Pacers senior is player of week

USC Aiken’s Hayden Letien, who helped lead the Pacers to victory last week in the Firestone Invitational, has been named Peach Belt Conference Golfer of the Week.

Letien, who is third in the conference with a 71.3 stroke average, tied for third place individually in the Firestone event.

The senior shot 72-69-73 at Firestone Country Club.

• In Vero Beach, Fla., former Augusta State golfer Mitch Krywulycz is in good shape in his bid to make it through the first stage of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament.

Taylor Floyd, another former Jaguar, needs a solid round today to advance.

The pair are playing at Quail Valley Golf Club, where the top 30 finishers after today’s final round advance.

Krywulycz has shot 68-68-73 and is tied for third place. Floyd is tied for 22nd place after rounds of 67-73-76.

• In Huntersville, N.C., Frank Adams III won his seventh eGolf Tour title of his career, firing 3-under-par 68 to win the NorthSouth Open by a shot.

Adams, of Salisbury, N.C., finished at 10-under 203 in the final eGolf Tour event of the season.

Jonathan Randolph (64 on Thursday),Ted Brown (64), Jesse Hutchins (69) and Will Collins (70) tied for second place.

Former USC Aiken golfer Matt Atkins closed with 72 to finish in a tie for 21st place at 212. Aiken native Matt Hendrix had 73 and tied for 31st place at 215.



Italy condemns racist remark

The head of Italy’s gymnastics federation Thursday condemned “every form of racism and discrimination” following offensive comments by one of the country’s gymnasts toward 16-year-old Simone Biles, of the United States.

Italians Vanessa Ferrari and Carlotta Ferlito finished fourth and fifth, respectively, on the balance beam Sunday at the world championships in Belgium, just behind bronze medalist Biles.

Ferlito said, with a laugh, that she told Ferrari: “Next time we’ll have our skin black also so we can win, too.”

The parents of Biles, who won the women’s all-around gold medal at the world championships, aren’t ready to forgive Ferlito.

“I found it very insulting,” Biles’ father, Ron, told USA Today Sports. “The racial comment was really out of line.”

“It did bother her,” Nellie Biles, Simone’s mother, told USA Today. “I told her, ‘Don’t get roped into this’ and, ‘Don’t let those comments ruin this moment for you. Just be proud of your performance and outcome.’ ”



Federer suffers loss in Shanghai

In Shanghai, Roger Federer’s chances of qualifying for the ATP Tour Finals took a hit when he lost in three sets to Gael Monfils at the Shanghai Masters, the latest early round loss for the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

Monfils beat the former No. 1-ranked Federer 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 in the third round.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic and top-ranked Rafael Nadal moved into the quarterfinals with straight-set wins.



Bobcats backup is out 12 weeks

The Charlotte Bobcats have announced that backup center Brendan Haywood will miss at least 12 weeks with a stress fracture in his left foot.

The team said in a release that Haywood will have surgery next week to repair the problem.


Auto Racing

Franchitti leaves Houston hospital

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti was released from a Houston hospital Thursday, four days after fracturing his spine and breaking his right ankle in an IndyCar Series crash.

Franchitti was headed back to Indianapolis for further evaluation and will eventually have a second surgery on his ankle. He underwent surgery Sunday night to stabilize his ankle following the accident on the last lap of the Grand Prix of Houston.