No. 3 USC Aiken remains perfect
In Americus, Ga., Daniela Tarailo scored a career-high 26 points as the third-ranked USC Aiken Lady Pacers beat Georgia Southwestern 84-51 on Thursday night to pick up where they left off in 2012.
USC Aiken, which hadn’t played in 15 days, improved to 10-0 overall and 3-0 in the Peach Belt Conference.
Tarailo, a senior guard, was 9 for 13 from the floor, knocking down five 3-pointers.
She made all three of her free-throw attempts.
Kabrina Merriweather had 20 points to lead Georgia Southwestern (2-8, 0-3 PBC).
• In Americus, Ga., Santoine Butler and Re’mon Nelson scored 15 points each to lead USC Aiken to a 67-64 victory over Georgia Southwestern in a matchup of unbeaten conference foes.
USC Aiken improves to 3-0 in the conference; Georgia Southwestern drops to 2-1.
The Pacers (7-3 overall) held the Hurricanes (6-4) without a field goal over the final 5:18 of the game. Georgia Southwestern scored eight points at the free-throw line during that span.
• South Carolina will be without three players including starter Lashay Page for its final nonconference contest Saturday against South Carolina State.
Gamecocks coach Frank Martin said Thursday Page’s academic issue hasn’t yet been cleared up and he’ll be unavailable against the Bulldogs.
Page is South Carolina’s second-leading scorer at 11.7 points a game.
He’s missed the past two contests because of what Martin says is an academic “glitch” he hoped would be cleared up soon.
Martin also says he gave Bruce Ellington some time off after finishing the football season with the Gamecocks. Ellington caught the game-winning touchdown pass in South Carolina’s 33-28 victory over the Michigan Wolverines in the Outback Bowl last Tuesday.
Ex-Thomson star is now qualified
Former Thomson star John Atkins has qualified to play for Georgia.
The defensive lineman, who was a senior at Thomson for the 2011 season, was at Hargrave Military Academy. On Thursday
“I am NCAA qualified now I am On my way! To Athens baby!!!!!!” Atkins tweeted.
Momentum lost after latest talks
Any momentum gained from a long night of negotiations between the NHL and the players’ association seemed to have been lost Thursday when the sides remained mostly apart.
A meeting that Commissioner Gary Bettman said would begin at 10 a.m. EST didn’t start until several hours later, and then ended quickly.
That one hour of talks centered on the reporting of hockey-related revenues by teams, and both sides signing off on the figures at the end of the fiscal year. The problem was resolved.
An NHL spokesman announced shortly before 9 p.m. that federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh was still working with the sides, but they would not get back to the bargaining table.
Astros will make AL debut on TV
The Houston Astros’ debut in the American League against the Texas Rangers will officially open the 2013 season on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball on March 31.
The 8 p.m. game, announced by Major League Baseball on Thursday, will be played at Minute Maid Park in Houston as the start of a three-game series.