Originally created 10/31/06

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Golf

First Tee of Augusta offering free clinic

The First Tee of Augusta will host a free instructional clinic from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Nine collegiate women's golf teams will attend and teach at instructional stations. There will be contests and prizes.

The clinic is free to boys and girls of all age groups.

Registration for the clinic will begin at 2:45 p.m. and a parent/guardian must be present.

For more information, call (706) 364-4653.

College Volleyball

Augusta State player is specialist of week

Jessica Lowes, a junior at Augusta State, was named the Peach Belt Conference's Specialist of the Week.

Lowes is ranked fourth in the conference in assists with 923 (9.23 per game). Augusta State will conclude its regular season at Newberry, S.C. at 7 p.m. today.

The Peach Belt Conference Tournament is set for Friday and Saturday at Francis Marion in Florence, S.C.

Tennis

Federer's withdrawal upsets organizers

Roger Federer pulled out of the Paris Masters because of fatigue Monday, and tennis officials promised to take steps to make sure the game's elite players abide by commitments to the top tournaments.

The withdrawal by the game's No. 1 player came a day after he won the Swiss Indoors for his 11th title this year. No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal said Sunday he would not compete in Paris because of an abdominal injury. Andy Roddick and David Nalbandian also have withdrawn.

- In the Paris Masters' first round Monday, Marat Safin, of Russia, improved his impressive record at the tournament to 22-2 with a 6-1, 7-6 (5) over Nicolas Mahut, of France.

Safin has won the Paris Masters three times, and has only failed to make the final once in five previous showings.

Courts

'Crazy' ride could muddle Duke case

The woman who said she was raped after performing as a stripper at a Duke lacrosse team party was clearly impaired and "talking crazy" afterward, the second dancer at the party said in an interview broadcast Monday.

"The trip in that car from the house ... went from happy to crazy," Kim Roberts told ABC News. "I tried all different ways to get through to her."

Roberts, who has previously called the rape allegations a "crock," left with the accuser and drove her to a nearby grocery store. Unable to get the accuser to leave her car, Roberts said she pushed on the woman's arm and leg to try to force her out.

At that point, Roberts said, the accuser said: "'Go ahead, go ahead. Put marks on me. Go ahead. That's what I want. Go ahead.' And it chilled me to the bone."

The accuser, a student at North Carolina Central University, told police she was raped in a bathroom by three men at a March 13 off-campus team party. A grand jury indicted three players on charges of rape, kidnapping and sexual offense; all three have declared their innocence.

Auto Racing

Gordon the subject of NASCAR probe

NASCAR officials are investigating whether Robby Gordon intentionally threw debris on the race track to cause a caution at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

"I definitely did not throw anything out of the window," Gordon told the network.

Baseball

White Sox bringing back Buehrle, Dye

The Chicago White Sox excercised left-hander Mark Buehrle's $9.5 million option for next season.

Chicago also exercised right fielder Jermaine Dye's $6.75 million option and second baseman Tadahito Iguchi's $3.25 million option. The White Sox declined a $3.65 million option on right-handed reliever Dustin Hermanson.