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Evans catcher is a Jaguar signee

Augusta State has signed five softball players for the 2014 season, including Evans catcher Taylor McChesney.

The other four early period signees are also from Georgia.

They are first baseman/pitcher Julia Banks, of Decatur; outfielder Ashley Benton and shortstop Brianna Dickens, both of Watkinsville; and catcher Mallory Ferguson, of Guyton, Ga.

McChesney was a four-year starter for Evans, which concluded its season in the fall. She hit .469 with 33 RBI as a senior.

A contact hitter, McChesney had one swinging strike in her senior year.

The five will enroll in the fall and play for the Lady Jaguars in the 2014 season, which starts in February.

Golf

Winners named by association

Former USGA executive director David Fay, LPGA player Laura Davies and three-time National Blind Golf Championship winner David Meador have been honored with three Golf Writers Association of America awards.

Fay, who guided the U.S. Golf Association for 21 years and was the driving force behind bringing the U.S. Open to two of the nation’s top public courses, won the William D. Richardson Award, given annually to recognize individuals who have consistently made an outstanding contribution to golf.

Davies, one of the most outspoken, fun-loving and entertaining players in women’s golf, was honored with the ASAP Sports/Jim Murray Award, which recognizes a golfer for cooperation, quotability and accommodation with the media.

Meador, who lost his sight in a car accident at age 18, won the Ben Hogan Award for remaining active in golf despite a physical handicap or serious illness.

They will be honored, along with GWAA Players of the Year Rory McIlroy, Stacy Lewis and Roger Chapman at the Annual GWAA Awards Dinner, April 10, on the eve of the 2013 Masters Tournament, in Augusta.

NHL

Sides meet, but with a mediator

The NHL and the players’ association met separately with a federal mediator throughout Friday morning and well into the afternoon with no sign that they would return to the bargaining table anytime soon.

Federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh has been shuttling back and forth between the hotel in which the union is working, and the league office.

After marathon talks that lasted deep into Wednesday night, the sides have remained apart with the exception of two smaller meetings on Thursday.

The lockout reached its 111th day Friday.

Commissioner Gary Bettman set a Jan. 11 deadline for a deal so the season can begin eight days later.

Tennis

Davydenko is in final vs. Gasquet

In Doha, Qatar, Nikolay Davydenko and Richard Gasquet advanced to the Qatar Open final, both winning in straight sets.

Davydenko beat top-seeded David Ferrer 6-2, 6-3. The second-seeded Gasquet overcame German qualifier Daniel Brands 7-5, 7-5.

• In Chennal, India, top-seeded Tomas Berdych was upset by Roberto Bautista-Agut 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the Chennai Open.

Also, third-seeded Marin Cilic lost 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 to Benoit Paire, while fourth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka lost 6-2, 7-6 (6) to unseeded Slovakian Aljaz Bedene.


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