Lady Lions fall to Fayetteville
Kiara Johnson’s big night wasn’t enough to carry the Paine College women, who lost to Fayetteville State 67-53 on Tuesday night at the Richmond Academy gym.
Johnson had 17 points, 18 rebounds, seven blocks and a steal. She hit all seven of her shots from the field, but missed out on a perfect night by missing five of her eight free-throw attempts.
Paine dropped to 2-2.
• The USC Aiken women’s basketball team remains ranked fifth in the USA Today/ESPN Division II top-25 Coaches’ Poll.
The Lady Pacers, who have won their first three games by at least 20 points, play host to Florida Tech at 2 p.m. Sunday in their next game.
Pacers’ baseball signs 14 players
Four players with area ties are among the 14 who have signed to play for the 2014 USC Aiken baseball team.
The local players are Lakeside pitcher Hunter Hubbard, South Aiken infielder Cory Bryant, North Augusta High infielder JoJo Higgenbottom and Augusta native Latron Hunter, a transfer from Southern Union Junior College who is an outfielder.
The other signees are pitchers Jordan Brown, Abe Cartledge, Clayton Coatney, Zack Eller, Brandon Wilhelm and Nick Yobbi.
The position players are Dalton Addy, Nick Goings, Randy Luckett and Max Schoen.
• USC Aiken has signed two golfers during the early signing period, including Gonzalo Martinez, who was the 2012 Hurricane Junior Golf Tour points leader.
Wick Andrews, a three-time All-State performer out of A.C. Flora High in Columbia, is the other signee.
• Three South Carolina prep players have signed to play softball for USC Aiken.
They are Brittany Hoskins, of Crescent High School in Iva, Madison Labrador, of Lexington High School in Lexington, and Magan Thrower, of Stratford High School in Goose Creek.
Gibbons brought back by Toronto
John Gibbons was hired as manager of the Blue Jays for the second time, returning to a team that just invigorated its roster after a blockbuster trade with the Miami Marlins.
Gibbons managed Toronto from 2004-08 and had a 305-305 record, making him the third-winningest manager in franchise history. He succeeds John Farrell, who spurned Toronto for the managing job in Boston.
Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos had said he wanted someone who was familiar with the organization and city. Anthopoulos was an assistant GM when Gibbons managed Toronto. Gibbons joins Cito Gaston as managers serving two stints with the Blue Jays.
• The Kansas City Royals have signed right-hander Jeremy Guthrie to a $25 million, three-year deal, adding another piece to what should be a retooled starting rotation next season. Guthrie will make $5 million next season, $11 million in 2014 and $9 million in 2015.
Sides will meet after one day off
This time, NHL owners and players are staying apart for just one day.
Negotiations aimed at ended the league’s lockout will resume this morning at the NHL office, the players’ association said in a statement Tuesday. Before Monday night’s 90-minute bargaining session, it had been eight days since the sides got together.