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Colleges

Pacers’ golfers third in two polls

USC Aiken’s golf team, which will play in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament in Pine Mountain, Ga., this weekend, remained the third-ranked team in both the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Men’s Coaches’ Poll and the Golfstat NCAA Division II Head-to-Head standings.

The conference tournament is being played at the Mountain View Course at Callaway Gardens. The teams will play 36 holes on Saturday and 18 holes on Sunday.

• Because rain is forecast for Florence, S.C., today and Saturday morning, the Augusta State baseball team’s games against Francis Marion have been moved back a day.

Instead of playing tonight, the Jaguars and Patriots will play a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday and a single game starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

• Three USC Aiken baseball players have joined teammate Josh Miller on Tino Martinez Award Watch List.

Ty Barkell, Derek Beasley and Bill Gerstenslager join Miller, who was on the original list unveiled in early February.

The award is given to the most outstanding player in NCAA Division II baseball.

• Rutgers is turning to one of its greatest players to lead the basketball program past an embarrassing coaching scandal and into its future with the Big Ten Conference.

The Associated Press learned that Los Angeles Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan has reached a tentative agreement to take over as coach of the scandal-marred program.

High Schools

Six athletes sign letters of intent

Harlem softball player Kristin Rawlins and Greenbrier swimmer Leah Haney have signed national letters of intent.

Rawlins, a pitcher/first baseman, signed to play for Columbus State University.

Haney signed with Florida Southern College, which recently finished sixth at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Division II National Championship.

• Former McCormick girls basketball star Ronita Garrett signed with Troy.

• Westside girls basketball players Azia Gibson and Christina Thomas signed earlier this week. Gibson signed with Columbia College and Thomas picked Georgia College and State.

• Richmond Academy’s Randy Hawes signed with St. Andrews University to be the first Musketeer to sign a wrestling scholarship.

Golf

Krywulycz loses touch with lead

In Greensboro, N.C., former Augusta State golfer Mitch Krywulycz dropped off the pace in the second round of the eGolf Tour’s Forest Oaks Classic.

Krywulycz shot 3-over-par 75 on Thursday and is tied for 31st place. He had been tied for fourth place after an opening 71.

Augusta’s Rob Bennett (71-78) missed the cut.

First-round lead Jack Fields shot 71 and now shares the lead with T.J. Howe, who had 68. They are at 10-under 134. The final round is today.

Tennis

Nadal runs his win streak to 44

In Monaco, eight-time defending champ Rafael Nadal extended his Monte Carlo Masters winning streak to 44 matches by beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-4, while second-ranked Andy Murray was routed 6-1, 6-2 by Stanislas Wawrinka in the third round.

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat Juan Monaco 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.


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