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College Basketball

USC Aiken men open with win

In Aiken, sophomore guard Ronald Zimmerman came off the bench to score 22 points and lead USC Aiken to a 81-69 nonconference victory over Voorhees in the Pacers’ season opener Wednesday night.

Junior forward Joel Gierbolini added 16 points for the Pacers, who led 28-25 at halftime.

Zimmerman, who scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half, was part of a Pacer reserve onslaught that saw the USC Aiken bench outscore Voorhees 52-12.

• In College Park, Md., freshman Brene Moseley scored 26 points and the No. 10 Maryland women dominated in-state foe Towson for a 82-46 victory.

• In Baton Rouge, La., LaSondra Barrett scored 11 points and the No. 20 Louisiana State University women beat 14th-ranked Georgetown 51-40. Barrett made five of six foul shots in the final 3½ minutes.

• In Piscataway, N.J., Khadijah Rushdan and Monique Oliver each scored 15 points to help the No. 15 Rutgers women beat Boston College 74-58.

• In Chapel Hill, reserve Brittany Rountree scored 14 points to lead five players in double figures and the No. 19 North Carolina women routed UNC Greensboro 91-35.

• In Houston, Chynna Brown had 21 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 25 Texas Tech to an 88-58 win over Houston.

Golf

Aiken’s Kisner keeps his lead

In Humble, Texas, Kevin Kisner maintained his lead in the second stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament at Redstone Golf Club.

The Aiken resident shot a second-round 4-under-par 68 and is at 12-under 132, one shot ahead of Doug Barron (65 on Wednesday).

Aiken native Matt Hendrix has shot 68-70 and is tied for eighth place.

The other local player at Redstone is Patrick Reed, of Martinez. He’s tied for 56th after rounds of 73-72.

The top 20 finishers after the 72-hole event advance to the finals Nov. 30-Dec. 5 at PGA West in LaQuinta, Calif. There are six second-stage sites.

Softball

Greenbrier star signs with Jags

Greenbrier senior shortstop Casey Rowland signed a national letter-of-intent Wednesday afternoon to play at Augusta State.

Rowland helped lead the Wolfpack to a state runner-up finish in 2010 in Class AAAA. The team made it to the second round of the state playoffs this season.

She set Greenbrier records with 17 home runs and 55 RBI this season. The Region 2-AAAA Player of the Year hit .393 and slugged .934 with 46 runs scored in 107 at-bats.

Rowland is the younger sister of Jeff Rowland, a former Greenbrier and Georgia Tech star baseball player who plays in the Detroit Tigers organization.

Hockey

Forward is back with RiverHawks

Another player from last year’s team will return to the Augusta RiverHawks this week.

Neil Graham was signed by head coach Brad Ralph Wednesday, according to a statement released by the team.

The Canadian forward tallied 54 points in 49 games for the RiverHawks last season as an assistant team captain and was named to the Southern Professional Hockey League’s All-Rookie Team.

Graham will arrive in town in time to join the first-place RiverHawks (8-1-1) for their road trip to Knoxville, Tenn., Friday night to face the second-place Ice Bears.

NBA

Court filings are next in lockout

Now that the NBA players have disbanded their union and taken their labor fight with the owners to the courts, they have given up a considerable level of control in how the whole process plays out.

Two groups of players have filed antitrust lawsuits against the league – one in California and one in Minnesota – in hopes of turning up the heat on the owners after negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement broke down Monday.

So begins a seemingly endless series of court filings and back-and-forth responses written by lawyers in complex legalese.


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