Paine announces 2011-12 schedule
Paine College’s men’s team will open its season with exhibition games against Division I squads.
The Lions will face Auburn on Nov. 1 and play Georgia Southern on Nov. 4. Their first regular-season contest will be against Augusta State at Christenberry Fieldhouse on No. 16.
Paine opens its home schedule against Lane at the USC Aiken Convocation Center on Nov. 26 and it faces Kentucky State on Nov. 28 at Richmond Academy, where it will play all of its remaining home games this season while Carter Gym is being renovated.
The Lady Lions opens with an exhibition at Savannah State on Nov. 11 before also playing their opener vs. Augusta State.
Screven County ride benefits United Way
The “Between Two Rivers Bike Ride” will be Saturday in Screven County. The bicycle route choices are either 12, 30, 50 or 100 miles with water/refreshment stations located along the longer routes.
To register in advance, visit www.screvencounty.com. Event-day registration will take place at 7:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church at 214 South Main Street in Sylvania, Ga.
A single rider is $35. A couple is $50. A family of three or more is $55.
Money raised from the ride will benefit the United Way of Screven County.
Sharapova rolls on at Pan Pacific Open
In Tokyo, Maria Sharapova defeated Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand 6-2, 7-5 in a second-round match at the Pan Pacific Open played under the roof because of rain.
Also advancing were seventh-seeded Marion Bartoli, of France, and two top Serbians, eighth-seeded Jelena Jankovic and 12th-seeded Ana Ivanovic.
Arizona swingman is shot in New York
The University of Arizona says basketball player Kevin Parrom was shot this weekend while visiting family in New York City.
The New York Police Department says the shooting occurred early Saturday at a residence in the Bronx. Officer Chris Pisano says the victim suffered gunshot wounds to his left hand and right knee and was taken to a hospital in stable condition.
Pisano says a dispute occurred before the shooting, but he had no details.
One of Parrom’s former coaches says the junior swingman is doing OK.
No arrests have been made in the shooting.
• Acclaimed Ohio State recruit LaQuinton Ross will not play for the team after the NCAA ruled he had not qualified academically.
Ross, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward, is from Jackson, Miss., and played in high school at Life Center Academy (N.J.).
League suspends Wisniewski for hit
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski was suspended for the remainder of the preseason and eight regular-season games for a hit to the head of Minnesota forward Cal Clutterbuck.
The NHL announced the suspension on Monday night.
Wisniewski was suspended for the high hit on Clutterbuck at the conclusion of play in the preseason game on Sept. 23 in Minnesota.
• The Philadelphia Flyers will host the New York Rangers in the NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 2 at Citizens Bank Park.
The 45,000-seat ballpark is the setting for the fifth classic. The game is not held on its traditional Jan. 1 date because it conflicted with the final week of the NFL’s regular season.
• The New Jersey Devils will raise defenseman Scott Niedermayer’s No. 27 to the rafters on Dec. 16.
• The Montreal Canadiens signed defenseman Chris Campoli to a one-year, $1.75 million contract on Monday.
Campoli, 27, had 21 points in 77 games with Ottawa and Chicago last season.