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Minor League Baseball

GreenJackets can't hold off Sand Gnats

In Savannah, Ga., the Sand Gnats scored five runs off three Augusta relievers in the seventh inning to come from behind and beat the GreenJackets 5-3 on Thursday night in the opener of a three-game series.

The loss snaps Augusta's three-game winning streak.

Augusta starter Mike Kickham got a no-decision, despite pitching six scoreless innings.

Local Sports

Wheelchair tennis tournament on tap

The first Walton Foundation Wheelchair Tennis Championship will be held Saturday and Sunday at Newman Tennis Center.

Sixteen players from throughout the Southeast are expected to compete in singles and doubles.

Play is set to begin each day at 9 a.m.

- Volunteers are needed to help during the USA Cycling National Championships when the event comes to the Augusta area June 22-26.

This will be Augusta's first year playing host to the event, which is expected to attract 900 cyclists from throughout the country to compete in different disciplines at Fort Gordon, Strom Thurmond Dam and downtown Augusta.

Colleges

NCAA left Buckeyes campus a week ago

NCAA investigators left campus a week ago following their review of reports about Ohio State players selling or trading memorabilia for cash and tattoos, university president Gordon Gee said Thursday.

Revelations about the tattoo deals ultimately led to football coach Jim Tressel 's resignation under pressure on Memorial Day. The NCAA also is investigating whether players received preferential treatment when buying cars.

- Tennessee women's athletic director Joan Cronan will serve as interim vice chancellor and director of athletics seeing all of the university's sports, Chancellor Jimmy Cheek announced.

Football

Pryor not interested in playing in the CFL

Larry James , the attorney for former Ohio State player Terrelle Pryor , said Thursday that the QB turned down a chance to play in the Canadian Football League and is now focusing his energies on being selected by an NFL team later this summer.

- The Southwestern Athletic Conference has voted to ban Jackson State and Southern from competing in the league's 2011 football championship game.

The NCAA already hit both schools with a postseason ban because of low APR (Academic Progress Rate) scores, which were released in May. But the SWAC football championship did not apply because the NCAA considers the game an extension of the regular season.

Tennis

French Open champ claims three-setter

In London, Rafael Nadal was taken to three sets by Radek Stepanek before advancing to the quarterfinals at Queen's Club.

The French Open champion won 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 to join third-seeded Andy Roddick and second-seeded Andy Murray in the final eight.

Roddick beat Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4, while Murray overcame Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 7-6 (3).

- In Copenhagen, Denmark, third-seeded Bethanie Mattek-Sands recovered to beat Johanna Larsson 6-7 (1), 6-0, 7-6 (5) in the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open.

Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki battled hard during the first set in a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win over Angelique Kerberin .

Women's Basketball

Dream defeated in OT by the Mystics

In Atlanta, Crystal Langhorne had 30 points and 13 rebounds, Nicky Anosike added 29 points and 13 boards, and the Washington Mystics beat the Atlanta Dream 98-90 in overtime.

Erika DeSouza led the Dream (0-2) with 20 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.


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