Gamecock freshman takes home award
South Carolina's Arik Hempy has been named SEC Pitcher of the Week after chalking up a win and a save in the Gamecocks' weekend series with No. 9 Mississippi.
The freshman (3-1) tossed his first career complete game shutout in a 3-0 win over the Rebels and has a 3.32 ERA.
Hempy, a left-hander from Raleigh, N.C., also earned the first save of his career with three scoreless innings in relief in South Carolina's 7-3 win to open the series.
SEC awards include two local linksters
In Birmingham, Ala., Florida's golf team took home SEC Coach and Player of the Year honors. Gators coach Buddy Alexander and player Camilo Villegas topped this year's awards.
Georgia's Brendon Todd and Jessie Mudd of Florida were named SEC Co-Freshmen of the Year.
Former South Aiken standouts, Kevin Kisner and Alex Hamilton were two of nineteen conference golfers who earned All-SEC honors. For Georgia, Kisner was named to the first team, which also includes South Carolina's Eirik Johansen. Hamilton, who plays at South Carolina, made the second team along with Georgia's David Denham and Richard Scott and Martin Rominger of South Carolina.
Two-time defending region champion, USC Aiken will tee off at 10 a.m. at 6,800-yard Wilson Country Club. The No. 4 Pacers will being playing alongside Armstrong Atlantic State and Carson-Newman.
American team gets 2006 Olympic berth
In Prague, Czech Republic, the United States secured an automatic berth into the 2006 Olympics without playing at the hockey world championships.
Finland ousted Russia 4-0 to give the Americans a boost into the tournament quarterfinals and guarantee that they will be ranked among the world's top eight countries when the championships are over. Latvia also advanced to the quarters after defeating Austria, 5-2.
By reaching the quarterfinals, the United States will finish ahead of either Germany, Switzerland or both - thus maintaining its top-eight world ranking. Entering the tournament, the three countries were vying for two spots that would clinch automatic Olympic berths.
The top eight teams in the world rankings after the tournament qualify for the Turin Games.
The United States has one qualifying game left - against Denmark on Tuesday - and is sure to finish in fourth place in Group F. The quarterfinals are Wednesday and Thursday.
Judge denies last request to stop trial
In Little Rock, Ark., a federal judge denied the University of Arkansas' final request to dismiss former basketball coach Nolan Richardson's lawsuit against it.
The denial clears the way for Richardson's non-jury trial against the university, its leaders and the Razorback Foundation to begin Wednesday in front of U.S. District Judge William R. Wilson Jr.
Richardson wants Wilson to declare that the university punished him for exercising his freedom of speech and subjected him to racial discrimination - including retaliation for imposing limitations on future employment. Arkansas officials said Richardson was fired because he showed a lack of faith in his program.
Richardson seeks reinstatement as Arkansas' coach, lost wages and damages for harm to his reputation, mental and emotional stress, and legal fees.
Richardson was fired on March 1, 2002, after coaching Arkansas for 17 years, leading the Razorbacks to 389 wins, three Final Fours and the 1994 national title.