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Golf

Area pros shine in eGolf tourney

In Blythewood, S.C., three players with area ties finished in the top 10 in the eGolf Tour’s Columbia Classic.

Former Augusta State golfer Taylor Floyd, of Macon, Ga., closed with 3-under-par 69 and finished second, one shot behind winner Matt Ryan (71), of Santa Clarita, Calif.

Augusta’s Dykes Harbin, a former South Carolina golfer, shot a final-round 65 to finish tied for third and former Augusta State golfer Mitch Krywulycz had 69 to tie for ninth place.

Former Georgia golfer Adam Mitchell, who was one shot off Ryan’s lead going into the final round, closed with 74 and tied for fifth place.

Ryan, who shot rounds of 63-68-71, finished at 14-under 202.

Colleges

Players benefit from settlement

Video game producer EA Sports and Collegiate Licensing Company will pay around $40 million to settle lawsuits brought by former players whose likenesses were used without compensation, according to ESPN.com.

The number of players to benefit is between 200,000 and 300,000, said Steve Berman, managing partner of the law firm Hagens Berman, who served as co-lead counsel in the class-action lawsuit brought by the players.

• The Georgia Regents baseball team, which is being led by first-year coach Jason Eller, will scrimmage USC Salkahatchie at 1 p.m. on Oct. 20 at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

The first 25 students to show a valid student ID will receive a free plate from Nana G’s, a chicken and waffles food truck from Atlanta. Nana G’s will be serving its food throughout the game.

The event is free to all attendees and gates open at 12:30 p.m.

Tennis

Venus Williams ousted in Tokyo

In Tokyo, Petra Kvitova rallied to defeat Venus Williams 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2) and advance to the Pan Pacific Open final.

Fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber beat fourth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the other semifinal.

Kerber leads the head to head series 2-1, with all of the matches being played last year.

The seventh-seeded Kvitova won when Williams’ return was long to close the match at Ariake Colosseum in 2 hours, 24 minutes.

• In Bangkok, top-seeded Tomas Berdych and Gilles Simon will meet for the eighth time after both advanced to the semifinals of the Thailand Open.

Fresh from helping the Czech Republic beat Argentina in the Davis Cup semifinals, Berdych beat Yen-hsun Lu 7-6 (7), 6-4 to maintain his record of never losing before the semifinals in Thailand.

Soccer

Team to play in empty stadium

In Kiev, Ukraine, FIFA has ordered Ukraine to play its next World Cup qualifier in an empty stadium after its fans hurled racist abuse during its match against San Marino.

FIFA said in a statement Friday that “several racist and discriminatory incidents were apparently perpetrated by local supporters during the match, in particular by displaying neo-Nazi banners and by making ‘monkey noises and gestures’ as well as Nazi salutes.”

FIFA also said there “several incidents involving pyrotechnical devices”
that violated safety regulations.

Ukraine, which won the Sept. 6 match 9-0, was also fined 45,000 Swiss francs.

– From staff and wire reports


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