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Swimming

Area swimmer wins state titles

In Savannah, Ga., Mike Jeschke, of Augusta, recently won three individual state titles at the Georgia Swimming 14 and Under Long Course State Championships.

Jeschke, 12, won gold in the 1 mile freestyle (1500 meters), the 400 meter individual medley and the 200 meter individual medley.

The Aiken Augusta Swim League participant earned a spot on the Georgia Zone Team and he will compete against the top swimmers at the Southern Zone Championships in Greenville, S.C., on July 30-Aug. 1.

Golf

Locals play well at Oglethorpe

In Savannah, Ga., a bevy of young amateur golfers with area connections turned in quality performances at the Oglethorpe Invitational at Wilmington Island Club.

Georgia Regents golfer Maverick Antcliff (68-68-69) tied for seventh. His Jaguars teammate, Cody Shafer (69-70-68), Augusta’s Davis Parker (69-70-68) and Shad Tuten (71-68-68), the reigning Augusta City Amateur champion, tied for 11th.

Also participating in the tournament were Jaguars golfer Meechai Padungsiriseth (71-70-71) and Taylor Welborn (75-69-76), of USC Aiken.

Jack Hall (66-67-67), of Sea Island, Ga., won the event with 200.

College Basketball

‘Big E’, ‘X-Man’ lead Hall class

Elvin Hayes – “The Big E” – a dominant force at Houston, and Wichita State’s Xavier “X-Man” McDaniel will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Nov. 24 at the Midland by AMC.

Hayes led the Cougars to Final Fours in 1967 and 1968, and his battles with UCLA and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor) helped propel the sport’s popularity. In 1985, McDaniel, a South Carolina native, became the first player to lead Division I in scoring (27.2) and rebounding (14.8).

They join UCLA’s Marques Johnson, Maryland’s Tom McMillen and Grambling’s Bob Hopkins, along with coaches Gene Keady of Purdue and Villanova’s Rollie Massimino, contributors George Raveling of Nike and George Killian of the International Basketball Federation.

The 1963 NCAA champion, Loyola (Chicago), also will be inducted.

NBA

Rockets bring in another center

The Houston Rockets signed veteran free agent center Marcus Camby.

It is the second stint for Camby in Houston after he played for the Rockets in 2012.

He joins a team that has superstar center Dwight Howard, Houston’s major free agent pickup, and last year’s starting center Omer Asik.

• Unrestricted free agent Daniel Gibson surrendered to police Monday to face a
second-degree battery charge.

Gibson is accused of breaking another man’s jaw with a punch during an argument at a nightclub on July 8, New Orleans Police spokeswoman Remi Braden said.

Tennis

Kuznetsova out early in Carlsbad

In Carlsbad, Calif., Virginie Razzano stunned two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova with a 6-4, 6-2 win in the first round of the Southern California Open on Monday.

Former U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur beat Varvara Lepchenko 7-5, 6-1 in another first round match.


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