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GreenJackets fall to Hot Rods on road

In Bowling Green, Ky., Anthony Scelfo and Jacob Jefferies had two hits apiece and Justin Reynolds added a solo home run to lead the Bowling Green Hot Rods to a 4-2 win over the Augusta GreenJackets on Friday.

Juan Perez went 2-for-4 with a double and scored once for the GreenJackets, who went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

The teams split their four-game series.

- In Columbia, South Carolina went deep three times in the first three innings and starter Sam Dyson went 8w innings in an 8-5 win over Vanderbilt in the opener of the teams' three-game series.

Jackie Bradley , Jr., Nick Ebert and Justin Dalles had homers for the Gamecocks (28-18, 10-12 SEC).

- In Atlanta, sophomore Deck McGuire scattered two hits over seven innings and Georgia Tech (29-11-1) belted five home runs to down Presbyterian, 16-2.

Golf

Waters heads field at Regions opener

Former Greenbrier golfer Chris Waters is defending his title in the Regions Cup season opener, which begins today at Mount Vintage Plantation.

Waters shot 72-72 last year to win the Sunbelt Nissan Golf Capital Invitational by two shots over Augusta State men's golf coach Josh Gregory .

Gregory isn't playing this year, but two of his top players -- Carter Newman and Taylor Floyd -- are entered.

Lance Jones , last years's senior division winner is entered, as are Glen Hurt and George Bullard . Jones beat Hurt and Bullard on the third hole of sudden death.

Football

Peppers no-show at Panthers' minicamp

Disgruntled defensive end Julius Peppers was a no-show at the start of the Carolina Panthers' three-day minicamp.

The stalemate continued Friday with the four-time Pro Bowl selection, who wants to play elsewhere. The Panthers have placed the franchise tag on him, limiting his options in free agency.

- Minnesota Vikings first-round draft pick Percy Harvin was hospitalized in Atlanta because of severe dehydration. The former Florida wide receiver was on his way to the team's weekend rookie minicamp.

- The New York Jets signed 17 undrafted free agents to participate in their rookie minicamp, including former Georgia fullback Brannan Southerland .

- Georgia Tech AD Dan Radakovich said Georgia Tech will play coach Paul Johnson's former team, Georgia Southern, for the first time in 2015. The game will be played in Atlanta.

Johnson coached the Eagles for five years and won I-AA national championships in 1999 and 2000.

Tennis

Federer, Nadal post Rome Masters wins

In Rome, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic posted straight-set wins to set up a semifinal meeting in the Rome Masters, and three-time champion Rafael Nadal advanced in the other half of the draw.

Nadal beat eighth-seeded Fernando Verdasco , 6-3, 6-3, improving to 8-0 against his fellow Spaniard, and will next play the winner of a late match between No. 12 Fernando Gonzalez and Argentine qualifier Juan Monaco .

- ln Stuttgart, Germany, Flavia Pennetta rallied to upset defending champion Jelena Jankovic 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 at the Porsche GP, lining up a semifinal with top-ranked Dinara Safina .

Safina beat eighth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-2.

Cycling

Armstrong comes in third at time trial

Lance Armstrong placed third in the Tour of the Gila's third stage, a time trial that started and finished in the mining village of Tyrone, N.M. He covered the hilly 16-mile course in 34 minutes, 22 seconds.

Armstrong's teammate, Levi Leipheimer , won in 31:32.59 and remained the overall leader. The Astana team riders are using the Gila race to prepare for next week's Giro d'Italia.


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