Originally created 11/11/05



Peach Belt tourney gets started today

The 15th annual Peach Belt Conference volleyball tournament begins today at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Armstrong Atlantic State, the No. 1 seed, will get a bye into tonight's second round.

USC Aiken and UNC Pembroke will begin the tournament at 11 a.m. The Lady Pacers won both regular-season meetings between the two teams.

Francis Marion will then take on Lander at 1 p.m., followed by USC Upstate and Augusta State. The Spartans won both of those regular-season meetings as well.

Armstrong Atlantic State will meet the winner of the USC Aiken/UNC Pembroke game at 5 with the second semifinal following at 7. The championship game is set for Saturday at 2.

- USC Aiken's Mandy Gerolstein has been selected to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District III Second Team.

The sophomore middle hitter has a 3.90 GPA in Biology and is one of the top candidates for Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year honors.

Auto Racing

NASCAR sets limit on number of cars

In Charlotte, N.C., big-money teams will be allowed to field only four cars under a cap limit set by NASCAR on Thursday, a move that infuriated the five-car Roush Racing organization.

The limit goes into effect next season, but NASCAR said it would work to set a timeline for compliance for teams with more than four entries. At the present time, Jack Roush is the only car owner with five teams and all of them are in the 10-man Chase for the championship.

"It is hard for Jack not to believe that there is a laser bull's-eye on his forehead," Roush Racing president Geoff Smith said.


Tyson is accused of assault in Brazil

In Sao Paulo, Brazil, Mike Tyson was questioned by police early Thursday after a television cameraman accused the former heavyweight champion of assaulting him outside a nightclub.

Tyson could face charges of assault and destruction of property, police spokeswoman Kelly Pinheiro said. A court hearing has been scheduled for today, but Tyson can send a representative and is not required to appear.

Carlos Eduardo da Silva, a cameraman with the Brazilian television network SBT, told police Tyson pushed him and threw his camera to the ground outside the club, then removed a videotape and put it in his pocket.

Police said Tyson acknowledged damaging the camera but denied pushing Silva. He was later released.


Revolution forward nabs MVP honor

In Frisco, Texas, MLS scoring leader Taylor Twellman was selected the league's MVP, three days before the New England Revolution forward is to play in the MLS Cup against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Twellman is only the third U.S.-born player to win the award and first in five years, joining Tony Meola and Jason Kreis. He also was the All-Star Game MVP in July.

College Basketball

Center signs letter to play at Georgia

Albert Jackson, a 6-foot-10 center at Oak Hill Academy, signed a letter of intent with Georgia.

The Kentucky native was the first player landed by the Bulldogs during the early signing period.

Jackson is a senior at Oak Hill, a renowned prep school in Virginia. He played the past three seasons at Hopkins Central High School in Madisonville, Ky., averaging 14 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks per game as a junior.

- In Columbia, South Carolina had three players in double figures in a 95-63 exhibition victory over USC Aiken.

Rocky Trice led the Gamecocks with 15 points. Bryce Sheldon chipped in 13 and Silver Bluff's Brandon Wallace had 11.

USC Aiken was led by Chris Brown, who had 11 points and four rebounds.


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