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Colleges
Pacers basketball adds six transfers

USC Aiken's men's basketball team has announced the addition of six transfer players for the upcoming season.

Four players are joining the Pacers from the NCAA Division I ranks. They are Alvin Brown from James Madison, Myles Holley from Nebraska, Chase Holmes from Presbyterian College and Kenny Manigault from Wichita State.

Also, USC Aiken will welcome Elan DeJourdan (New Mexico Military Institute) and Dajuwan Carter (Aiken Tech) out of the junior college ranks.

- USC Aiken's men's soccer team was picked to finish seventh in the preseason Peach Belt Conference coaches' poll.

Flagler claimed the top spot.

Boxing
Club invites public to sparring matches

The Augusta Boxing Club is inviting the public to its monthly sparring matches today.

Participants will be members of the club's beginner and intermediate classes, ages 7 and up. Although classified as sparring, the atmosphere will be that of actual competition. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at 1929 Walton Way and is free.

WNBA
Dream win in upset of East's No. 1 seed

In Washington, Angel McCoughtry scored 28 points and Coco Miller scored 21 in her first start of the season to help the Atlanta Dream upset the top-seeded Washington Mystics 95-90 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal Wednesday night.

The Mystics, who entered the playoffs on a six-game winning streak, are one loss from elimination in the best-of-three series. Washington won both games in Atlanta during the regular season, including Sunday to end the regular season.

Marissa Coleman scored a career-high 18 points for the Mystics, who have lost seven consecutive playoff games.

World Cup
Referee says tackle deserved a red card

World Cup final referee Howard Webb says he should have sent off Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong for his challenge on Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso .

Webb handed out a record 14 yellow cards -- two leading to a red for John Heitinga of the Netherlands -- as Spain won the final 1-0 in extra time.

Webb now accepts he should have given De Jong a straight red card for a flying karate kick into the chest of Alonso midway through the first half.

The English official said Wednesday that "one of the things I would change is the color of the card for De Jong's tackle. Having seen it again from my armchair several times in slow motion and from different angles I can see that it was a red card offense."

Football
Ex-Buckeye cleared to try out for team

Maurice Clarett is one step closer to returning to football.

Clarett received permission Wednesday to leave Ohio to try out for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League. He appeared before Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge David Fais .

Looking fit and relaxed in a gray suit, purple dress shirt and dark purple tie, the 26-year-old former Ohio State star did not speak in the courtroom. Ohio State coach Jim Tressel , however, sent a letter to Fais asking the judge to grant the request.

Clarett served 31/2 years in prison for a hidden gun and holding up two people outside a bar.

Tennis
Wozniacki cruises to win at Pilot Pen

In New Haven, Conn., U.S. Open top-seed Caroline Wozniacki cruised to a 6-4, 6-1 win over Dominika Cibulkova at the Pilot Pen tournament.

Wozniacki plays Italian Flavia Pennetta in the quarterfinals today. If Wozniacki wins, she will clinch the U.S. Open Series championship.


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URA votes to issue bonds for Municipal Building renovation

Augusta's Urban Redevelopment Agency agreed Thursday to issue nearly $27 million in revenue bonds to raise up to $28.5 million in cash for ongoing renovations and a new information technology ...
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