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Baseball

Chaney to speak at reunion today

Former major leaguer Darrel Chaney will be the guest speaker at tonight’s Augusta American Legion Baseball Reunion Banquet at the American Legion Richmond Post 63 on Milledge Road. The banquet will start at 6:30.

Chaney played for the 1975 World Champion Cincinnati Reds and was an Atlanta Brave from 1976 to 1979. He later worked as an Atlanta Braves announcer.

College Basketball

Lady Pacers are No. 2 in rankings

The USC Aiken women are second in the first NCAA Division II Southeast Region rankings of the season.

The rankings determine the participants from the Southeast Region for the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship.

Eight teams from the Southeast Region will receive an invitation to the national tournament.

An automatic bid is given to the winner of the Peach Belt Conference, the South Atlantic Conference and Conference Carolinas. The next five highest-ranked teams will earn at-large berths into the national tournament.

The top three teams in the rankings are all from the Peach Belt Conference – Clayton State, USC Aiken and Lander.

USC Aiken is 20-3 and 13-2 in the Peach Belt Conference after Wednesday’s 68-63 victory over Augusta State.

College Football

Swinney rewards some assistants

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney rewarded several assistants with raises totaling $450,000.

The compensation committee of the Clemson board of trustees approved the proposal of athletic director Terry Don Phillips on Wednesday.

More than 60 percent of the raises, or about $265,000, will come from Swinney, who reassigned a bonus for winning the Atlantic Coast Conference this past season. The rest is from the athletic department. The increased salaries will last for two seasons.

NFL

Tirico, Gruden will go it alone

Monday Night Football is switching to a two-man booth. Analyst Ron Jaworski signed a five-year contract extension to appear on other programming on ESPN and will no longer join play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico and color commentator Jon Gruden, the network said.

• Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth has been released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tennis

Ex-No. 1 ousted at Qatar Open

In Doha, Qatar, Caroline Wozniacki failed to convert three match points and lost to Lucie Safarova, of the Czech Republic, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) in her opening match at the Qatar Open.

Wozniacki, playing her first match since losing the No. 1 ranking after the Australian Open, received a bye into the second round. She had all three match points in the 10th game of the third set.

Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, in her first match ranked No. 1, dispatched Mona Barthel, of Germany, 6-1, 6-0.

• In Sao Paulo, sixth-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero, of Spain, lost to Leonardo Mayer, of Argentina, 7-6 (6), 6-2 in the first round of the Brazil Open.

• In Bogota, Colombia, seeded-players Jelena Dokic, of Australia, and Romina Oprandi, of Switzerland, were knocked out of the Copa BBVA Colsanitas.

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