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Parade to honor Grant is planned

A welcome home parade for Deon Grant is scheduled for Saturday in downtown Augusta.

The Josey High School graduate helped the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at Broad Street, beginning on 13th Street and ending at Augusta Common.

College Baseball

Jags roughed up in loss to Pirates

Armstrong Atlantic State scored 10 runs in the seventh inning to break open a close game and beat Augusta State 11-2 on Thursday night in a nonconference game at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

John Roberts drove in three runs to lead the Pirates (19-6).

Jeff Rice led the Jags
(8-22) with two hits, while Kevin Dodson drove in two runs.

• In Columbia, Adam Matthews homered and drove in two runs to lead South Carolina to a 9-3 victory over Florida (20-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference).

Erik Payne and Kyle Martin also had two RBI each for the Gamecocks (17-5, 1-3).

Matt Price (3-1) got the win in relief of starter Michael Roth.

Golf

Ex-Jag in fourth at eGolf tourney

Former Augusta State golfer Mitch Krywulycz shot 6-under-par 68 on Thursday and is in fourth place after two rounds of the eGolf Tour’s Irish Creek Classic.

The tournament is being played at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, N.C., and Cabarrus Country Club in Concord, N.C.

Krywulycz is at 9-under 134, two shots behind leader Seamus Power. Power, a native of Waterford, Ireland, who lives in Charlotte, shot 70 and is at 132.

Aiken’s Stephen Poole shot 69 for the second consecutive day and is tied for 20th at 138 along with former Augusta State golfer Henrik Norlander, who had a second-round 68.

David Robinson, of San­dersville, Ga., shot a second consecutive 71 and missed the cut by one. Rob Bennett, of Augusta, and Alex Hamilton, of Aiken, each shot 72 for the second day in a row and finished at 144. Former USC Aiken golfer Scott Usher had 76 and finished at 146. Brad Arrington, of Augusta, shot 77 and finished at 151.

• The USC Aiken golf team is ranked 18th in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Division II College Coaches’ Poll.

College Football

Attorney wants charges dropped

Jerry Sandusky’s attorney asked a judge on Thursday to dismiss all 52 sex-abuse counts against the former Penn State University assistant coach, saying they were too vague, too flimsy, or happened too long ago to be adequately defended in court.

In a catchall pretrial motion, Joseph Amendola argued that charges involving at least eight of the 10 boys his client is accused of molesting fell outside the statute of limitations and that others could not be sufficiently substantiated by witnesses.

Tennis

Serena posts win at Sony Ericsson

In Key Biscayne, Fla., Serena Williams beat wild card Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-3 at the Sony Ericsson Open.

It marked Williams’ return to tournament tennis after a two-month absence.

No. 2 Maria Sharapova overcame 12 double-faults to rally past Shahar Peer 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-4, 6-0.

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