College Basketball

Pacers pull out win in overtime

In Montevallo, Ala., Sterling Council scored 17 points and Ronald Zimmerman added 15 as 24th-ranked USC Aiken beat Montevallo 71-65 in overtime Thursday night in a Peach Belt Conference game.

The Pacers, who have won seven of eight, improved to 15-3 overall and 9-1 in the Peach Belt.

In the women’s game, Daniela Tarailo scored a game-high 17 points to lead No. 15 USC Aiken to a 52-42 victory.

Hannah DeGraffinreed added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Pacers (16-2, 9-1 Peach Belt), who have now won 15 of their past 16 games.

Montevallo, which is coached by former USC Aiken assistant Cindy Hilbrich, is now 7-10 and 2-6 in the Peach Belt.


Mixed Martial Arts

Faglier to fight for state title

Cross Creek graduate Jason Faglier Jr,, will be fighting for the South Carolina amateur mixed martial arts title this weekend in Columbia.

Faglier, who is now an 18-year-old Augusta State student, has a 5-0 record.


Auto Racing

Dalziel on pole for Daytona race

In Daytona Beach, Fla., Ryan Dalziel captured the pole for Grand-Am’s 24-hour race at Daytona International Speedway, besting Max Angelelli and Chip Ganassi’s two-car powerhouse team.

Dalziel will lead the field to the green flag for the 50th running of the around-the-clock event. The race begins Saturday and ends Sunday.

Angelelli will be on the outside pole. Scott Dixon will start third.

Ganassi’s other car, the one driven primarily by two-time defending series champions Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, will start near the back of the class. The car blew an engine in practice and failed to make a qualifying lap in the DP class.

Joseph Mattioli, the founder and chairman of Pocono Raceway, died following a lengthy illness, NASCAR officials announced Thursday. He was 86.


Figure Skating

Brubaker wins with new partner

In San Jose, Calif., Rockne Brubaker is back at the top of the U.S. pairs world, winning the short program with new partner Mary Beth Marley.

Marley and Brubaker earned a score of 65.80, more than four points ahead of last year’s runners-up, Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig.


College Football

Texas extends Brown’s contract

Texas football coach Mack Brown is getting a contract extension through 2020.

University regents voted Thursday to give Brown four more years on his current contract, which was set to expire in 2016.

Brown is paid $5.2 million per year. He won’t get any more money out of the deal, but will keep getting annual raises of $100,000 that are in his current contract.



Ailling Solo is back at practice

The U.S. soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo was back on the practice field, one day before the game that will determine whether the Americans go to the Olympics.

Solo pulled her right quadriceps during a workout Sunday and aggravated it during Tuesday’s game against Mexico.

She had her right thigh heavily wrapped by a trainer Thursday before taking the field.

where she worked through routine footwork, catching and stretching drills.

The heavily favored U.S. team plays Costa Rica today in Vancouver, British Columbia, to determine one of two Olympic berths from the CONCACAF region.