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College Softball

USC Aiken earns split of twin bill

In Aiken, Cortney Sadler drove in two runs as USC Aiken beat 19th-ranked Columbus State 6-2 in the second game on Sunday to salvage a split of a doubleheader.

Columbus State won the first game 1-0.

Taylor Morgan (10-8) allowed two runs on six hits and struck out 10 in seven innings to get the win in the second game for the Lady Pacers (22-18-1, 9-9 Peach Belt).

College Baseball

Gamecocks rout Vols on the road

In Knoxville, Tenn., Grayson Greiner and Max Schrock had four hits and four RBI each as South Carolina pounded out a season-high 21 hits in a 19-2 rout of Tennessee on Sunday.

Colby Holmes (4-2) got the win, allowing one earned run in five innings in relief of starter Jordan Montgomery.

• In Chestnut Hill, Mass., Matthew Crownover and Matt Campbell combined on a four-hit shutout as Clemson beat Boston College 1-0 to sweep the three-game series.

• In Durham, N.C., Robert Huber pitched a complete-game, five-hit shutout as Duke beat Georgia Tech 3-0.

• In Athens, Ga., Missouri scored four runs in the ninth inning to come from behind and beat Georgia 8-5.

NFL

Patriots mum on Gronk’s condition

The New England Pat­riots say they have no comment on published reports that tight end Rob Gronkowski has an infection in his broken arm that could keep him out into the season.

The Boston Herald reported on Sunday that Gronkowski has an infection in the area where a metal plate was installed to repair his left forearm. Doctors will have to wait for the infection to go away to replace the plate, and Gronkowski would need 10 weeks after that to recover, the paper said.

Auto Racing

Penske’s streak ends in Alabama

In Birmingham, Ala., Ryan Hunter-Reay ended Penske Racing’s domination at Barber Motorsports Park by holding off Scott Dixon to win the IndyCar Series race on Sunday.

Penske drivers Helio Castroneves and Will Power had won IndyCar’s three previous races at Barber.

Dixon finished second. Castroneves was third

AJ Allmendinger finished 19th after stalling his car during his final pit stop.

College Basketball

Drury wins first Division II title

In Atlanta, Alex Hall sank two free throws with 22.8 seconds remaining to help Drury rally from a 17-point deficit to beat Metro State 74-73 on Sunday and win the Division II national championship.

Drury (31-4) closed the season with 23 consecutive wins to win its first championship. The Panthers defeated USC Aiken in the Elite Eight in Louisville, Ky.

• In Atlanta, Allen Williamson had 18 points and Amherst (30-2) beat Mary Hardin-Baylor 87-70 to win its second Division III national championship.

• The FBI is investigating whether a former Rutgers basketball employee tried to extort the university before he made videos that showed ex-coach Mike Rice shoving and kicking players and berating them with gay slurs.

A person familiar with the FBI’s probe told The Associated Press that investigators are interested in Eric Murdock, who left his job as the men’s basketball program’s player development director last year and later provided the video to university officials and ESPN.


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