Jaguars extend streak to three
In Morrow, Ga., Devon Wright-Nelson scored 20 points and had nine rebounds to lead Augusta State to a 64-62 victory over Clayton State on Saturday night in a Peach Belt Conference game.
Devonte Thomas added 14 points for the Jaguars (8-6, 4-2 Peach Belt), who won their third in a row. Harold Doby added 11.
Anthony Salter had a game-high 25 points for Clayton State (9-5, 2-4).
In the women’s game, defending national champion Clayton State jumped out quickly and hammered Augusta State, 85-47.
Brittany Hall led all scorers with 13 points for the Lady Lakers (16-1, 6-0 PBC). The win gave Clayton State coach Dennis Cox his 200th career victory.
Brittany White scored nine points to lead the Lady Jaguars (7-7, 3-4), who trailed 44-18 at halftime.
• In Milledgeville, Ga., the USC Aiken men held off a second-half surge to beat Georgia College and State 69-64.
Jeremiah Pojah led the Pacers (11-2, 5-0 PBC) with 13 points and nine rebounds.
Ryan Aquino led the Bobcats (8-6, 1-4) with 21 points.
In the women’s game, Hannah DeGraffinreed had team highs in points (13) and rebounds (nine) to lead USC Aiken to a 66-43 win.
The Lady Pacers (12-1, 5-0 PBC) won their 11th in a row, tying a school record.
Shanteona Keys scored 22 points to lead the Lady Bobcats (3-11, 1-4).
High School Wrestling
Spartans, Pats are eliminated
In Macon, Ga., Glenn Hills and Westside saw their seasons come to an end in the Class AAA State Duels.
The Spartans were ousted by Chestatee, 46-33. Westside lost to Eastside, 41-31.
Both teams finished 1-2 in the double-elimination tournament at the Macon Centreplex.
Major League Baseball
Ryan says Texas talked to Fielder
Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan publicly acknowledged Saturday that the AL champions have had talks with free agent slugger Prince Fielder.
Ryan described the discussions as “very preliminary.”
Rangers officials, including Ryan, had an initial session Friday with Fielder and his agent Scott Boras.
“We met (with Fielder and Boras) to try to get a true feel for where they are at this point in time in his free agency to try to see if we thought there might be something there that works for the Texas Rangers,” Ryan said.
$2,000 stipend delayed by NCAA
The NCAA Division I Board of Directors still believes scholarship limits should be expanded.
It just wants time to work out the details.
In a surprise move Saturday, the board delayed implementation of a $2,000 expense allowance, opting instead to ask the working group to make a modified proposal in April.
“What I heard was the board’s resolve with the concept (of the miscellaneous expense allowance) and moving forward with it, but giving us a chance to work out concerns of the implementation,” said Middle Tennessee State President Sidney McPhee, who chairs the subcommittee that made recommendations on Saturday.
Essentially, the board heeded membership’s advice to slow things down rather than continuing to charge full steam ahead.
Supporters insist that the 14-4 vote wasn’t an outright rejection of the philosophy.