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Lady Jags drop two in volleyball

In Savannah, Ga., the Georgia Regents University volleyball team lost its first two matches of the season on Friday.

Playing in the Armstrong Classic at Armstrong Atlantic State, the Lady Jaguars lost 3-1 to Erskine and 3-0 to North Alabama.

GRU started strong against Erskine, winning the first set 25-16. After that, it was all Erskine – 25-22, 25-22 and 25-13.

In the nightcap, North Alabama beat GRU 25-15, 25-14 and 25-23.

Today in the tournament, the Lady Jags take on Shorter at 10 a.m. and Lincoln Memorial at 1 p.m.

• In Aiken, the USC Aiken men’s soccer team played Pfeiffer to a 0-0 double overtime draw in the opener for both teams on Thursday.

The Pacers outshot the Falcons 16-9.

USC Aiken goaltender Joshua Poissant made key saves 55 seconds into the first extra session and in the 93rd minute.

Golf

South Carolinian chases 5th title

In Wallace, N.C., Ryan Nelson is closing in on his fifth career eGolf Tour title.

Nelson, of Charleston, S.C., maintained his two-shot lead through three rounds of the River Landing Open. He won two eGolf titles in 2011, one in 2012 and one this season.

On Friday, Nelson shot 4-under-par 68 to move to 17-under 199.

Tied for second place are Will Collins (67) on Friday and Mikel Martinson (69).

Former Augusta State golfer Mitch Krywulycz, who was tied for 12th after two rounds, shot 73 and is now tied for 22nd, 11 off the lead.

NBA

League suspends New York guard

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith has been suspended without pay for five games for violating the terms of the NBA’s anti-drug program, the league announced Friday.

Smith is recovering from off-season knee surgery and might not be ready for the beginning of the regular season.

The NBA says Smith’s suspension will begin with the first game for which he is eligible and physically able to play.

The Knicks re-signed Smith in July to a three-year contract worth approximately $18 million, with a player option for the third year.

Shortly after he re-signed, Smith underwent patellar tendon surgery and an arthroscopy for a tear in the lateral meniscus of his left knee. He could miss all of training camp and the first two weeks of the regular season, according to a timetable provided by the team.

Soccer

Ex-Rutgers AD to work in the MLS

New York City FC, the newest MLS expansion team, has hired former Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti as the club’s chief business officer.

Bloomberg News reported the hiring Friday. NYC FC will announce the move next week, a person with direct knowledge of the hiring told Bloomberg.

Pernetti resigned from Rutgers in April following a scandal in which men’s basketball coach Mike Rice was shown on video verbally and physically abusing players during practice.

MLS in May unveiled the expansion club, which is controlled by the owners of Manchester City in a partnership with baseball’s New York Yankees. The club plans to begin play in 2015 but has yet to decide on a stadium site.

Before the video aired on ESPN, Pernetti hired a law firm to investigate Rice’s behavior but did not fire him.

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