Georgia Regents finishes second
In Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, the Georgia Regents women’s golf team finished as runner-up in the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, 14 shots behind Arkansas.
The Jaguars shot a final-round 9-over-par 297 after opening with 297-287.
Casey Kennedy (73 on Tuesday) and Josefine Nyqvist (74) tied for ninth overall to lead Georgia Regents.
Eunice Yi had a final- round 73 to tie for 13th, Jessica Haigwood had 78 to finish 45th and Christine Duschek-Hansen closed with 77 to finish tied for 74th place.
• In Hilton Head Island, S.C., Augusta’s Davis Parker finished second individually in the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate earlier this week.
Parker, a sophomore who played at Westside, shot 71-72-70 to finish one shot behind Virginia Commonwealth’s Adam Ball (73-73-66).
It was the second runner-up finish this season for Parker.
Run in the eighth lifts the Jaguars
Connor Gilbert’s RBI double in the eighth inning lifted Georgia Regents to 4-3 victory over Anderson University on Tuesday.
Clint Echols held the visitors scoreless in the ninth inning for his second save of the season.
Georgia Regents improves to 5-6.
• In Savannah, Ga., Armstrong Atlantic State pounded out 17 hits en route to a 18-7 victory over Paine College.
It was the third win in a row for the Pirates (6-3).Avery Wilson and Jaron Johnson had two RBI each for Paine (2-8).
Vaughn stars as Jags earn split
After opening the season with 10 road games, Georgia Regents opened its home schedule with a doubleheader split against Erskine.
The Flying Fleet won the opener 1-0 despite a 13-strikeout performance by Jaguar starter Paige Deschaine.
Georgia Regents (4-8) won the second game 3-0 as Hannah Vaughn had two RBI and Haley Birkle pitched a one-hitter with eight strikeouts.
Lions’ Veal gets honor from SIAC
Paine College senior Toby Veal has been named Newcomer of the Week by the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
In two wins last week, the 6-foot-8 Veal averaged 11 points, 9.5 rebounds and three blocks. He is averaging 10.3 points and seven rebounds a game.
Ex-Bulldog star to stop in Aiken
Former Georgia quarterback David Greene will sign autographs and pose for photographs for members at Aiken’s Sam’s Club from 5-7 p.m. Friday.
A four-year starter for the Bulldogs, Greene helped Georgia win 42 times in his career.
• South Aiken’s Jordan Scott has signed with The Citadel.
On defense, Scott had 74 tackles as a free safety. He played receiver on offense.
Evans junior is winner in Macon
In Macon, Ga., Tyler Barker, of Evans, won the Hurricane Tour’s 54 Hole Challenge at Brickyard by five shots.
Barker, playing in the 15-18 age group, shot 71-74-72–217 at Brickyard at Riverside.
– From staff reports
Serena Williams finishes strong
In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, top-seeded Serena Williams faced some early struggles before defeating Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova 7-6 (8), 6-0 in the second round of the Dubai Championships.
Williams, playing in Dubai courtesy of a wild card, has been sidelined with a back injury since losing to Ana Ivanovic in the fourth round of the Australian Open last month.
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FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil <0x2014> A southern Brazilian city will host matches during this year’s World Cup despite serious problems with a stadium renovation that put it on the brink of becoming the first venue ever to be kicked out because of delays, FIFA said Tuesday.
Despite the decision to keep Curitiba in the tournament, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke warned that construction remains “very late” and said there is a very tight timeline to get the stadium ready.
FIFA said the decision was made because of “financial guarantees, the commitment by all stakeholders” and progress in renovation work.