Aiken Tech cruises past Denmark Tech

In Graniteville, Robert Praylo scored 29 points and Lance James added 28 as Aiken Tech defeated Denmark Tech 88-69 Wednesday night.

Antrjuan Albright added 15 points and Mario Parker had 11 for the Knights. Parker also had a team-high 10 rebounds. James added eight.

Akeem Faulk scored 16 points to lead Denmark Tech.

- Candace Parker is expecting her first child this spring, and the WNBA star will keep working out leading to the 2009 season.

The announcement was made by the University of Tennessee, where Parker starred before going on to the Los Angeles Sparks. Her husband is Shelden Williams , of the Sacramento Kings.


Giambi, A's finalize one-year contract

Jason Giambi is returning to his professional baseball roots with the Oakland Athletics.

Giambi and the A's finalized a one-year contract with an option, bringing the free-agent designated hitter and first baseman back to the place he began his big league career.

Giambi, who turns 38 today, follows a line of aging and injury-prone designated hitters in recent years with the A's -- Frank Thomas, Mike Piazza, Mike Sweeney and then Thomas again.

- Marcus Giles' minor league contract was announced by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Giles, a former Atlanta Brave who was out of the majors last year after being released by Colorado in spring training, provides another option for the World Series champions with second baseman Chase Utley and third baseman Pedro Feliz recovering from offseason operations.

Right-handed reliever Gary Majewski, who pitched for Cin-cinnati last year, also agreed to a minor league contract.

- Filmmaker Ken Burns is adding a 10th inning to his nine-part Baseball documentary series that aired in the '90s on public television.

PBS said Wednesday the new film, titled The Tenth Inning , will air in spring 2010, along with a rebroadcast of the original nine-part Baseball documentary series that debuted in 1994. Meanwhile, the series is running Tuesday nights on the new MLB Network.

The new film will track baseball history from 1993 through 2008, beginning where the original series ended, and feature interviews with Felipe Alou , Joe Torre and other baseball figures.


Canadiens record win over Rangers

In New York, Andrei Markov and Robert Lang scored power-play goals 2:08 apart to break open a tight game in the third period and lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers.

There had only been one penalty called before New York's Aaron Voros went off for hooking 2:29 into the third. Tomas Plekanec won the ensuing faceoff over to Markov, who whistled in his sixth goal.


Nadal, Federer earn quarterfinal spots

In Doha, Qatar, top-ranked Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer won in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open.

Nadal defeated Karol Beck , 6-1, 6-2, and Federer stopped Andreas Seppi , 6-3, 6-3. Andy Murray defeated Philipp Petzschner , 6-2, 6-4.

- In Perth, Australia, James Blake's bid for a third Hopman Cup title ended when the U.S. lost mixed doubles to Germany.

The Americans lost 2-1 to Germany when Blake and Meghann Shaughnessy fell to Nicolas Kiefer and Sabine Lisicki , 6-3, 3-6 and 10-7, in the tiebreaker.

- In Hong Kong, Venus Williams and Coco Vandeweghe, of the United States, lost in straight sets to Team Europe at an exhibition tournament.

Top-ranked Jelena Jankovic , of Serbia, and Michelle Larcher de Brito , of Portugal, beat Team Americas, 6-4, 7-5.

- Nikolay Davydenko will miss the Australian Open because of a heel injury that bothered him last season and has caused "unbearable" pain the past two weeks.


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