Juco baseball: SCF wins state tourney opener
LAKELAND -- The State College of Florida baseball team used a seven-run fourth inning to take control, then routed Tallahassee Community College 11-3 on Friday in the Manatees' state tournament opener at Joker Marchant Stadium.
SCF (30-18) opened the bottom of the fourth inning of a scoreless game with seven straight hits. Justin Garcia's two-run homer was the big blow in the inning, and Sean Trent had two hits in the frame.
The Manatees, who have won six straight games, closed out the win in seven innings thanks to the eight-run mercy rule. Trent went 3-for-4, and Garcia had a triple, a homer and three RBIs. Lakewood Ranch product Tyler Dauphinee added two hits and three RBIs, and Manatee High graduates Danny Lee and Trevor Beeman each had two hits.
Dustin Hagy went the distance on the mound for the win. He allowed three earned runs and five hits, while striking five and walking three.
The team held a moment of silence and wore black wristbands to honor sports information director Brian Newberry, who was found dead Thursday morning. The 42-year-old Newberry had been scheduled to accompany the baseball team to the state tourney.
SCF will face Miami Dade College in the quarterfinals at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Motorsports: Harvick sets record to win Kansas pole
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Kevin Harvick set a track record to win the pole at Kansas Speedway.
Harvick posted his record time of 194.658 mph Friday in the second round of NASCAR's knockout qualifying format. Harvick then hit 194.252 in the third round to win his second pole of the season.
Joey Logano joins Harvick on the front row Saturday for the first night race in Kansas history.
Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards and Kyle Larson round out the top five. Harvick has two wins this season and won from the pole at Darlington.
ELSEWHERE -- A Benedictine monk from northeast Kansas will be in the national spotlight when he sings "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the Sprint Cup Series race starts Saturday. Father Meinrad Miller caught the attention of Kansas Speedway president Pat Warren after singing the national anthem for a military ball. Sebastian Saavedra has won the pole for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis when Ryan Hunter-Reay was stripped of his two fastest laps for bringing out the red flag during the final qualifying group.
College hoops: Ducks players dismissed amid investigation
Three Oregon basketball players who were investigated but not charged in an alleged sexual assault have been dismissed from the team.
The school announced that the players, 19-year-old Damyean Dotson, 19-year-old Dominic Artis, and 18-year-old Brandon Austin, were suspended because their conduct was not befitting student-athletes based on allegations made by a student who said she was assaulted by the players at a postgame party and at an apartment in early March.
The Lane County district attorney's office that investigated the allegations determined that there was not enough evidence to prosecute the players on criminal charges.
Tennis: Nadal finds clay form to reach Madrid semifinals
MADRID -- Defending champion Rafael Nadal gave his clay-court doldrums a boost by reaching the Madrid Open semifinals with a dominant performance against Thomas Berdych.
In the women's tournament, two-time defending champion Serena Williams withdrew with a leg injury, while Maria Sharapova ousted Li Na in the quarterfinals.
The top-ranked Nadal had lost his previous two quarterfinal matches on clay for his worst run on the surface in a decade. But buoyed on by a partisan crowd, Nadal overpowered Berdych 6-4, 6-2 to advance at the Magic Box.
College football: Clemson, South Carolina earn honors
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The football teams from Clemson and South Carolina are being honored by the NCAA for outstanding performances in the classroom.
Both programs were named among 13 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in the top 10 percent in the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate, a measure of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally.
For Clemson, it's the fourth straight year the team has been among the top 10. This is South Carolina's first appearance in the top 10 percent of APR. The NCAA will release the full APR reports on May 14.
ELSEWHERE -- Two men have been arrested in the shooting death of North Carolina A&T football player Jermane Darnell Clark. He played in six of A&T's 11 games last year. A statement from Greensboro police say 22-year-old Kendrick Louis Robinson and 20-year-old Lemiah Wyatt Sanders Jr. were arrested Thursday morning. Trustees at Youngstown State University voted to offer the president's job to former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, who started his college coaching career there. "We are honored and privileged to accept the board's offer and we are humbled by this opportunity to return to the area and school that we deeply love," Tressel said in a written statement with his wife.
--Herald staff, wire reports