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College Basketball

Georgia Regents breaks into poll

Georgia Regents’ victory over USC Aiken on Saturday helped the Jaguars earn a spot in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches poll.

Georgia Regents (17-3), which beat the Pacers 97-84, is now 24th in the poll.

USC Aiken (18-3) dropped from ninth to 17th.

College Football

Paine College adds 3 to staff

Paine College has hired three new fulltime coaches for the upcoming season, which will be the Lions’ first playing a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule.

Nathan Cochran will be the offensive coordinator, Vincent Dancy will be the defensive coordinator and Jacob Mathis will be the safeties/special teams/recruiting coordinator.

High School Basketball

Prep statistics are due today

High school basketball coaches and statisticians should e-mail player statistics to The Augusta Chronicle’s Wayne Staats (wayne.staats@augustachronicle.com) or fax them to (706) 823-3408. The deadline is 5 p.m. today.

Auto Racing

NASCAR alters penalty system

NASCAR unveiled a revamped penalty system Tuesday that for the first time will define specific offenses with pre-determined penalties.

The new “Deterrence System” classifies six different levels of penalties, with fines and point deductions increasing as the infractions become more severe. The new system will be applied only to technical infractions; NASCAR will still handle behavioral offenses individually.

The structure also allows the sanctioning body to hit repeat offenders with a multiplier that could increase penalties by 50 percent. NASCAR’s previous penalty system did not tie pre-determined sanctions to specific offenses.

NASCAR also has removed track promoters from its appeals panel in order to keep them from having to rule on a team while also needing that team’s members to help promote races.

Tennis

Nadal stays on road to recovery

Medical scans have revealed no serious problems as Rafael Nadal continues his recovery from a back injury sustained at the Australian Open.

A statement from the world’s top-ranked player says all checks “were satisfactory and showed positive evolution” regarding the injury, which contributed to his loss to Stanislas Wawrinka in the final in Melbourne.

Nadal is continuing to work out in the gym and his return to practice – starting on Thursday – will decide “when he is ready to return to competition.”

Baseball

Sides agree in Hagadone case

Cleveland pitcher Nick Hagadone will receive an additional 94 days of major league service time and the Indians will have the right to option him to the minor leagues this season under a grievance settlement between Major League Baseball and the players’ association.

The left-hander broke his left forearm following a poor relief outing against Tampa Bay on July 6, 2012. The Indians said the injury was self-inflicted. He was optioned to the minors on July 7, was placed in the Indians’ minor league disqualification list the following day.


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