USC Aiken finishes sixth in its opener

In Kiawah Island, S.C., 10th-ranked USC Aiken opened its 2009-10 season with a sixth-place finish in the 15-team Kiawah Island Invitational.

The Pacers closed with 5-over-par 293 to finish at 14-over 590 in the 36-hole event. Georgia College & State won it with 571.

Kevin Grady and Fred Schulte led the Pacers with top-10 individual finishes. They tied for ninth place at 1-over 145, as Grady had 74-71 and Schulte 73-72.

Rounding out the team, Justin Thompson had 73-76--149; Gaines Milliner shot 77-75--152 and Mitchell McGlamery turned in 81-75--156.

Auto Racing

Mayfield files suit against stepmother

Suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his estranged stepmother over the 2007 death of his father.

The suit, filed Sept. 4 in North Carolina Superior Court, does not allege how Lisa Mayfield was involved in her husband's death. It only claims her "intentional actions" played a direct role in Terry Mayfield' s death.

A police investigation determined Terry Mayfield died from a suicidal gunshot wound to the chest.

Horse Racing

Dutrow must serve 30-day suspension

The trainer of the 2008 Kentucky Derby winner will serve a 30-day suspension after reaching a settlement with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

Rick Dutrow 's horse, Salute the Count , tested positive for a breathing stimulant in May 2008 after another race at Churchill Downs. He was first suspended in July but appealed, leading to Tuesday's settlement.

The suspension runs from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15 as part of the settlement.

Dutrow won the 2008 Kentucky Derby with Big Brown .

Big Brown never violated a drug rule, but Dutrow was widely criticized when he acknowledged the horse had the then-legal steroid stanozolol in his bloodstream during his 2008 Derby and Preakness victories.


Heat's Riley stands behind star Beasley

Michael Beasley is in daily contact with the Miami Heat and is working out under the direction of team personnel, with plans of being with the team when training camp begins later this month.

Speaking about Beasley for the first time since the 20-year-old entered a Houston rehabilitation facility in August, Heat president Pat Riley said Tuesday that he's "confident ... very confident" Beasley will have a strong season for Miami and insisted he still strongly believes in the No. 2 overall pick from the 2008 draft.

- The Portland Trail Blazers signed rookie Jeff Pendergraph a day before the forward is set to have hip surgery.


$50 million offer is made by Canadian

Canadian billionaire James Balsillie has offered the city of Glendale, Ariz., $50 million to quiet its objections to his bid to buy the Phoenix Coyotes and move the team to Hamilton, Ontario.


Beckham plans to 'go on loan' again

David Beckham says AC Milan and "three or four" other clubs are interested in signing him in January after the Major League Soccer season ends.

Beckham wants to remain in top shape for the World Cup in South Africa at the end of the 2009-10 European season.


Spanish leader gets hometown welcome

In Murcia, Spain, Simon Gerrans, of Australia, won the 10th stage of the Spanish Vuelta and Alejandro Valverde kept the overall lead in front of cheering crowds in his hometown.



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