Spartans move on in tournament
In Macon, Ga., Glenn Hills beat Perry 45-34 on Thursday at the Class AAAA Team Dual state tournament.
The Spartans advance to wrestle Gilmer today in a quarterfinal match.
Screaming Devil joins Monarchs
Warren County star Torrez Wentz will head to Norfolk, Va., this weekend to start college at Old Dominion University.
Wentz, a lineman, signed with the Monarchs back in December.
He was a second team All-Area pick this past season for the Screaming Devils.
Hometown team has big first day
In Boston, hometown favorites Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir had a huge lead after the pairs short program at the U.S. figure skating championships.
The defending champs had 73.13 points Thursday, good for a cushion of 6.63 over second-place Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay.
Castelli’s jaw dropped when the marks were announced.
Castelli and Shnapir represent Skating Club of Boston, and the crowd was screaming for the two New Englanders from the moment they took the ice to warm up for their performance, the last of the afternoon.
Indians compete as independents
India athletes will compete under the Olympic flag – not their national flag – at next month’s Winter Games in Sochi.
The three Indians who qualified for the games will compete as “independent” athletes, rather than represent their country, after their national body failed to schedule elections before the start of the Olympics on Feb. 7.
Nadal gets tough end of the draw
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal got a challenging draw at the Australian Open, with Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro all drawn into his half on Friday.
Nadal, who faces Australia’s Bernard Tomic in the first round, could meet del Potro in the quarterfinals and then has a potential semifinal against either Murray or Federer.
Three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic is on the other half with No. 3-ranked David Ferrer.
On the women’s side, top-ranked Serena Williams opens against Australian teenager Ashleigh Barty and has 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur and two-time finalist Li Na in her half.
Two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova are in the opposite half, meaning they could only meet Williams in the final.
The season’s first major starts Monday.
• In Sydney, Bulgarian qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova reached her first WTA final by beating second-seeded Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals of the Sydney International.
Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, was broken twice in the first set and four times in the second against Pironkova, who finished last season ranked No. 108.
In the men’s tournament, top-seeded Del Potro beat Czech veteran Radek Stepanek 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to set up a semifinal against Russia’s Dmitry Tursunov.
Del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion who finished last season ranked No. 5, relied on his strong serve, with 14 aces to three, and saved seven of 10 break points.
Bradley’s headed to Toronto FC
Roma coach Rudi Garcia says American midfielder Michael Bradley is on the verge of joining Toronto FC.
Italian media report Roma has accepted an offer of 7 million euros ($9.5 million) for Bradley from the Major League Soccer club.
The 26-year-old Bradley, a star with the U.S. national team, is in his second season with Roma after joining from Chievo Verona in 2012. He has started just five of 19 league matches this season, when he was sidelined for a month by a sprained ankle.
After an Italian Cup win over Sampdoria on Thursday, Garcia said “Bradley wanted to go. We couldn’t keep the player. He did very well with me in these months, but I understand he wants to play more.”
Bradley, the son of former U.S. coach Bob Bradley, started his career with MLS’s MetroStars before moving to Europe, where he also had spells with Heerenveen, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Aston Villa.