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Two freshmen lead Jag golfers

In Iowa City, Iowa, the Georgia Regents women’s golf team is in third place, three shots off the lead, after two rounds of the Diane Thomason Invitational.

Jaguar freshmen Jessica Haigwood and Josefine Nyqvist are tied for second place individually after Saturday’s 36-hole opening day.

Haigwood shot 76-71 and Nyqvist had 73-74. They are three shots behind individual leader Stephanie Miller (74-70), who helped stake Illinois to the lead.

Illinois opened with 11-over 299 and followed that with 301. Georgia Regents shot 303-300.

In addition to the freshman duo, the other Georgia Regents players are Casey Kennedy (74-77), Eunice Yi (80-79) and Christine Duschek-Hansen (82-78).

The final round, of 18 holes, is today.

• In Aiken, Flagler spoiled USC Aiken’s senior day in volleyball, stopping the Pacers 3-2. The set scores were 25-16, 23-25, 25-21, 19-25 and 15-12.

Aly Johnson and Leah Rodgers had 10 kills each and Amanda Bologna had 28 assists for the Pacers (12-7, 5-4 Peach Belt Conference).

• In West Palm Beach, Fla., the Augusta State volleyball team split a pair of matches and finished with a 2-1 record in the Pepsi Bash at the Beach Tournament.

The Jaguars, who beat Stonehill College in their tournament opener on Friday, beat Claflin 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-17) in their first game on Saturday, then lost to host team Palm Beach Atlantic 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-19).

Kristen Koch had 13 kills and Chandler Mass had 34 assists in the victory over Claflin. In the loss to Palm Beach Atlantic, Koch had 10 kills and Mass had 17 assists.

The Jaguars are 5-15.

• In Jacksonville, Fla., Daja’ Sims-Dean had nine kills and Aaliyah Myrick added 21 assists as the Paine College volleyball team swept Edward Waters 3-0 (25-15, 26-24, 25-13). Paine is now 6-15.

• In Due West, S.C., Erskine College handed USC Aiken a 4-1 loss in men’s soccer.

The Pacers (3-7-2) pulled to within 2-1 on Noel Mais’ goal at the 59:41 mark, but the Flying Fleet put it away by scoring twice in a seven-minute span.

Tennis

Del Potro upsets Nadal in China

In Shanghai, Rafael Nadal lost his first match since reclaiming the No. 1 ranking this week, falling to a resurgent Juan Martin del Potro 6-2, 6-4 in the Shanghai Masters semifinals.

The fifth-ranked del Potro will try to win his first Masters title today against top-seeded Novak Djokovic, who defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the other semifinal 6-2, 7-5.

Del Potro hadn’t beaten Nadal since the semifinals of the 2009 U.S. Open where the Argentine went on to win his only Grand Slam title.

But del Potro is playing fully fit and confident – he’s coming off a win last week at the Japan Open that returned him to the top five in the rankings for the first time in three years.

He completely overpowered Nadal with his deep, punishing groundstrokes and fended off all six break points he faced.

• In Linz, Austria, two-time former champion Ana Ivanovic defeated Stefanie Voegele 6-4, 6-4 to set up a final against top-seeded Angelique Kerber at the Generali Ladies.

Kerber overpowered Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-0 to reach her second final of the season. The 10th-ranked German was beaten by Petra Kvitova in the Tokyo final two weeks ago.

Ivanovic won the event in 2008 and 2010, but this will be the Serb’s first final of the season.

Soccer

Report disputed by Real Madrid

Real Madrid have insisted there is no truth to Marca’s claim that Gareth Bale is suffering with a slipped disc.

The newspaper had reported that an MRI scan on Sept. 2 – the day Bale was presented as a Madrid player following his move from Tottenham – had revealed the Wales international was suffering “a slipped disc on the L5 -S1 vertebrae and a bulge on the L4 -L5”.

There was also said to be a possibility that Bale would require surgery.

However, Madrid have made an announcement on the club’s official Web site to insist the report is “completely false”.


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