Gamecocks stay perfect, rout Aggies

COLUMBIA - Defending Southeastern Conference player of the year Tiffany Mitchell added 16 points as No. 1 South Carolina remained unbeaten.
By Pete Iacobelli

Paine baseball expects more success

Paine endured the growing pains of a starting lineup featuring several freshmen last season. The Lions remain young, but they have higher expectations with more experience.
By David Lee

Fox Creek football coach Schneider steps down

Fox Creek head coach Russell Schneider has resigned due to health concerns.
By Wayne Staats

Georgia Regents baseball continues process

Georgia Regents improved by eight conference wins in coach Jason Eller's first season, and the Jaguars now have the foundation in place to continue the program's progress.
By David Lee

Wie hopes to stay healthy this season

Michelle Wie is one of eight top-10 players in the field for this week's season-opening LPGA Tour event.

Capitals among East contenders; West race too tight to call

The Washington Capitals are in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. but hardly anyone's smiling in the West, where the standings are far more convoluted.
By John Wawrow

NASCAR to leave championship format unchanged

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR won't change its new championship format, which chairman Brian France said Monday is "overwhelmingly popular" with fans.
By Jenna Fryer

Sharapova cruises to Australian Open semifinals

MELBOURNE, Australia - Maria Sharapova moved closer to another Australian Open title, set to face a fellow Russian in the semifinals who has never beaten her.
By Dennis Passa

Tar Heels drop Orange to win sixth in a row

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Brice Johnson had 15 of his 17 points after halftime and No. 13 North Carolina shot 55 percent to beat Syracuse 93-83.

Duo carries Thunder past Timberwolves

OKLAHOMA CITY - Russell Westbrook scored 18 points, Serge Ibaka added 13 points and a season-high 19 rebounds, and the Thunder beat the Timberwolves.

Coach K earns 1,000th career victory

NEW YORK - Mike Krzyzewski earned his 1,000th career win Sunday, making him the first NCAA Division I men's coach to reach the milestone, when No. 5 Duke surged past St. John's in the second half for a 77-68 victory at Madison Square Garden.
By Mike Fitzpatrick
College Baseball Preview

Paine expects more success after growing pains of last season

"The Augusta Chronicle" provides a three-part preview series of the college baseball season.

A-Rod might not get $6 million from Yankees

The New York Yankees are thinking about not making a $6 million payment to Alex Rodriguez if he hits six home runs and ties Willie Mays at 660.

Palace Malice will work Friday morning

Horse racing fans only have a few more days to see Palace Malice in action at the Aiken Training Track.
By John Boyette

Vickers ready to race again

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Brian Vickers is eager to get back on the racetrack and prove he still has what it takes to win Sprint Cup races following emergency open heart surgery.
By Steve Reed

New baseball commissioner has a lot on his plate

NEW YORK - Rob Manfred knows he'll get pounded as baseball commissioner - his name is printed in blue script between the seams of every big league ball.
By Ronald Blum

Former Raiders receiver hopes for Hall of Fame call

ALAMEDA, Calif. - After watching fellow receivers Cris Carter and Andre Reed get that coveted Pro Football Hall of Fame call, Tim Brown hopes it's finally time for his number to be called.
By Josh Dubow

Ex-Yellow Jacket pleads not guilty in assault case

A not guilty plea has been entered for Arizona running back Jonathan Dwyer, who's accused of assaulting his wife during arguments at their apartment.

Serena Williams talks football

Serena Williams would love to be a linebacker ... or maybe a quarterback

Super Bowl MVP happy to be 'part of a team'

PHOENIX - Malcolm Smith was in the right place to becoming last year's Super Bowl MVP. Slowed by an ankle injury, Smith is still an important part.

Patriots' owner calls on NFL to apologize

CHANDLER, Ariz. - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft demanded an apology from the league once the Patriots are found to be not guilty of breaking any rules.
By Barry Wilner

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Queen takes Classic Open crown

Aboard TGI Playtime, Skip Queen marked the highest score of the show this week - 228 - to claim the Classic Open finals Friday night at James Brown Arena.
By Chris Gay

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Train derails near Allendale

MARTIN, S.C. - A CSX train derailed in rural Allendale County early Tuesday, leaking chemicals, sending two rail employees to an Augusta hospital and evacuating a nearby industry.