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Golf

Former Pacer is tied in Louisiana

In Mandeville, La., former USC Aiken All-American Roberto Diaz is tied for the lead after the first round of the NGA Tour’s Florida Marine Open.

Diaz, who lives in Myrtle Beach, S.C., had six back-nine birdies and shot 7-under-par 65 to tie former Texas Christian golfer Scott Roudebush for the lead.

Chris Wolfe, a former Armstrong Atlantic State golfer, is in third place after 66.

Aiken native Matt Hendrix, who won the NGA Tour’s Cutter Creek Classic on June 23, opened with 70.

• In Pinehurst, N.C., Evans’ Jacob Tilton and Augusta State golfer Maver­ick Antcliff failed to make it to match play in the North & South Amateur Championship.

Tilton, a former Armstrong Atlantic State golfer, shot 69-73-74 to miss making match play by four shots.

Antcliff, who won the Rice Planters earlier this summer, was eliminated after two rounds of stroke play. He shot 72-76–148. It took 144 to make it to the third round of stroke play.

College Football

Ole Miss player dies in accident

A Mississippi player was killed Wednesday in a traffic accident in Chickasaw County, Miss.

The Highway Patrol said in a statement that 20-year-old Park Stevens was killed when his pickup collided with the rear of an 18-wheeler.

Ole Miss officials say Stevens joined the Rebels in the spring as a walk-on, transferring to Ole Miss after two seasons at East Central Community College.

Stevens went through spring drills as a backup offensive tackle.

• Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel announced Thursday that he has signed with the Boston Red Sox, who selected him in the 29th round of the Major League Baseball draft in June.

But Driskel said he is committed to finishing his college career with the Gators and pursing an NFL job.

Driskel says in a statement, “After my college football career is over I want to pursue a professional career in the NFL. If I ever decide I want to play baseball, I want to play with the Boston Red Sox who drafted me in the recent draft.”

Track and Field

Gay wins the 100 in Swiss meet

In Lausanne, Switzerland, Tyson Gay ran the year’s second-fastest 100 meters, finishing in 9.79 seconds in a victory at the Athletissima Diamond League meet.

Only Gay’s world-leading 9.75 to take the U.S. nationals title has been faster this season. His latest effort comes just five weeks before the world championships in Moscow.

Usain Bolt, the Olympic champion and world-record holder, has a season’s best of 9.94, set at the Jamaican nationals in June.

David Oliver finished in 13.03 in the 110 hurdles, leading an American sweep of the first four places.

Rowing

Cincinnati rower in quarterfinals

In Henley, England, John Graves, of Cincinnati, reached the Diamond Sculls quarterfinals by easily beating local rower Christopher Bodder at the Henley Royal Regatta on Thursday.

Graves will next row against Andreas Penker, of Aachen University in Germany, who topped Adam Neill from Brentwood College School, Canada.

The University of Virginia also cruised to a win over Eton College, England, in a heat of the Temple Cup for student eights.


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