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Golf

Pacers are fifth at Cuscowilla

In Eatonton, Ga., USC Aiken is in fifth place after two rounds of the Bobcat Invitational.

The Pacers posted rounds of 291 and 283 and are nine shots behind leader Lynn at Cuscowilla Golf Resort.

Matt Atkins (73-66–139) leads the way for USC Aiken and is tied for fifth individually.

Also for the Pacers, J.P. Solis (70-73–143) is tied for 14th, Taylor Welborn (73-73–146) is tied for 27th, Kyle Godsman (78-71–149) is tied for 46th and Mark Dickson (75-75–150) is tied for 52nd.

Gus Wagoner, of Armstrong Atlantic State, had rounds of 69 and 66 and leads the individual standings by three shots.

The final round is today.

• In Aiken, Colby Bradley, of Graniteville, won the boys 11-14 division Sunday at the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour’s Carolina Spring Challenge at Woodside Plantation Golf Course.

Bradley had rounds of 83 and 82 and defeated Alex Markham, of Dacula, Ga., in a playoff.

Eric Edwards, of Salisbury, N.C., beat North Augusta’s Patrick Sherlock by one stroke in the boys 15-18 division.

Mary Cochran, of Evans, posted a five-shot win over Aiken’s Anna Freeman in the girls 15-18 division.

College Baseball

USC Aiken is up to No. 8 in poll

USC Aiken moved up five spots to eighth in the Collegiate Baseball Division II poll.

The Pacers (20-5, 9-3 Peach Belt) have won five in a row, including a three-game sweep of Young Harris over the weekend.

Soccer

Veteran dropped from US roster

The United States heads into World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico with an inexperienced defense after dropping captain Carlos Bocanegra and learning eight players are injured or ill.

Already without goalkeeper Tim Howard, the shaky U.S. back line got even weaker Monday when coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Timmy Chandler, Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams will miss the matches.

The 33-year-old Bocanegra, the American captain since 2007, has lost his starting job with Racing Santander, a Spanish second-division team on its fourth coach of the season. Bocanegra, on loan from Glasgow Rangers, and has not appeared in a game since Feb. 2.

“He has no flow. He has no rhythm, and he understands that situation,” Klinsmann said. “Carlos is still in our picture. This is not the end of his national-team career, but he understands that he is right now behind other players.”

The U.S., which lost 2-1 at Honduras last month in its opener of the 10-game final round, plays Costa Rica on Friday at Commerce City, Colo., then is at Mexico City on March 26.

Olympics

IOC inspectors evaluate Madrid

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told IOC inspectors that much of the infrastructure needed for Madrid’s bid to host the 2020 Olympics is already built and the city has an excellent transport system.

The IOC’s evaluation commission began a four-day inspection of Madrid’s bid on Monday. Madrid is competing against Tokyo and Istanbul.

Rajoy says “80 percent of the sports facilities needed to hold an Olympic Games are already built.”

Madrid’s transport system is expected to suffer partial strikes on Tuesday and Wednesday.


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