College Basketball


Knights fall to Warriors on road

In Cochran, Ga., Chris Wright scored 12 points to lead Middle Georgia College to a 62-52 win over Aiken Tech on Monday.

Brentine Taylor, Derrick Lacey and Mike Wheeler each added 10 points for the Warriors.

Deantre Johnson had a game-high 18 points for the Knights along with six rebounds.



Bears say Forte should be back

Bears coach Lovie Smith expects star running back Matt Forte to return this season from a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Smith said he “looked pretty good” Monday, but he wouldn’t put a timetable on Forte’s return.

Forte was hurt in the first quarter of Sunday’s 10-3 loss to Kansas City and left the game. Chicago was already missing quarterback Jay Cutler, who is out indefinitely with a broken right thumb.

• Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick returned to practice Monday after missing three games with two broken ribs, and he will play this weekend as the last-place Ea­gles meet Miami. The
team was 1-2 without Vick.

Andre Johnson has a “mild” left hamstring injury, though Houston coach Gary Kubiak couldn’t say whether his star receiver would play at Cincinnati this weekend.

Kubiak said rookie punter Brett Hartmann is out for the season after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament late in Sunday’s 17-10 win over Atlanta. Kubiak said the Texans will sign a punter this week, possibly Matt Turk, who was cut by Jacksonville in October.

• New York Jets running back Joe McKnight, who leads the NFL in kick return average, has a hyperextended right elbow that could sideline him for the team’s game against Kansas City.



Klitschko pulls out of title fight

Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko pulled out of his fight against France’s Jean-Marc Mormeck this weekend after two operations in two days to remove a kidney stone.

The fight had been scheduled for Saturday in Ger­many. Klitschko’s promoter, Bernd Boente, said March 3 was a possible new date. The IBF would have to approve because Klitschko would be requested to fight a mandatory challenger on that date.

“We hope to know in two or three days. Mormeck is also ready to accept it,” Boente said.

Roy Jones Jr., a 42-year-old former world champion in several divisions, will fight Max Alexander for the vacant Universal Boxing Organ­ization’s intercontinental cruiserweight title Saturday at the Atlanta Civic Center.


Horse Racing

Spill puts jockey out for 5 months

Jockey Jorge Chavez, dumped from his mount during a recent race at Aqueduct, will be sidelined about five months with a fractured left clavicle. He also suffered five broken ribs and two vertebrae fractures, according to the New York Racing Asso­ciation’s jockey advocate.



Greenbrier pupil makes nationals

Epeeist Kendric McIntyre, a Greenbrier High School student and member of the Augusta Fencers Club, won the Georgia Junior Olympic national qualifiers in the under-17 division.

He will represent the Geor­gia division of the U.S. Fen­cing Association and his home club at the national Junior Olympic championships in Salt Lake City in February.