College Basketball


USC Aiken falls in season opener

In Elizabeth City, N.C., the USC Aiken men dropped its season-opener on Saturday, falling 70-66 to Elizabeth City State.

The Pacers, facing the Vikings for the first time ever, jumped out to a 7-0 lead but fell behind and trailed 34-28 at halftime.

Quintin Spady and Glenn Patterson lead Elizabeth City State (2-1) with 11 points apiece.

Sterling Council came off the bench to score a game-high 19 points for the Pacers (0-1). Fellow reserve Jeremiah Pojah added 12.

• In Greenwood, S.C., Nikki Arner hit a game-
winning 3-pointer with 2 seconds left to lift Ferris State to a 60-58 win over the USC Aiken women in the first game of the Lander Lady Bearcats Tip-Off Classic.

Tricia Principe scored a game-high 15 points for Ferris State (2-0). Daniela Tarailo led the Lady Pacers (1-1) with 13.

• In Orangeburg, S.C., Mario Jordan scored 18 points to lead Paine to a 70-61 win over Claflin.

Darius Smith and Kedric Taylor added 16 points apiece for the Lions (1-1), who picked up their first win of the season.

Terrence Bowman led Claflin (0-1) with a game-high 19 points.

• In Orangeburg, S.C., Tyiesha Brown scored 21 points to lead Claflin to a 71-62 victory over the Paine women.

Ariel Brown had a team-high 16 points for the Lady Lions, who dropped to 0-2.



Augusta’s Parel headed to finals

In Plantation, Fla., Augusta’s Scott Parel shot 4-under-par 67 to advance to the finals of PGA Tour qualifying.

Parel, who finished at 12-under 268, was second in the second-stage event held at Plantation Preserve Golf Course and Club.

The top 20 from this event advanced to the finals Nov. 30-Dec. 5 at PGA West in LaQuinta, Calif.

Aiken’s Stephen Poole (72) tied for 22nd at 277 and missed the cut. David Robinson, of Sandersville, Ga., shot 71 and tied for 44th at 283.



Vick, Maclin out for Philadelphia

Michael Vick has been ruled out for the Philadelphia Eagles’ game at the New York Giants on Sunday night.

Vick didn’t practice this week because of two broken ribs sustained in a 21-17 loss to Arizona last Sunday.

Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin also won’t play because of shoulder and hamstring injuries.

• Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis isn’t expected to play in today’s game against Cincinnati because of a toe injury that has prevented him from practicing all week.

• Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was fined Friday by the NFL for an incident in the game against Chicago last Sunday.

Stafford instigated a scuffle when he grabbed the helmet of Bears defensive back D.J. Moore and threw him to the ground. Stafford was fined $7,500, while Moore was hit for $15,000 for striking back at Stafford and being ejected.



Referee tried to commit suicide

A referee in Germany’s top league was found bleeding in his hotel bathtub Saturday hours before he was to work a game in what police suspect was a suicide attempt.

Babak Rafati was in stable condition but will need “intensive treatment” and be hospitalized for some time, German Football Federation President Theo Zwanziger said.