Augusta falls in its final tuneup
In Fayetteville, N.C., Josh McQuade scored four goals as the Fayetteville FireAntz defeated the Augusta RiverHawks 6-3 in final preseason tuneup for both teams Saturday night.
Michael Switzer and Pat Schafer scored goals for the RiverHawks. Augusta’s Matt Astoff had the lone goal of a scheduled shootout.
The RiverHawks open the season Friday night against Mississippi RiverKings in Biloxi, Miss.
Jags take 2nd in Peach Belt meet
In Montevallo, Ala., the Augusta State men’s cross country team finished second at the Peach Belt Conference championships Saturday.
The Jaguars had 72 points. Columbus State won the title with 30.
Jaiden Brandt was the top finisher for Augusta State. He placed fourth with a time of 25:41.76. Pardon Ndhlovu, of UNC Pembroke, finished first in 24:20.39.
The Jaguars got top-20 finishes from Dustin Ross (eighth), Josh Stockton (16th) and Preston Jones (20th).
In the women’s competition, Augusta State finished ninth and USC Aiken was 11th.
Clayton State won the women’s title.
The Lady Jaguars were led by Jessica Carpenter, who finished 14th in 23:30.83. Keely Gillepsie was tops for the Lady Pacers, coming in 17th with a time of 23:40.16.
Liva Mahaffie, of UNC Pembroke, finished first with a time of 22:36.83.
• The Augusta State volleyball team extended its winning streak to four with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-12) victory over Erskine at Christenberry Fieldhouse.
Alex Rohlfing had 13 kills and Kristen Koch added 12 for the Lady Jaguars.
• In Morrow, Ga., Jonny Evans scored in the 89th minute, lifting the Clayton State men to a 1-0 victory over USC Aiken in Peach Belt Conference soccer action.
In the women’s game, Silvia Espelt scored on a first-half penalty kick to lead the Clayton State women to a 1-0 victory over USC Aiken.
Venus into final at Luxembourg
In Luxembourg, Venus Williams reached her first final in almost 2½ years at the Luxembourg Open after defeating Andrea Petkovic 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday.
Williams, hampered for two seasons by injuries and an autoimmune disease, will play Monica Niculescu in the final today.
• In Moscow, Caroline Wozniacki and Samantha Stosur both earned three-set wins Saturday to reach the final of the Kremlin Cup.
Wozniacki advanced to her third final of the season by beating Sofia Arvidsson 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-4, while Stosur rallied past former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Stosur has a 3-2 record against Wozniacki, winning their past two matches.
• In Vienna, top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro and qualifier Grega Zemlja advanced to the final of the Erste Bank Open.
Del Potro, a runner-up last year, defeated Gilles Muller 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) to reach his fourth final of the year, while Zemlja rallied to stun second-seeded Janko Tipsarevic 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 for his first career final.
Frankel ends his career in style
In Ascot, England, Frankel finished his dazzling career unbeaten by winning the Champions Stakes at Ascot on Saturday for a 14th consecutive victory, cementing his status as one of the greatest racehorses.
Frankel finishes his two-year career with earnings of nearly $4.85 million.
– From staff and wire reports