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College Baseball

Pacers remain sixth in D-II poll

USC Aiken held steady at No. 6 in the latest College Baseball Division II poll.

The Pacers (10-2) had won seven consecutive games before dropping the back end of a doubleheader Sunday.

Delta State in No. 1 in the poll.

Football

Evans’ Nelson to join NAIA squad

Evans defensive back Jabari Nelson signed a letter of intent Monday to play football for Reinhardt University, an NAIA school in Waleska, Ga.

“It’s a big accomplishment and I’ve been working for it my whole life and it’s like wow, it’s finally here,” said Nelson.

In 2012, Nelson recorded 60 tackles, two forced fumbles and an interception. He was selected as an All-County defensive back and Region 2-AAAAA All-Region second team athlete.

The Eagles, who will compete in the Mid-South Conference, begin their first year of play this year.

Tennis

Federer rallies for win in Dubai

In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Roger Federer rallied past Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 early today to reach the second round of the Dubai Championships.

The second-ranked Federer is looking for his sixth title in Dubai. He next faces Albert Montanes or Marcel Granollers.

Seventh-seeded Andreas Seppi swept aside Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3, 7-5, and eighth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny came from behind to beat Blaz Kavcic 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic opens Wednesday against Viktor Troicki in an all-Serb match.

• In Delray Beach, Fla., two-time winner Xavier Malisse beat Alejandro Falla 6-3, 6-3 Monday at the at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships.

The 50th-ranked Malisse, who has reached the quarterfinals at the Auckland and San Jose tournaments this year, has beaten the 59th-ranked Falla all four times they’ve played.

Malisse, who won in 2005 and 2007, now has a 26-10 winning record at the tournament.

Soccer

Teen’s flare hit, killed young fan

A 17-year-old Corinthians supporter has confessed that he set off a flare that killed a 14-year-old Bolivian boy in a Copa Libertadores match last week.

The teenager, whose name was not disclosed, turned himself in to Brazilian police on Monday.

His confession came as 12 Corinthians fans remained in custody in Bolivia after being arrested following last Wednesday’s match. The South American federation was also expected to rule on the team’s appeal against the punishment of having to play its remaining home games in the tournament in an empty stadium.

The teen said in his interview that he was not deliberately aiming the device at the Bolivian fans when it allegedly went off accidentally, hitting Kevin Beltran Espada in the face and killing him.

Diego Maradona returned to Italy in a bid to clear his name in a tax evasion case.

His Italian debts of more than $50 million stem from alleged unpaid taxes during the time he played for Napoli from 1984-91, a period in which he helped the club win its only two Serie A titles.

• ESPN is selling its British broadcast operation to the BT Group, although its name will remain on one channel in the country.

The U.S. sports network increased operations in Britain in 2009.

– From staff and wire reports


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