Late goal helps Pacers earn tie
In Hickory, N.C., Brett Van Pelt scored with 12 seconds remaining in regulation and USC Aiken and Lenoir-Rhyne played to a double overtime 1-1 tie in the Pacers’ season opener on Wednesday.
Van Pelt, who is from Aiken, headed in a cross from Chinedu Arinze.
Lenoir-Rhyne (1-1-1) scored its goal in the 52nd minute on Zach Charles’ header.
Neither team was able to score in the two 10-minute overtime periods.
Hamilton’s book rips Armstrong
Tyler Hamilton says writing his tell-all book about Lance Armstrong felt like taking “a thousand-pound backpack” off his shoulders.
Hamilton told The Associated Press he always thought he’d take some of the secrets about doping and cycling to the grave with him.
But he says his world changed when he received a subpoena to testify to a grand jury looking into the Armstrong case.
The 41-year-old Hamilton, who rode with Armstrong on the U.S. Postal Service team from 1998 to 2001, details the years he spent lying about using performance-enhancing drugs and his relationship with Armstrong in his book, The Secret Race, Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-Ups and Winning at All Costs.
The book was released Wednesday.
Brees knows it won’t be same
Drew Brees is confident the Saints can replicate Sean Payton’s record-breaking offense to a certain extent.
Yet the star QB also has come to terms with the fact that the mastermind of the schemes that have suited him so well won’t be around, and that offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. is going to have to make his own gut decisions, and his own mid-stream adjustments.
“Every play-caller has their own stamp. Over time, that evolves,” Brees said Wednesday. “We’ve got a system. We’ve got a way we do things. And certainly there’s going to be a lot of Sean Payton in what Pete does, but Pete’s Pete.”
• Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher practiced Wednesday as the Chicago Bears continued to prepare for their season opener against Indianapolis.
Urlacher injured his left knee in the final game last season and has been sidelined for most of the preseason. He had arthroscopic surgery in mid-August and practiced Monday for the first time since July 31.
On Wednesday, he was listed as a full participant.
• The Seattle Seahawks hope Marshawn Lynch is on his feet and on the field come Sunday in the season opener at Arizona. Lynch is a bit of a question mark going into Sunday’s game with a sore back that kept him out of the last two preseason games.
Mahan omission surprises Ollie
Hunter Mahan’s absence from the U.S. Ryder Cup team surprised European captain Jose Maria Olazabal.
Olazabal was sure Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk would receive wild cards. U.S. captain Davis Love III gave the other two to Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker, passing over Mahan, a two-time winner this year on the PGA Tour.
“They are very solid picks,” Olazabal said Wednesday. “All the American players from nine to 14 on the list were all very solid and Davis could have picked any four.
“The only question mark as I see it was Snedeker picked ahead of Mahan, but then Davis has gone for form.”
– From staff and wire reports