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Bulldog Club event to be held Thursday

The Augusta Bulldog Club will hold its annual Season Kickoff Meeting at Julian Smith Casino on Thursday.

The event will include a tribute to Uga, the Georgia mascot, and owner Sonny Seiler. Special guests will include Loran Smith and Dan McGill.

The recepetion and dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. The program starts at 6.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children 12-and-under and can be purchased at Surrey Center Pharmacy, Tudor's Cleaners, Rick's Paint and Body, Queensborough Bank, Somewhere in Augusta or from Bulldog Board members.

Auto Racing

Busch has license suspended by judge

NASCAR points leader Kyle Busch lost his driver's license for 45 days for driving 128 mph on a road close to a day-care center and church in a nearly $400,000 car. His lawyer said his client was not treated "like any other citizen."

Busch, who doesn't need a license to compete in NASCAR, also was fined $1,000, sentenced to 30 hours of community service and put on one year of unsupervised probation. He pleaded guilty to speeding and no contest to reckless and careless driving in North Carolina District Court in Iredell County.

Busch addressed the court before his sentencing by District Court Judge H. Thomas Church, apologizing again for driving 128 mph in a 45 mph zone in a bright yellow 2012 Lexus on May 24.

"I think you'll be different in the future," Church said.

"I sure will, your honor," Busch replied.

Tennis

Serena is seeded 28th for U.S. Open

Serena Williams is seeded 28th for the U.S. Open, which is sticking with its policy of following the rankings instead of taking into account players' past performances.

Williams leads active women with 13 Grand Slam titles, including three at Flushing Meadows. She recently won consecutive hard-court tuneup tournaments at Stanford and Toronto.

A former No. 1, the American is ranked 29th this week. That's up from 175th in July, a few weeks after she returned to the tour following nearly a year off because of a series of health problems.

Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki is seeded No. 1, followed by Vera Zvonareva. Two-time reigning U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters, who is ranked No. 3, will miss the tournament with a stomach muscle injury.

WNBA

Dream move closer to clinching berth

In Rosemont, Ill., Angel McCoughtry scored 22 points, including a pair of free throws with 2.5 seconds left, to lead the Atlanta Dream to an 83-80 win over the Chicago Sky.

Lindsey Harding added 15 points for the Dream (14-13), who opened a two-game led on the Sky (12-15) for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with seven to play.

Sylvia Fowles hit a turnaround jumper to give Chicago an 80-79 lead with 6.3 seconds left, but McCoughtry was fouled on the ensuing possession by Michelle Snow and hit the game-winners.

Erika DeSouza scored 13 points for Atlanta.

Cycling

Leipheimer claims Stage 1 at USA Pro

In Crested Butte, Colo., Levi Leipheimer won the first stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, pedaling away from the lead group with about 500 yards left.

Leipheimer finished the mountainous 99.3-mile stage from Salida in 4 hours, 28 minutes and 22 seconds.

• In Sierra Nevada, Spain, Spaniard Daniel Moreno won a mountainous fourth stage of the Spanish Vuelta to move 43 seconds behind new overall leader Sylvain Chavanel.

Moreno swung past the Dane before the final bend and pulled away for a three-second victory, finishing in 4 hours, 51 minutes, 53 seconds at the 6,929-foot summit of the Sierra Nevada ski resort.


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