Jags are picked to finish second
Augusta State was picked to finish second and USC Aiken was tabbed to finish eighth in the Peach Belt Conference preseason women’s cross country poll voted on by the league’s head coaches.
Augusta State will open the season on Sept. 1 in Memphis, Tenn., at the Brooks
Memphis Twilight Classic.
USC Aiken will play host to the third annual Bridgestone-Pacer Invitational on Sept. 8 to open its season.
Montevallo was chosen as the preseason favorite.
• Thirty-three USC Aiken athletes have been chosen as recipients of the D2ADA Academic Achievement Awards, the The Division II Athletic Directors Association announced on Wednesday.
Recipients must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. The recipients must also have attended college for a minimum of two years (four semesters) and been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year.
USC Aiken had six
student-athletes, Kevin Gifford (baseball), Cassey Lloyd (women’s cross country), Samantha Lukralle (volleyball), Drew McElveen (golf), Thomas McLeod (baseball), and Patrick Stiebinger (men’s tennis), earn a perfect 4.00 GPA for the 2011-12 academic year.
US posts its first victory in Mexico
In Mexico City, the United States ended 75 years of frustration in the country, winning at its southern neighbor and regional revival for the first time Wednesday night when Michael Orozco Fiscal’s goal in the 80th minute and Tim Howard’s late sprawling saves provided a 1-0 victory.
Howard preserved the lead, changing directions to stop a deflected shot by Javier Hernandez in the 85th, then pawing away a 4-yard downward header by Chicharito in the 89th.
The U.S. had been 0-23-1 against El Tri in 75 years of games at Mexico, including 0-19-1 in the thin air at altitude in Mexico City.
Djokovic, Murray win their openers
In Mason, Ohio, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray won their opening matches at the Western & Southern Open in straight sets Wednesday.
Djokovic, who got the bronze medal at the Olympics in London, was a little off in his opening set on a court baked in sunshine and 86-degree heat, before pulling away from Andreas Seppi 7-6 (4), 6-2.
Murray, the gold medal winner in the Olympics, moved around the court well during his 6-2, 6-4 win over Sam Querrey.
Women’s top-seed Agnieszka Radwanska advanced to the third round with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Sofia Arvidsson. Venus Williams moved on with her second three-set victory in two days, beating Chanelle Scheepers 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Bynum receives a warm welcome
In Philadelphia, Andrew Bynum heard the roar from hundreds of 76ers fans chanting “An-drew By-num! An-drew By-num!” the moment he stepped into the National Constitution Center.
He enjoyed his first days in the city so much, Bynum made it clear he wouldn’t mind playing in that No. 33 Sixers jersey for more than a season.
Wearing a Sixers T-shirt, Bynum made his first appearance Wednesday since he was acquired last week from the Los Angeles Lakers.
• The Phoenix Suns signed 16-year NBA veteran Jermaine O’Neal.