Originally created 02/03/05

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College Basketball

USC Aiken women extend home streak

USC Aiken's women remained unbeaten at home, and stayed atop the Peach Belt Conference's North division with a 66-49 victory over Francis Marion on Wednesday night in Aiken.

The Lady Pacers are 10-0 at home, 5-3 in the Peach Belt and 15-7 overall.

Kasey Mills, Nola Grant and Lana Mandic led the way for USC Aiken.

Mills, who had a career-high 25 points on Monday, scored 20 points Wednesday and added seven steals. Grant had 17 points and Mandic had 14 points and 18 rebounds.

In the men's game, USC Aiken led at halftime, but struggled in the second half and lost to Francis Marion 81-69.

The Pacers (6-12, 2-6 Peach Belt) were up 40-38 at the break after hitting 51 percent of their shots. USC Aiken was outscored 43-29 in the second half, and hit just 33 percent of its shots from the field.

Curt Triplin led Aiken with 21 points and seven rebounds.

  • Augusta State junior forward Eva Vodrazkova, who led the Lady Jaguars in scoring twice last week, has been named Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week.
  • The 6-foot-2 forward averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks shots last week as the Lady Jaguars split a pair of games.

    Vodrazkova, of Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, leads the Lady Jaguars in scoring (11.6 ppg), field-goal percentage (.466), 3-point field-goal percentage (.441) and blocked shots (1.9 per game).

    It is the first time since Feb. 15, 1999 that an Augusta State player has won the award. Katie Lawrence won it that year.

  • The NCAA's Division I Infractions Appeal Committee has set March 29 as the date to hear Georgia's appeal to reduce by one year its four-year probation in men's basketball stemming from violations in 2003 during Jim Harrick's tenure as coach.
  • Georgia also will ask the committee to restore one of three basketball scholarships taken away ñ one in each of the next three years.

    The committee has yet to determine the time and city where the appeal will be heard.

    Football

    Booster convicted by federal jury

    In Memphis, Tenn., a federal jury convicted millionaire businessman Logan Young on Wednesday of paying $150,000 to get a top football recruit for Alabama.

    The jury deliberated for about 5½ hours before returning the verdict.

    Young, 64, was convicted of conspiracy to commit racketeering (by breaking state bribery laws), crossing state lines to commit racketeering and arranging bank withdrawals to cover up a crime.

    Young could receive prison time and a large fine. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, but federal guidelines would call for a much lighter sentence.

    The highly publicized recruitment case coincidentally ended up in jurors' hands on college football's National Signing Day.

    Soccer

    German federation continues its probe

    Four referees and 14 players are among 25 people suspected of fixing at least 10 games in Germany's widening soccer scandal, prosecutors said.

    Police raided the homes of 19 people across the country Wednesday and seized bank accounts and property worth about $3.17 million, the Berlin prosecutors' office said in a statement. There were no arrests.

    The statement did not name any of the 14 players under suspicion, but said they were from six clubs below the first-division Bundesliga.

    All are suspected of fraud or abetting fraud, the statement said.

    The German soccer federation began looking into match-fixing about three weeks ago when suspicions arose over a 4-2 victory by third-division Paderborn over top-division Hamburger SV in the German Cup.

    Prosecutors said Wednesday's raids were based on information provided by referee Robert Hoyzer. The statement did not say which games were allegedly fixed.