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College Baseball

Long ball carries Tigers over Dogs

In Athens, Ga., Louisiana State hit three homers in the first three innings to build a 5-0 lead and went on to beat No. 1 Georgia 8-4 on Friday night.

- In Atlanta, Alex White gave up two runs in eight innings and No. 5 North Carolina stopped No. 3 Georgia Tech 4-2.

- In Columbia, Scott Lyons and Zack Cox had homers to lead Arkansas to a 6-4 victory over South Carolina.

- In Clemson, S.C., Ben Paulsen' s three-run homer in the fifth inning put Clemson ahead for good in a 7-3 victory over Duke. Jason Stolz and Kyle Parker added solo homers.

- Instead of the scheduled doubleheader today at Armstrong Atlantic in Savannah, Ga., USC Aiken and the Pirates will play a single game at 3 p.m. today and a doubleheader starting at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

College Basketball

Gamecocks guard earns scholarship

South Carolina senior guard Brionna Dickerson has won a Southeastern Conference postgraduate scholarship honoring her community service.

Dickerson, who is from Columbia, and Auburn's Andrew Smith were picked as winners of the Brad Davis Southeastern Conference Community Service scholarships. The SEC announced the $6,000 awards on Friday.

Dickerson and Smith were chosen by a committee of faculty athletic representatives from SEC schools.

Tennis

Federer's temper flares in latest loss

Roger Federer is losing his temper as well as matches.

Battling a long slump, Federer angrily broke his racket in Key Biscayne, Fla., en route to a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 loss to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals at the Sony Ericsson Open.

"It has been a tough last year or so," a red-eyed Federer said shortly after the match.

Federer has endured wrenching defeats in recent Grand Slams, including a loss in February at the Australian Open that left him sobbing.

The beneficiary was the No. 3-seeded Djokovic, winner of the 2007 title.

He'll play in the final Sunday against No. 4-seeded Andy Murray , who became the tournament's first British finalist by beating No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 5-7, 6-2.

"If both of us play well, it will be a great match," said Murray, who is 56-7 since July. "I'm hitting the ball well, and I'll try to do the same thing in the final."

Top-ranked Serena Williams will bid for a record sixth Key Biscayne title today, against No. 11 Victoria Azarenka .

Horse Racing

Unwritten runs win streak to five races

Unwritten extended his winning streak to five, beating Band of Thunder by 63/4 lengths in the $46,550 allowance feature at sloppy Aqueduct.

Everything broke Unwritten's way in the latest victory. The field scratched down to only four runners. The rainy conditions also enhanced the 5-year-old gelding's chances, as four of his 10 career victories have come on wet tracks.

College Football

Player paralyzed in 1979 dies at age 49

Former Baylor defensive back Kyle Woods , paralyzed from the neck down during a practice in 1979, has died. He was 49.

Woods had a heart attack on March 22 and never regained consciousness. He died Thursday at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center.

"Kyle Woods is an icon and beloved member of the Baylor family who will be remembered for his warm friendship, perseverance through tragedy and being a source of inspiration to all of us," said Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw. "He will always hold a special place in both our hearts and Baylor Athletics history.

As a 19-year-old sophomore from Dallas, Woods fractured his neck and severely damaged his spinal cord while making a tackle during a Baylor practice in 1979.

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