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Prep statistics are due by 4 p.m. today

Individual player statistics for baseball, softball and soccer are due by 4 p.m. today, no exceptions.

The Augusta Chronicle will publish a listing of area leaders in the following baseball and softball categories: Batting average, doubles, home runs, hits, runs batted in, on-base percentage and stolen bases. Pitching categories will be overall record, earned run average and strikeouts. Soccer statistical listings will include goals and assists, plus keeper categories for saves and goals against average.

Nominations for players of the week are also due at this time. The weekly stats and player of the week run each Friday.

Stats can be faxed to (706) 823-3408 or they can be e-mailed to Matt Middleton at matt.middleton@augustachronicle.com. Call (706) 823-3425 with any questions.

Colleges

Jaguars add third basketball signee

Charles Robinson , a forward from Charlotte, N.C., has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Augusta State, coach Dip Metress announced Tuesday.

The 6-foot-8, 185-pound Robinson is the Jaguars' third signee of the spring recruiting period.

Robinson, who averaged 8 points and 7 rebounds per game at Vance High School last season, will be redshirted.

"He is very long and his best basketball is ahead of him," Metress said. "In our program, many redshirt players have thrived toward the end of their career and we envision him in that same manner."

- Men's golf coach Josh Gregory was the recipient of the Dick Wallace Coach Of The Year Award during Augusta State's recent awards banquet at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Men's basketball player Ben Madgen won the male student-athlete of the year award for the second year in a row in unanimous fashion and women's volleyball player Jessica Howard captured the female student-athlete of the year award.

Women's golfer Natalie Wille earned the freshman student-athlete of the year award.

Baseball player Alex Sickman was presented with the Gerald Daise Leadership Award, while softball player Kimberly Kennedy and men's tennis player Wu Ferraz were recognized as the Tommy Werrick Scholar-Athlete Of The Year Award winners.

More than 50 student-athletes from the school's 10 varsity sports were recognized for their contributions during an academic year in which six of the Jaguars' teams 10 advanced to the NCAA Regionals.

- Kentucky coach John Calipari could be in line for a raise.

Athletic director Mitch Barnhart said Tuesday night the university and Calipari have begun "initial discussions" on restructuring the coach's lucrative contract.

The statement came just hours after reports surfaced that Calipari was interested in the coaching vacancy with the NBA's Chicago Bulls.

Hockey

SPHL commissioner receives extension

The Southern Professional Hockey League announced Tuesday that the league's board of governors signed commissioner Jim Combs to a three-year contract extension and named him league president.

The league, which will begin its seventh season in October, is composed of eight teams, including the new Augusta RiverHawks.

Tennis

Williams sisters advance in Rome

In Rome, returning after long absences because of knee problems, Serena and Venus Williams tuned up for this month's French Open by winning opening matches at the Italian Open.

Top-ranked Serena defeated Timea Bacsinszky 7-6 (2), 6-1 in her first match since winning the Australian Open more than three months ago.

Fourth-ranked Venus topped Patty Schnyder 6-2, 6-2.

Defending champion Dinara Safina , recovered from a back injury, lost her opener against Alexandra Dulgheru , of Romania, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1.

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