USC Aiken hangs on to defeat Wingate

In Aiken, Hannah DeGraffin-reed had 19 points and Catherine Cain added 18 to lead USC Aiken to a 75-71 win over Wingate in the Pacers' home opener Monday night.

USC Aiken (4-1) held on for the win after leading 48-35 at the break. The Pacers open Peach Belt Conference play Wednesday at Francis Marion.

C.C. Brooks scored a game-high 20 points for Wingate.

- Augusta State guard Ben Madgen has been named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week. He averaged 21 points, six rebounds and five assists in the Jaguars' wins over Life and Lenoir-Rhyne.

Madgen also moved into third place on the conference's all-time scoring list with 1,737. He is 126 behind former Francis Marion standout Carlton Farr .

- Pacers basketball player Michael Technow was named the USC Aiken Athletic Department's Student-Athlete of the Week.

Technow, a sophomore from Boca Raton, Fla., had a team-high 22 points and 10 rebounds in an 87-74 loss to No. 4 Florida Southern on Saturday.

- In Aiken, Dajuwan Carter scored 13 points and Casey Arnold added 10 points and eight rebounds to help Aiken Tech beat Georgia Perimeter 55-49. Curtis Trotter had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Georgia Perimeter.


Johnson doles out grants to schools

NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson awarded nearly $1 million in education grants to school districts in California, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

Johnson, who wrapped up his record fourth consecutive Sprint Cup championship in the Nov. 22 season finale, received more than 80 applications from schools in districts both he and his wife, Chandra , attended, and in the greater Charlotte area, where they live.

The grants from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation totaled $922,000. In all, 26 schools across the three states received a grant.


Extra referees will be on FIFA agenda

Soccer's governing body will consider having extra officials on the field to help referees at next year's World Cup.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter says Thierry Henry 's hand ball against Ireland, which led to the goal that put France in next year's tournament, showed referees need assistance.

Irish soccer authorities, denied a request for a replay, asked FIFA that it be allowed to go to the World Cup as a 33rd team. They also urged FIFA to introduce extra officials and goal-line video replay technology for international games.


Former track star training with team

Disgraced track star Marion Jones is training for a comeback -- in the WNBA.

San Antonio Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes confirmed Monday night that Jones has been training with his assistants to possibly play in the WNBA, more than a year after the 34-year-old was released from federal prison for lying about her doping use.

The New York Times first reported that Jones has been working on her skills and conditioning in San Antonio since October.

Jones played college basketball at North Carolina, where she was the starting point guard on the Tar Heels' national championship team in 1994.


Passport system to track blood profiles

After years of discussion and development, the World Anti-Doping Agency is ready to begin a global program to monitor athletes' blood profiles for evidence of cheating.

While meeting in Stockholm this week to mark its 10th anniversary, the agency is expected to ratify the biological passport system that has been under consideration since 2002. It involves collecting and storing athletes' blood samples and monitoring them over time.



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