Pacers ranked 20th in final poll
USC Aiken finished 20th in the final 2012 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper NCAA Division II Poll.
The Pacers posted a 37-18 record, but did not advance to the 48-team NCAA Division II Tournament.
Adaptive event is set Saturday
The Georgia Health Sciences’ sixth annual adaptive water skiing event will be held Saturday at Pointes West in Appling’s Fort Gordon Outdoor Resort.
It is free for children and adults with disabilities. Tubing and kayaking will also be available.
The youth session will run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the adult session from 12:30 to 1:30.
For more information, call (706) 364-2422 or visit www.cmfa.us. Registration is available at the event.
Native son leads event in Sweden
In Stockholm, Magnus Carlsson of Sweden shot 7-under-par 65 to take a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the European Tour’s Nordea Masters.
Countryman Peter Hanson had 67, as did England’s Richard Bland, who is ranked 661th in the world.
Third-ranked Lee Westwood is in a group of eight at 68.
Former Augusta State golfers Scott Jamieson and Jamie Elson opened with 73. Oliver Wilson, another former Jaguar, had 76.
The Nordea Masters started Wednesday to give some players more time to prepare for the U.S. Open next week in San Francisco.
Sandusky trial to begin on Monday
A jury dominated by people with Penn State loyalties was selected Wednesday to decide Jerry Sandusky’s fate in the child sexual abuse scandal that rocked the university and led to football coach Joe Paterno’s downfall.
The seven women and five men who will hear opening statements on Monday include an engineering administrative assistant at Penn State, a dance teacher in the continuing education program and a professor who has been on the faculty for 24 years.
• Alabama coach Nick Saban wouldn’t mind playing a ninth Southeastern Conference game every season.
Saban says with Texas A&M and Missouri giving the SEC 14 members, “you’ve almost got to play more games to get a true indication of who’s the best team in the league.”
He says other SEC coaches had reasons for disliking that format, either because it makes it harder to become bowl eligible or because they already have tough nonconference games like Florida-Florida State, Georgia-Georgia Tech and South Carolina-Clemson.
The Crimson Tide coach says he’s also hoping the SEC can come up with a format where players get a chance to face every team during their careers.
• Mississippi quarterback Zack Stoudt has left the program after one season.
The university released a statement citing saying the senior from Dublin, Ohio, has decided to end his career with the Rebels because of “health-related issues,” but would stay in school to complete his degree.
• The oldest coach to win a Super Bowl will get at least three more shots at adding to his total. Tom Coughlin signed a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season on with the New York Giants. The 65-year-old Coughlin has coached the Giants since 2004. His contract was in its final year.
– From staff and wire reports