League move casts doubt on settlement
The NBA players’ association wanted a meeting and said the league would grant one – under one condition. Just agree first to a 50-50 split of revenues.
Players already rejected that offer once. The league confirmed it wasn’t moving beyond that number but wanted to meet about other issues, and it said the union wasn’t interested.
All that matters: An on-time start to the NBA season now seems even less likely.
Commissioner David Stern has said the league will cancel the first two weeks of the regular season if the sides can’t reach a labor agreement by Monday, and it now appears the sides won’t even talk before then.
Jaguars are fourth in Brickyard event
In Macon, Ga., the Augusta State men’s golf team is in fourth place after the opening round of the Brickyard Collegiate Championship at The Brickyard at Riverside.
Behind senior Taylor Floyd’s even-par 72, the Jaguars shot 4-over-par 292. They trail frontrunner Georgia Tech by 12 shots.
Derek Chang and freshman Cody Shafer, who is making his collegiate debut, shot 73s for the Jaguars and Brendan Gillins shot 74. Alex Wennstam’s 76 was the non-counting score.
• In Johns Creek, Ga., Augusta’s Brad Jones has advanced to the Round of 16 in the Atlanta Amateur Match Play Championship at Rivermont Golf & Country Club.
Jones, seeded 15th, defeated Kennesaw’s Bill Leonard, the second seek, via forfeit.
Jones takes on Dave Poteet, of Suwanee, this morning, with the semifinals to follow in the afternoon. The 18-hole championship match will be played Sunday.
• In Savannah, Ga., Augusta’s Laura Coble helped the Georgia team successfully defend its USGA Women’s State Team Championship at the Landings Club’s Palmetto Course on Thursday.
The Georgia team rallied from five shot back to win the 54-hole event by two shots over Texas and Tennesse.
The Georgia star was 14-year-old Rachel Dai. of Suwanee, who shot a final-round 72. She opened with 75-67 and won the medalist title at 2-under 214 by a shot.
In the final round, Coble, 47, had 77.
Amira Alexander, a 17-year-old from Alpharetta, had 79 in the three-player team event in which the top two scores counted each day.
Georgia counted Coble’s score each day. She opened with 78-79 while Alexander opened with 80-80.
Rohlfing leads way for Augusta State
Alex Rohlfing powered Augusta State to a 3-0 victory over Bentley on Friday at Christenberry Fieldhouse.
Rohlfing had eight kills to go with 11 digs for the Lady Jaguars, who won 25-18, 25-22 and 25-12 to improve to 10-12.
Kristen Koch also had eight kills, to go with 24 assists.
Krystin Wahlig had 10 digs and 24 assists for the Lady Jaguars.
• In Aiken, Flagler rallied to edged USC Aiken 3-2 at the convocation center.
The visitors won 21-26, 27-25, 20-25, 26-16 and 15-11.
Shannon Byers and Hannah Tierney had 11 kills each for USC Aiken, now 8-11.
• Augusta State’s men’s and women’s cross country teams will play host to the Jaguar Invitational this morning at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans.
The other teams in the field are USC Aiken, Coker, Georgia Military, Georgia College, Georgia State and Young Harris College.
The women’s 6K will start at 8 a.m.; the men’s 8K begins at 8:45.
• Paine College will be playing host to a “Voice of the Lions” contest beginning at 2 p.m. Oct. 22.
It will be held in conjunction with the annual PaineFest and will take place on the main stage.
The winner will be the public address announcer for Paine’s men’s and women’s basketball games. The competition will feature celebrity judges and audience participation.
A minimum five-hour commitment per game day is required for the winner.