Originally created 02/24/03

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College Baseball

Pacers rally late for league sweep

A bases-loaded single from Tony Hanks in the bottom of the eighth capped a wild comeback by USC Aiken for a 7-6 victory over Lander and a sweep of a three-game weekend series against the No. 26 team in the country.

The Pacers (8-6, 3-3 Peach Belt) also scored with two outs and nobody on base in the bottom of the seventh to force the extra inning. In the first game of the day, Wes McColl threw a four-hitter as the Pacers pounded out 16 hits for an easy 9-0 win. McColl struck out eight and walked two.

On Saturday, Leroy Walker's double off the base of the wall in the bottom of the ninth gave the Pacers a 4-3 to open the series.

College Basketball

Dugans sets record; Pacers on a streak

USC Aiken's Eric Dugans got the assist on a basket by Taurus Wilson four minutes into the game to set the school record for career assists, and the Pacers upset USC Spartanburg 94-82 at home Saturday night for their first two-game winning streak of the season.

Dugans finished the night with 11 assists and has 430 in his career. Thomas Ryan had 420 during his career with the team from 1996-2000.

The 94 points were the most by the Pacers in a non-overtime game since Dec. 18, 1998.

In the teams' previous meeting on Jan. 18, the Rifles held the Pacers to the lowest total in school history (41).

Wrestling

Westside's Tarver places in Class AAA

Westside 171-pounder Jay Tarver became the first placewinner in school history Saturday when he took sixth in the Class AAA state championships at Spalding High School.

Auto Racing

Tracy takes first CART event of year

In St. Petersburg, Fla., Paul Tracy got the fast start he wanted, taking control midway through the inaugural St. Petersburg Grand Prix to get the victory.

The winningest active driver in CART's Champ Car World Series but known as a slow starter, Tracy earned his 20th victory in the season-opening race on the temporary 1.806-mile, 14-turn downtown street circuit.

The 34-year-old Canadian driver, making his first start for Team Player's, passed rookie Tiago Monteiro for the lead on lap 35 and stayed out front to the end.

Olympics

Vancouver voters allow bid for 2010

Vancouver cleared a major hurdle in its bid to host the 2010 Winter Olympics when the city's residents approved a referendum in favor of seeking the games.

Sixty-four percent of the voters on Saturday answered "Yes" to the question: "Do you support or do you oppose the City of Vancouver's participation in hosting the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games."

The IOC will meet in Prague, Czech Republic, in July to vote on whether Vancouver; Salzburg, Austria; or Pyeongchang, South Korea, will get the 2010 games.

Tennis

Dent beats Roddick for second title

In Memphis, Tenn., Taylor Dent overpowered defending champion Andy Roddick with his serve-and-volley game, beating him 6-1, 6-4 in exactly one hour to win the Kroger St. Jude championship.

It was only the second appearance in an ATP final for Dent, but the 21-year-old son of former Australian player Phil Dent now has two titles in the past eight months.

The match featured the 16th all-American final since 1997 on the ATP Tour, and only the fifth not featuring either Andre Agassi or Pete Sampras.

  • In Rotterdam, Netherlands, Max Mirnyi beat hometown favorite Raemon Sluiter 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the final of the ABN Amro tournament for his first career title.