Jaguars finish fourth in Texas

In Dallas, Augusta State closed out the fall portion of its 2011-12 season by finishing fourth in the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate after a final round of 4-over-par 288.

The Jaguars, who had moved up to third following a second-round 275, still finished at 4-under 848 for the tournament.

Texas A&M won it with 830, two shots clear of Duke.

On Tuesday, Augusta State counted 2-under-par 69 by Taylor Floyd, 71 by Derek Chang, 73 by Devin Komline and 75 by Robin Petersson. Brendan Gillins had a non-counting 78.

For the tournament, Floyd (73-69-69) and Chang (70-70-71) tied for 13th place at 2-under 211, Petersson (69-72-75) and Komline (74-69-73) tied for 30th at 216 and Gillins (73-67-78) tie for 43rd at 218.

Lamar’s MJ Daffue (65-70-67) was the individual winner at 202.


Pacers’ soccer season is over

In St. Augustine, Fla., the USC Aiken men’s season ended Tuesday night with a 4-0 loss to Flagler in the first round of the Peach Belt Conference Championship.

USC Aiken, seeded eighth, was outshot 21-7 by the top-seeded Saints, who are ranked 19th nationally.

After a scoreless first half, Flager scored just minutes into the second half on a goal by Eammon Murphy.

USC Aiken concludes a 3-10-4 season.

• Augusta State has been picked to finish in a tie for third place and USC Aiken sixth in the Peach Belt Conference men’s basketball preseason poll.

Teams were given 12 points for a first-place vote, 11 for a second and so forth. Coaches were not permitted to rank their own teams.

Georgia Southwestern was tabbed the league favorite, followed by UNC Pembroke.

• The USC Aiken women’s basketball team is ranked 17th in the preseason USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches’ poll.

It’s the first time that USC Aiken has been ranked in the preseason national poll since prior to the 2008-09 season.

USC Aiken is one of three Peach Belt Conference teams ranked in the preseason top 25. Clayton State, the defending national champion, is the preseason national No. 1. Lander is ranked 10th.

• Augusta State’s scheduled volleyball match for Tuesday night at Newberry was cancelled because of a scheduling conflict with match officials.


Djokovic makes victorious return

In Basel, Switzerland, Novak Djokovic made his return after missing six weeks with a back injury by defeating Xavier Malisse 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in the first round of the Swiss Indoors.

Fifth-seeded Mardy Fish retired against James Blake after just one game because of a hamstring injury.


Heat boss fined for lockout talk

The league came down hard on Miami Heat owner Micky Arison, fining him $500,000, according to league sources, after he used his Twitter account as a sounding board about the lockout last Friday.

The league did not issue an official announcement, but an NBA spokesman confirmed to ESPN.com that Arison had been fined.

The $500,000 fine, first reported by Yahoo! Sports, is five times the amount other owners have previously been fined for public comments about the ongoing labor situation.

Arison is considered among the owners pushing hardest for a resumption of play. He is reluctant to lose additional games with his stacked roster.