High School Football


McCormick places 6 on all-region team

McCormick senior running back Jerel Franklin headlined a six-pack of Chiefs selected to the South Carolina High School League All-Region 1-A team.

Linebacker Zack McDuffie , defensive back Thaddeus Simmons , quarterback Tybias Williams , and offensive linemen Nazwell Perrin and Willie Hardy joined Franklin on the team, which was announced this week.

McCormick finished with a 3-8 record this season.

Auto Racing

No penalty for team guilty in spy scandal

In Monte Carlo, Monaco, Renault was not penalized despite being found guilty of having confidential information about Formula One rival McLaren.

In September, McLaren was fined $100 million for using confidential data from Ferrari.

In the latest allegations in F1's spy scandal, the World Motor Sport Council summoned Renault team officials to face accusations that the team had unauthorized access to details on McLaren's cars.

In a statement on its Web site, the sport's governing body said it "found Renault F1 to be in breach of article 151c of the International Sporting Code but imposed no penalty."

The decision could make it easier for Fernando Alonso to return to Renault after quitting McLaren in the off-season. The Spanish driver won the F1 world title with Renault in 2005 and 2006.


Time running out on America's Cup talks

In Madrid, Spain, Alinghi has been unwilling to hold talks regarding the organization of the next America's Cup, BMW Oracle Racing's home yacht club said.

"Time is running out," Golden Gate Yacht Club spokesman Tom Ehman said. "Our designers and builders need to know what sort of boat we will be racing in and where."

The American syndicate wrote to its Swiss counterpart after a court ruled on Nov. 27 that Alinghi, the defending champion, must negotiate the format and rules of the next America's Cup with BMW Oracle Racing since the original challenger of record -- Spanish syndicate Desafio Espanol -- was invalid.


Kazakh rider gets banned for doping

In Astana, Kazakhstan, Alexandre Vinokourov was banned one year by the Kazakhstan cycling federation for doping.

The ban was announced by Vinokourov's former Astana team in a statement on its Web site.

Vinokourov and his Astana teammates were forced out of the Tour de France in July when he tested positive for a banned blood transfusion after winning the 13th stage.

Astana fired Vinokourov after his "B" sample confirmed the results. His ban will run through July 2008.


Skelton set to fight unbeaten Chagaev

Matt Skelton will challenge Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA heavyweight title in January.

The fight, set for Jan. 19 in Duesseldorf, Germany, was announced in London by Skelton's (21-1) promoter, Frank Warren .

The unbeaten Chagaev (22-0-1) took the title from Nikolai Valuev in April. He also gained a split decision over John Ruiz in November 2006 to get a shot at Valuev.

Women's College Basketball

School should lose 79 wins, panel says

The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team should lose all 79 of its victories during the four-year tenure of former coach B.J. Smith , an NCAA committee has ruled.

The NCAA Committee on Infractions also decided that Southeast should have its 2006 NCAA tournament appearance taken away.

The university is appealing the ruling. Smith has asked for a full hearing, which will take place no earlier than April.


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