs per set in the Lady Pacers’ two victories last week.

• South Carolina will soon have another McKie on the basketball court as the son of all-time leading scorer BJ McKie has committed to the program.

BJ McKie said on Twitter his son, Justin, chose the Gamecocks and new coach Frank Martin, starting next fall. BJ McKie played at South Carolina from 1995 through 1999 and finished with 2,119 points. He is the Gamecocks only player in history to surpass 2,000 points.

Justin McKie is a 6-foot-4 guard who plays at Irmo. He also received college interest from Memphis, Murray State and Winthrop among others.



Bolt to defend his titles in Rio

Usain Bolt says he will be going for a three-peat of Olympic sprint titles in the 100 and 200 meters at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, rather than trying out a new event.

After Bolt became the first man to successfully defend both sprint titles at the London Olympics, there was speculation he could switch to the long jump or 400 for a new challenge. But the Jamaican world-record holder said during a visit to New Zealand on Monday that his plan for 2016 “is all about just going and defending my titles.”