Originally created 03/03/05


College Baseball

No. 30 USC Aiken roars past Claflin

In Aiken, nationally-ranked USC Aiken, off to its best start in 10 years, routed error-prone Claflin 10-3 at Roberto Hernandez Stadium in a non-conference game.

The No. 30 Pacers (10-3) rode strong pitching performances by senior starter Jerod Summer and three relievers, who limited Claflin to three hits.

Summer (1-0) went six innings, allowing one run and two hits. The relievers were Chris Ericksen, Jonathan Ramada and Ryan Mitchell.

The Pacers, scored all their runs off Lance Miller (2-2), but only three were earned as Claflin committed five errors.

USC Aiken broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the fifth inning.

USC Aiken returns to Peach Belt Conference play Saturday when the Pacers travel to Florence, S.C., for a doubleheader with No. 29 Francis Marion.

Drag Racing

IRHA Pro-Am Tour makes 3-day stop

More than 400 drag cars from the southeastern United States will compete in 10 classes of racing this weekend in the Div. 9 IHRA Pro-Am Tour at Carolina Dragway in Jackson, S.C.

Racing will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

International Hot Rod Associa¤tion points will be awarded in all the classes. They are Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod, Hot Rod, Top ET, Mod ET and Junior Dragster Bracket.

For more information, call (803) 471-2285 or log on to www.carolinadragway.com.

College Football

Two South Carolina players suspended

In Columbia, two South Carolina players have been suspended indefinitely from the team after police said two televisions were stolen from university dorm rooms.

Defensive end Moe Thompson, a junior, and tackle Kevin Mainord, a redshirt freshman, have been suspended, athletics spokesman Kerry Tharp said Wednesday.

Mainord was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree burglary and two counts of simple larceny. Thompson has not been arrested or charged in the incident, university spokesman Russ McKinney said.

  • In Athens, Ga., Georgia reserve offensive guard Zeb McKinzey was arrested on a charge of underage possession of alcohol after entering another student's apartment without permission and falling asleep on her sofa.
  • McKinzey, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound redshirt freshman from Parkview High School in Lilburn, Ga., likely faces disciplinary action from football coach Mark Richt, who was not available for comment. The Bulldogs begin spring practice Saturday.

    The 20-year-old was found by University of Georgia police just after midnight Friday after the woman who lives in the apartment called them.

    McKinzey was asleep on the sofa and police woke him up after shaking him repeatedly. Police described him as incoherent, slurring his speech, and unable to answer questions about his location, a campus police report said.


    Serena Williams moves on in Dubai

    In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Australian Open champion Serena Williams overcame a rough first set and tricky wind to beat Russia's Elena Bovina 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 and reach the Dubai Women's Open quarterfinals.

    Williams, seeded second, next plays Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, who beat Elena Likhovtseva of Russia 7-5, 6-4.

    Top-ranked Lindsay Davenport had an easier time, defeating qualifier Jie Zheng of China 6-2, 7-5. Davenport will next meet Conchita Martinez, who ousted seventh-seeded Nathalie Dechy of France 6-1, 6-2.

    French Open champ advanced Anastasia Myskina when Marion Bartoli of France quit while trailing 4-2 because of tendinitis.

    Myskina faces eighth-seeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland, who downed Li Na of China 6-3, 7-6 (8).


    Spanish federation levies another fine

    The Spanish soccer federation fined Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday for racist taunting during a match on Feb. 26.

    Fans made monkey noises at Real Madrid defender Roberto Carlos during a Spanish league game, forcing officials to stop play and have stadium personnel confront the spectators.

    Deportivo is the fifth Spanish league team reprimanded for racism since December.

    Racist taunting also has marred Spain's international games this season. On Tuesday, Spain coach Luis Aragones was fined $3,940 by the federation for a racist comment about Arsenal striker Thierry Henry and an outburst about Britain's colonial past.

    "I'm not a racist and I've never lacked sporting decorum. I've got three or four medals for sporting merit... Maybe I lost control of my tongue," Aragones said in the Madrid newspaper El Pais on Wednesday.


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