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Lady Jaguars split with Francis Marion

In Florence, S.C., Augusta State's Heather Hughes scattered seven hits in a 7-0 win Wednesday in the first game of a doubleheader. Francis Marion rebounded with a five-run, second inning to take the second game, 6-3.

In the first game, Hughes struck out two and walked two. She escaped bases-loaded jams in the fifth and sixth innings.

The Lady Jaguars (23-9, 4-2) fell down six runs after the first two innings of the second game and couldn't recover.

- USC Aiken swept nonconference opponent St. Andrews, 7-2 and 5-0.

The Lady Pacers improved to (19-11). Lauren Rickabaugh (5-1) allowed just two hits and struck out six to pick up the opening win. India Kornegay (8-4) threw a no-hitter in the nightcap, her fourth shutout of the season.

Tennis

Clijsters probably won't go to Japan

In Key Biscayne, Fla., Kim Clijsters is planning to avoid Japan over radiation fears since an earthquake and tsunami crippled a nuclear plant there.

Clijsters told Belgian media on Tuesday that she wouldn't go to the WTA tournament in Tokyo in September nor to one in Beijing the following month. The WTA released a statement from Clijsters on Wednesday.

"Most importantly, my thoughts and sympathies are with the people in Japan," she said in the statement. "It's heart-wrenching to see what they're going through right now. Of course the health and safety of anyone traveling to a potentially impacted area is my top priority as well as the WTA's, and I know that the WTA will continue to monitor the situation."

The World Health Organization said last week that the radiation was unlikely to spread internationally.

- Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open on Wednesday, beating Ricardo Mello 6-4, 6-4.

Del Potro was limited to three events last year because of a right wrist injury. He has jumped from 257th to 51st in the rankings this year.

Kevin Anderson also advanced, beating Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 6-3.

In women's first-round play, Bethanie Mattek-Sands celebrated her 26th birthday with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Sofia Arvidsson .

Kimiko Date-Krumm , at 40 the oldest player in the women's singles draw, beat Zuzana Ondraskova 6-4, 6-3.

Football

Schottenheimer hired as UFL coach

In Virginia Beach, Va., former NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer has been hired as head coach and general manager of the Virginia Destroyers of the UFL.

Schottenheimer was introduced Wednesday as the first coach of the franchise. The Destroyers will begin play this season, the third year of existence for the United Football League.

"I have been impressed with the fervor and passion that has been created in the region for a team that has yet to play a down of football," Schottenheimer said.

- In South Bend, Ind., former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz will be among 13 people to receive honorary degrees from the school he led to a national championship in 1988.

The university announced Wednesday that Holtz would be given an honorary doctor of laws degree.

Among the others who will receive honorary degrees are Iranian Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi , Nobel Prize-winning physicist John Mather , former NASA Administrator Michael Griffin and Tucson Bishop Gerald Kicanas .

Horse Racing

Filly runs away with Queen Mary Purse

In Arcadia, Calif., Jax El led all the way in winning the $57,200 Queen Mary Purse for California-bred fillies and mares by 31/4 lengths at Santa Anita on Wednesday.

Ridden by Alonso Quinonez , Jax El ran one mile on the dirt in 1:35.86 after the race was taken off the turf because of wet conditions. Streamline Baby was second while Melbisha finished third.


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