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Lady Jags DQ’d at Onion Creek

In Austin, Texas, the Augusta State women were disqualified Tuesday after the final round of the Challenge at Onion Creek.

Two Lady Jaguars – senior Kirsty Rands and junior Natalie Wille – failed to sign their scorecards before turning them in to tournament officials and were disqualified. With only three counting scores, the Lady Jags were disqualified as well.

Texas Tech registered a four-shot victory over Michigan and Texas-San Antonio. Arkansas-Little Rock was fourth and Texas State was a stroke behind in fifth.

Texas Tech’s Gabrielle Dominguez shot 3-over-par 73 to claim medalist honors over three players, including Michigan’s Linda Luo, UTSA’s Fabiola Arriaga and Columbia’s Michelle Piyapattra.

• Augusta State’s volleyball capped off the regular season with by defeating Coastal Georgia 3-1 (19-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-11).

Freshman Alex Rohlfing had a match-high 16 kills and junior Mandy Irizarry posted 13 kills for the Lady Jaguars.

Holly Hammer led the Mariners with 12 kills.

NBA

Union turns down offer by owners

NBA players made it clear Tuesday: No deal.

No fear of Commissioner David Stern’s ultimatum, either.

“The current offer on the table from the NBA is one that we cannot accept,” players’ association president Derek Fisher said.

Instead, the players said they will ask for another meeting with owners before today’s deadline – and sound willing to agree to a 50-50 split of revenues under the right circumstances – in an attempt to end the lockout and save the season.

The league’s current proposal calls for players to receive between 49 percent and 51 percent of basketball-related income, though union officials argue it would be nearly impossible to get above 50.2 percent.

Major League Baseball

Cards interview with Francona

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona has interviewed with the St. Louis Cardinals for their manager opening.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because no announcement was made.

Francona managed the Red Sox for eight seasons and left after they wasted a nine-game September lead in the AL wild-card race.

• The Boston Red Sox plan to interview Torey Lovullo and Gene Lamont for their managerial opening.

Lovullo, who will be interviewed Friday, managed the Red Sox Triple-A team at Pawtucket in 2010 and was first base coach this year for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Lamont, third base coach of the Detroit Tigers since 2006, had that job with Boston in 2001. He managed the Chicago White Sox from 1992-95 and Pittsburgh Pirates from 1997-2000.

Tennis

Roddick, Isner advance in Paris

In Paris, Americans Andy Roddick and John Isner advanced Tuesday at the Paris Masters.

Roddick defeated Julien Benneteau 6-4, 6-4, making 12 unforced errors compared to 25 for his opponent. Isner, a former Georgia star, relied on his strong serve to edge Stanislas Wawrinka 6-7 (3), 7-5, 7-6 (5). He had 20 aces, including on match point.

Tomas Berdych is only one win away from securing a berth in the ATP World Tour Finals after edging Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 7-5.


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