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Colleges

NeSmith helps lead Gamecocks

In Verona, Wis., the South Carolina men’s golf team won the Badger Invitational on Tuesday behind Caleb Sturgeon and Matt NeSmith.

Sturgeon and NeSmith finished 1-2 in the individual race at University Ridge Golf Course.

Sturgeon closed with 3-under-par 69 to finish at 10-under 206 for medalist honors. NeSmith, of North Augusta, had a final-round 73 for 212.

• At Christenberry Fieldhouse, Georgia Regents’ volleyball team swept Limestone in a nonconference match.

The Jaguars (2-11) won 25-22, 25-15 and 25-20.

Kristen Koch had 17 kills and Chandler Mass recorded 34 assists.

• Tickets are on sale for the Paine College club football team’s first game, on Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. against Georgia Prep Academy at Lucy C. Laney Memorial Stadium.

Tickets for all four of the team’s games at Laney can be purchased in advance for $12 or for $15 at the gate for each game.

Advance tickets can be purchased at www.paine
athletics.com or at the Paine College Business Office on the first floor of Haygood-Holsey Hall.

• Virginia punter Alec Vozenilek has been named the Ray Guy Award Player of the Week by the Augusta Sports Council.

The Cavaliers’ junior had nine punts for a total of 419 yards with four marked inside the 20-yard line in Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh. He averaged 46.6 yards per punt with a net average of 44.2 yards per punt. Vozenilek’s longest punt was 77 yards.

The Augusta Sports Council presents the Ray Guy Award, given to the collegiate punter of the year, each season.

Golf

Local pro makes national tourney

Augusta Country Club head pro Tommy Brannen tied for fifth place Tuesday in the Georgia PGA’s Profes­sional Championship at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Evans and earned a spot in the National Professional Championship.

Brannen, who shot 75-73-148, is among the seven players who advanced to the National Professional Championship next June at the Dunes Golf and Country Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Road Race

Registration still open for event

Registration is still open for Saturday’s Color Run Augusta.

The event, presented by the Augusta Sports Council and the Westobou Festival, is expected to have more than 5,000 participants.

The start line and festival area will be at the Parade Grounds at the Old Academy of Richmond County, at 540 Telfair Street.

Go to www.thecolorrun.com/augusta to register.

Traffic conditions will be impacted on area roads from 6 a.m.-noon.

The first wave of runners will begin on the course at 9 a.m.

High School Football

Prep statistics are due today

The Augusta Chronicle publishes weekly statistical leaders compiled from the area’s high school football teams. Deadline is today.

Coaches are asked to submit statistics each week by fax to (706) 823-3408 or by e-mail to wayne.staats@
augustachronicle.com.

Leaders in kicking, interceptions, passing yards, punting average, rushing yards, receiving yards, sacks, tackles, and total touchdowns will be tracked.

Call staff writer Wayne Staats at (706) 823-3425 with any questions.

– From staff and wire reports

Tennis

Steady career of Argentine is over

David Nalbandian, a 2002 Wimbledon finalist who spent five consecutive years ranked in the top 10, retired Tuesday because of a shoulder injury.

The 31-year-old Argentine called this a “difficult day,” but added he was “super grateful” to the sport of tennis.

“The shoulder does not respond well,” he said at a news conference. “I cannot compete at ATP level.”

Leading to Wimbledon in 2012, Nalbandian was disqualified for injuring a line judge during the Queen’s Club final by kicking an advertisement board. A piece of the barrier hit the judge, causing bleeding on his left shin. Nalbandian drew financial penalties of nearly $70,000 in lost prize money and fines.

• In Beijing, top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams advanced with straight-set victories at the China Open, while Venus Williams was eliminated.

Defending champion Djokovic beat Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 6-0, 6-3 in the first round, while Serena Williams downed Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 7-5 in the second round.

Venus Williams, a wild-card entry, fell to Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-1, 6-2. Lisicki didn’t face a break point and broke Williams three times.

• In Tokyo, top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro moved into the second round of the Japan Open with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus.

His opponent in the second round will be Argentine compatriot Carlos Berlocq.

Defending champion Kei Nishikori of Japan came back from a set down to beat unseeded Jurgen Melzer of Austria 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2.


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