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Women's College Basketball

Augusta State pulls away for road win

In Greenwood, S.C., Brittany Jarrard hit two key 3-pointers during a second-half run, lifting Augusta State to a 71-66 Peach Belt Conference victory over Lander on Wednesday night.

The Lady Jaguars have won six of their past seven games and improved to 16-6 overall and 10-5 in the Peach Belt.

The Lady Bearcats fell to 14-10, 8-6.

Tracey Paschal led Augusta State with 12 points, Jasmine Godwin scored 10 points, Sherika Parker grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds, and Porsha White added nine points and nine rebounds.

The victory avenged a 76-74 loss to Lander on Jan. 16.

- In Aiken, Meredith Legg scored 29 points to lead USC Aiken past Presbyterian 66-49 in a non-conference matchup.

Legg hit seven 3-pointers as the Lady Pacers improved to 15-6. USC Aiken has won five of its past six games.

Presbyterian, a member of the NCAA Division I Big South Conference, dropped to 1-23.

College Football

Honor for Dooley is approved by board

The state Board of Regents unanimously agreed Wednesday to name a group of athletic facilities for former University of Georgia athletic director and football coach Vince Dooley.

The Vince Dooley Athletic Complex will include the Butts-Mehre athletics building, Spec Towns Track, Woodruff Practice Fields, the Rankin Smith Academic Center, Stegeman Coliseum and practice facility, Foley Field and the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

The university cabinet, which includes most of the school's top administrators, approved the proposal before it was sent to the regents.

The school plans to erect a sculpture and garden honoring Dooley next to Butts-Mehre.

Football

Falcons coach fills out his first staff

Glenn Pires was hired as the Atlanta Falcons' linebackers coach, filling out new coach Mike Smith's staff.

Pires was an assistant with the Miami Dolphins the past five years, serving as assistant linebackers coach in 2007.

- Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn denied that he was involved in an altercation on New Year's Day in which a man claimed on an emergency phone call that Quinn made a slur at him.

On a 911 call early Jan. 1, Seth Harris told Columbus, Ohio, police that Quinn was with a group at La Fogata Grill and that they were insulting gays outside the restaurant.

- Horse-collar tackles, already banned by the NFL, may be outlawed in college football, too.

That rule change is among those proposed by the NCAA Football Rules Committee.

Other suggestions by the committee include making chop-block enforcement less complicated and ignoring incidental face-mask contact.

Baseball

Ernie Harwell Day scheduled Friday

Legendary baseball announcer Ernie Harwell will be honored in his hometown of Washington, Ga., with a reception and program Friday to celebrate his induction into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

Harwell, a member of baseball's Hall of Fame, is best known for his 42 years of calling Detroit Tigers games.

The event, featuring a book signing and memorabilia auction, will begin at noon.

Loran Smith will emcee the program featuring a baseball theme, complete with snacks, soft drinks and beer.

Cycling

Defending champ likely to miss tour

Tour de France champion Alberto Contador likely won't get to defend his title after Tour organizers excluded the Astana cycling team from this year's race.

Astana was banned from the race Wednesday because of its past doping issues.


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Area unemployment drops

State labor department figures indicate a slight decline in the unemployment rate for the Augusta metro area for March.
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