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College Softball

Gamecocks pitcher has perfect game

In Columbia, South Carolina junior Melissa Hendon pitched the first perfect game of her career in the Gamecocks' 1-0 win over Pittsburgh in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday.

The perfect game is the first thrown by a South Carolina pitcher since Trinity Johnson recorded one in 1997.

Hendon (6-1) struck out 16 and posted her fourth shutout of the year.

A Becky Martinez single in the sixth inning knocked in the only run for the Gamecocks (18-3), who have never lost to the Panthers.

In the nightcap, Hendon went 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI to lead South Carolina to a 7-1 win.

- In Woodstock, Ga., No. 21 Georgia Tech (20-3) captured the Silver Championship at the Buzz Classic with wins over Middle Tennessee State and Iowa.

- In Honolulu, Hawaii, No. 21 Georgia (15-8) lost 6-0 to No. 22 Oregon in the championship game of the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament.

- Augusta State's doubleheader with Georgia Southwestern was cancelled earlier in the week after a tornado caused extensive damage in Americus, Ga.

College Baseball

Win gives Trojans sweep of Bulldogs

In Athens, Georgia couldn't recover from an early 6-0 deficit and fell to Southern California 7-6 at Foley Field.

The Bulldogs (4-7) rallied to tie the game at 6-6 with two runs in the eighth inning, but Joshua Fields (0-2) gave up a run in the ninth to the take the loss.

Center fielder Jonathan Wyatt and shortstop Gordon Beckham each had two hits and knocked in a run to lead the Bulldogs, who were swept in the three-game series.

- In Atlanta, Rutgers third baseman Tim Querns had three hits and drove in five runs as the Scarlet Knights defeated No. 14 Georgia Tech (8-6) at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Tennis

Bryan brothers win event in Las Vegas

In Las Vegas, top-seeded brothers Bob and Mike Bryan successfully defended their Tennis Channel Open doubles title, winning their 12th consecutive match at the event with a 7-6 (6), 6-2 victory over No. 2 Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram.

Second-seeded Lleyton Hewitt faced fourth-seeded Jurgen Melzer in the men's singles final later.

- In Acapulco, Mexico, Emilie Loit earned her third career WTA title by beating Flavia Pennetta 7-6 (0), 6-4 Saturday to win the Mexican Open for the first time.

Winter Sports

Davis breaks own speedskating mark

In Calgary, Alberta, U.S. speedskater Shani Davis broke his own world record at 1,500 meters at the World Cup final.

Davis, a silver medalist at the 2006 Turin Games, finished in 1 minute, 42.32 seconds to lower the mark of 1:42.68 he set March 19, 2006, at Calgary's Olympic Oval.

- In Sapporo, Japan, Norway's Odd-Bjorn Hjelmeset won the men's 50-kilometer cross-country race on the final day of the Nordic World Ski Championships.

- In Tarvisio, Italy, American skier Julia Mancuso moved atop the overall World Cup standings for the first time by finishing third in a super-giant slalom, her third consecutive top-three result of the weekend.

College Basketball

Georgia State fires men's coach Perry

In Atlanta, four years after replacing coaching legend Lefty Driesell, Georgia State men's basketball coach Michael Perry has been fired.

Perry, a former assistant under Driesell, joined the Panthers' staff in 1997.

In 2003-04, he led the squad to a 20-9 record and the semifinals of the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament. But his teams have struggled since, posting a combined 62-75 record in three consecutive losing seasons.

Perry has two years left on his contract and Georgia State will honor the terms of the agreement, athletic director Mary McElroy said.

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