Columbus takes third in tournament

October 5, 2013 

Columbus takes third in tournament

ROSWELL, Ga. -- The Columbus Lady Blue Devils went 5-2 at the Blessed Trinity Invitational Saturday. Columbus fell to host Blessed Trinity in the first match 26-24, 25-21, beat Blythewood in the second match 25-15, 25-20, defeated North Oconee 25-13, 25-10, and topped Starr's Mill 25-11, 25-16 in the fourth match.

Columbus won a close game against Northgate 25-23, 25-22 in the fifth match and downed Westminster 25-20, 25-23 in the sixth. It was Chattahoochee that put the Lady Blue Devils out with a close 28-26, 29-27 win. Columbus placed third out of 12 teams.Saturday at Blessed Trinity

Leaders: Columbus-- Brianna Gogins 47 kills, 8 blocks, 2 aces, 9 digs, assist; Chardonee Hayes 41 kills, 8 blocks, 2 digs; Natalie Twyford 34 kills, 2 blocks, 3 aces, 33 digs; Ki'Anna Duncan 65 digs, 9 aces, 2 kills, 4 assist; Madison Fleming 141 assists, 7 aces, 2 kills, 4 blocks, 33 digs. Records: Columbus--34-14. Next match: Shaw at Columbus in area tournament Tuesday, 4 p.m.

GOLF

Americans assured lead in Presidents Cup

DUBLIN, Ohio -- The Americans are assured of being in the lead going into the final round of the rain-plagued Presidents Cup.

Zach Johnson holed out from the 15th fairway for eagle to complete a swift turnaround and give the Americans yet another point. That was the only foursomes match that finished before it became too dark to continue Saturday at Muirfield Village. But this much was clear -- the Americans are in control and have been the whole way.

Feng takes 1-stroke lead at Reignwood Classic

BEIJING -- Chinese golfer Shanshan Feng shot a 9-under 64 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Reignwood LPGA Classic in Beijing.

Feng carded nine birdies in a bogey-free round for a total of 21-under 198, just ahead of American Stacy Lewis.

Feng is the only Chinese major winner, and was in a two-way duel with Lewis all day before grabbing the outright lead with a birdie on 16. Both players added birdies on the final two holes.

TENNIS

Nadal to return to No. 1 with China Open win

BEIJING -- Rafael Nadal is guaranteed to supplant Novak Djokovic atop the rankings after advancing to the final of the China Open on Saturday when Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic retired due to an injury.

The Spaniard was a break up at 4-2 in the opening set of their semifinal match when Berdych retired soon after taking an injury timeout. Nadal, who improved to 27-0 on hard courts this season, will return to the No. 1 ranking for the first time since July 2011. Djokovic has been No. 1 for 101 weeks.

Del Potro, Raonic advance to Japan Open final

TOKYO -- Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro overcame Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (7), 7-6 (1) on Saturday to reach the final of the Japan Open.

Del Potro hit 12 aces to dispatch the sixth-seeded Spaniard and set up a final with third-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada, who beat Ivan Dodig of Croatia 7-6 (4), 6-1 in Saturday's first semifinal.

Del Potro is seeking his third title of the season following wins in Rotterdam and Washington.

BOXING

Klitschko beats Povetkin to retain titles

MOSCOW -- Wladimir Klitschko retained his WBA and IBF heavyweight titles Saturday night, unanimously outpointing previously undefeated Alexander Povetkin.

Klitschko knocked down Povetkin three times in the seventh round..

LATE FRIDAYHIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Jordan falls to Bowdon

BOWDON, Ga. --The Bowdon High School football team cruised to another decisive region win Friday night with a 58-19 win over Jordan at Warren P. Sewell Field.

The No. 10 Red Devils (6-0, 4-0 Region 5-AA) got on the Red Jackets (1-5, 1-3) early and came away with another big victory.

-- By Corey Cusick, The Times-Georgian

Heard County downs ChattCo 56-7

FRANKLIN, Ga. -- In what could have been a trap game, the Heard County High School football team came through with a convincing, 56-7 win against Chattahoochee County on Friday night at Staples Stadium in Franklin..

-- By Corey Cusick, The Times-Georgian

SOFTBALL

Columbus splits with Whitewater

The Columbus Lady Blue Devils went 1-1 with Whitewater Friday at Columbus State University.

The Lady Blue Devils won the first game 4-3 before falling 7-3 in the nightcap.

April Hardin hit an RBI single followed by a two-run home run by Sydney Sprague in the bottom of the fifth in game one. Whitewater tied the game in the top of the seventh, but Hillary Waters hit in a walk-off RBI single.

A big fifth inning by Whitewater sealed its 7-3 win in the nightcap.

Neither team scored until the fifth inning of the nightcap, when two runs were scored on a throwing error followed by a two-run home run by Whitewater.

In the bottom of the inning Lexie Stohr got Columbus on the board with an RBI double to right field that scored Waters. This score remained until the top of the seventh when Whitewater added three insurance runs on a two-run home run and an RBI double.

Whitewater walked in two runs for Columbus in the bottom of the inning, but any further rally was quelled.

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