Pacers handed first loss of year

In Aiken, Colin Buckner homered to help Lincoln Memorial avoid a sweep with an 8-5 win over USC Aiken on Monday.

Kevin Brito was 3 for 5 with three RBI for the Railsplitters (1-2), who were outscored 18-2 in the first two games of the season-opening series.

Starting pitcher Taylor Peed took a no-decision after allowing a run on three hits in five innings for the Pacers (2-1). Cole Lee (0-1) got the loss after giving up three runs in 1⅓ innings.

Wes Todd (1-0) earned the win after allowing two runs in six innings.

The Pacers return to action at 3 p.m. Friday when they play host to Shepherd in the Prestige Appliance Classic.

• Paine basketball player Jordan Warner was named the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s Co-Newcomer of the Week, along with Miles College’s Terrance Noel.

Warner averaged 13.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.3 blocks in three games, which included a loss at Claflin, a home win against Morehouse and a victory at Benedict.


Auto Racing

Parrott hired by Baldwin Racing

Todd Parrott has landed a crew chief position in the Sprint Cup Series with Tommy Baldwin Racing.

Parrott was suspended by NASCAR last year for failing a random drug test and it cost him his job with Richard Petty Motorsports. Parrott completed NASCAR’s recovery program and was reinstated in January to work in the garage.

Parrott will be the crew chief for the No. 36 car. The team has not announced a driver yet.

Parrott won the 1999 Cup championship with Dale Jarrett. The two also teamed to win the Daytona 500 in 1996 and 2000.

Dylan Kwasniewski will run a full Nationwide Series schedule for Turner Motorsports this season.

The announcement comes just days after Turner Motorsport announced it could not field a Truck Series this year team for Jeb Burton because the sponsor had defaulted on its payment.

The team can run Kwasniewski because Rockstar Energy Drink has signed on to sponsor the No. 31 Chevrolet for the 18-year-old driver.



Ex-Olympic star Thorpe in rehab

The manager of Olympic swimming great Ian Thorpe says the five-time gold medalist is in rehab after being found disoriented on a Sydney street early Monday morning by police responding to a call from residents.

James Erskine said that Thorpe was affected by a combination of antidepressants and the painkillers he was taking for a shoulder injury.

Police spoke to Thorpe after residents near his parents’ home in Panania in Sydney’s southwest reported a man allegedly breaking into a van. He was taken toa Sydney hospital for assessment and was later transferred to a rehab facility.

Thorpe, known to fans as Thorpedo, was a freestyle specialist who won three gold and two silver medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics – the most medals won by any individual competitor at those games – and two more golds at the 2004 Athens Olympics.



Chelsea blanks Manchester City

In Manchester, England, Branislav Ivanovic scored in the 31st minute, and Chelsea neutralized the England’s most potent attack with a 1-0 win at Manchester City on Monday night in a key Premier League showdown.

– From staff and wire reports