‘Another’ trainer gets suspension
Trainer Doug O’Neill has been suspended 45 days as a result of one of his horses exceeding the allowable limit for total carbon dioxide. But the punishment won’t begin before July 1, ensuring he will be able to saddle I’ll Have Another in June’s Belmont Stakes.
The suspension comes in the midst of I’ll Have Another’s bid to become horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 34 years.
Raise not part of Richt’s new deal
Georgia football coach Mark Richt’s revamped football contract won’t include a salary increase, but it will reward him with larger performance-based bonuses for on-field success.
Athletic director Greg McGarity told the Georgia Athletic Association board of directors Thursday that Richt’s deal “basically stays where it is right now” at about $2.8 million a year.
Richt’s current contract allows a maximum total performance bonus of $400,000. His reworked deal would increase that total to $800,000.
• The Clemson University Board of Trustees has not been given a viable offer to move out of the Atlantic Coast Conference, but would consider one if it came along, the panel’s chairman said.
“We’ve not had any contact from any league,” said board chairman David Wilkins. “If we receive a viable option, a viable proposal, that is presented to us by any league, we will consider it.”
Asked whether any Clemson official was working on preparing a proposal to another league, instead of one being offered, Wilkins replied, “No. I don’t anticipate it.”
• Jeremiah Pojah, a former basketball player at USC Aiken, was selected by the Gastonia Gamers in the World Basketball Association Exposure League Draft.
Ex-Pacer set to join Kannapolis
Former USC Aiken standout Bill Rice, who recently had his contract purchased by the Chicago White Sox, will report to the Kannapolis Intimidators, of the South Atlantic League, next week.
• USC Aiken shortstop Stephen Carmon, catcher Josh Miller and outfielder Nick Aranas were named second-team All-Southeast Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Duncan leads by one in River Hills
Brian Duncan shot 2-under-par 69 to keep the lead in the eGolf Tour’s River Hills Classic.
The former Clemson standout is at 12-under 131, one shot ahead of Russell Surber and Drew Weaver.
Former USC Aiken star Roberto Diaz (67-70–137) is tied for 14th to lead players with local ties. Henrik Norlander (71-68–139) is tied for 34th, Mitch Krywulycz (74-66–140) is tied for 46th, Alex Hamilton (73-68–141) and Stephen Poole (72-69–141) are tied for 60th.
Isner is bounced in Nice quarters
In Nice, France, Nikolay Davydenko beat top-seeded John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (4) , joining second-seeded Gilles Simon and third-seeded Nicolas Almagro in the Open de Nice semifinals.
• In Duesseldorf, Germany, the United States beat Japan 2-1 for its first win in the Team World Cup. Ryan Harrison beat Tatsumi Ito 6-2, 7-6 (5) before Go Soeda defeated Andy Roddick 7-5, 7-6 (4) to level the score.
James Blake and Ryan Harrison won the decisive doubles against Ito and Bumpei Sato 4-6, 6-0, 10-4.
– From staff and wire reports