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College Basketball

USC Aiken wins seventh in a row

In Aiken, Re’mon Nelson scored 17 points as USC Aiken won its seventh consecutive game, 81-62 over Virginia Union, in the USC Aiken Pre-Holiday Classic.

Nelson, who hit the game-winning shot in Friday night’s 67-65 victory over Elizabeth City State, was named the tournament Most Valuable Player.

Ronald Zimmerman, who comes off the bench, as does Nelson, had 14 points for the Pacers (8-1).

Maurice Hubbard, who made the all-tournament team, added 10 points, along with five rebounds.

• In Anderson, S.C., sophomore guard Brittany Hill scored six of her 10 points in overtime to lead 16th-ranked USC Aiken past Anderson University 59-53.

All six of Hill’s overtime points came from the free-throw line, where she was 6 for 6.

Kayla Harris had 18 points to lead the Lady Pacers (9-1).

It was the second victory in a row for the Lady Pacers over Anderson, which lost 71-63 to USC Aiken on Dec. 12.

High School Football

North Carolina scores victory

In Spartanburg, S.C., North Carolina scored 20 unanswered points early in the second half to win 26-19 over South Carolina’s high school all-stars in the 75th annual Shrine Bowl.

South Carolina’s Joseph Copeland passed for two touchdowns in the first half, finding Shaq Roland in the end zone both times.

Lexington’s Roland finished with 143 receiving yards and was named South Carolina Offensive MVP.

Gaffney’s Copeland was 8 of 13 with 169 passing yards.

North Carolina’s win was its first since a 24-14 victory in 2009.

South Carolina leads the series 41-30-4.

Paralympics

Italy might miss London Games

The president of the Italian Paralympic committee says Italy might not be able to compete in the London Games after its funds were cut.

The economic crisis in Italy has put the committee in danger of having to close before the end of the year. Luca Pancalli told the Italian TV channel Tg1 on Saturday that there is “a very real risk” that London will be out.

He adds: “We can guarantee that our delegation can get a plane there, but we can’t guarantee the preparation and training before getting the plane.”

Horse Racing

Frazil prevails in his stakes debut

In New York, Frazil captured his stakes debut for owner-trainer Linda Rice, beating Pretty Boy Freud by three-quarters of a length on Saturday in the $61,750 Gravesend Handicap at Aqueduct.

One of the most consistent horses in New York, Frazil improved to 8 for 13 this season with wins at the Big A, Saratoga and Belmont Park.

Cornelio Velasquez was aboard as the 5-year-old gelding ran six furlongs in 1:10.71.

Frazil, the 5-2 second choice in the four-horse field, paid $7 and $3.90 while Pretty Boy Freud returned $5.60. This Ones for Phil was third, followed by 3-5 favorite Rule by Night.

Winter Sports

Cross-country star pads lead

In Rogla, Slovenia, Norway’s Petter Northug showed his sprinting ability again, winning a 15-kilometer mass start race and extending his overall lead in the cross-country skiing World Cup standings.


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