Augusta State is 2nd in Cup race
With the conclusion of the fall sports schedule, Augusta State ranks second, behind North Georgia, in the race for the Peach Belt Conference’s Commissioner’s Cup.
USC Aiken is 11th in the 13-team conference.
The standings are updated at the conclusion of each season; the next update will come in March after basketball season.
The Cup will be awarded in June to the top overall athletic program.
Augusta State scored a perfect nine points in men’s cross country by winning the PBC championship, eight out of 10 in women’s cross country, and four of eight possible points in volleyball for a total of 21 out of 27 possible points, good for a .777 rating. Golf doesn’t count because Augusta State plays Division I in that sport.
North Georgia earned 16 of a possible 20 points available for a rating of .800.
USC Aiken had a .329 rating.
Packers’ Starks might play today
Injured Green Bay Packers running back James Starks might be able to play today at Detroit.
Starks suffered a sprained knee and an ankle injury in the final minutes of the win over Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Coach Mike McCarthy said the decision would be made before the game. Starks, the team’s top rusher, was listed as questionable on the injury report.
• The Houston Texans placed quarterback Matt Schaub on injured reserve Wednesday and signed Kellen Clemens to take his roster spot. Schaub sustained a right foot injury during Houston’s 37-9 win over Tampa Bay on Nov. 13. Matt Leinart is scheduled to take over as the Texans’ starting quarterback.
• Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler underwent surgery on his fractured right thumb on Wednesday in Vail, Colo., and he’ll be able to begin rehab in a couple of days, the team announced via Twitter. Bears coach Lovie Smith said Monday that he believes Cutler could return to the field near the end of the regular season.
• Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson won’t play Sunday in New York against the Jets because of a leg injury. Jackson was ruled out by coach Chan Gailey on Wednesday because of a right calf injury sustained in Buffalo’s blowout loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
• Kyle Orton has a new home in the AFC West. Orton was claimed off waivers Wednesday by the Kansas City Chiefs, who were in the market for a veteran quarterback after losing Matt Cassel to a season-ending injury, a person familiar with the move told The Associated Press.
Berdych prevails in tight matchup
In London, Tomas Berdych saved match point in a tiebreaker against Janko Tipsarevic for a 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) win in his second Group A match at the ATP World Tour Finals. Despite hobbling to the net after the match, Tipsarevic plans to face Djokovic today.
Sizemore stays with Cleveland
Grady Sizemore has re-signed with the Cleveland Indians on a one-year deal, the team announced on its Web site. The outfielder will be paid a $5 million base salary, plus $4 million in performance-based incentives – giving him a chance to earn the $9 million he would have made had the Indians not declined a team option for 2012 last month.
• Former Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit agreed to terms on a $3 million, one-year deal with the Minnesota Twins.