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Lions’ comeback bid fails vs. Bulls

At the HEAL Complex, Johnson C. Smith edged Paine College 73-72 in a women’s nonconference basketball game on Thursday night.

The visiting Golden Bulls got 22 points from Karnina Bunch for their first victory of the season after three losses.

Ashley Watts had 34 points and Ariel Brown 14 for Paine (1-2).

Paine trailed 34-26 at halftime, but rallied by hitting 62.5 percent of its shots
from the field in the second half.

• Clark Atlanta senior volleyball player Kailyn Blackmon, of Evans, has been named to the All-SIAC first-team. She was also named setter of the year.

Paine sophomore Rachel Walker made the second team as libero. Walker was named SIAC defensive player of the week three times last season.

Golf

Former Jaguar is in good position

In Plantation, Fla., former Augusta State golfer Mitch Krywulycz continues to move up in the second stage of the Web.com Qualifying Tournament. With a solid round today at Plantation Preserve Golf Course and Club, he’ll move on to the finals.

Krywulycz, an Australian who lives in Augusta, shot 3-under-par 68 in Thursday’s third round to move into a tie for 13th place. The top 20 finishers move on to the finals.

The former Jaguar was tied for 39th place after an opening 71 and moved into a tie for 18th place after a second-round 66.

Former teammate Taylor Floyd is still trying to recover from an opening 75 that left him tied for 72nd place. He’s now tied for 40th place after 70 on Thursday. He’s four shots out of a 10-way tie for 19th place.

The finals are Dec. 12-17 in La Quinta, Calif.

High Schools

Wolfpack tandem to play in college

Two Greenbrier athletes have signed national letters of intent.

In baseball, shortstop Connor Hoover is headed to North Georgia, of the Division II Peach Belt Conference.

In softball, first baseman Brooke Mackelburg signed to play for Berry College, of the Division III Southern Athletic Association.

Hoover hit .343 and was second team All-Region 2-AAAAA and second team All-County last season as the Wolfpack went 24-9 and finished as the Class AAAAA state runners-up for the second consecutive season.

In her senior season, Mackelburg hit .329 as the Lady Wolfpack went 26-8 and advanced to the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs. She was named 2013 first team all-county.

Olympics

New IOC boss to hold 4-day retreat

New IOC President Thomas Bach will hold a four-day retreat of his policy-making body next month to discuss the future of the Olympics.

The executive board will gather from Dec. 11-14 at a hotel in the Swiss lakeside resort of Montreux, Olympic officials with knowledge of the decision told the Associated Press.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting hasn’t been announced.

The brainstorming sessions are expected to cover a range of issues, including possible changes to the Olympic sports program, a review of the bid city process and a proposed raising of the 70-year age limit for IOC members.

The retreat will follow the scheduled one-day meeting of the executive board.

Tennis

Sharapova works with new coach

Maria Sharapova has hired Sven Groeneveld as her coach, three months after splitting from Jimmy Connors following one match.

The four-time major champion says on her Facebook account Thursday: “It has been a very seamless transition and I have had a lot of fun with the hard work we have put in so far.”

Sharapova was injured for most of the second half of 2013, playing only one match since a second-round loss at Wimbledon in June. That match, in August at Cincinnati, was a loss – and her only competition while working with Connors.

Connors replaced Thomas Hogstedt, Sharapova’s coach for more than two years.

Groeneveld has been a part of the Adidas tennis development program and worked with players such as Ana Ivanovic and Andy Murray.

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