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College Basketball

Eagles top Lions in an exhibition

In Statesboro, Ga., Ben Drayton III scored 22 points to lead Georgia Southern to a 97-76 win over Paine College in an exhibition game on Friday night.

Freshman Jessie Pernell, a former North Augusta standout, had four points in eight minutes for the Eagles.

Mario Jordan and Kenny Fluellen each had 14 points for the Lions. Danny Feliciano added 12.

Soccer

Two Pacers earn Peach Belt honor

USC Aiken’s Chinedu Arinze and Chevy Augustine were both tabbed to the Peach Belt Conference Men’s Soccer All-Conference Team.

Arinze was named to the first team, while Augustine was chosen to the second team.

NBA

Hawks won’t be sold to Meruelo

The Atlanta Hawks will not be sold to California developer and pizza chain owner Alex Meruelo.

The Hawks’ ownership group, headed by Bruce Levenson and Michael Gearon Jr., says it was a mutual decision to terminate the agreement for Meruelo to buy the team.

Meruelo, the son of Cuban immigrants, was poised to become the NBA’s first Hispanic team owner.

Levenson says the Hawks are no longer for sale.

According to a three-paragraph statement released by the team on Friday, neither the ownership group nor Meruelo will comment on why the purchase agreement announced in August has been terminated.

• As a group of NBA players considers disbanding the union, some labor law experts say such a move could destroy hopes for a 2011-12 season.

About 50 players held two conference calls this week to discuss decertification because they are unhappy with how negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement are progressing.

The league and players are expected to resume negotiations today.

Tennis

Djokovic rallies at Swiss Indoors

In Basel, Switzerland, top-ranked Novak Djokovic rallied past Marcos Baghdatis 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the Swiss Indoors quarterfinals.

Djokovic had his service broken twice early before recovering to improve his record against Baghdatis to 6-0 and go to 67-3 this season.

He will play 32nd-ranked Kei Nishikori in today’s semifinals.

• In Valencia, Spain, top-seeded David Ferrer beat Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals of the Valencia Open.

Ferrer will face Juan Monaco, who ousted Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3, 6-3.

Earlier, Marcel Granollers beat third-seeded Gael Monfils 7-6 (12), 3-6, 6-4 and will play sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro in the other semifinal.

Boxing

Ex-champ Toney falls in title bout

In Moscow, James Toney, a former champion fighting at 43, lost a unanimous decision to Russia’s Denis Lebedev for the interim WBA cruiserweight title.

Cheered by the home crowd at Khodynka Ice Palace, Lebedev started tentatively but would up battering a fading Toney toward the end and won all 12 rounds.

The three judges all scored the bout 120-108.

Toney dropped to 73-7-3, with 44 knockouts, and was limping after the fight. At 197½ pounds, he was at his lightest weight in eight years. This was his second consecutive defeat.


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Judge denies request to delay sales tax vote

A superior court judge denied a request Wednesday from a Richmond County citizen seeking a court order to postpone the May 20 special purpose local option sales tax referendum.
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