Defending national football champion Ohio State played its spring game Saturday and attracted 99,391, a national-record crowd for a spring game. Attendance at Alabama’s spring game was 65,157.
Ohio State spring game lures crowd of 99,391
Cardale Jones, who guided Ohio State to three postseason victories and the national championship last season, threw two touchdown passes to Corey Smith to lead the Gray to a 17-14 victory over the Scarlet on Saturday in the Buckeyes’ spring game.
Attendance at Ohio Stadium in Columbus was 99,391, a national record for a spring game.
General admission was $5 and reserved club seats were $15.
The previous national attendance record was 95,722 for the 2009 spring game at Ohio Stadium.
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Jones completed 19 of 42 passes for 304 yards.
Alabama attracts 65,157
Jake Coker, in his second bid to win the starting job for Alabama after transferring from Florida State last summer, was the most productive of the Crimson Tide quarterbacks before a spring-game crowd of 65,157.
Coker led the White team, which featured the first-team offense, to a 27-14 victory over the Crimson.
Djokovic defeats Nadal
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia beat Rafael Nadal of Spain 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinal round of the clay-court Monte Carlo Masters.
Djokovic advanced to Sunday’s final against sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.
Berdych beat Gael Monfils of France 6-1, 6-4.
Djokovic is seeking to complete a career Grand Slam in the French Open, an event on clay Nadal has won nine times.
Of Nadal, Djokovic said, “One victory does not change everything that he has achieved on this surface, which is much more than me.”
• The NFL Jacksonville Jaguars have signed center Stefan Wisniewski, formerly with Oakland, to a one-year contract.
• Shared Belief, considered the top Thoroughbred in North America by many observers, was vanned off the track after being pulled up by jockey Mike Smith in the $1.45 million Charles Town Classic in West Virginia. The 4-year-old gelding’s owners include George Todaro of Seattle.
Shared Belief, who stumbled shortly after the start, walked onto the van and state veterinarian Elizabeth Daniel said there was “a little soft tissue swelling in Shared Belief’s right stifle.”
Sports talk-show host Jim Rome, a part-owner of Shared Belief, tweeted that the injury “does not appear to be life threatening.”
Moreno ($16 to win) beat runner-up Imperative by 2 lengths.
• Michael Phelps, a winner of 18 Olympic gold medals, used a last-to-first burst to win the 100-meter freestyle in 49.72 seconds in an Arena Pro Swim Series event in Mesa, Ariz. Ryan Lochte was second in 49.77.
Earlier in the day, Lochte won the 200 individual medley in 1:58.70 and Phelps was third in 2:00.01.
• Florida has a third straight NCAA women’s gymnastics title. The Gators — who shared the title with Oklahoma last year — had 197.850 points, compared with 197.800 for runner-up Utah.
Oklahoma was third at 197.525.
• The United States edged Russia, 110 points to 109, to win the World Team Trophy figure-skating competition in Tokyo. The top U.S. women were Ashley Wagner (fourth) and Gracie Gold (fifth).