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High School Football

Prep statistics are due by noon today

The Augusta Chronicle intends to publish weekly statistical leaders compiled from the area's 48 high school football teams.

Coaches are asked to submit statistics each week by fax to (706) 823-3408 or by e-mail to jeff.sentell @augustachronicle.com.

Leaders in kicking totals, interceptions, passing yards, punting average, rushing yards, receiving yards, sacks, tackles, tackles for loss and total touchdowns will be tracked.

The statistics are due by noon today. Player of the week nominations will also be accepted until that time.

College Volleyball

Lady Jaguars notch hard-fought victory

In Atlanta, Augusta State beat Clark-Atlanta in the fifth and deciding game to pull out a 30-18, 27-30, 30-22, 23-30, 15-7 victory Tuesday night in volleyball.

The Lady Jaguars evened their record at 9-9, while Clark-Atlanta dropped to 5-10.

Jessica Howard had a match-high 15 kills for Augusta State, while Amy Hunt had 11 kills, 12 digs and seven solo blocks. Lindsey Weider recorded a team-high 24 digs, while Jessica Lowes had a match-high 48 assists.

Cycling

Anti-doping system corrupt, Landis says

Floyd Landis addressed his fans in a letter on his Web site Tuesday, saying that having his 2006 Tour de France title stripped by an arbitration panel served some good because "we have shown that the anti-doping system is corrupt."

Last week, an arbitration panel voted 2-1 to uphold Landis' positive doping tests from last year's Tour de France. It means he is stripped of the title and banned from cycling for two years, retroactive to Jan. 30.

Landis said he is considering his options, which include a possible appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport or legal action.

"If any good has come out of this, we have shown that the anti-doping system is corrupt, inefficient and unfair," he wrote. "The content of this decision unfortunately highlights this once again. The straightforward and clear dissent in support of my case contrasts sharply with the scientifically flawed and illogical majority decision against me.

"I still have hope that the system can, and will be, changed so that no other athlete has to suffer through this process only to be denied a clean chance at justice," he continued.

Tennis

Sampras to play in clay court tourney

When Pete Sampras retired five years ago, he wasn't sure if he would play tennis again, never mind step foot on a clay court.

This week, Sampras will play a senior tour event on a surface that haunted him throughout his record-breaking career.

"I didn't think I'd ever play on clay again," Sampras said. "But here I am."

Sampras faces Mikael Pernfors today to open The Championships at The Palisades in Charlotte, N.C., the third and final event of the year for Sampras in the Outback Champions Series.

- Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Ore., will host the Davis Cup final between the United States and defending champion Russia from Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

It's the first Davis Cup final in the United States since the country won the 1992 championship by defeating Switzerland at Fort Worth, Texas.

- Top-seeded Venus Williams cruised into the second round of the Korea Open, defeating American qualifier Abigail Spears 6-2, 6-3.

NBA

Charlotte replaces Curry with Sanders

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Former Milwaukee Bucks assistant Mike Sanders was hired to replace Dell Curry, who stepped down as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Bobcats.

Curry changed his mind three months after accepting the position, saying he was concerned about the time commitment of the job.


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