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College Baseball

Paine falls short in season opener

In Hartsville, N.C., Chad Nader drove in the game-winning run on a single in the bottom of the ninth, lifting Coker College to a 6-5 win over Paine College on Tuesday.

Keith Wolf had three hits for the Cobras (2-4),

Luis Serrano had three hits and three RBI for the Lions (0-1), who dropped their season opener. Tyler Padgett was 2 for 3 with two RBI.

• USC Aiken is ranked 28th in the latest Collegiate Baseball Division II poll.

The Pacers opened their season with a three-game sweep of Carson-Newman.

College Basketball

USC Aiken teams move up in polls

The USC Aiken men moved up to 20th in their poll, while the women jumped to No. 15 in theirs.

The Pacer men (16-4, 10-2 Peach Belt Conference) jumped four spots in the NABC/Division II ranking, while the Lady Pacers moved up a spot in the USA Today/ESPN Division II poll.

Major League Baseball

Dodgers re-sign Cy Young winner

NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers avoided a salary arbitration hearing next week, agreeing to a $19 million, two-year contract.

Tuesday’s deal for the 23-year-old left-hander calls for a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $7.5 million this year and $11 million in 2013. It covers all but his final year of arbitration eligibility.

Kershaw was 21-5 with a 2.28 ERA and 248 strikeouts last year, winning the NL pitching triple crown.

• Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton visited doctors for Major League Baseball and the players’ association this week in New York after his admitted relapse with alcohol.

General manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday night that Hamilton was accompanied by Shayne Kelley, the team’s newly hired major league staff assistant whose job includes being in a support role for Hamilton.

• Shortstop Elvis Andrus and the Rangers have agreed to a three-year contract and avoided salary arbitration.

A person familiar with the deal told The AP on Tuesday night that the contract runs through the 2014 season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical and hadn’t been finalized.

• Police say former major league outfielder Danny Clyburn Jr. was shot and killed in his South Carolina hometown.

Lancaster police say officers found the 37-year-old Clyburn in the front yard of his home around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say witnesses told them they saw Clyburn arguing with 36-year-old Derrick Lamont McIlwain shortly before Clyburn was shot. Police say McIlwain turned himself in to authorities later Tuesday and was charged with murder.

Clyburn was a second-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1992 and played parts of three seasons in the majors with the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the late 1990s.

Tennis

Li retires from opener in Paris

In Paris, French Open champion Li Na retired with a sore back against Tsvetana Pironkova in the second set of her opening match Tuesday at the Open GDF Suez.

Li took a medical timeout while trailing 7-6 (5), 3-2 to have her lower back massaged and played a few more points before retiring.

• The Augusta State men improved to 3-0 with a 9-0 victory over Johnson C. Smith at Newman Tennis Center on Tuesday.


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