Wille still at top; Lady Jags falter

In Sorrento, Fla., Augusta State’s Natalie Wille held on to a share of the individual lead, but the Lady Jaguars took a big step back Monday.

Wille posted even-par 72 and is tied atop the leaderboard with Briana Mao, of Virginia, at the UCF Challenge.

Wille and Mao are at 5-under 139 at Red Tail Golf Club.

The Lady Jaguars, however, dropped from a tie for second into a tie for fourth after posting 12-over 300 in the second round. Augusta State is 22 shot behind leader North Carolina.

The Tar Heels surged to 278 on Monday, taking a 16-shot lead over Central Florida, the tournament host, and Tulane.

Also for Augusta State, Casey Kennedy, who shared the lead after the first round, shot 72 and tied for 12th at 144. Christine Duschek-Hansen (72) is tied for 22nd at 147, Marit Bjerke (79) is tied for 81st at 157 and Julia Stalbro (83) is 98th at 166.

The final round of the three-day, 54-hole tournament is today.

High School Basketball

Prep stats due by Wednesday

High school basketball coaches and statisticians should e-mail player statistics to The Augusta Chronicle’s Wayne Staats (wayne.staats@ augustachronicle.com) or fax them to (706) 823-3408.

The deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday.


Paine’s Watts is honored by SIAC

Paine College guard Ashley Watts, a former Butler standout, was named the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s Women’s Player of the Week.

Watts, the SIAC’s leading scorer, averaged 32.5 points, six assists and four steals last week as the Lady Lions split their games with Fort Valley State and Albany State.

• The USC Aiken baseball team remained No. 5 in the latest College Baseball Division II Poll.

The Pacers (5-1) are coming off a series victory over Carson-Newman.

• Augusta State’s baseball game against Erskine, scheduled for today at Lake Olmstead Stadium, was postponed because of expected inclement weather. No makeup date has been set.


Serena can move back to top spot

In Doha, Qatar, Serena Williams can reclaim the No. 1 ranking at the Qatar Open, a spot the 15-time major champion has not held since October 2010.

The second-ranked Williams will move up if she reaches the semifinals of the tournament, which features nine of the top 10 players. The 31-year-old American would be the oldest woman to reach No. 1.

Former top-ranked players Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic eased into the second round with straight-set victories Monday.


Tour de France winner struggles

In Al Musannah, Oman, Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins finished in a tie for last in the opening leg of the Tour of Oman on Monday, narrowly avoiding a crash to end up more than 80 seconds behindstage winner Marcel Kittel.

Kittel, a German riding for Argos-Shimano, finished the 100.7-mile stage from Al Musannah to Sultan Qaboos University in 4 hours, 4 minutes, 59 seconds.

Alberto Contador, who was stripped of a third Tour de France title for using a banned substance, finished in the main peleton with the same time as Kittel.

– From staff and wire reports



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