Originally created 07/30/05

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Golf

Georgia tops Florida in team match event

In Adairsville, Ga., the Georgia team tallied 17 of the final 18 points to defeat Florida, 32-22, in the Georgia-Florida Women's Team Matches on Friday.

Augusta State women's golf team members Kristen Bragg, of Evans, and Garrett Phillips, of St. Simons Island, each earned three points with shutout wins over Susie Fonde and Sarah Phillips-Durst.

Seven-time GSGA Women's Player of the Year Laura Coble, of Augusta, defeated Monica Von Glahn, 3-0.

Auto Racing

Wheldon is clinging to IRL points lead

Dan Wheldon is not entirely comfortable playing it safe.

A somewhat-conservative strategy in recent weeks has preserved the Englishman's lead in the IRL's IndyCar Series points standings. But the competition has begun to close in entering Sunday's Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.

Through 10 races, Wheldon has a 68-point lead over Sam Hornish Jr. and Dario Franchitti. Tony Kanaan, 71 points back, is fourth.

Seven races remain in the season.

Wheldon got off to a fast start by winning four of the season's first five races. Since winning the Indianapolis 500 on May 29, Wheldon has finished in the top five three times - including his fifth-place finish last Sunday at The Milwaukee Mile.

Rookie sensation Danica Patrick, 11th in the points, comes to Michigan searching for her first win.

- In San Jose, Calif., defending series champion Sebastien Bourdais is out front again and coming off a "lucky" victory entering Sunday's inaugural San Jose Grand Prix.

The 26-year-old Frenchman inherited the lead and the victory when 23-year-old American A.J. Allmendinger and RuSport teammate Justin Wilson of England made mistakes late in the race two weeks ago in Edmonton.

It was Bourdais' first victory since the season-opener in April at Long Beach. He enters the race on the brand new city street circuit in downtown San Jose with a 21-point lead over 2003 Champ Car World Series champion Paul Tracy, with Wilson 30 points behind.

Tennis

Smashnova bashes way to semifinals

In Budapest, Hungary, top-seeded Anna Smashnova defeated Aniko Kapros 6-2, 6-0 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Budapest Grand Prix.

Smashnova will face fourth-seeded Jelena Kostanic, who beat Maria Sanchez Lorenzo 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4).

The other semifinal will pit Laura Pous Tio against Catalina Castano.

- In Stanford, Calif., Kim Clijsters beat Daniela Hantuchova 6-3, 6-1 to advance to the semifinals of the Bank of the West Classic.

The fourth-seeded Clijsters will meet Anna-Lena Groenefeld, who rallied to defeat Nathalie Dechy 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.

- In Umag, Croatia, second-seeded Guillermo Coria ousted Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3, 6-0 to advance to the semifinals of the Croatia Open.

Coria faces Italian Filippo Volandri, who upset third-seeded Tommy Robredo, of Spain, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

- In Kitzbuehel, Austria, defending champion Nicolas Massu and Fernando Verdasco overcame stifling heat to reach the semifinals of the Generali Open.

On Austria's hottest day of the year with court temperatures reaching 122 degrees, seventh-seeded Massu beat Ecuador's Nicolas Lapentti 6-4, 6-7 (0), 6-2.

Unseeded Verdasco, of Spain, beat Romania's Victor Hanescu 6-3, 6-3 to reach the semifinal for the second consecutive year.

Football

Dragons, Pioneers set for matchup

The Palmetto Dragons (1-0) semi-pro football team will take on the Tennessee Pioneers at Warren County High School at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is $5.

For more information, contact Robert Molina at (803) 270-0750.