Lady Pacers winning streak ends

In Greenwood, S.C., Lander ended USC Aiken’s 11-match winning streak 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 24-26, 15-11 Wednesday night in Peach Belt Conference volleyball action.

Alyssa Johnson led Lander (8-8, 4-1 PBC) with 11 kills.

Ashley Diedrich had 14 kills and 10 digs for USC Aiken (15-6, 4-1).



Ex-Tiger trails by two in eGolf play

In Huntersville, N.C., Tim Madigan shot 7-under-par 64 to take a two-stroke lead over former Clemson golfer Phillip Mollica and Matt Schall after Wednesday’s second round of the eGolf Tour’s NorthStone Open.

Madigan stands at 10-under 132 in the event at NorthStone Country Club.

Mollica shot 69 on Wed­nesday and Schall, the first-round leader, had 70.

Former Augusta State golfer Mitch Krywulycz shot 65 and is tied for ninth at 137.

Others in the field with local ties who made the cut are Scott Usher (69-70–139) and Henrik Norlander (74-67–141).

Stephen Poole, Major Manning, David Robinson and Rob Bennett missed the cut.



Spurs nip Hawks on a late jumper

In San Antonio, Nando De Colo hit a jumper with 0.6 seconds left to give the Spurs a 101-99 preseason victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

De Colo finished with 11 points and nine assists.

Gary Neal added 12 points and Derrick Brown and Stephen Jackson had 10 each for the Spurs.

Damion James and Mike Scott led the Hawks with 11 apiece. Jeff Teague, Louis Williams and Keith Benson added 10 each.



Sides make little progress in talks

In New York, five hours of talks in two sessions between the NHL and the players’ association have done little to move the sides closer to a deal in the nearly one-month lockout.

The NHL’s top two executives – commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly – met with the NHLPA’s main negotiators – executive director Donald Fehr and special counsel Steve Fehr – for nearly an hour in the morning to assess where the sides were on Day 25 of the NHL lockout, but there was no concrete discussions on the troublesome core economic issues preventing a deal.

A four-hour session that stretched into evening centered on player health and safety issues along with other miscellaneous legal topics.

The sides will meet again today – which should have been NHL opening day



Federer brushes off death threat

In Shanghai, Roger Federer ignored recent death threats from a Chinese blogger and won his opening match at the Shanghai Masters, beating qualifier Lu Yen-Hsun 6-3, 7-5 in the second round.

Federer said he was aware that the blogger had recently issued an apology.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion has had heavy security at all times since arriving in Shanghai.

Novak Djokovic also advanced, beating Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 6-2.

• In Linz, Austria, top-ranked Victoria Azarenka started off her last tournament before the season-ending WTA Championships by beating Arantxa Rus 6-0, 6-2 on Wednesday in the first round of the Generali Ladies.