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Basketball

Hewitt set to speak at Tip-off luncheon

Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt will be the keynote speaker today at the Greater Augusta Sports Council's College Basketball Pre-season Tip-off at Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites.

The luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. Tickets are $25 for Augusta Sports Council members and $35 for nonmembers. For more information, call (706) 722-8326.

- In San Antonio, Katie Smith and former Josey High School standout Taj McWilliams-Franklin helped Detroit take a first step toward reclaiming the WNBA title by leading the Shock to a 77-69 win over the San Antonio Silver Stars on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals.

Smith scored 25 points and McWilliams-Franklin had 24.

Golf

Kisner two back in Tarheel tournament

In Blythewood, S.C., Aiken native Kevin Kisner shot 4-under-par 68 to remain in third place after two rounds of the Tarheel Tour's Columbia Open at Columbia Country Club.

Kisner is at 10-under 134, two shots behind leader Cory Kaufman (67). Former U.S. Amateur runner-up Luke List (67) is second at 133.

Former USC Aiken golfers Scott Usher (67) and Scott Brown (68) are tied for seventh at 136.

Tour leading money winner David Robinson (70), of Sanders-ville, Ga., and former Augusta State golfer Emmett Turner (71) are tied for 12th at 137.

Volleyball

Augusta State falls in Peach Belt play

In Savannah, Ga., Armstrong Atlantic State swept Augusta State 25-13, 25-11, 25-14 in a Peach Belt Conference match.

Jessica Howard and Amy Hunt had six kills each for Augusta State (8-13, 0-3 PBC).

College Football

Gamecocks, Rebels set for pay-per-view

The South Carolina vs. Missis-sippi game on Saturday will be available on a pay-per-view basis on Comcast.

Because of technical limitations, only Comcast customers in the Augusta, North Augusta, Thomson and Waynesboro, Ga., areas will be able to purchase the 2 p.m. game.

Cost is $24.95 in advance, or $29.95 the day of the game.

Tennis

Loss to cost Serena No. 1 world ranking

In Stuggart, Germany, Serena Williams ' game collapsed after she swept the first set, leaving her with a 0-6, 6-1, 6-4 loss to China's Li Na that will cost her the No. 1 ranking.

By dropping the second-round match at the Porsche Grand Prix, Williams will be overtaken by Jelena Jankovic when the new rankings come out Monday, the WTA said. Williams gained the top spot when she beat Jankovic in the U.S. Open final three weeks ago.

Hockey

Thrashers defeated in preseason game

In Atlanta, Mikael Samuelsson scored two power-play goals and had an assist to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 preseason victory over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Erik Christensen scored for Atlanta (1-3-0).

- Russian forward Alexander Radulov was wrong to sign with a club in his home country while under contract with the Nashville Predators, ice hockey's world governing body ruled.

But the International Ice Hockey Federation said it had no legal basis to suspend him because there is no agreement in place to regulate international transfers.

Running

Champion to defend NYC Marathon title

World record-holder Paula Radcliffe will defend her title at the New York City Marathon.

She pronounced herself healthy, coming off a 23rd-place finish at the Beijing Olympics after injuries hampered her preparation.

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