Originally created 01/03/01

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Two-time defending Peach Belt North Division champions Augusta State Jaguars (5-3) open conference play at home tonight when it plays host to Clayton State at 7:30 at the ASU Athletic Complex. The Lady Jaguars (6-3) play the Lady Lakers at 5:30.

USC-Aiken's teams will look to go 2-0 in the conference when they play host to North Florida at 5:30 and 7:30 at the Courthouse. The Pacers (6-4, 1-0) defeated Francis Marion 96-93 in overtime on Dec. 30, while the Lady Pacers (7-4, 1-0) upset the Lady Patriots 75-64.

Paine (5-2, 2-1) opens its home conference schedule when the men play host to Morehouse on Thursday night at 7:30 at Carter Gym.

FOOTBALL:

Ray Lewis fought for his life against murder charges in Atlanta, then became the most dynamic defender in the NFL as he led the Baltimore Ravens to the playoffs.

After the most trying year of his life, and perhaps his most productive on the field, Lewis easily won The Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year award.

Lewis recorded a team-high 184 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions on a defense that set an NFL record for fewest points allowed (165) during a 16-game season.

Defensive coordinator Peter Giunta and two of his assistants were fired by the St. Louis Rams, who also dismissed special teams coach Larry Pasquale.

Also fired were line coach Carl Hairston and secondary coach Steve Brown. The moves come three days after the defending Super Bowl champions were eliminated from the postseason in a 31-28 wild-card playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints.

The Rams allowed 30 points a game, the highest ever by a playoff team, and their defense was ranked 23rd in the NFL. It was ranked sixth last year, and the only new starter was strong safety Devin Bush.

BASKETBALL:

Utah basketball coach Rick Majerus underwent a procedure that successfully fixed two blocked arteries, further delaying his return from a knee injury that has sidelined him since November.

Majerus, 52, underwent a coronary angiography and had two arterial branches cleared by stents. He was conscious during the 4«-hour procedure at LDS Hospital and reportedly was resting comfortably by evening.

Utah athletic director Chris Hill, speaking at an afternoon news conference, said he doesn't know when Majerus will coach again.

Assistant Dick Hunsaker has served as acting coach for the last 12 games and will continue in that capacity, at least until more is known about Majerus' health.

Jim Jackson returned to his basketball roots when he was acquired by the Cleveland Cavaliers in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks for point guard Brevin Knight.

The Cavaliers also got guards Anthony Johnson and Larry Robinson from the Hawks for Knight, who has been bothered by a sore knee this season.

In addition, Cleveland waived forward J.R. Reid and guard Michael Hawkins to make room for Jackson, who was not expected to arrive in Cleveland in time for Tuesday's game against the Houston Rockets.

Toronto's Corliss Williamson and Phoenix's Tom Gugliotta each were fined $10,000 and suspended one game without pay for fighting during a game Saturday.

Both players were ejected from Phoenix's 109-103 victory.

Also, Phoenix center Chris Dudley was fined $5,000 for yelling at an official and failing to leave the court immediately after being ejected during the Suns' loss to the Lakers on Dec. 28.

GOLF:

Aiken's Alex Hamilton swept the South Carolina Junior Golf Association's Ford-Picard Christmas Classic at Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms, S.C.

First, Hamilton teamed with his father Jimmy Hamilton to win the parent-junior tournament, then won the individual junior event in a sudden death playoff after a 73. He beat out Wil Hutchens of Columbia and Nick Hughey of Gaffney on the third playoff hole.