Jaguars coach goes into hall
Augusta University head men’s golf coach Jack O’Keefe was inducted into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor last Friday at the Hall of Honor banquet and was recognized during halftime of the Arkansas vs. TCU football game the following day at Razorback Stadium.
O’Keefe, who just completed his fourth season as the Jaguars’ head coach, is the first University of Arkansas golfer to earn All-America honors four times (1989-93).
Atlanta blanks New England
In Atlanta, Josef Martinez scored three goals for a first-half half trick and Atlanta United beat the nine-man New England Revolution 7-0 in the second game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Atlanta (12-8-6) hasn’t lost in eight straight home games – with seven victories. New England (10-13-5) hasn’t won on the road this season.
Martinez, on loan from the Italian club Torino, has scored 13 goals in 12 games.
High School Football
Screven County is third in poll
Screven County continued its climb while Thomson and Burke County held firm in the latest Georgia Sports Writers Association High School Football Poll.
The Gamecocks moved up one spot to No. 3 in Class AA despite canceling their non-region game against Statesboro last week because of the weather. They’re 2-0 with wins over Bluffton and Wade Hampton.
Jefferson County beat Washington-Wilkes 43-32 to maintain its spot at No. 6 in Class AA.
In Class AAAA, Thomson held at No. 2 after its game with Pace Academy was canceled. Burke County stayed at No. 9 after routing Lakeside.
Greenbrier received its first vote of the season in Class AAAAAA after moving to 3-0 with a victory over Harlem this past Friday. Swainsboro continues to receive votes in Class AA and is 3-0.
Probe confirmed at New Mexico
New Mexico football coach Bob Davie is under investigation for allegations involving player mistreatment and a compromised drug-testing program, according a report from NMFishbowl.com.
The website reported that the university retained an external investigator to conduct the probe, which was sparked by exit interviews with New Mexico student-athletes this spring.
League cuts out padded practice
The Canadian Football League is eliminating full-contact padded practices during the season and is extending its schedule to 21 weeks to help reduce the risk of injury.
The league and CFL Players Association made the joint announcement Wednesday.
The change is effective immediately. Teams were previously allowed to hold a total of 17 padded practices following training camp.
The NFL, clubs can have 11 padded practices over the first 11 weeks of the season, a maximum of one per week. After that, clubs can have three more padded practices for a total of 14.
Starting next year, the CFL regular season will be extended a week to 21, giving players more rest time between games.
As a result, each CFL team will have three off weeks instead of two.