Pacers’ hoops trio is honored
Three USC Aiken basketball players have been recognized by the Division II Bulletin.
Re’mon Nelson was named third-team All-American, while junior Paul Larsen made the honorable mention All-America team.
Also making the honorable mention team, among the women, was Daniela Tarailo.
It was just another honor in a long list this season for Nelson, a senior guard.
The honors include: Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year, Peach Belt Conference MVP and Southeast Regional most outstanding player.
He averaged 13.9 points, 6.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game in the 2012-13 season.
• In Aiken, the USC Aiken men’s tennis team beat Erskine 9-0 for its third consecutive victory.
The biggest doubles win of the day came when Lucas Gobbi and Ettore Damiani beat the Flying Fleet’s Robert Clarke and Benny Uy 8-1 at No. 3 doubles.
All six wins in singles came in straight sets for the Pacers (9-4).
Serena adjusts to clay in time
In Charleston, S.C., Serena Williams only had three days to make the transition from hard courts to clay, and it showed a few times as she won her opening match at the Family Circle Cup.
The world’s No. 1 player beat Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-3, losing her serve in her second game and looking uncomfortable when the Italian was able to get Williams running.
The biggest upset on Tuesday was Stefanie Voegele beating seventh-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-4. And Jessica Pegula beat No. 8 seed Mona Barthel 7-6, 6-1.
All the other seeded players won, including No. 9 seed Jelena Jankovic who beat Melanie Oudin 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in a match that took nearly three hours. It was Jankovic’s first win over Oudin in three matches.
Raiders’ Palmer is dealt to Cards
Quarterback Carson Palmer was traded from the Oakland Raiders to the Arizona Cardinals in a deal that includes the swap of 2013 draft picks and a conditional pick in 2014.
Palmer, 33, also agreed to a new contract with the Cardinals.
Palmer was considered expendable after the Raiders traded a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a conditional pick in 2015 to Seattle in order to acquire Matt Flynn, who was Russell Wilson’s backup last year with the Seahawks.
• The San Francisco 49ers and former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $3 million, according to a league source.
• Former New England Patriots coach Chuck Fairbanks died of brain cancer on Tuesday, according to the team. He was 79.
Fairbanks coached the Patriots from 1973-78, leading the franchise to some of its greatest success by the end of his tenure, including two playoff berths. The Patriots were 3-11 prior to his arrival and went 11-3, 9-5 and 11-5 over his final three seasons.
• Pittsburgh Panthers running back Rushel Shell, who was expected to be the Panthers’ starting running back this fall, has decided to transfer, the school confirmed Tuesday.
Expectations were high for Shell heading into this season, as he was the leading candidate to replace Ray Graham, one of the most productive running backs in school history.
As a true freshman, Shell was the team’s second-leading rusher with 641 yards and 4 touchdowns on 141 carries for a 4.5-yard average.
– From staff and wire reports