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College Baseball

Disher's bat gives Gamecocks victory

In Charleston, S.C., Phil Disher hit a three-run homer and Lonnie Chisenhall had three hits as South Carolina beat Liberty 10-2 on Friday in a tournament held at The Citadel.

The Gamecocks (4-0) scored four runs in the first, all with two outs. Andrew Crisp's based-loaded single drove in two runs, and Robbie Grinestaff drove in two more runs with a double.

The Flames (1-3) scored both their runs in the sixth on a double by Phil John that cut South Carolina's lead to 5-2.

But James Darnell hit a two-run homer in the seventh, and Disher's three-run shot followed in the eighth to give the Gamecocks the easy win.

- In Clemson, S.C., Doug Hogan hit two home runs and had three RBI as Clemson won its season opener 14-0 over George Mason.

The Tigers had 20 hits and scored in all but two innings, putting the game away with eight runs in the seventh.

Taylor Harbin and Brad Chalk each had three hits and two RBI for Clemson, who has won 11 of its past 14 season openers.

The Patriots (0-1) had more errors (4) than hits (2).

Tennis

Mauresmo, Clijsters head to semifinals

In Antwerp, Belgium, defending champion Amelie Mauresmo and Kim Clijsters advanced to the semifinals of the Diamond Games.

Mauresmo closed in on the $1.3 million, diamond-studded racquet trophy with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Dinara Safina, and Clijsters routed Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-1 in her final homeland tournament.

Clijsters, who won the title in 2004, needed barely 15 minutes to take a 5-0 lead. The 19-year-old Ivanovic lost the first set after two unforced errors.

- In Bangalore, India, defending champion Mara Santangelo of Italy defeated Yurika Sema 6-1, 6-4 to claim a spot in the Bangalore Open semifinals.

Unseeded Yaraslova Shvedova of Russia knocked out second-seeded Sania Mirza 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4. Shvedova will face unseeded Tzipora Obziler, who defeated Melinda Czink 6-4, 7-6 (3).

Horse Racing

Queen might come to Kentucky Derby

Queen Elizabeth II might attend the Kentucky Derby.

The U.S. Secret Service is preparing for a "probable" visit from the queen around the first weekend in May. The Derby is Saturday, May 5.

"Our expectation is that the queen will be in the commonwealth," special agent Paul Johnson said. "A lot of her itinerary is very sketchy. We're in the preliminary stages."

The British government has already announced the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are planning to visit the United States in May to mark the 400th anniversary of the settlement of Jamestown, Va., but it would not elaborate on her itinerary.

The queen wouldn't be the only foreign dignitary to attend the Derby this year. Vaira Vike-Freiberga, the president of Latvia, might also be attending.

- In London, four jockeys were suspended for up to three years after being found guilty of involvement in a betting scam.

Robbie Fitzpatrick and Luke Fletcher received three-year suspensions and Fran Ferris got a two-year suspension from Britain's Horseracing Regulatory Authority. Robert Winston, the most successful of the four, received a 12-month disqualification.

Winter Sports

Win in Slalom gives Czechs first gold

In Are, Sweden, Sarka Zahrobska won the women's slalom to give the Czech Republic its first world championships gold medal, and Anja Paerson took bronze for her fourth medal at these championships.

Zahrobska led after the first run and protected her lead the second time down the Gastrappet course to win in a combined time of 1 minute, 43.91 seconds.

American Lindsey Kildow injured her right knee during training and will miss the final two events of the world championships, at which she won two silver medals.


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