'Chronicle' to run list of signees
National Signing Day is next week, and The Augusta Chronicle intends to publish a comprehensive list of the area's signees.
About 45 players from the area commit to Division I-A, I-AA, Division II or Division III schools each year. An additional dozen go the junior college route.
To refer the name of any student-athlete signing a football scholarship, contact Prep Sports Editor Jeff Sentell at (706) 823-3425 or by e-mail at jeff.sentell@augusta chronicle.com.
Williams wins first Silver Gloves match
In Independence, Mo., Augusta junior boxer Justin Williams won his first match at the National Silver Gloves Championships on Thursday night.
The Murphy Middle School eighth-grader improved his record to 19-1 with a third-round decision over Alejanuro Varvasm of Los Angeles in the 119-pound division.
The competition is three rounds and single-elimination among boxers from around the country. Williams, 13, won the East Coast Regional Silver Gloves Championships in Augusta.
Augusta State loses season opener, 9-4
Nick Achberger went 4-for-4, scored four runs and drove in three to lead Carson-Newman past Augusta State 9-4 in both teams' season opener at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
The Eagles jumped out to a 6-1 lead off Augusta State starter Chris Tyler , who took the loss. The Jaguars cut it to 6-4 on Shannon Wilkerson 's two-run homer in the sixth inning but got no closer.
- In Aiken, Chad Jacobsen had a grand slam and five RBI to help USC Aiken knock off Lincoln Memorial 10-4 in both teams' season opener at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.
Pacers starter Scott Wandlass allowed two earned runs off four hits and fanned seven in five innings of work for the win.
4 more years worth a million to Spurrier
South Carolina's Board of Trustees approved a tax-deferred retirement package for Steve Spurrier 's contract that would pay the coach $1 million if he remained with the Gamecocks the next four seasons.
The money would accrue in installments of $250,000 the next four years and would be given to Spurrier if he's still at South Carolina by Dec. 31, 2011. Spurrier would forfeit the package if he left the school before then.
Spurrier makes about $1.75 million a year. He was given a one-year contract extension and a raise of about $500,000 after the 2006 season.
- Rich Rodriguez filed his official response to West Virginia's $4 million lawsuit against him, says the school's actions, not a better offer, forced him to resign and take the coaching job at Michigan.
- Auburn's game at West Virginia has been pushed back to Thursday, Oct. 23, and will be televised nationally on ESPN. The game was initially set for Sept. 6.
Longtime fixture at South Carolina dies
Tom Price , a fixture in the University of South Carolina athletic department for more than four decades, died Friday. He was 81.
Price, an Augusta native, was the Gamecocks' sports information director for 30 years. He was affiliated with the program since 1962 and served in an emeritus capacity from 1992-2008.
Price was inducted into the College Sports Information Directors of America Hall of Fame in 1981 and the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
French Open calls for ban on betting
In Brussels, Belgium, French Open organizers filed suit in a bid to ban online gambling companies from offering bets on the Grand Slam tournament.