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Golf

Lady Jags finish fifth at Furman

In Greenville, S.C., the Augusta State women took fifth place at the Lady Paladin Invitational on Sunday.

The Lady Jaguars closed with 19-over-par 307 at Furman University Golf Club.

Led by sophomore Casey Kennedy, three Lady Jags were in the top 25. Kennedy tied for eighth at 16-over 232 after a final-round 76. Natalie Wille tied for 14th at 235 (82-76-77) and Christine Duschek-Hansen was 22nd at 239 (80-83-76). Marit Bjerke tied for 37th at 244 (82-84-78) and Kirsty Rands tied for 44th at 247 (84-84-79).

South Florida came from seven shots back to overtake East Tennessee State and Georgia State and claim a one-shot victory. Georgia State and Nova Southeastern were third and fourth, respectively, while Augusta State and Samford shared fifth.

• In Statham, Ga., Cartersville Country Club carded 5-under 211 to claim the Georgia Team Championship at St. Ives Country Club.

The club finished with a total of 6-under 354, beating St. Ives by four shots.

Champions Retreat Golf Club, which led after the first round, was 10th at 366.

Mike Fowler, Jr., led the team with 75 and David Frank shot 77. Corey Huss had 80 and Doug Weiss shot 82.

Soccer

Pacers will meet Saints in opener

The USC Aiken men will be the eighth seed in the Peach Belt Conference tournament and will travel to face regular season champion Flagler in the first round on Tuesday.

The winner will advance to face the winner of Clayton State-North Georgia in the semifinals at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans.

Tennis

Kvitova claims first WTA crown

In Istanbul, Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova won her first WTA Championships title, beating Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the final and rising to No. 2 in the world rankings.

Kvitova started the year outside the top 30 and was playing in the season-ending tournament for the first time.

• In Vienna, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rallied from a set and a break down to beat Juan Martin Del Potro 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the Erste Bank Open, claiming his second title of the season and seventh overall.

The top-seeded Frenchman will officially move past Mardy Fish to No. 7 in the 2011 points list today.

• In St. Petersburg, Russia, Marin Cilic won his first title of the season and sixth of his career, beating Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 in the final of the St. Petersburg Open.

Pan American Games

U.S. comes out on top in medals

In Guadalajara, Mexico, from the first gold right up until the end, the United States was in the mix for medals at the Pan American Games.

The Americans won the very first gold of the 16-day multi-sport event when Heather Irmiger claimed the title in women’s mountain biking. They didn’t get a gold on the final day, but they did earn two bronze medals in Sunday’s three events.

In the medals table, the United States finished way out ahead with 92 gold and 236 overall.

Cuba ended up in second place with 58 gold and 136 overall.

The U.S. men’s basketball team beat the Dominican Republic 94-92 in the bronze medal game, giving the Americans their best finish in the Pan Am Games since winning silver in 1999.


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