Originally created 11/11/03



Pacers' Schnoering honored by league

USC Aiken midfielder Melissa Schnoering was chosen as an at-large selection for the Peach Belt Conference's All-Conference team on Monday.

Schnoering becomes the Pacers' first two-time selection, and is the sixth all-conference player since the 2000 season. The midfielder tied for the team lead this season with five goals - three in the team's win over Shorter - and an assist.


Spadafora will go to trial in Pittsburgh

Former lightweight champion Paul Spadafora was ordered to stand trial on attempted homicide and other charges for allegedly shooting his girlfriend last month.

But questions remain about whether Nadine Russo, 20, of Pittsburgh, is willing to testify. Russo didn't testify during preliminary hearing, but she appeared outside District Justice Mary Ann Cercone's office afterward.

She walked stooped over, shielded by an unidentified man who said she's still in pain from the chest wound she suffered Oct. 26. Russo declined comment, but Spadafora's attorney, William Difenderfer said he's heard that Russo won't testify.


Charlotte making move to Atlantic 10

Charlotte accepted an invitation to join the Atlantic 10 Conference, which is also awaiting an expansion decision from Saint Louis. The conference invited both schools to join last week, and St. Louis is expected to accept today, pushing the conference to 14 teams.

Charlotte and Saint Louis are currently in Conference USA, which is losing Cincinnati, Louisville, South Florida, Marquette and DePaul to the Big East in 2005.

The Atlantic 10 already has 12 members: Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, George Washington, La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph's, Temple and Xavier.

Auto Racing

Busch Series team not racing after fire

FitzBradshaw withdrew its No. 82 Chevrolet from the Busch Series race this weekend after a fire destroyed a backup vehicle, crew uniforms, helmets, tools and other equipment.

The fire broke out in a transporter carrying the car to Homestead-Miami Speedway. Team officials said the primary car, which was to be driven Saturday by Randy Lajoie, was saved.

The fire took place on I-95 about 200 miles north of Miami. The team will still enter cars for Tim Fedewa and Casey Atwood in Saturday's Ford 300.


Mantle memorabilia heading to auction

Three hundred pieces of Mickey Mantle memorabilia will be auctioned by Guernsey's at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 8.

The items are from Mantle's widow, Merlyn, and the Hall of Famer's surviving sons, Danny and David.

Included in the sale are every professional contract signed by Mantle, from the first one that paid him a $1,150 bonus and $140 a month to play for the Independence (Mo.) Yankees in 1949 to his last one with the New York Yankees in 1968 for $100,000.

Two of Mantle's three MVP trophies are in the auction along with a number of his landmark home run balls. The catalogue includes articles written about Mantle by longtime teammates Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra.

  • Major League Baseball could give the go-ahead by the end of January to start a World Cup in March 2005.
  • The tournament would include 8-to-16 national teams and be played in 4-to-8 U.S. ballparks, according to baseball's chief operating officer, Bob DuPuy, and union head Donald Fehr.

    Track & Field

    Suspensions might shorten under rule

    Athletes who tested positive for the steroid THG could get reduced bans from the sport's governing body if they provide information on anybody involved in a doping conspiracy.

    Five athletes are under investigation for use of THG, or tetrahydrogestrinone, and face minimum two-year suspensions if found guilty.

    The International Association of Athletics Federations has a rule allowing reduced sanctions for athletes offering "substantial assistance" in a doping inquiry.

    IAAF spokesman Nick Davies suggested that British sprinter Dwain Chambers could get a ban cut to one year in exchange for information on those supplying and using THG.


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