Sports Briefs for Saturday, May 17

Hackney takes lead in Bassmaster Elite

Gonzales touring pro angler Greg Hackney took the lead after Friday’s second round in the Bassmaster Elite Series event on Lake Dardanelle near Russellville, Ark.

Hackney, second after Thursday’s opening round, switched places with Virginia pro John Crews going into Saturday’s third round of the four-day tournament.

He backed up Thursday’s five-bass, 21-pounds, 13-ounce catch with another five-fish limit weighing 18-1 — a 39-14 total — to hold a narrow lead over Crews’ 39-5 total.

Another Louisiana angler, Cliff Crochet from Pierre Part, along with Texas veteran Zell Rowland made headlines Friday, too.

Coming in with a 19-15 catch Friday, Crochet shot up from 70th place after the first day to stand in eighth place at 33-3, while Rowland, in 87th place after the first day, rocketed into third place with a second-day 25-5 stringer and a two-day total of 37-1.

The field was cut to the top 50 for Saturday, which left Louisiana angler Dennis Tietje, from Roanoke, out of the running in 93rd place with a 20-12 two-day catch.

The field will be cut to the top 12 for Sunday’s final round. The winner will earn $100,000.

Charm, Heat to meet for second time

The Baton Rouge Charm (2-0) will play the New Orleans Heat (0-1) for the second time this season.

The match will be played Saturday 10 p.m. at Premier Soccer Center in Baton Rouge. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

SLU’s Brame cards 74 at regional

SAN ANTONIO — Southeastern Louisiana golfer Grady Brame birdied three of the final five holes to finish with a 74 in the second round of the NCAA San Antonio regional Friday afternoon at the Briggs Ranch Golf Club.

Brame now has a two-round score of six-over par 150 and sits in a tie for 57th after 36 holes. The Hammond native will be paired with Northwestern’s John Callahan and Pete Ballo of Sacred Heart for the final round, starting the final holes from the 10th hole at 9:10 a.m. on Saturday.

Louisiana Tech sophomore Victor Lange and recorded a round of four-under-par 68 to move from a tie for 57th place entering the day to a tie for 18th place heading into Saturday’s final round.

Ellis to coach U.S. women’s soccer team

Jill Ellis was named the U.S. national team coach in the run-up to the women’s World Cup next year in Canada.

Ellis has been the interim coach since Tom Sermanni was surprisingly dismissed in early April after an exhibition victory against China.

It was Ellis’ second stint as an interim coach with the team; she also took over when previous head coach Pia Sundhage resigned in 2012 to become head coach of Sweden’s national team.

Ellis was an assistant to both Sermanni and Sundhage. She was on the staff of the gold medal-winning U.S. teams at the Beijing and London Olympics.

Donnan not guilty in investment case

ATHENS, Ga. — A jury has found former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan not guilty on all 41 charges against him related to an investment fraud scheme.

Donnan faced charges including conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. Prosecutors said the 69-year-old and Gregory Crabtree of Proctorville, Ohio, ran a fraudulent investment scheme from September 2007 to December 2010 through GLC Limited, a West Virginia-based company dealing in wholesale and closeout merchandise. Prosecutors say the pair promised high rates of return but paid investors with other investor money.

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