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Baseball

Matheny tabbed to manage Cards

The St. Louis Cardinals said they will announce the hiring of Mike Matheny as manager during a news conference today.

Matheny, a former St. Louis catcher, will replace the retired Tony La Russa.

La Russa stepped down after leading the team to the World Series title.

The 40-year-old Matheny was a minor league instructor with the Cardinals and has no managing experience.

Volleyball

Flagler roars to Peach Belt title

Flagler rallied past Armstrong Atlantic State to win the Peach Belt Tournament Championship Sunday at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

The Saints lost the first set, then won three in a row for a 3-1 victory and their third consecutive PBC Tournament title.

The set scores were 15-25, 25-22, 25-22 and 25-21.

Flagler (28-6) earns the Peach Belt’s automatic bid to next week’s NCAA Tournament.

Armstrong (35-2) is assured a spot in the NCAA regional field. Both of Armstrong’s losses have come to Flagler.

Dianne Craine led the Saints with 17 kills while Abby Meyer had 13 and Emilee Taylor 12.

Tournament MVP Olivia Snipes had 41 assists and 19 digs for Armstrong Atlantic.

Brittany Wolf and Amanda Jones each had 13 kills for Armstrong Atlantic.

The All-Tournament team consisted of Craine, UNC Pembroke’s Marissa Baker, Augusta State freshman Alex Rohlfing and the Armstrong Atlantic duo of Wolf and Jones.

Tennis

Federer finishes strong in Paris

In Paris, Roger Federer’s tough season is ending on a high note after the Swiss star beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 7-6 (3) to win his first Paris Masters title and the 69th of a glittering career.

The former No. 1 will end the season without a Grand Slam title for the first time since 2002, and his ranking has dropped to No. 4.

• In Kiawah Island, S.C., Augustans Patrick Hayes and David McLeod won their fourth Clay Court Championship at Kiawah Island, stopping Greg Miller and Fred Mackay 6-3, 7-5.

The victory moved Hayes and McLeod to the top spot in the USTA’s Southern section doubles rankings.

Auto Racing

Hamilton earns win in Abu Dhabi

In Abu Dhabi, Lewis Hamilton got a morale-boosting third season victory at the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix after world champion Sebastian Vettel went out in the first lap.

The 2008 world champion Hamilton won the day-to-night race for his first top spot since the German GP in July.

Fernando Alonso in a Ferrari was second.

NBA

Important day arrives in talks

Decision day for NBA players may have arrived.

The players’ association will meet in New York this morning, a session that could lead to the end of the lockout or send it into a bigger tailspin.

Representatives from all 30 teams are expected, as are other players, to examine and discuss a seven-page summary of the NBA’s latest collective bargaining proposal to the union.

The proposal, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, was dated to be delivered to union executive director Billy Hunter on Friday.


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