Statistics due every Wednesday evening
Individual player statistics for baseball and soccer are due every Wednesday by 5 p.m., no exceptions.
The Augusta Chronicle will publish a listing of area leaders in the following baseball categories: Batting average, doubles, home runs, hits, runs batted in, on-base percentage and stolen bases. Pitching categories will be overall record, earned run average and strikeouts.
Soccer statistical listings will include goals and assists, plus keeper categories for saves and goals against average.
Nominations for players of the week also will be due at that time. Please include facts to support the nomination. The weekly stats and area players of the week will run each Friday.
Stats can be faxed to (706) 823-3408 or e-mailed to Prep Sports Editor Jeff Sentell at email@example.com. Please call (706) 823-3425 with any questions.
USC Aiken sweeps Lander in twin bill
In Greenwood, S.C., USC Aiken swept a doubleheader against Lander to push its conference record to .500 for the season.
The Lady Pacers (32-19, 10-10 Peach Belt Conference) beat Lander 4-1 in the opener and 5-0 in the nightcap, thanks to five hits and three RBI from Keshia Venable.
- Augusta State's doubleheader at Columbus State on Saturday has been moved to Friday at 6 p.m. because of the threat of rain.
Abbott among 11 inductees in hall
Jim Abbott forced others to look beyond his disability by pitching his way past all the doubts and skepticism.
Despite being born without a right hand, Abbott became an outstanding athlete, an inspiration to everyone who watched him - and now, a Hall of Famer.
The former major leaguer and University of Michigan star was among 11 former players and coaches elected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Other former players elected include: Pete Incaviglia (Oklahoma State), Fred Lynn (Southern California), John Olerud (Washington State), Phil Stephenson (Wichita State) and Derek Tatsuno (Hawaii).
The late Jim Brock, who led Arizona State to two College World Series titles and coached Barry Bonds in college, was among five former coaches elected.
Governor signs bill for 2016 Games
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation Tuesday that authorizes $250 million in state money to underwrite the 2016 summer Olympics if Los Angeles is picked as the host city.
Whitfield title fight is slated for Friday
Augusta's Rayonta Whitfield flew out to Memphis, Tenn., on Tuesday to prepare for his fight on Friday with Carlos Tamara for the NABO flyweight title.
Whitfield, who has a 16-0 record with eight knockouts, beat Alejandro Moreno on Jan. 20 in his last bout. Tamara sports a 13-2 record with 10 knockouts.
The match, scheduled for 21 rounds in Tunica, Miss., will be televised on ESPN2 at 9 p.m.
Waltrip involved in wreck, charged
In Sherrill's Ford, N.C., Michael Waltrip has been charged with reckless driving and failing to report an accident after hitting a telephone pole and rolling his car about a mile from his home over the weekend.
Waltrip, who suffered scratches to his arms, hands and face and cuts on his finger, said he fell asleep at the wheel right before he wrecked his Toyota Land Cruiser early Saturday morning.
He left the scene of the accident and walked the rest of the way home.
Police found him at his house about six hours after finding the car at the accident scene.