College basketball: Palmetto's Smith earns honors in SIAC
Palmetto High product Jordan Smith earned All-Tournament honors in helping Benedict College win the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference postseason basketball tournament last week.
The 6-foot-4 guard was at his best in Benedict's 60-58 semifinal victory over Morehouse College when he scored a team-high 20 points and drained six of 12 attempts from beyond the arc. Smith scored 18 points in the Tigers' quarterfinal victory. He averaged 12.8 points in Benedict's four SIAC tournament games.
Benedict College (19-11) will be in Lakeland on Saturday to face Florida Southern (29-1) in an NCAA Division II South Region game.
Juco baseball: SCF wins Suncoast Conference opener
WINTER HAVEN -- Brantley Bell's RBI triple gave the State College of Florida baseball team the lead for good in the sixth inning as the Manatees opened Suncoast Conference play with a 4-1 victory over Polk State College.
Starter Taylor Cockrell got the win with seven innings of two-hit ball. He gave up an unearned run and struck out seven. Ronny Orta got the save with a scoreless inning of relief.
Jared Pruett and Johnny Jones knocked in runs for SCF (21-6).
Prep baseball: Manatee goes 8 to beat Braden River
BRADENTON -- Tony Diaz knocked in pinch-runner Garrett Mumford from second base with two outs in the eighth inning to give the Manatee baseball team a 2-1 win over Braden River.
Garrett Richelieu reached on a bunt to open the eighth. He moved to second on a Seth Miller sacrifice bunt and waited for Diaz's clutch single. Eric Crawford got the victory with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. He struck out two and allowed three hits. P.J. Reed went the first 5 2/3 innings, giving up an unearned run and two hits and striking out three.
Diaz had two hits for Manatee (6-3). Braden River starter Brock Younce went 7 2/3 innings, giving up one earned run and four hits. The Pirates are 5-6.
Boys lacrosse: ODA routs Admiral Farragut
ST. PETERSBURG -- Jon Eichenbaum led the way with five goals as the Out-of-Door Academy boys lacrosse team earned a 14-1 victory over St. Petersburg Admiral Farragut.
The Thunder also got three goals from Leland Wheeler and two apiece from Christian Nold and Kevin Deems.
Motorsports: Busch reinstated, granted waiver for Chase
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kurt Busch was cleared Wednesday to get back in his race car and attempt to rebuild a career that was halted two days before the Daytona 500 when NASCAR suspended him for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend.
"It's been torture sitting out of the car," Busch said in a conference call. He called the allegations against him "a complete fabrication."
Busch remains on indefinite probation.
ELSEWHERE -- Daytona International Speedway will install energy-absorbing SAFER barriers to the concrete wall that Kyle Busch hit last month before NASCAR returns in July. Busch broke his right leg and left foot Feb. 20 when he crashed into a retaining wall that lacked a SAFER barrier.
Golf: Daly complains that tour drug tests not random
PALM HARBOR -- John Daly remains angry over what he claims to be an anti-doping policy on the PGA Tour that is not random.
Daly says he's doesn't mind getting tested for drugs and says he has never failed a test. But he was irritated because he says he gets tested every year at the Valspar Championship and that he has to keep from using the bathroom on the back nine.
On his SiriusXM radio show, Daly says PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and Andy Pazder -- the tour's chief of operations -- need to get off their back sides and fix the problem. He says players know at which tournaments they will be tested.
Daly says other players feel the same way and that he took one for the team.
Soccer: U.S. women win Algarve Cup crown
FARO, PORTUGAL -- Hope Solo stopped a late penalty kick to preserve her 81st international shutout and lead the United States over France 2-0 for its 10th Algarve Cup title
Julie Johnston and Christen Press scored for second-ranked U.S., which rebounded from a 0-0 draw against Iceland on Monday. Solo made her 160th start in goal, passing Briana Scurry for the American record.
No. 3 France had defeated the U.S. 2-0 last month in an exhibition in Lorient, the first win for Les Bleus in 17 games against the Americans. It was the U.S. team's 20th Algarve Cup appearance and first title since 2013.
-- Herald staff, wire reports