Ex-Jaguar three behind in eGolf
In Morganton, N.C., former Augusta State golfer Taylor Floyd moved into contention after the second round of the eGolf Tour’s Mimosa Hills Open.
Floyd shot 5-under-par 65 on Thursday and is at 7-under 133, three shots behind co-leaders Tyler McCumber (65-65) and Martin Jeppesen (64-66). The final round is today.
Tarik Can, another former Jaguar, has shot a pair of 68s and is at 136.
First-round leader Daniel Zimmerman, who opened with 63, shot 73 and is at 136.
Area players missing the cut, which fell at 2-under 138, were Brad Arrington (71-70–141), Derek Chang (75-68–143) and Mitch Krywulycz (70-74–144).
• South Carolina freshman Matt NeSmith has been named to the Ping honorable mention All-America Team, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced on Thursday.
The North Augustan is the 19th golfer in school history to earn honorable mention honors and the first Gamecock freshman since George Bryan IV in 2007.
• Masters Tournament champion Adam Scott, who has not returned to his native Australia since winning at Augusta National Golf Club, has entered November’s Australian Open at Royal Sydney, meaning he’ll play at least three times in four weeks Down Under – and possibly all four.
Scott’s appearance at the Australian Open from Nov. 28-Dec. 1 was announced Thursday.
He’ll also play the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast – his hometown – from Nov. 7-10. He then defends his Australian Masters title the following week at Royal Melbourne.
The World Cup is scheduled the week following the Australian Masters – from Nov. 21-24, also at Royal Melbourne – and Scott could represent Australia as the country’s highest-ranked player.
Video of ‘Rock’ vandals released
Clemson University police have released security camera video of a white pickup truck that investigators believe is linked to the vandalism of Howard’s Rock.
The video shows the truck pull up to the fence outside the stadium near the rock about 11:20 p.m. on June 2. Two men get out. A second video with a timestamp about 10 minutes later shows two men walking and dancing around outside the pickup before driving off.
Police also released a still picture of the pickup.
The rock’s glass case was damaged and a chunk of it was broken off. Clemson football players rub the rock named for former football coach Frank Howard as they run down the stadium’s hill before the start of every football game.
• Bill O’Brien is getting a nearly $1 million raise after his debut season as Penn State’s football coach.
His contract when he arrived in January 2012 called for a base salary of $950,000. That’s going up to $1.9 million starting July 1, the school said Thursday.
US player makes semifinal round
In Eastbourne, England, qualifier Jamie Hampton became the first American since Jennifer Capriati in 2003 to reach the Eastbourne semifinals after rallying past Lucie Safarova, of the Czech Republic, 3-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4.
She’ll play fifth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who rallied past Ekaterina Makarova 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 in a contest between two former champions. Hampton and Wozniacki will meet for the first time on the WTA tour.
Li Na lost to Elena Vesnina 7-6 (4), 6-3.
Spain sets mark with 10-0 victory
In Rio de Janeiro, World Cup champion Spain routed the Pacific islanders from Tahiti 10-0 at the Confederations Cup – a result that wasn’t as bad as some had suggested beforehand.
Tahiti coach Eddy Etaeta said he feared Spain might get as many as 20 goals.
Still, the winning margin was the largest in a Confederations Cup match. The previous record margin for the World Cup test-run tournament was six, when Brazil beat Saudi Arabia 8-2 in 1999 and when Brazil beat Australia 6-0 in 1997.
Fernando Torres, who missed a penalty late in the match, scored four goals. David Villa added three goals, David Silva two and Juan Mata one.