Augusta's Coble fifth after first day
Margaret Shirley, a rising senior at Lassiter High School in Roswell, Ga., shot even-par 72 for a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Greater Atlanta Women's Amateur Championship at Georgia National Golf Club in McDonough, Ga.
Defending champion Laura Coble, of Augusta, is tied for fifth after 79.
Pacers outfielder gets another award
USC Aiken center fielder Ashley Farr has been named to the Verizon Academic All-America Second Team.
Farr is the first Pacers baseball player to earn this honor and is the sixth USC Aiken athlete to be named to the team. Sandra Scott (basketball) was the last to get the honor in 1987.
The junior from West Columbia, S.C., hit .483 on 100 hits with 64 RBI.
This is the second All-America nod for Farr. He also was named to the Rawlings/ABCA All-America first team.
Earlier this month, Farr was named the NCAA South Atlantic Region Player of the Year and the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year.
Ex-Seminoles QB's trial next week
A defense motion to prevent a key witness from testifying in next week's gambling trial of former Florida State quarterback Adrian McPherson was denied Wednesday by the presiding judge.
Defense attorney Grady Irvin Jr. of St. Petersburg sought to keep McPherson's longtime friend, Melvin Capers Jr., from being a witness, complaining the state didn't give him ample time and information to contact Capers.
Judge Tim Harley rejected Irvin's claim and set Friday for jury selection. McPherson's case will be heard by a six-person jury beginning Monday or Wednesday.
McPherson was dismissed from the football team in November after being charged with stealing a blank check and receiving stolen goods after the check was cashed. Those charges are being tried separately from the gambling charge.
Running back/defensive back Kenyata Smith and defensive lineman Myron Jordan will play at Allen, and linebacker Daniel Willis will head to Siena in August.
Hall of Fame
State's athletes receive recognition
The South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame will honor three amateurs and one professional athlete at an induction ceremony today.
Philadelphia Eagles running back and former South Carolina standout Duce Staley will be awarded the state's professional athlete of the year.
Staley was an all-state wide receiver at Airport High School and played for the Gamecocks before being drafted by the Eagles in 1997.
Clemson basketball player Ed Scott will be named male amateur athlete of the year. The Eastover native led the Tigers in scoring and assists.
Clemson women's basketball standout Chrissy Floyd and South Carolina golfer Kristy McPherson will share the female amateur athlete award.
Augusta race team endures wet races
Team Velocity Racing came back from a crash to finish 18th and seventh in Medium-weight Superstock during a rainy four-hour Dunlop/WERA National Endurance Series race at Virginia International Raceway this past Friday.
The Late Model race has a $4,000 prize to the winner. The other car classes will also be racing as well.
For more information call Paul Purvis at (478) 289-9640.
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