Our network

Auburn Eliminates Georgia At SEC Tournament

HOOVER, ALA -- Auburn held off a late charge by Georgia and eliminated the Bulldogs from the SEC Tournament, posting a 3-2 win at Regions Park Wednesday.

Auburn (31-27) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first. Jay Gonzalez led off the game with a walk and then registered his SEC-leading 29th stolen base. Bulldog senior Michael Palazzone retired the next two Tigers before Justin Bryant drew a walk. First baseman Patrick Savage lined a single under the glove of Palazzone and in to centerfield to score Gonzalez. Then, he came back to strike out Zach Alvord to keep it a one-run affair.

Community Sponsors

Taboada Reaches Milestone As Three Bulldogs Advance

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia senior Ignacio Taboada won the 100th singles match of his career as he was one of three Bulldog men's tennis players to notch wins on the first day of the 2012 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships singles tournament that began Wednesday in Athens.

Taboada as well as fellow seniors Wil Spencer and Sadio Doumbia won their opening matches to mark just the third time in UGA history in which three Bulldogs are headed to the singles second round and the first since 2007. Georgia also sent three players into the second round in 1998.

The win marked the first singles victories for all three players, while it was Taboada's first career trip to the individual tournament.

Bulldogs Fall in Singles Championships

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia senior Chelsey Gullickson and sophomore Maho Kowase were both eliminated in the NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championships Tuesday afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

Gullickson fell to Southern California's No. 26 Maria Santamaria 6-3, 6-2. Gullickson, ranked seventh in the country, wraps up her Georgia singles career with a 124-34 mark. She was a six-time All-American and the 2010 NCAA Singles champion.

Kowase was bested in three sets by Texas' No. 40 Aeriel Ellis, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1. The Georgia sophomore, ranked No. 58, got off to a quick start, winning the first set after breaking Ellis' serve twice. In the second set, after fighting off three match points, Ellis forced a tiebreak that she would go onto win, 7-5. In the deciding set, Ellis got an early break, and didn't look back, topping Kowase 6-1.

Kowase finishes the season with a 25-8 record, including 11-4 against ranked opponents.

Isner, Simon, Almagro, Baker move into Nice quarters

Nice, France (Sports Network) - Top seeds John Isner, Gilles Simon and reigning champion Nicolas Almagro were among Wednesday's second-round winners, while a big upset came when American qualifier Brian Baker ousted fourth- seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils at the $505,000 Nice Open.

The 6-foot-9 American Isner smacked 13 aces in sneaking past capable Belgian Xavier Malisse 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5), while the heavy French crowd favorite Simon subdued Bulgarian qualifier Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 6-3 on the red clay at Nice Lawn Tennis Club.

Meanwhile, a third-seeded Almagro, of Spain, got past France's Edouard Roger- Vasselin 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 at this final French Open tune-up.

Almagro beat Romanian Victor Hanescu in last year's Nice finale.

The 27-year-old Baker stunned Monfils in 6-3, 7-6 (11-9) fashion in 1 hour, 31 minutes.

Community Sponsors

Demolition nears for historic dorm at UGA

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Construction crews have fenced off a historic dormitory at the University of Georgia to prepare for its demolition.

University spokesman Tom Jackson tells The Athens Banner-Herald that the demolition of 159-bed Rutherford Hall will probably begin in the first full week of June.

In November, a Board of Regents' committee approved plans to tear down the 72-year-old dorm to build a new residence hall.

UGA President Michael Adams has said the historic building isn't a good candidate for renovations and needs to be razed.

Rutherford Hall was built in 1939. It was named after Mildred "Millie" Rutherford, principal of a secondary school for girls in Athens.

The new four-story dorm, which will also be called Rutherford Hall, is set to open in time for the fall semester of 2013.

Clarke Central ranks in top 6% of US high schools

ATHENS, Ga. -- The Washington Post has named Clarke Central High School on of the leading high schools in the nation in their annual High School Challenge. 

"Being listed as one of the top high schools is a recognition I am pleased to share with the entire Clarke Central High School community," said Principal Robbie Hooker. "It is an honor to be nationally recognized for preparing our students to be successful in a post-secondary experience."

Clarke Central was among 110 Georgia high school named to the ranking and was listed in the top 6%. 

Bulldogs Fall To Pepperdine In Quarterfinals

ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia men's tennis team narrowly dropped the doubles point and could never fully steal the momentum away from seventh-seeded Pepperdine as the Bulldogs fell 4-3 to the Waves in the NCAA Championships quarterfinal round at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex Sunday evening, in front of an announced attendance of 3,167.

Georgia - which entered as the two-seed - watches its season come to a close with an overall record of 26-3 and a 34th SEC championship in the books. The Bulldogs were playing in their 34th overall NCAA tournament, but fail to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2009. Still, Georgia maintains a record of 90-29 all-time in the tournament.