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USC Aiken can’t overcome deficit

In Aiken, USC Aiken’s second-half rally came up short and the Pacers lost 4-3 to Lander in men’s soccer on Wednesday.

Lander (6-1, 2-0 Peach Belt Conference) led 4-0 at the half before USC Aiken (2-2-2, 0-2-0 PBC) came roaring back.

USC Aiken’s Tobias Haenschke scored at the 53:51 mark, Mark Hanlon followed with a goal at 55:43 and Mohamed Fall had the final goal at the 60:50 mark.

Brandon Jarosz gave up three of Lander’s goals. Lambert Sechet allowed the other goal.

Chris Hobbs scored two of Lander's goals, including the eventual game-winner.

• In Aiken, Lander blanked the USC Aiken women 3-0 in a Peach Belt Conference soccer match that was close for most of the way.

Lander led 1-0 before scoring at the 72:56 and 82:26 marks.

Alli Edens made 10 saves for the Lady Pacers (3-6-1, 2-2 PBC).

Nina Morales had two of goals for Lander (5-1-2, 3-0 PBC).

• The Augusta State men’s cross country program climbed two spots, to third place, in the second NCAA Southeast Region rankings of the regular season, according to a poll released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Mount Olive is the top-ranked team, followed by King.

The Jaguars return to action on Oct. 5, when they play host to the Jaguar Invitational at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans.

• Vanderbilt has sanctioned its women’s tennis and lacrosse teams after finding members of both teams were involved in separate hazing incidents.

Athletics director David Williams said in a statement Wednesday that hazing is dangerous, violates both university and athletic department policy and will not be tolerated.

Vanderbilt says no one was harmed.

But Williams and Vander­bilt’s director of compliance interviewed each member of each team late last week with all but one admitting to taking part. Williams said neither team’s coach knew of the events and might punish their players further. Williams also reported the incidents to university officials overseeing student conduct.

The sanctions included missing an event each. The lacrosse team did not attend an exhibition tournament at Navy, while the tennis team missed a preview tournament at Furman.

Golf

Veteran in front on the eGolf Tour

In Charlotte, N.C., one of the oldest members of the eGolf Tour is in the lead after the first round of the Olde Sycamore Open.

Clint Jensen, a three-time eGolf Tour winner who is 37, shot 9-under-par 63 at Olde Sycamore Golf Club for a three-shot lead.

Four players are tied for second place at 66, including George Bryan IV, of Chapin, S.C.

Of the area golfers in the field, Stephen Poole had 67, Henrik Norlander shot 69, David Robinson had 71, Rob Bennett had 72, Mitch Krywulycz had 73 and Major Manning had 75.

Tennis

Davydenko posts win in Malaysia

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Nikolay Davydenko beat lucky loser Sanam Singh 7-5, 6-4 in the first round of the Malaysian Open.

• In Bangkok, Gael Monfils played another strong match in his return from a knee injury, beating qualifier Kevin Anderson 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 to reach the second round of the Thailand Open.


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