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Football

Brinkley brothers to sign autographs

Former Thomson High School standouts Casper and Jasper Brinkley will hold an autograph session today at Ann Taylor Certified Pre-Owned Car and Truck Sales on Washington Road.

The event will be from noon to 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The dealership is located at 3212 Washington Road, across from Warren Baptist Church.

The twin brothers played in college at South Carolina. Casper was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 2008, and Jasper was taken by the Minnesota Vikings in this year's draft.

Golf

Georgia's Henley leads the Dogwood

In Atlanta, Georgia golfer Russell Henley is the leader at the halfway mark of the Dogwood Invitational at Druid Hills Golf Club.

Henley, of Macon, has shot 69-68 and is at 7-under 137. He's one shot up on Alex Martin (73-65).

Augusta's Michael Green (72-70--142) and Augusta State golfer Mitch Krywulycz (71-71--142) are tied for 12th. Augustans Brian Carter (69-77--146) and Lee Knox (76-70--146) are tied for 36th.

Colleges

League recognizes Jags for academics

Seventy-two Augusta State student-athletes have been named to the 2009 Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll, an increase for the Jaguars for the fourth year in a row.

The honor roll recognizes student-athletes who had a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the academic year. In all, 836 student-athletes from 11 member institutions made the honor roll.

- Augusta State has signed volleyball player Lagi Roberts , an outside hitter from Columbus, Ga., head coach Sharon Bonventure announced. Roberts will join the program this fall.

- Aiken native Milledge Austin and Brendan Robertson have joined the staff of the USC Aiken sports information office. Both are recent graduates of the university.

Soccer

Guidelines take aim at racism in Europe

European soccer authorities have approved new guidelines for referees to act against racism in stadiums. The governing body also said games could be called off because of offensive chants.

UEFA's executive committee put in place procedures that take effect immediately.

A referee should first demand over the public address system that fans stop their racist behavior. If they fail to do so, the game should be suspended for five to 10 minutes, with the teams sent to the locker rooms. If the racism persists once play resumes, the game should be abandoned.

Horse Racing

Dance Gal Dance prevails at Belmont

Dance Gal Dance shook off early pressure, pulling clear in midstretch for a 41/4-length victory in the $67,450 Wandering Cloud Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares at Belmont Park.

Rajiv Maragh guided the 4-year-old to her fifth win in seven starts. The time was 1:11 for the six furlongs on the fast track.

- I'll Show Them rallied from third in the final furlong to win the $50,000 feature by one length at Hollywood Park. Ridden by Martin Garcia , I'll Show Them ran one mile on the turf in 1:34.01.

Rowing

British Olympic duo win Henley Regatta

In Henley, England, British Olympic champions Andy Hodge and Peter Reed easily defeated Andrew Walker and John Huppi from Tulane Rowing Association in the Silver Goblet event for international coxless pairs at Henley Royal Regatta.

Hodge and Reed powered to an early lead that they never relinquished.

In the same event, Max French and Pete Stevens, of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, lost by five lengths to their English opponents from Oxford Brookes University and alumni club Taurus.


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Judge denies request to delay sales tax vote

A superior court judge denied a request Wednesday from a Richmond County citizen seeking a court order to postpone the May 20 special purpose local option sales tax referendum.
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