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College Basketball

Paine nips Clark in quarterfinals

In Atlanta, Kedric Taylor scored 21 points and Geno Green added 20 as sixth-seeded Paine College edged third-seeded Clark Atlanta 76-74 on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.

Allen Young chipped in 15 points for the Lions (16-12), who will play second-seeded
LeMoyne-Owen at 4 p.m. today in the semifinals at Morehouse College’s Forbes Arena. The Magicians defeated Albany State 55-51 on Thursday.

Softball

Lady Pacers get split with Flagler

In Aiken, USC Aiken split a doubleheader with No. 23 Flagler at Satcher Field, winning the second game 3-2 after dropping the opener 2-1.

Lindsey Jones homered in the second game for the Lady Pacers (8-4, 1-3 Peach Belt), who scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out a win.

India Kornegay (8-4) got the win in relief of starter Samantha Lemm.

NFL

Jackson tabbed franchise player

DeSean Jackson is closer to a big pay day.

The Philadelphia Eagles placed the franchise tag on Jackson on Thursday, assuring the two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver at least $9.4 million next season if he signs the tender.

• Cincinnati Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson could receive a 60-day jail sentence after pleading guilty Thursday to a drug-related felony charge as part of an agreement with prosecutors, further clouding his future in the NFL.

A judge will decide in April whether to accept the prosecutors’ recommendation or give him a more lenient sentence.

The four-year veteran is a free agent after completing his contract with the Bengals. His guilty plea could bring a suspension from the league, which would make him less attractive on the free-agent market.

• Four-time Pro Bowl left guard Kris Dielman, of the San Diego Chargers, announced that he is retiring because of a scary concussion that led to changes by the NFL.

Dielman said it was his decision to retire 4½ months after sustaining a concussion in a helmet-to-helmet collision with a Jets defender.

Tennis

Djokovic takes battle of Serbs

In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Novak Djokovic defeated Janko Tipsarevic 6-1, 7-6 (6) on Thursday to set up a Dubai Championships semifinal against Andy Murray, a rematch of a marathon five-setter at the Australian Open.

Murray, who lost to Djokovic at the Australian Open each of the past two years, defeated fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych 6-3, 7-5 on Thursday.

Roger Federer will face Juan Martin del Potro in the other semifinal. Del Potro beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (1), 6-2 for the second time in two weeks, while Federer improved to 12-0 against Mikhail Youzhny by eliminating him 6-3, 6-4.

• In Delray Beach, Fla., Andy Roddick reached his second quarterfinal of the year with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Denis Istomin at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championship.

Roddick will play seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson, who topped Xavier Malisse 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, in the quarterfinals.

• USC Aiken swept Benedict, with the men winning 9-0 and the women winning 7-0.

The men (4-1) are 32nd in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association NCAA Division II rankings.


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