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Local Roundup: SHS football season tickets on sale

    Statesboro High opens its 2013 football season on Friday, Aug. 30, against Lakeside-Evans at Womack Field and season tickets for all five home games are now on sale.
    The reserved seat season tickets are good for all regular season home games, including Burke County on Sept. 20, and Swainsboro on Oct. 4. Season ticket holders also can use the hospitality services, which includes food, soft drinks and water on game nights.
    Tickets are available weekdays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the athletic ticket office at the high school. Call Susan Beasley at (912) 212-8860 if you have any questions.

Isner advances to Atlanta final
    ATLANTA (AP) — Top-seeded John Isner beat seventh-seeded Lleyton Hewitt 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5) on Saturday to reach the Atlanta Open final.
    The 6-foot-9 American will play the winner of the night match between second-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa and 21-year-old American Ryan Harrison.
    Isner improved his ATP-best tiebreaker record to 24-6 for the season.
    In all three Isner-Hewitt meetings in 2013, Isner has won the first set. In the two previous matches, the Australian rallied to win the next two and, for a while Saturday, it looked as if the formula might repeat.
    Isner's service game was impeccable in the first set, when he took the only break by passing Hewitt with a scorching forehand. Hewitt then began figuring out the serves and broke Isner twice in the second set.
    In the third, the players stayed on serve until the tiebreaker. There, with Hewitt serving, Isner took a 6-5 lead when he played a backhand slice shot at the net that Hewitt could not reach. Moments later, Hewitt could not return an Isner serve.
    Isner fell in the Atlanta Open finals to Mardy Fish in 2010 and '11.
    Hewitt is 5-6 in tiebreakers.