Copp captures Flight B honors
USC Aiken's Nicole Copp won the Flight B consolation tennis championship at the Georgia College and State University Invitational this weekend in Milledgeville, Ga.
Copp lost her first round match to Augusta State's Hayley Baker 6-3, 6-3, then won three consecutive matches to capture the consolation title, defeating Brittany Johnson of the University of Tampa 8-1.
Maria Claudia Romo also advanced past the first round for the Lady Pacers. Romo defeated Laura Punch of Kennesaw State 7-5, 6-1, before falling in the round of 16 to Georgia College and State's Annika Persson, 6-2, 6-3.
Lady Pacers Dominique Cassetori and Erika Eles advanced to the doubles quarterfinals before losing to Armstrong Atlantic State's Alejandra Aguilar and Gemma Vaughan, 8-5.
Federer won in 2 hours, 9 minutes, taking home $120,000. He fought through a tough first set, but then dominated the second to take a comfortable lead.
Despite breaking Federer's serve in the opening game of the second set, Novak was unable to keep the momentum and lost six games in a row.
In a very close third set, each player held serve until Novak finally won a break in the eighth game, which was enough to take the set 6-3.
"I am overwhelmed, it was an incredible week for me," Federer said. "I am so happy to have won here in Vienna. Vienna is such a beautiful place and the crowd here is so great."
With his victory, the 21-year-old is eligible to play at the Tennis Masters at the end of the season.
Manning to return for CSRA Classic
The CSRA Classic will bring former NFL quarterback Archie Manning to Augusta for its 10th anniversary this week.
Manning will be the keynote speaker at a formal banquet Thursday and he will participate in the Classic's Golf Tournament at Jones Creek Country Club on Friday.
The CSRA Classic will be held Saturday at Lumpkin Road Stadium and will feature Morris Brown against Savannah State. For tickets and more information, call (706) 722-4222 or go to www.csraclassic.org.
Knicks' McDyess fractures kneecap
In another damaging blow to the New York Knicks, Antonio McDyess has a fractured kneecap that will sideline him indefinitely.
The Knicks announced the news Sunday, a day after McDyess went down clutching his left knee with 1:55 remaining in a preseason loss to the Phoenix Suns. The injury was initially diagnosed as a hyperextension, but an MRI exam revealed the fracture.
"This is a devastating blow for Antonio, knowing how hard he has worked up to this point," Knicks president Scott Layden said. "Knick fans had only seen a glimmer of his superior skills, and knowing Antonio, we are confident he will overcome this setback."
The injury happened to the same knee that was operated on last season, sidelining McDyess for all but 10 games.
Dogwood Stables wins another race
Dogwood Stables' Boston Bull easily handled his competition in his first stakes race, claiming the $100,000 Cowdin Stakes at Belmont Park in Belmont, N.Y., on Sunday.
The race was Boston Bull's third career start and second win. The horse also won at Belmont Park on Sept. 21, after finishing second in his debut at Saratoga. The win brings the colt's career earnings to $64,177.
"This may be the kiss of death, but we think this might be the first important step on the road to the Kentucky Derby," Dogwood Stables president Cot Campbell said. "Boston Bull faced a lot of pressure early on in the race, but handled it well and went on to an easy victory."
Boston Bull is Dogwood Stables' 58th stakes winner. The Aiken stable also claimed its second victory in the Cowdin Stakes, the first coming in 1992 by Wallenda.
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