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College Baseball

Jags won't make up postponed games

A three-game series between Augusta State and Georgia Southwestern in Americus, which was postponed in early March because of a tornado in the area, will not be made up. It had been rescheduled for May 5-6.

The announcement was made Thursday by Augusta State coach Skip Fite.

The Jaguars (26-24, 10-14 Peach Belt Conference) close out their regular season this weekend against Georgia College & State in Milledgeville, Ga. The teams have a single game today and doubleheader Saturday.

The Peach Belt Conference Tournament will be played May 10-13 in Spartanburg, S.C.

Tennis

Nadal continues his clay winning streak

In Barcelona, Spain, Rafael Nadal extended his winning streak on clay to 69 matches, defeating Thomas Johansson 6-1, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Open Seat Godo.

The two-time defending champion was nearly perfect on his first serve, hitting 26 winners while dropping only five points on serve.

Nadal will next play Potito Starace of Italy, who beat eighth-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina 6-4, 7-6 (10). Starace saved five set points before forcing the second set tiebreaker.

Nikolay Davydenko rallied in both sets to overcome Filippo Volandri of Italy 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6).

College Tennis

Both Augusta State teams make NCAAs

Augusta State's men and women have received bids for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional.

In the first round, the No. 23 Augusta State men will take on USC Aiken in Savannah.

The Jaguars (16-6) finished fifth in last weekend's Peach Belt Conference Tournament.

The No. 35 Augusta State women will face USC Upstate in Columbus.

Bull Riding

Area group to join forces with PBR

A news conference to announce USC Aiken Baseball's affiliation with the Professional Bull Riders Association was canceled Thursday because of a conflicting event.

However, in a statement, USC Aiken baseball coach Kenny Thomas announced that the three events his group holds each year will be sanctioned by the PBR, which is the major league of bull riding.

"I've been talking to the PBR for a couple of months now trying to put this package together and I am very proud to say they have worked with us to make this happen. They knew the success we were having with our events and wanting us to make the upgrade," Thomas said in the statement.

Senior Softball

Play begins today in Masters Classic

The 14th annual Masters Classic, double elimination senior tournament, begins today at Diamond Lakes Regional Park.

After today's pool play, double elimination play begins Saturday.

There are nine teams in the 60s division and six in the 65s division. The local team is the Triumph 65s.

Anyone 50 and over interested in playing in the league should contact Lida Gregg at (706) 842-2682.

Colleges

Text messaging ban approved by NCAA

The NCAA approved a ban on text messaging between coaches and recruits Thursday.

The NCAA's board of directors passed the measure 13-3 a week after it was approved by the management council.

The football coaches had urged the board to delay a decision until next year so a more workable solution could be worked out.

While the board rejected the coaches' plea, Division I vice president David Berst said the board left open the possibility of taking another shot at passing a less prohibitive measure in the future.


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