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Jaguars extend poll streak to 62 weeks

Augusta State slipped to No. 11 in the NABC Coaches poll but have now appeared in the top 25 for a school-record 62 consecutive weeks.

The Jaguars have been ranked in the top 20 for 51 consecutive weeks. At 62 weeks, they own the nation's longest active streak of consecutive weeks ranked and the sixth-longest streak in NCAA Division II history.

- USC Aiken women's basketball team remained 15th in the latest USA Today /ESPN Division II Coaches' Poll.

The ranking, which the Lady Pacers have held for the past two weeks, is the highest for the program since reaching a program-best seventh in the Dec. 2 poll of the 2008-09 season.

- In Newport Coast, Calif., Augusta State men's golf team tied for the best round of the day Tuesday and moved up to third place in the final rounds of the Battle At The Beach at Pelican Hill Golf Club's Ocean North Course.

The Jags carded 1-over 351 that featured a pair of 2-under 68s from All-Americans Henrik Norlander and Patrick Reed. Senior Olle Bengtsson shot 71 and Mitch Krywulycz and Carter Newman pitched in a pair of 2-over 72s. Freshman Alex Wennstam , in his first collegiate appearance, settled for 6-over 76 and had the day's noncounting score.

UCLA also shot 351 and won the team title over San Diego.

- The Augusta State women combined to shoot 16-over-par 304 to finish ninth in the UCF Challenge at RedTail Golf Club outside Orlando, Fla. Coastal Carolina held off Tulane to win by one.

Lady Jags freshman Christine Duschek-Hansen posted 2-over 74 and finished 24th at 6-over 222. Sophomore Natalie Wille was a shot behind, tying for 25th.

Other Augusta State scores are: freshman Casey Kennedy (80, tied for 28th); sophomore Marit Bjerke (78, tied for 56th); junior Kirsty Rands (78, tied for 62nd).

- Pacers junior shortstop Stephen Carmon was named Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week, and freshman third baseman Spencer Wolfe was tabbed as freshman of the week.

Carmon hit .571 in USC Aiken's series over No. 29 Barry. He had three extra-base hits, including a home run.

Wolfe hit .500, collecting four hits in two games and scoring a run.

- USC Aiken freshman India Kornegay was named the Peach Belt's Pitcher of the Week after going 2-0 with 20 strikeouts in 13 innings and a 0.54 ERA.

Cycling

Contador cleared of doping; ban lifted

Tour de France champion Alberto Contador believes "irreparable" damage has been done to his reputation despite being cleared of doping by the Spanish cycling federation, which ruled Tuesday that he was not at fault for a positive test that he attributed to contaminated meat.

The cyclist tested positive for banned substance clenbuterol while winning last year's Tour, but the federation's disciplinary committee accepted his defense that he unintentionally ate contaminated beef.

Contador's joy was restrained, knowing the International Cycling Union or World Anti-Doping Agency can still appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Both bodies said they would wait to receive the full dossier before deciding on an appeals process.


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