Pacers 2nd in region rankings
USC Aiken is second and Augusta University eighth in latest NCAA Southeast Region rankings.
Wingate is first with a 22-2 regional record. The Pacers have 21-3 region mark and the Jaguars are 15-13 in the region.
USC Aiken plays Lander tonight before closing out the regular season against Augusta University at Christenberry Fieldhouse.
Swede to play for USC Aiken
USC Aiken has signed Sweden’s Björn Rosengren, who will join the Pacers in the fall of 2018.
Rosengren won the JMI Gräppås Junior Open and was second in the Skandia Junior Open.
Minor League Baseball
Premium areas gone at SRP
The fifth section of SRP Park for the Augusta GreenJackets’ first season in the new North Augusta ballpark has been sold out.
The club announced on Thursday that 186-seat Premier Box along with the84-seat Third Base Club are sold out.
“With this announcement we are thrilled to announce that the premium areas at SRP Park have sold out,” Tom Denlinger, GreenJackets Vice President, said in a statement.
Three Bruins investigated
Chinese authorities are investigating three Americans following media reports that three UCLA freshmen were arrested for shoplifting ahead of their basketball game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai.
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying did not give details of the individuals, who have been identified by the Los Angeles Times as Cody Riley, Jalen Hill and LiAngelo Ball –the brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball.
Major League Baseball
Cubs hire on pitching coach
The Cubs have hired Jim Hickey as their pitching coach and moved Brandon Hyde to bench coach.
Hickey spent 11 years as Tampa Bay’s pitching coach before a split with the Rays at the end of the season. He is reuniting with his old boss Joe Maddon in Chicago and replacing Chris Bosio, whose contract was not renewed.
Hyde takes over for Dave Martinez, who left to become the Washington Nationals’ manager.
--Former major league skipper Chip Hale will be the bench coach for new Washington Nationals manager Martinez, while Derek Lilliquist will be the team’s pitching coach.
Also joining the team are first base coach Tim Bogar and assistant hitting coach Joe Dillon. The Nationals had previously announced Kevin Long will be the hitting coach.
--Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill says Don Mattingly will be back as manager next season.
The decision had been expected, with Mattingly entering the third season of a four-year contract. But the recent sale of the franchise to a group including Derek Jeter had left Mattingly’s status in question.
Mattingly and Jeter were briefly teammates with the New York Yankees.
The Marlins finished 77-85 this year, their eighth consecutive losing season. The payroll is expected to be reduced by about one-third this offseason under the new ownership.
More Russians guilty of doping
Four more Russian cross-country skiers were found guilty of doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Thursday, including three-time silver medalist Maxim Vylegzhanin.
The International Olympic Committee said all four had their results disqualified and have been banned from all future Olympics.