Southeast regatta set for Langley Pond
The Southeast Region Junior Championship Regatta will be held Saturday at Langley Pond.
The event, which is put on by the Augusta Junior Rowing Club, consists of crews from the 10 states that make up the Southeast region; Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
The regatta serves as a qualifier for Southeast crews to the USRowing National Youth Invitational, which will be held June 11-12 in Cincinnati.
Glazer grabs hold of Manchester United
In London, Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer gained control of the world's richest soccer team Thursday, drawing resentment from Manchester United fans who fear the "heart and soul" of the storied club has been sold to foreign interests.
Glazer began a $1.47 billion takeover bid of the team by becoming its majority shareholder. His ownership reached 56.9 percent after he bought a 28.7 percent share held by Irish racehorse owners J.P. McManus and John Magnier.
Financial analysts said the deal seemed certain to succeed, and suggested Glazer's ownership could quickly reach the critical 75 percent threshold. At that level, he could take the club private.
Silver Bluff pair picking the Pacers
Silver Bluff standouts Holly Kwiatkowski and Tiara Johnson signed letters-of-intent at the school Thursday to continue their careers on the collegiate level at USC Aiken.
Kwiatkowski, an outfielder, was hitting .284 with 10 runs batted in through her first 25 games this season. Johnson improved as the season went along, starting for the first time at third base. Johnson leads the Lady Bulldogs with five home runs and is second on the team with her 19 RBI.
- USC Aiken's Sarah Harvey and Stacie Oakley and Augusta State's Jessica Matta both received honors Thursday.
Harvey was named to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District III Second Team, while Oakley and Matta were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-South Atlantic Region Second Team.
Harvey led the Pacers in 10 different offensive categories, including a school record 18 doubles. She holds a 3.77 GPA as a secondary education major.
In her first season with the Lady Pacers, Oakley etched her name into the school's record books. In her first start, she broke the school record for strikeouts with 14 and then reset it Feb. 25 with 15 against Newberry.
She struck out 10 or more batters in a game nine times and shattered the school record with 225 strikeouts on the year. She finished third in the conference and eighth in the nation in strikeouts.
Czech Republic puts U.S. on ice at worlds
In Vienna, Austria, Andy Roach had the United States' hopes on his stick but Tomas Vokoun stopped his backhander, giving the Czech Republic a 3-2 quarterfinals victory at the world hockey championship.
Martin Rucinsky netted the lone shootout goal, sending the Czechs into Saturday's semifinals against either Sweden or Switzerland.
Commissioners get the call to testify
In Washington, the commissioners of Major League Baseball, the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Soccer will testify next week at two days of congressional hearings about legislation calling for standard steroid testing in U.S. sports.
In a witness list released Thursday, the House Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection Subcommittee said it will hear from baseball's Bud Selig, the NBA's David Stern, the NHL's Gary Bettman, and Don Garber of MLS on May 18.
The NFL's Paul Tagliabue will appear the next day.