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College Basketball

Unbeaten Jaguars move up to fourth

Augusta State moved up one spot, to fourth, in the latest NABC/Coaches Poll.

The Jaguars, who debuted at No. 6 in the first regular-season poll and improved to No. 5 last week, are off to a 6-0 start. It's the program's best start since the 1972-73 season.

Central Missouri is ranked No. 1 and Valdosta State No. 2. However, the poll does not reflect Valdosta State's loss to Columbia State on Monday.

High School Football

Musketeers' QB is region's top player

Region 3-AAAA football coaches voted Richmond Academy quarterback Mar-Quon Medlock their offensive player of the year Tuesday.

Medlock, a senior, rebounded from midseason injuries to his back and ankle to help Richmond Academy advance to the postseason and win the school's first state playoff game since 1970.

Hephzibah linebacker Bobby Liggins was the region's defensive player of the year. Liggins, a senior, nearly led the Rebels to their first region title.

The Rebels finished fourth after leading the region for most of the season.

Lakeside coach Jody Grooms , who led the Panthers to a school-record 10 wins and their first region title, was named coach of the year.

Hephzibah kicker Dustin Dekert was the specialist of the year.

Hall of Fame

Tennis star Smith heads class of 2010

Grand Slam tennis champion Stan Smith and Houston Texas owner Bob McNair head a group of eight named to the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.

Smith won the U.S. Open in 1971 and Wimbledon a year later.

Others in the 2010 class announced Tuesday are former Clemson and NBA standout Horace Grant and Olympic gold-medal winning swimmer Courtney Shealy Hart .

Former major leaguer Wayne Tolleson of Spartanburg, ex-Clemson offensive lineman Joe Bostic , Furman men's tennis coach Paul Scarpa and former South Carolina defensive back Bill Currier also were named to the hall.

The group will be inducted into the hall May 24.

Softball

Thomson tandem are All-State picks

Thomson High's Hannah Wilson and Heather Shivers have been named to the Class AAA All-State first team.

Wilson has verbally committed to play for the University of Georgia.

- Swainsboro's Gabrielle Story is one of seven players to sign national letters of intent to play for Georgia Southern University.

Story, an infielder, played at David Emanuel Academy, where she was a three-time All-State pick.

Soccer

U.S. defender back after 3-month layoff

American defender Jay DeMerit has returned from a three-month layoff caused by an eye injury.

The 30-year-old from Green Bay, Wis., played the second half Monday night as Watford defeated Queens Park Rangers 3-1 in England's No. 2 division, the League Championship.

DeMerit had not played since Aug. 29 and had surgery Oct. 17 to replace a cornea that became infected when dust or grit became stuck under a contact lens.

Cycling

Spanish rider gets suspension for EPO

Spanish cyclist Eladio Jimenez has been provisionally suspended by the International Cycling Union after testing positive for EPO.

The drug was found in a doping test the 33-year-old Spanish rider took on Aug. 12, after he won the sixth stage of the Tour of Portugal for the CC Loule team. Jimenez, who was poised to join American cycling team Rock Racing in 2010.

1984

Eric Dickerson of the Los Angeles Rams rushes for 215 yards and two touchdowns against the Houston Oilers, breaking O.J. Simpson's NFL single-season rushing record of 2,003 yards.


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