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Minor League Hockey

Lynx lose shootout to Inferno on road

The Columbia Inferno handed the Augusta Lynx a 3-2 shootout loss on Friday in Columbia.

It was Augusta's second consecutive loss after opening the season with two victories.

Augusta was outshot 48-28.

Neither team converted any of its power play opportunities. Augusta was 0-for-5 and Columbia 0-for-8.

- The Lynx made several roster moves prior to Friday night's game.

The team activated two-way player Matt Johnson, who led the team in the preseason with four goals, from the injured reserve.

AHL affiliate Portland sent goaltender Jean-Philippe Levasseur to Augusta.

Goaltender Dave McKee, who set the team record for wins in a season last year, was returned to the Lynx from Iowa of the AHL but was placed on the three-day injured reserve.

Golf

Dillon moves on to PGA's second stage

In Lantana, Texas, former USC Aiken golfer Ryan Dillon slipped in the final round of a PGA Tour Qualifying first-stage qualifier, but still advanced to the second stage.

Dillon, of Desert Hills, Ariz., dropped from a tie for 11th to a tie for 17th after a final round 1-over-par 73 at Lantana Golf Club. The top 26 finishers and ties advance to the second stage.

Those that make it through the second stage will advance to the finals Nov. 28-Dec. 3 at Orange County National in Winter Center, Fla.

Women's College Basketball

Lady Pacers picked fourth in Peach Belt

USC Aiken is picked to finish fourth and Augusta State fifth in the 11-team Peach Belt Conference.

In a poll of league head coaches, defending champion Clayton State was tabbed to win the title again.

The Lakers, who made it to the NCAA Division II Final Four last year, received eight of a possible 10 first-place votes for 98 points. Lander got the other first-place votes and had 91 points.

USC Aiken (20-9, 11-5 Peach Belt last year) received 68 points while Augusta State (18-10, 9-7) got 62.

USC Aiken opens its season Nov. 20, playing host to Catawba. Augusta State's opener is Nov. 17 at Fayetteville State.

Colleges

North Dakota given deadline after suit

North Dakota officials have three years to persuade Sioux tribes to support the Fighting Sioux nickname, under a settlement approved Friday that the president of United Tribes Technical College says shows contempt.

The state Board of Higher Education settled a lawsuit with the NCAA over the nickname, voting unanimously Friday morning to approve the deal after a closed-door briefing from Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.

Tennis

Davydenko receives 'lack of effort' fine

Nikolay Davydenko, already at the center of a betting investigation, was fined $2,000 for lack of effort a loss at the St. Petersburg Open in Russia.

The ATP said Friday the fourth-ranked Russian was fined for lack of "best effort" in his 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 loss Thursday to Marin Cilic.

The top-seeded Davydenko won the first set in 27 minutes, but drew a rebuke from chair umpire Jean-Philippe Dercq in the third set. Davydenko double-faulted four times in the second set and six times in the third. Davydenko later said his legs had "collapsed."

The ATP is investigating a match involving Davydenko in August in which online gambling site Betfair voided bets because of irregular betting patterns.

- In Basel, Roger Federer cruised into the semifinals of the Swiss Indoors, his home tournament, by beating Nicolas Kiefer 6-3, 6-2 on Friday.

The top-ranked player, who hails from Basel, is seeking his second consecutive title here.


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