CSU softball games canceled

From staff, wire reportsMarch 2, 2013 

Spartanburg, S.C. -- Day 2 of the Mid-South Classic was canceled due to inclement weather.

Columbus State was scheduled to play Carson-Newman, Catawba and Mansfield.

The Lady Cougars are scheduled to play three games Sunday: Wingate (10 a.m.), Brevard (noon) and Newberry (4 p.m.).

CSU (9-9) beat Ohio Dominican 6-0 on Day 1 of the tournament Friday night to end a five-game losing streak.

Kori Waugh hit the first pitch of the game for a homer. Casey Googe singled and later scored on Kristen Carr's single.

Waugh reached on a two-base error by the left fielder in the fifth. Branigan Wix hit her first career homer for a 4-0 lead.

After Waugh doubled in the seventh, Googe hit her third homer of the season.

Mollie Russell (4-5) earned the win as she allowed only two hits and struck out nine.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Pacelli's Otis Lewis earns region honors

Pacelli's Otis Lewis was named the Region 4-A boys Offensive Player of the Year in voting by the league's coaches.

Marion County's Dwanna Carter was named the girls Coach of the Year.

Earning first-team honors for the boys were Brookstone's Duncan Fletcher and Fred Davies and Marion County's Lorenzo Smothers. On the second team were Brookstone's Drew Lingo, Pacelli's Bryan Foster and Marion County's Jalen Brown and Trae Swanson.

Earning first-team honors for the girls were Brookstone's Neshia Thomas, Pacelli's Colleen Gottfried and Marion County's Aisha Ansley, Jada Gardner and Chelsea Haynes. On the second team were Brookstone's Naeisha McClain and Rachel Moore and Marion County's Aiyanna Crumbley.

TENNIS

Gulbis upsets Haas to reach Delray Beach final

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Qualifier Ernests Gulbis upset of second-seeded Tommy Haas in three sets on Saturday to reach the final of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships.

Gulbis, ranked 109th in the world, won 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (2) to move into a tournament final for the first time since 2011, when he won in Los Angeles.

His other title came here in 2010.

Gulbis, from Latvia, is the fifth qualifier to reach the Delray Beach finals. The others were Marinko Matosevic of Australia (2012), Evgeny Korolev 0f Uzbekistan in 2009, Kei Nishikori of Japan in 2008, Alex Calatrava of Spain in 2000 and Andrew Ilie of Australia in 1998.

Gulbis will play the winner of Saturday night's semifinal between top-seeded John Isner and Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France.

Djokovic beats Berdych in Dubai final

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Novak Djokovic rallied from a break down in the first set to win his fourth Dubai Championships title in five years on Saturday, downing third-seeded Tomas Berdych 7-5, 6-3.

The top-ranked Djokovic extended his unbeaten streak this year to 13 matches, which included his third straight Australian Open title. He's won 13 of their last 14 meetings en route to his 36th career title.

"It was never going to be an easy final for either one of us," Djokovic said. "Tomas is a fantastic player. He has been around the tour and was a Grand Slam finalist (at Wimbledon). ... I'm just fortunate to go through."

In an early display of power tennis, the sixth-ranked Czech used blistering groundstrokes and a serve that approached 132 mph. He hit a crosscourt winner to break Djokovic and go up 3-2 in the first set and extended it to 4-2 with another crosscourt winner.

But errors began creeping into the Czech's game and Djokovic took advantage.

The Serb broke to draw even when Berdych missed an easy volley winner and then saved three break points to make it 5-4. Djokovic broke Berdych a second time to win the set when the Czech made three unforced errors and finished with a double-fault.

"Well, I just wanted to hang in there and just try to wait for my chance to come back to the match. When it was presented, I took it," Djokovic said. "He basically gave me that break on 4-3 when he missed an easy volley. But still, I fought it and I believed I can come back, and that's I think something that can eventually decide the winner in these kind of matches."

Djokovic broke to go up 5-3 in the second when Berdych hit a foreland long, and then saved a break point in the next game before clinching the victory with a forehand winner.

LATE FRIDAY

Cottonmouths lose to Louisiana

LAFAYETTE, La. -- The Columbus Cottonmouths lost for the second night in a row to Louisiana, this one a 3-1 decision on Friday night at the Cajundome.

Mark Thornburn gave the Snakes a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 4:24 of the first period.

Louisiana's Jeremy Boyer scored twice in the opening period, at 14:09 and again at 19:31.

Jordan Freeman added a goal in the third period for the IceGators, who continue to lead the SPHL standings.

Columbus played at the Mississippi Surge on Saturday night.

-- From staff, wire reports

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