Pacers top Lions in PBC slugfest
In Aiken, Ryan Metzler and Bill Gerstenslager homered as USC Aiken outlasted Young Harris, 14-10, on Sunday.
Gerstenslager and Bryce Baur had three RBI apiece for the Pacers, who completed a three-game sweep of the Mountain Lions.
• In College Station, Texas, Blake Allemand and Cole Lankford went deep for Texas A&M in an 11-4 win over Georgia.
Brett DeLoach homered for the Bulldogs, who were swept in the series and have lost four in a row.
• In Atlanta, Cole Pitts allowed one unearned run in 6⅔ innings to lead Georgia Tech to a 6-1 victory over Boston College.
Zane Evans had three RBI for the Yellow Jackets, who completed a three-game sweep of the Eagles.
• In Clemson, S.C., Jared King drove in three runs as Virginia picked up an 8-5 win over Clemson.
Steven Wilkerson and Tyler Slaton each had three hits and an RBI for the Tigers, who were unable to complete a sweep.
Raikkonen takes season opener
In Melbourne, Australia, Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen won Formula One’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, serving notice that his team could challenge its bigger rivals for the 2013 championship.
The Finn took the lead for good on lap 43 of 58 in a race that had seven different leaders.
Fernando Alonso, of Ferrari, was second, while pole sitter and three-time reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel was third in a Red Bull that struggled to preserve its tires.
Ferrari’s Felipe Massa was fourth, ahead of Lewis Hamilton in his first race for Mercedes and Mark Webber, of Red Bull.
Force India pair Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta were seventh and eighth, ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button and Lotus’ Romain Grosjean.
Maze wraps up year with victory
In Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Tina Maze rebounded from her heartbreaking World Cup slalom title loss to American Mikaela Shiffrin by ending her historic season with a giant slalom victory on Sunday.
Maze performed her trademark celebration cartwheel in the finish area after first-run leader Tessa Worley, of France, fell 0.35 seconds behind her winning two-run time of 2 minutes, 16.67 seconds. Lara Gut, of Switzerland, was third, 1.38 back.
The Slovenian racer’s 11th World Cup victory this season extended her record overall points total to 2,414. Austria’s Hermann Maier set a mark of 2,000 in the 1999-2000 season.
• In Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Felix Neureuther, of Germany, edged overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher to win the men’s season-ending slalom race on Sunday.
Neureuther hung on to his opening-leg lead to finish 0.36 seconds ahead of the Austrian in a two-run time of 1 minute, 52.20 seconds.
Hirscher already won the season-long slalom standings and ensured he finished on the podium in all nine World Cup races in the discipline. Ted Ligety, of the United States, placed third with a career-best total of 1,022.
• In Are, Sweden, Alex Fiva won the overall World Cup ski cross title, with some help from world champion Jean Frederic Chapuis, who held off Germany’s Armin Niederer to win Sunday’s race.
Fiva won the small final to keep an insurmountable 105-point lead over Niederer in the standings with one race left.