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College Basketball

Bowman Georgia's male player of year

Augusta State's Tyrekus "AJ" Bowman has been named the state of Georgia's Men's College Player of the Year by The Atlanta Tipoff Club.

The awards are given to the top men's and women's college basketball players and coaches in the state, as well as contributors to the game of basketball.

The winners will be honored at the annual Naismith Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 5, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

A junior forward from Tignall, Ga., Bowman led Augusta State to the second-winningest season in school history (24-8) and was named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year after leading the league in scoring at 20.4 points per game during the regular season.

Other award winners included Georgia's Tasha Humphrey as Women's College Player of the Year, Georgia Tech's MaChelle Joseph as the Whack Hyder Women's College Coach of the Year and Clayton State's Gordon Gibbons as Whack Hyder Men's College Coach of the Year.

College Baseball

Sheehan continues tear for USC Aiken

In Aiken, Chris Sheehan drove in six runs for the second consecutive game as USC Aiken pounded North Greenville 17-4 Wednesday night.

Sheehan went 3-for-4, with a three-run homer and scored three runs.

On Tuesday night, Sheehan hit a two-out grand slam to highlight a 10-run seventh inning in a 20-7 win over Anderson. He finished that game 3-for-5 with six RBI.

Nick Ogurchak and Alex Franklin also homered for the Pacers (25-9) on Wednesday.

Starter Dustin Tyra (2-0) allowed two runs on three hits in six innings to get the win.

- In Greenville, S.C., Augusta State lost 3-1 to Newberry at Greenville Municipal Stadium on Tuesday night.

Tyler Marzofka went 3-for-4 with a double and drove in the only run of the game for the Jags (21-10) .

Tennis

Nadal won't play vs. U.S. in Davis Cup

Rafael Nadal said he's skipping Spain's Davis Cup quarterfinal match against the United States in April because he needs to rest his injured foot.

Nadal's absence will make the U.S. team a strong favorite for the match April 6-8.

- In Aiken, USC Aiken didn't drop a set in routing North Georgia 9-0 on Wednesday in a Peach Belt Conference match.

Swimming

Ukraine official is barred over assault

In Melbourne, Australia, Ukraine team official Mihail Zubkov was suspended by world swimming authorities on Wednesday for assaulting his daughter Kateryna, a swimmer, at the world championships.

FINA's temporary ban bars Zubkov from working as a coach or official under its jurisdiction until a final decision has been made, following an appeal by his lawyer.

He is due to appear at Mel-bourne Magistrates' Court today.

TV footage showed Zubkov, who is Kateryna's coach, swinging and trying to aggressively grab his daughter against her will, and it concluded with the father attempting to comfort the swimmer by embracing her on the floor.

Motorcycle Racing

Local riders excel in races in Florida

The Augusta Triumph/Ducati Racing Team ran six races at Jennings GP last weekend in Jennings, Fla.

Team rider Steven Breckenridge won the Superbike Expert division and placed second in Mediumweight Solo 20 Expert, and third in C Superstock Expert.

Novice rider James Brown of Evans placed third in C Superbike Novice and in Heavyweight Solo 20 Novice. He placed seventh in C Superstock Novice.

Mark Steedley of North Augusta finished third in Heavyweight Twins Superbike Novice and fifth in Senior Superbike MW Novice.

All three rode Triumph Daytona 675 Triple bikes.


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