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College Baseball

Thomas gets his 1,000th victory

In Aiken, USC Aiken coach Kenny Thomas earned his 1,000th career victory as the Pacers swept Flagler in a doubleheader Saturday.

USC Aiken took the first game 5-3 and the second 11-7.

Thomas, in his 26th season as head coach and 14th with the Pacers, now has a career record of 1,000-502.

Ty Barkell had five RBI in the twin bill for the sixth-ranked Pacers.

• In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Augusta State split a doubleheader with Stillman, winning the first game 10-5 with and dropping the nightcap 2-1.

Augusta State’s Hunter Boose was 5 for 9 with four RBI on the day.

• In Athens, Ga., Patrick Boling pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings, Brett DeLoach drove in three runs and Georgia earned a 6-2 win over Alabama-Birmingham.

• In Atlanta, Daniel Palka and A.J. Murray homered as Georgia Tech romped to an 11-2 win over Rutgers.

High School Football

Bears DC takes South Cobb job

Burke County defensive coordinator Michael Youngblood is the new head coach at South Cobb, a Class AAAAAA school.

Youngblood, who was the head coach at Dunwoody in 2009, has been at Burke County the past three seasons. He helped the Bears win the Class AAA state title in 2011.

Tennis

Djokovic rallies for Dubai crown

In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Novak Djokovic rallied from a break down in the first set to win his fourth Dubai Championships title in five years, downing third-seeded Tomas Berdych 7-5, 6-3.

The top-ranked Djokovic extended his unbeaten streak this year to 13 matches, which included his third consecutive Australian Open title. He’s won 13 of their past 14 meetings en route to his 36th career title.

“It was never going to be an easy final for either one of us,” Djokovic said. “Tomas is a fantastic player. He has been around the tour and was a Grand Slam finalist (at Wimbledon). … I’m just fortunate to go through.”

Horse Racing

Unbeaten Vyjack captures Gotham

In New York, Vyjack remained unbeaten on his way to the Kentucky Derby, rallying for a 2¼ length victory in the $400,000 Gotham Stakes for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct.

The gelding trained by Rudy Rodriguez is now 4 for 4, all at Aqueduct. The Gotham victory was worth 50 qualifying points for the Derby.

Joel Rosario was aboard as the 2-1 second choice ran the 11/16 miles in 1:44.09, paying $6.40 to win.

West Hills Giant set the pace at 33-1 and held on for second with Elnaawi third.

Winter Sports

Maze wins race, sets points mark

In Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Tina Maze broke the record for points in a World Cup season by winning a downhill and became only the third woman to win a race in all five disciplines in a single campaign.

Maze secured the overall World Cup title one week ago and her ninth win of the season took her to 2,024 points in the overall standings. Austrian great Hermann Maier held the previous record of 2,000 points on the men’s side.

• In Kvitfjell, Norway, Adrien Theaux earned his second career World Cup victory by edging home favorite Aksel Lund Svindal in a downhill.


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