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Volleyball

Lady Jaguars swept at home by Pirates

Nationally-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State swept Augusta State at Christenberry Fieldhouse on Saturday.

The 19th-ranked Pirates won 28-26, 25-13 and 25-15 to improve to 14-0 overall, 2-0 in Peach Belt Conference play.

Jessica Hanson, Alex Rohlfing, and Mandy Irizarry had six kills apiece for Augusta State (6-10, 1-3 PBC).

Setter Krystin Wahlig had 24 assists for the Lady Jaguars.

• In Florence, S.C., Leah Rodgers had 14 kills as USC Aiken snapped a five-match losing streak with a 3-2 victory over Franics Marion.

Shannon Byers and Hannah Tierney each had 11 kills for the Lady Pacers, who won the Peach Belt Conference match 25-19, 13-25, 18-25, 25-18, 15-13.

USC Aiken is 6-9 overall and 1-1 in conference play.

Golf

Augustan six back in Ga. Public Links

In Woodstock, Ga., Augusta’s Dalton Harpe is tied for 13th place after the first round of the Georgia Public Links Championship.

Harpe shot 3-over-par 75 at Towne Lake Hills Golf Club.

He’s six shots off the pace of co-leaders Chris Minkley, of Kennesaw; Larry Clark, of Kingston; Matt Russell, of Dunwoody; and William Mitchell, of Roswell.

The final round is today.

Auto Racing

Kyle Busch wins in dominating fashion

In Loudon, N.H., Kyle Busch had one of the more dominating performances this season in the Trucks Series to win the race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Busch was never threatened on Saturday en route to his 30th career victory in the series. He won for the sixth time this season.

Austin Dillon was second and Kevin Harvick third. Ron Hornaday and Johnny Sauter rounded out the top five. Only six drivers finished on the lead lap.

Busch has 18 victories this season in Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Trucks. He won from the pole.

• In Singapore, world championship leader Sebastian Vettel took the pole position for the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver clinched his 11th pole of the season – becoming the sixth man in F1 history to achieve that feat– by setting a time more than three-tenths of a second faster than his teammate Mark Webber.

The German can claim the championship this weekend if he gets 13 more points than Fernando Alonso and eight more than Webber and Button.

The McLaren pair Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton were third and fourth fastest around the Marina Bay circuit ahead of the Ferrari pair of Alonso and Felipe Massa.


Tennis

Ljubicic, Tsonga to meet in title match

In Metz, France, Ivan Ljubicic, of Croatia, served 26 aces to edge Gilles Muller, of Luxembourg, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) , advancing to the Moselle Open final against top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, of France.

Tsonga beat Alexandr Dolgopolov, of Ukraine, 6-4, 6-4.

Muller set the tone by reeling off four aces in the opening game. But Ljubicic regrouped and rallied from 3-2 down in the tiebreaker to take the first set.

Muller finished with 18 aces but could not handle Ljubicic’s serve. He sent a backhand volley wide to give Ljubicic a match point that the fourth-seeded Croatian converted with an ace.

In the second semifinal, Tsonga broke serve at 5-4 in each set, clinching victory when Dolgopolov netted a forehand.


Olympics

U.S. training center now for-profit outfit

The Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., long idealized as the American athlete’s home base in the quest for Olympic glory, is turning into a for-profit operation, offering space for corporate outings, swim clubs and other outsiders in an attempt to recoup some of the $21 million a year spent on the facilities.


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