USC Aiken’s rally comes up short
In Greenwood, S.C., the USC Aiken women’s soccer team came up with a late goal, but it wasn’t enough as the Pacers lost to Lander 2-1 in a Peach Belt Conference match on Wednesday.
Lander led 2-0 at the half. USC Aiken’s Olivia Stiltner cut it to 2-1 at 76:51 mark, but Lander held on.
USC Aiken is now 4-5 overall, 1-3 Peach Belt Conference.
• In Greenwood, S.C., Chris Hobbs scored a pair of second-half goals to lead the Lander men’s soccer team to a 3-0 victory over USC Aiken.
The Pacers are now 3-5-1, 0-2 Peach Belt Conference.
• Clemson freshman golfer Ashlan Ramsey, a former Columbia County resident, has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Golfer of the Month for September.
She was the medalist in the Lady Paladin Invitational (68-71-70) and was second in the Cougar Classic (72-69-71).
Palace Malice’s finale is Nov. 2
Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice will make his final start of 2013 in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.
The colt, who has victories in the Belmont Stakes and Jim Dandy and runner-up finishes in the Blue Grass Stakes and the Gold Cup, will be ridden by John Velazquez instead of Mike Smith.
“Mike Smith predictably will reunite with Game on Dude, probable Classic favorite, and his mount in five previous Graded stakes victories,” said Dogwood president Cot Campbell.
Campbell said he was sorry to lose Smith, “but we are overjoyed to get another Hall of Fame rider in Johnny V. He’ll fit him like a glove.”
Ex-Pacer star is playing in Latvia
Former USC Aiken star Kingsley Oguchi has signed a professional contract with Liepaja–Triobet, in Latvia.
Liepaja–Triobet opened its season on Oct. 1 with a 74-70 victory over Jurmala. The team finished fifth in Group B last season ago.
Oguchi was a four-year starter for the Pacers. He finished his career with 1,112 points and is the school’s all-time leader in steals with 162.
Pair turn in 63s to share top spot
In Charlotte, N.C., former Marshall golfer Christian Brand and Daniel Stanley, an ex-Newberry golfer, shot 8-under-par 63s to take the first-round lead in the eGolf Tour’s Salisbury Classic.
Of the area players in the field, Matt Atkins had 67, Matt Hendrix and Mitch Krywulycz 69s and Derek Chang 71.
Na tops Lisicki in China Open
In Beijing, Li Na reached the quarterfinals of the China Open by edging Sabine Lisicki 7-5, 6-4.
In men’s play, Rafael Nadal, aiming to end Noavk Djokovic’s run of 100 weeks at the top of ATP ranking, beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 7-6 (3) to move into the third round.
Nadal could replace Djokovic at No. 1 if he makes it to the final.
• In Tokyo, top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the Japan Open quarterfinals with a comfortable 6-2, 6-2 win over fellow Argentine Carlos Berlocq.
Del Potro broke Berlocq’s serve twice in the second set and closed out the match in 1 hour, 6 minutes.
Del Potro was a late addition to the tournament after Andy Murray, the 2011 champ, withdrew because of a back injury.