Originally created 05/16/03

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College basketball

Pacers add pair for next season

USC Aiken has added two transfer forwards to its roster for the upcoming season.

Curt Triplin, a 6-foot-5, 235-pounder, is a transfer from Mars Hill College in North Carolina. Brian Clay, a 6-6, 215-pound junior, played at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Fla.

Triplin was second in the South Atlantic Conference in rebounds last season with 7.6 per game and averaged 8.9 points per game.

Clay averaged a double-double last season for the Saints - 11.9 rebounds and 10.9 points - while making 53 percent of his shots.

  • North Augusta point guard Quinton Ferrell has signed a letter-of-intent to play at Presbyterian College.
  • The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder averaged 16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds per game last season for the Yellow Jackets.

  • South Carolina has added former Virginia Tech coach Ricky Stokes as an assistant to the staff of Dave Odom. The move reunites the two coaches, who worked together at Virginia during the 1984-85 season and at Wake Forest from 1989-1997.
  • Stokes went 45-70 over the past four seasons with the Hokies. His contract was not renewed by Virginia Tech this spring.

    Olympics

    London interested in Summer Games

    In what is shaping up as a big-city battle for the Olympics, London joined New York and Madrid in the race to play host to the 2012 Summer Games.

    Paris is expected to announce next week, while Havana and Leipzig, Germany, have already committed. Moscow and the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo are also showing interest.

    Women's soccer

    Sweden makes bid for World Cup

    Sweden formally submitted a bid Thursday to host this year's Women's World Cup, and Canada asked to stage part of the tournament.

    Soccer's governing body, FIFA, extended the deadline for proposals through the weekend.

    The United States gave its proposal to FIFA last week, and U.S. soccer officials are confident they will host the 16-nation tournament. FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Wednesday the Americans were the "front-runner."

    The tournament was scheduled for China from Sept. 23 to Oct. 11. FIFA's executive committee decided May 3 that the event would be moved because of the SARS virus.

    College football

    Auburn announcer dies of aneurysm

    Auburn football announcer Jim Fyffe, who endeared himself to fans with his signature "Touchdown Auburn!" call, died Thursday after suffering an aneurysm. He was 57.

    Fyffe attended a fund-raiser for Prattville High School's athletic department Wednesday night and suffered the aneurysm around 10 p.m. after returning to his Montgomery home, said Ann Collister, president of WACV radio. He died at Jackson Hospital the next day.

    A native of Paintsville, Ky., Fyffe became the lead announcer for Auburn football and basketball games in 1981.

    Motorcycles

    Ivey helps team in Nashville event

    Augusta's Chuck Ivey helped Team Velocity Racing to a third-place finish in the mediumweight superstock division of a Dunlop/WERA National Endurance Series event in Nashville, Tenn.

    Ivey, along with teammates Steven Breckenridge and Reuben Frankenfield rode their team's Suzuki GSX-R600 in the four-hour endurance race.

    Team Velocity Racing is in first place in the race for the mediumweight superstock championship. In a WERA Sportsman and National Challenge Series sprint race, Ivey finished third in the Sportsman B Superbike race.

    Track and Field

    Butler star signs with Paine College

    Butler High's Adrian Troupe has signed a track and field, and academic scholarship, with Paine College.