USC Aiken athletes raise academic bar

USC Aiken student-athletes earned an average GPA of 2.909 for the 2007-08 academic year, the highest mark ever recorded, the school said.

The school also said a record 120 student-athletes (51 percent) earned a 3.00 or higher. Four of them -- Jose Alfaro , Mandy Gerolstein , Keol Newton and Svetlin Penchev -- had perfect 4.0 GPAs for the year.

- Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) will produce Georgia's pay-per-view contest against Georgia Southern on Aug. 30.

Viewers in Georgia can order the game, which kicks off at 12:30 p.m., through their local cable provider for $24.99 prior to Aug. 30 and $29.99 on the day of the game.

- A public memorial service for former Clemson men's soccer coach I.M. Ibrahim will be held today at the Cross Creek Plantation Clubhouse in Seneca.

Ibrahim died Saturday from cardiac arrest. He was 67.

- Clemson outfielder Alex Lee is one of two Division I players transferring to Francis Marion. Coastal Carolina lefty Jeremiah Meiners is also joining the Patriots next season.

- Notre Dame will announce its new athletic director today, with media reports indicating the likely choice would be Indianapolis lawyer Jack Swarbrick .


Shirley tops Coble at Women's Open

In Newnan, Ga., Margaret Shirley of Roswell shot 1-under-par 71 Tuesday to capture her second title in the Yamaha Georgia Women's Open.

Shirley, an amateur and recent Auburn graduate who also won in 2006, had two steady rounds in the 36-hole tournament at the Canongate At SummerGrove Golf Club to finish with 143 -- a shot ahead of first-round leader Laura Coble , the former Augusta State golf coach, and Christy Cheek of Eastman, the low professional.

Coble, the 2004 champion, shot 3-over 75 to go with Monday's 3-under 69. Cheek, who earned $2,600 for her efforts, had back-to-back 72s.

- Golf Lakes Golf Club is the next stop for the Augusta Egolf Amateur Tour on Saturday. A shotgun start will be at 1 p.m.

The entry fee is $65. The fee for guests is $75. Golfers can join the tour at any time during the year for $85. For more information, call Phil Robinson at (706) 414-1170.


Groin injury forces top seed from event

In Kitzbuehel, Austria, top-seeded Andreas Seppi withdrew from the Austrian Open with a groin injury shortly before the start of his opening match against Nicolas Devilder of France.

Second-seeded Rainer Schuettler rallied to beat Andreas Beck of Germany 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain upset third-seeded Agustin Calleri of Argentina 6-4, 6-4.

- In Amersfoort, Netherlands, Philipp Petzschner of Germany beat sixth-seeded Florent Serra 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the Dutch Open.

- In Bad Gastein, Austria, seventh-seeded Iveta Benesova rallied to beat Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4 in the opening round of the Gastein Ladies.


Michigan bank sues Fedorov over loans

A Michigan bank is suing NHL veteran Sergei Fedorov , saying payments have stopped on more than $2 million in loans.

Citizens State Bank filed a lawsuit Monday against Fedorov, a former star with the Detroit Red Wings who now plays for the Washington Capitals.

- Red Wings forward Dallas Drake announced his retirement Tuesday, a month after raising the Stanley Cup for the first time in his 16-year career.

The 39-year-old Drake has 177 goals, 300 assists and 885 penalty minutes in 1,009 regular-season games.

- The Pittsburgh Penguins signed forwards Kris Beech , Ryan Stone and Bill Thomas to one-year contracts.

- The Chicago Blackhawks signed center Colin Fraser and defensemen Aaron Johnson and Doug Janik to one-year contracts.



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