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College Basketball

Lady Pacers up to No. 18 in poll

The USC Aiken women’s basketball team moved up three spots to No. 18 in the USA Today/ESPN Division II Coaches Poll.

The Lady Pacers beat Limestone 92-68 on Thurs­day, their fourth consecutive win. They face Flagler on Saturday.

Boxing

‘Hitman’ among Hall inductees

Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, the first man to win titles in four divisions, tops a list of 13 people elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum.

Hearns, who won five titles altogether, compiled a 155-8 amateur record and was 61-5-1 with 48 knockouts as a pro.

Also selected were: Mark Johnson, a two-division champion; ring announcer Michael Buffer; trainer Freddie Roach; broadcaster Al Bernstein; and journalist Michael Katz.

Posthumous honorees include: Cocoa Kid, Newsboy Brown, Leo Houck, and Jake Kilrain in the old-timer category; promoters Hugh D. McIntosh and Rip Valenti in the non-participant category; and James Wharton in the pioneer category.

Inductees were selected by members of the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians.

Induction day is June 10, 2012.

Tennis

Wozniacki will play in Montreal

Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki will return to the Rogers Cup in Montreal next year.

Wozniacki and No. 3 Victoria Azarenka confirmed Tuesday that they’ll play at the Aug. 4-13 event at Uniprix Stadium.

Wozniacki defeated Vera Zvonareva in the final when the Premier WTA tournament was last played in Montreal. She made a second-round exit at the Rogers Cup last summer in Toronto.

Judo

Champ arrested for sexual assault

Japanese police have arrested two-time Olympic judo gold medalist Masato Uchishiba on suspicion of sexual assault.

The 33-year-old Uchishiba was arrested Tuesday, according to a Tokyo Metropolitan Police spokesman.

Uchishiba was fired in September as a judo coach by Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare amid allegations that he gave a female student an alcoholic drink at a hotel and sexually harassed her.

He has denied claims of sexual harassment.

Uchishiba won gold in the 66-kilogram class at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. He announced his retirement from competition in October 2010 and became a visiting professor at the university in January.

Horse Racing

Kentucky’s chief steward is fired

The abrupt firing of former Kentucky Horse Racing Commission chief steward John Veitch has divided the state’s thoroughbred community.

Veitch, 66, was fired without cause last Monday when the Hall of Fame trainer received a letter notifying him of his dismissal from the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet, which oversees the racing commission.

He appealed the decision two days later, saying the state violated his rights by failing to give a reason for his dismissal and that he’s been discriminated against because of his age.

“I would hate to be in Mr. Veitch’s position,” said trainer Charlie Lopresti. “I don’t really understand why they let him go.”

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