USC Aiken top seed at PBC Tournament

Regular season champion USC Aiken will be going for its second consecutive title at this weekend's Peach Belt Conference Tournment.

The top-seeded Pacers went a perfect 10-0 in the conference en route to a 22-4 record this year. They will take on either No. 4 seed Francis Marion or No. 5 seed UNC Pembroke in the semifinals Saturday at 7 p.m.

Second-seeded Lander (22-9, 6-4) is playing host to the single-elimination tournament in Greenwood, S.C. The championship game will be held Sunday at 2 p.m.

Augusta State (16-18, 2-8) is the No. 6 seed. The Jaguars will take on third-seeded Armstrong Atlantic State (16-19, 5-5) in the quarterfinals at 11 a.m. Saturday.


Gamecocks' coach might get new deal

The University of South Carolina board of trustees is expected to vote on a new contract for coach Ray Tanner , according to the agenda for a meeting today.

Tanner last had his contract changed in 2005 when he received a two-year extension through 2012. He has coached 11 seasons at South Carolina, which went 46-20 this past season.

- Former Glenn Hills standout Chris Tate , who played for North Greenville, has signed a one-year professional contract with the Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League.

The Otters, who won the league title last year, are affiliated with the Phillies organization.

Auto Racing

Hornish Jr. heading to NASCAR next year

Three-time Indy Car Series champion Sam Hornish Jr. is moving to NASCAR in 2008, joining the mass exodus of open-wheel stars fleeing to America's most popular racing series.

He said he will drive the No. 77 Dodge next season for Penske Racing with Mobil 1 as the sponsor.

Penske will officially introduce Hornish, 28, as the third driver for his NASCAR team on Saturday night at the Penske Racing Museum in Phoenix. He'll join a team that already fields cars for Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman .


Former MVP Lindros ends 13-year career

In his hometown of London, Ontatio, former MVP Eric Lindros officially announced his retirement after 13 seasons.

The 34-year-old center scored 372 goals and had 865 points and 1,398 penalty minutes in 760 games for Philadelphia, Toronto, the New York Rangers and Dallas.

He won the Hart Trophy as league MVP in 1995 and was part of the Canadian Olympic team that won gold in 2002.

Lindros was a free agent and hadn't played this season. He is expected to join the staff of the NHL Players' Association.


Wheelchair team's title defense on tap

The Richmond Stars will try to defend their junior varsity title this weekend at the 12th annual Georgia Indoor Wheelchair Soccer Championships.

The Stars' game is slated to begin Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Schools at Carver in Atlanta. They will be facing the YMCA Mustangs from North Fulton County.

Other teams from around the state will be competing in two varsity semifinals (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.) and the varsity championship (5 p.m.).


Medical seminar is slated for next week

The Augusta Boxing Club and the Sports Medicine Associates of Augusta will hold an open medical seminar at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the club, located on Walton Way.

The topic of discussion will be the disease MRSA and its relation to recreational and competitive sports activities. Dr. Robert Gambrell and athletic trainer Robert Leslie will be conducting the seminar.

For more information, call Tom Moraetes at the Augusta Boxing Club at (706) 733-7533.



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