College Basketball


Paine men stay unbeaten in SIAC

In Atlanta, Mario Jordan scored 22 points as Paine remained unbeaten in conference play with a 75-67 victory over Clark Atlanta on Saturday night.

Kendric Taylor added 14 points for the Lions (6-1, 5-0 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference). Tony Baker chipped in with nine.

Willis Brownlee led the Panthers (1-6, 1-2) with 17 points.

The Paine women continued their slide with a 72-63 loss to Clark Atlanta.

The Lady Lions (2-7, 2-3 SIAC) dropped their fourth in a row.

Quandra Rodgers led Paine with 13 points.

Conisha Hicks scored a game-high 19 for the Lady Panthers (2-4, 2-1). Jasmine Alston added 14 and Denisee Law had 13.


Augustan takes 12th in opener

In Daytona, Fla., Augusta’s Skylar Robinson finished 12t at the Margay Sprint Championships, the season-opener for the World Karting Association.

Major League Baseball

Braves ‘shocked’ by Porter tragedy

The Atlanta Braves offered their condolences over the weekend to head trainer Jeff Porter, saying the team was “deeply saddened” after Porter’s wife, Kathy, died in what authorities described as a collision between a Georgia State Patrol cruiser and an SUV driven by the trainer.

“The Braves family is deeply saddened and shocked to learn about the tragic accident,” the team said in an e-mailed statement hours after the crash. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jeff and Kathy’s family, their son David and all their friends and loved ones.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Porter and his wife and two others were on their way to the Chick-fil-A-Bowl at the time, about 4:40 p.m. Saturday.

State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright said in an e-mail statement late Saturday that the state trooper was traveling with emergency lights and siren activated Saturday afternoon when the cruiser struck a Ford Expedition driven by Jeff Porter at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Capitol Avenue.

Wright said the trooper, who had been traveling westbound on Memorial Drive, was going to assist another trooper who was attempting to stop a motorcyclist on nearby Interstate 20, west of the Downtown Connector. Wright said that motorcyclist had failed to yield.

According to Wright, the patrol car collided with the Ford Expedition that was northbound on Capitol Avenue, hitting the SUV on the passenger’s side. The statement said the SUV then struck a utility pole.

Kathy Porter, 54, of Loganville, died in the crash, Wright’s statement to The Associated Press said. It added that Jeff Porter and two other passengers in the SUV – the couple’s 19-year-old son David and a friend, Courtney Ann Williams, 18, of Grayson, Ga., were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries. All three were released Saturday.


Clijsters rolls to first-round win

In Brisbane, Australia, Kim Clijsters began preparation for the defense of her Australian Open singles title with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Simona Halep in the first round of the Brisbane International.

She also said the abdominal problem that forced her to retire from a number of tournaments, including the U.S. Open, in 2011 had left no lingering problems with her serving action.

Top-seeded Samantha Stosur plays her first-round match today, as will Serena Williams, who Stosur beat in last year’s U.S. Open final.

In men’s play Sunday, James Duckworth beat Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-4. Top-seeded Andy Murray plays his first match Tuesday.

Winter Sports

German captures Tour de Ski title

In Oberstdorf, Germany, Petter Northug, of Norway, edged defending champion Dario Cologna, of Switzerland, to win a 10-kilometer classic-style and 10K freestyle skiathlon in the Tour de Ski cross-country series Sunday, with compatriot Marit Bjoergen claiming the women’s event.

Northug, the world and Olympic champion, finished in a sprint to win in 50 minutes, 27.3 seconds.



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