Jaguar women finish ninth

In The Woodlands, Texas, the Augusta University women’s team finished ninth to open the 2017-18 season.

The Jaguars closed with 4-over-par 288 in the Jim West Challenge at the Woodlands. They finished at 23-over for the 54-hole event. Duke won it by 22 shots with a 33-under total.

Cecilia Diez-Moliner (72-70-68-210) led the Jaguars with a 12th place finish. She was followed by Maggie Ashmore, with tied for 28th (75-71-71-217); Charlotte Alran, who tied for 47th (75-75-73-223); Teresa Diez-Moliner, who was 57th (78-72-77-227); and Linda Lundqvist, who tied for 58th (79-74-76-229).

In San Diego, Calif, Augusta’s Laura Coble lost 1-up in the first round of the U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur at Waverley Country Club.

Coble lost to Sherry Smith, of Irvine, Calif.

Coble was the fourth-seed following stroke play after shooting 75-74.


Pacers make it seven in a row

USC Aiken blanked Paine College 3-0 at Paine’s HEAL Complex for its seventh win in a row.

The Pacers, who haven’t lost since dropping their first two matches of the year, won 25-17, 25-18 and 25-14.

Avery Macklin had 14 kills and Alie Smith 12 for the Pacers. Juliette Narbonne had 43 assists.

Lanica Phillips led Paine (0-2) with six assists.

High School Football

Jackets move up to fourth

North Augusta and South Aiken each moved up a spot in the latest South Carolina Prep Media Poll released this week.

The Yellow Jackets picked up a convincing 40-14 victory over Lexington this past Friday to move to No. 4 in Class AAAA. The Thoroughbreds also did their part to impress voters by beating Westside (S.C.) 28-8 to move to No. 5.

Strom Thurmond edged Midland Valley 28-21 to stay No. 4 in Class AAA. Barnwell regained its spot at No. 2 in Cass AA by beating Wade Hampton 23-20.

In Class A, Wagener-Salley gained one spot to No. 8 after shutting out Bethune-Bowman, while Williston-Elko dropped three spots to No. 9 after losing at Woodland.


Kobe numbers to be retired

The Los Angeles Lakers will retire both of Kobe Bryant’s jerseys –No. 8 and No. 24 – before their game against the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 18, according to ESPN.

Bryant, who retired after the 2015-16 season, played 20 seasons with the Lakers, winning five titles.


Demands lead to cancellation

A friendly rematch of the Women’s European Championship final was canceled by Denmark’s football federation on Tuesday after wage talks collapsed.

The friendly between Denmark and the Netherlands on Friday was sold out.

The Danish federation DBU said it offered a 46 percent wage increase to the team that includes professional and amateur players. But it said the Danish Football Players’ Association wanted a 342 percent raise and demanded all players were hired by the DBU.

– Staff and wire reports