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College Basketball

Paine men beat host Morehouse

In Atlanta, Tony Baker scored 12 points and Geno Green and Mario Jordan added 10 apiece as Paine College defeated host Morehouse College 63-60 on Wednesday in the first round of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.

The sixth-seeded Lions (15-12) will play third-seeded Clark Atlanta tonight at 8 in the second round.

Shawn Allen and Cornez Nesbitt scored 18 points each to lead 11th-seeded Morehouse, which finishes 8-17.

• The USC Aiken men are first in the latest NCAA Division II Southeast Region rankings. Augusta State is eighth.

The rankings are used to determine the region participants for the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship.

Eight teams from the region will receive an invitation to the championship. 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 earn an at-large bids into the tournament.

Anderson is ranked second, followed by Lincoln Memorial, Montevallo, King, Mount Olive, Georgia College, Augusta State, Columbus State and Lander.

• In Williamsburg, Va., Elena Delle Donne had 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead eighth-ranked Delaware women (27-1, 18-0 Colonial Athletic Association) to a 79-53 victory over William and Mary.

College Baseball

Pacers top Lions in first meeting

In Aiken, 22nd-ranked USC Aiken defeated Paine College 8-4 on Wednesday in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Bryce Baur went 3 for 5 as the Pacers (9-4) outhit the Lions 9-6.

Taylor Peed (1-0) got the win. Danny Wissmann earned his first save, striking out three in 1⅓ innings.

Paine dropped to 2-8.

Soccer

Americans notch first win vs. Italy

In Genoa, Italy, the United States stunned Italy 1-0 on Wednesday as Clint Dempsey’s second-half goal gave the Americans their first-ever victory over the Azzurri in 11 meetings.

Dempsey became only the fourth American to score against Italy when he fired past Gianluigi Buffon in the 55th minute, and the U.S. clung on for a memorable win in the friendly.

It is Jurgen Klinsmann’s fifth victory in 10 games as U.S. coach and will also serve as personal revenge for the former Germany great after losing the 2006 World Cup semifinal to eventual champion Italy when in charge of the German national team.

• In Wembley, England, Stuart Pearce got off to a losing start as England’s coach, with Arjen Robben scoring in stoppage time to give the Netherlands a 3-2 exhibition victory.

• In Bern, Switzerland, Lionel Messi outshone Switzerland’s hot prospect Xherdan Shaqiri, scoring a had a hat trick as Argentina beat Switzerland 3-1 in an international friendly.

Tennis

No. 1 Djokovic, Federer prevail

In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer each won in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships.

Djokovic beat Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6 (5), 6-3, while Federer defeated Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 6-3.

Andy Murray also reached the final eight with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Marco Chiudinelli.as did Mikhail Youzhny, who beat Mardy Fish 6-2, 7-6 (0).


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