Ross first Jaguar in national event
Augusta State’s Dustin Ross made history Tuesday, becoming the school’s first track athlete to qualify for the NCAA Division II Championships, May 23-25, in Pueblo, Colo.
Ross, a sophomore, qualified for the men’s 1,500 meters with a time of 3 minutes, 50.31 seconds. He is seeded 16th among 24 runners for the preliminary run.
Augusta State started an outdoor track and field program earlier this year.
Pacers fall two
places to No. 3
USC Aiken is ranked third in the latest Collegiate Baseball Newspaper NCAA Division II Poll.
The Pacers (41-11) had been No. 1 the past two weeks before losing consecutive games in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament over the weekend.
• In Columbia, Chase Vergason drove in two runs to lead South Carolina (38-14) to a 4-3 victory over Presbyterian (24-29) on Tuesday.
• In Clemson, S.C., Kevin Bradley hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Tigers (38-15) an 8-7 victory over USC Upstate (25-26).
to the next stage
In Kennesaw, Ga., former Augusta State golfer Mitch Krywulycz shot 2-under-par 69 on Monday in U.S. Open local qualifying at Marietta Country Club to advance to the next stage.
Richard Swift, who lives in Tucker, Ga., led eight qualifiers with 67.
Sectional qualifying will be played at 11 sites in the U.S. on June 3.
Among those who failed to qualify were North Augusta’s Matt NeSmith (71), former Augusta State golfers Henrik Norlander (73) and Taylor Floyd (75) and Augusta’s Lee Knox (79).
Ex-running back Muncie, 60, dies
Chuck Muncie, a Pro Bowl running back with both the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers, has died at age 60, the NFL clubs and a family spokesman said Tuesday.
Muncie family spokesman Vintage Foster, of AMF Media Group in San Ramon, Calif., said Muncie died at his Los Angeles-area home on Monday from heart failure.
Muncie was the Saints’ first-round pick, third overall, out of California in 1976. He played 4½ seasons in New Orleans before being traded in 1980 to San Diego, where he finished his nine-year NFL career.
• Donovan McNabb says he will retire with the Philadelphia Eagles this fall.
• The Eagles have signed former Cowboys running back Felix Jones to a one-year contract.
• San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram, a former South Carolina standout, tore his left ACL during Tuesday’s morning’s organized team activity the team said Tuesday.
Big names romp to wins in Rome
In Rome, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer appear back on track after losses in Madrid last week. Serena Williams, meanwhile, is maintaining her dominance.
Djokovic quickly overcame an early break to cruise past qualifier Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-3 and second-seeded Federer routed wild card Potito Starace 6-1, 6-2 Tuesday to reach the third round of the Italian Open.
In the women’s tournament, the top-ranked Williams brushed aside Laura Robson 6-2, 6-2.
– From staff and wire reports