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Colleges

Paine teams get sweep at Miles

In Birmingham, Ala., the Paine College men snapped a four-game losing streak with an 86-59 win over Miles on Monday night.

The Lions (5-6, 1-1 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) led 42-23 at halftime and never looked back.

Paine’s previous win was Nov. 23 against Concordia College.

In the women’s game, Alease Allen posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead Miles to an 85-74 win over Paine.

Javonne Brown had a team-high 17 points for Golden Bears (7-6, 1-2 SIAC).

Jemetria Fletcher scored a game-high 24 points for the Lady Lions (3-8, 1-1).

• USC Aiken is ranked No. 14 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper preseason poll.

The Pacers won the Peach Belt Conference regular-season title for the third time in the program’s history and finished 42-13 overall.

Major League Baseball

Braves caravan to stop in Aiken

The Atlanta Braves Caravan will make a stop at the Academy Sports and Outdoors in Aiken on Jan. 27.

Braves players, coaches and alumni will be on hand from 3:30- 5 p.m., meeting fans and signing autographs. The names of those making the Aiken stop will be announced at a later date.

• Veteran outfielder Jeff Francoeur agreed to a minor-league contract with the Indians.

Francoeur, who turns 30 on Wednesday, will report to spring training camp in Arizona, where he’ll try to win a job on Cleveland’s 25-man roster. A .263 career hitter, Francoeur nearly signed with the Indians four years ago.

He played with Kansas City and San Francisco last season, batting a combined .204 with three homers and 17 RBI in 81 games. Francoeur has driven in at least 75 runs four times, and he won a Gold Glove with Atlanta in 2007.

Free agent reliever Scott Atchison also agreed to a minor league contract with the Indians.

• Catcher Taylor Teagarden agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets.

Auto Racing

Elliott’s son has Nationwide ride

Budding star Chase Elliott landed a full-time NASCAR ride for 2014 with JR Motorsports, with a sponsorship from NAPA Auto Parts.

Elliott, the son of 1988 NASCAR champion Bill Elliott, will race for the Nationwide Series title at JRM driving the No. 9 Chevrolet in a nod to his father’s longtime number.

The ride became possible when NAPA reversed its decision to leave NASCAR following the scandal surrounding Michael Waltrip Racing’s attempt to manipulate a September race to get Martin Truex Jr. into the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Mixed Martial Arts

Former UFC star suspected of DUI

Authorities say they have arrested former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz on suspicion of driving under the influence after he hit a freeway median in Los Angeles.

The California Highway Patrol says the 38-year-old Ortiz lost control of his vehicle about 3:50 a.m. Monday on Interstate 405 as he was driving his 2012 Porsche Panamera. Authorities say his car hit a concrete center median and his sports car had moderate damage.

Ortiz had two passengers in his car but no one was injured.

Authorities said it was determined Ortiz was under the influence of alcohol and he was placed under arrest.

– From staff and wire reports


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