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College Football

Smoking is banned at Sanford Stadium

Georgia is snuffing out smoking at Sanford Stadium.

The Athletic Association's Board of Directors on Thursday approved banning smoking at home games at the 92,746-seat stadium beginning this season.

Smoking was previously permitted at areas at Gates 6 and 7, at stair tower No. 2 and at a section behind club levels 822 and 223, executive associate athletic director Frank Crumley said.

Smoking was already banned at all seating, concourse and concession areas, but some fans smoked outside the permitted areas.

Fans will not be allowed to leave the stadium to smoke and then re-enter.

- Lou Holtz , Billy Cannon and Troy Aikman were among 15 former players and coaches elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

"When I first heard I was going into the Hall of Fame, I went 'Wow! Wow! How'd this happen?' " Holtz said during a National Football Foundation news conference.

Minor League Baseball

Davis leads Jackets to win in Charleston

In Charleston, S.C., Andrew Davis had three hits and two RBI as the Augusta GreenJackets beat the Charleston RiverDogs 6-3 on Thursday night.

T.J. Brewer (2-2) allowed two earned runs on five hits in six innings to get the win.

Daniel Turpen pitched w innings to earn his fourth save. He struck out both of the batters he faced.

Tennis

Jaguar teams earn berths in regionals

The Augusta State men's and women's teams received at-large bids to the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional.

The first and second rounds will be played May 8-10.

The Augusta State men (15-9), who earned a regional bid for the fifth time in nine years, will face Lander in Greenwood, S.C.

The Augusta State women (17-7) will meet Clayton State in Savannah, Ga.

- Fleming Tennis Center in Augusta has been named one of the top 50 Tennis Welcome Centers in the United States by the Tennis Industry Association, the U.S. Tennis Association, and Racquet Sports Industry magazine.

Tennis Welcome Centers are public and private facilities leading the charge in growing the sport of tennis by providing well-rounded programs to new and current players of all ages and abilities.

Golf

Top field expected for Southern Cross

Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken will play host to the 34th annual Southern Cross today and Saturday.

Twenty-two of the top high school teams in South Carolina and 11 individuals are scheduled to compete.

Among the local teams in the field are Aiken, North Augusta and South Aiken. Others entered are A.C. Flora, Blythewood, Dorman, Dutch Fork, Eastside, Easley, Fort Dorchester, Gaffney, Greenville, Greenwood, Hilton Head, Hilton Head Christian, Laurens, Lexington, Orangeburg Prep, T.L. Hanna, Travelers Rest, Wando and Wren.

Swimming

Group focusing on minority initiative

Nearly 60 percent of African-American children can't swim, almost twice the figure for white children, according to a first-of-its-kind survey which USA Swimming hopes will strengthen its efforts to lower minority drowning rates and draw more blacks into the sport.

Stark statistics underlie the initiative by the national governing body for swimming. Black children drown at a rate almost three times the overall rate. And less than 2 percent of USA Swimming's nearly 252,000 members who swim competitively year-round are black.

To alter the numbers, USA Swimming is teaming with an array of partners -- local governments, corporations, youth and ethnic organizations -- to expand learn-to-swim programs nationwide, many of them targeted at inner-city minorities.

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