Augusta Prep is state runner-up
The Augusta Prep boys finished second in the GISA Class AAA state championship at Glen Arven Country Club in Thomasville, Ga.
Stratford won the event at the par-72 course, finishing with 299. Augusta Prep shot 303, finishing ahead of Westminster, which shot 316.
Joey Lawrence (71) and Salil Ghamande (73) took All-State honors in leading Augusta Prep, which also included Steven Davidson (78), Jake Forgay (81) and Trent McCall (89).
Westminster’s Evan Down also received All-State honors with a round of 74.
set for Augusta
The 2013 USTA Georgia Adult League State Tennis Championships will be held this weekend in Augusta, with about 900 players competing.
Play begins Friday and ends Monday at seven facilities, with the Newman Tennis Center serving as the host site. Other facilities are Petersburg Racquet Club, The Club at Rae’s Creek, Riverview Park, Fleming Tennis Center, Diamond Lakes Tennis Center and Grovetown High School. Admission is free, and the public is invited to watch between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
• In Rome, Laura Robson, a quickly improving 19-year-old British player, beat Venus Williams 6-3, 6-2 at the Italian Open to set up a second-round match with top-ranked Serena Williams.
Both players struggled with the wind, with Robson hitting eight double-faults and Williams six. However, Williams’ errors came at more inopportune times, with two double-faults in the final game.
Robson won the Wimbledon junior title at 14. At last week’s Madrid Open, she upset fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska before losing in the third round to 16th-seeded Ana Ivanovic in a third-set tiebreaker.
2 suspended on Gamecocks staff
South Carolina assistant coach Sammy Esposito and strength and conditioning coach Billy Anderson will serve one-game suspensions after their ejections from Sunday’s game against Georgia.
The suspensions were mandated by the NCAA. The school said Esposito and Anderson will sit out tonight’s game with Presbyterian. The school said the suspensions were handed down for violating the NCAA rule that “personnel other than the head coach ejected for disputing, arguing and unsportsmanlike conduct.”
South Carolina defeated Georgia 8-3 on Sunday, completing a three-game sweep of the Bulldogs.
Roland is victor at Screven track
Daniel Roland of Thomson won the Sam Sommers Trucking/McBride Body Shop 25-lap race Saturday night at Screven Motorsports Complex near Sylvania, Ga.
Roland held off Southern Outlaw Super Street Series points leader Jottie Burgamy of Wrightsville, Ga., to win the $1,500 prize. Lance Beck of Warrenville placed third in the 18-car featured event.
Manchester City axes title winner
Manchester City fired manager Roberto Mancini, one year after he delivered the club’s first English league title in 44 years. City said its end-of-season review was brought forward “out of respect for Roberto” after it was reported that Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini has been
lined up to replace him.
– From staff and wire reports