Pacers coach is award finalist
USC Aiken coach Vince Alexander is a finalist for the 2013 Clarence “Big House” Gaines National Coach of the Year award, presented annually to the top Division II men’s basketball coach. The award will be presented Friday in Atlanta.
Last season, the Pacers won the Peach Belt Conference regular-season and tournament titles and the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional crown.
Raiders trade for Seattle QB Flynn
The Oakland Raiders acquired Seattle backup Matt Flynn on Monday for draft picks, bringing an end to Carson Palmer’s brief tenure as starter in Oakland even before they are done paying the steep price they dealt to acquire him.
Oakland will send a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a conditional pick in 2015 to Seattle. Flynn will compete with Terrelle Pryor for the starting job.
Fox Sports reported that Palmer was expected to be dealt to Arizona for a draft pick.
The Raiders traded a 2012 first-round draft pick and 2013 second-rounder to Cincinnati for Palmer during the 2011 season.
• Colt McCoy, who became expendable when Cleveland signed veteran free agent quarterback Jason Campbell last week, was traded Monday to the 49ers for two draft picks.
• Indianapolis came to terms with free agent wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Hilltoppers will leave Sun Belt
Conference USA will add Western Kentucky at the same time the league’s most recent football champion, Tulsa, plans to leave.
Commissioner Britton Banowsky said Monday that Western Kentucky will join C-USA on July 1, 2014. That is also when Tulsa is expected to join a migration to the league that will no longer be known as the Big East.
A person familiar with the decision said Tulsa planned to announce its move today.
USC Aiken teams defeat Flagler
In Savannah, Ga., the University of South Carolina Aiken men and women both took wins over Peach Belt Conference foe Flagler.
The men (8-4, 3-4) took a 5-4 victory, while the women (9-7, 4-6) triumphed 6-3. USC Aiken’s Ettore Damiani won his 10th singles match in a row.
Evans player gets freshman honor
Georgia College outfielder Jake Sandlin, of Evans, was named Peach Belt Conference freshman of the week. The freshman outfielder led the Bobcats to three victories at Pfeiffer this weekend, hitting 9-for-18 (.500) with seven RBI and seven runs scored.
• USC Aiken baseball fell from sixth to 10th in the latest Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division II Poll.
Hephzibah pair win competition
A Hephzibah couple took home first-place trophies from the Southern Powerlifting Championships in Macon, Ga.
Angela Meyers, age 51 and 118 pounds, deadlifted 255 pounds, set three world records and was named best female deadlifter. Her husband, Tee Meyers, age 56 and 195 pounds, deadlifted 710 pounds, set three world records and was named best male deadlifter.