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Arena Football Pioneers sign two

Pioneers Coach Rich Ingold added two more players to the his roster for the 2007 season in Jason Williams and Troy Blackwell.

Williams, a 6-foot, 190-pound wide receiver and defensive back from the University of Connecticut, led all receivers in receptions, touchdowns and total yards in his senior season.

At 6-9, 305-pounds, Blackwell played all four years of his college career at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. In his senior season, he recorded 42 tackles (24 unassisted) and 3 sacks.


College Soccer Men’s final set

Sophomore Eric Avila scored the deciding goal on UC-Santa Barbara’s fifth penalty kick and the unseeded Gauchos beat Wake Forest 4-3 in the tiebreaker Saturday to advance to the College Cup final.

Santa Barbara will face UCLA today. The Bruins are seeking their fifth title and second in five years while the Gauchos are trying to win their first.

Santa Barbara (17-7-0) began its celebration after freshman Zack Schilawski kicked his shot well over the cross bar for second-seeded Wake Forest (18-4-3).

The teams played to a scoreless tie through regulation and two 10-minute overtimes though both had had plenty of chances. Through the 110 minutes of play, they combined for 27 shots with nine on goal.

UNC downs UCLA

Casey Nogueira scored in the 84th minute to break a scoreless tie and help North Carolina beat UCLA 2-0 on Friday in the first game of the NCAA Women’s College Cup.

The freshman scored from about 30 yards out after taking a pass from Yael Averbuch in front of the box on the left side and juking past a UCLA defender. Nogueira beat Bruins goalkeeper Valerie Henderson just inside the right post.

Carolina senior Heather O’Reilly tacked on an insurance goal two minutes later on a header in traffic right in front of the goal. Averbuch assisted on that goal as well.

The Tar Heels (26-1) will play for their 18th national championship today against either Notre Dame or Florida State.

Golf Furyk leads by three

Jim Furyk shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Nedbank Challenge.

Through three rounds, Furyk is at 14-under 202, three shots ahead of Padraig Harrington, who shot a 7-under 65.

Furyk stretched his bogey-free run to 54 at the Gary Player Country Club.

The American promised more of the same in the final round Sunday.

Harrington shot five consecutive birdies from No. 3 to No. 7, and added two more at 9 and 13. He nearly added a birdie on 13, but his 8-foot putt just missed.

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