Originally created 12/02/05


Women's Basketball

Allee's career night gives Pacers a win

USC Aiken's Mindy Allee had a career-high 19 points to lead four Pacers in double figures, as USC Aiken went back over .500 with a 73-64 win over Limestone on Thursday night at The Courthouse.

Allee went 6-for-9 from the field and 5-for-5 from the line for USC Aiken (4-3), which led by nine at the half in the 13th consecutive victory over Limestone. Satu Leppanen added 10 points and 13 rebounds, Megan Starnes had 16 points, and Meredith Legg had 11.


Clemson on verge of Final Four berth

The Clemson men's soccer team will play in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament tonight at 7 against Creighton at Riggs Field.

This is the first time in three years the Tigers have made the Elite Eight. With a win, they will advance to the Final Four for the first time since 1987, when they won the national championship.

Richmond Academy graduate Havird Usry and Augusta Fireball players Mark Buchholz, Ryan Roushandel, Dane Richards and Justin Moore are all starters for Clemson.

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- In Chicago, the U.S. men's national team will open its 2006 schedule with an exhibition game against Canada on Jan. 22 in San Diego and will play Japan on Feb. 10 in San Francisco.

The Americans, preparing for the World Cup in Germany, said in November that they will play Norway on Jan. 29 in Carson, Calif.

Canada will face the Americans at Torero Stadium and Japan, which qualified for the World Cup, will play at SBC Park, the U.S. Soccer Federation said. The three games follow a training camp that starts Jan. 4 in Carson.

The U.S. team also intends to play an exhibition game in Europe on March 1 against an opponent that hasn't been finalized, and tentatively is slated to face Germany at Dortmund on March 22.

Horse Racing

Afleet Alex retired due to new injuries

In Philadelphia, Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner Afleet Alex was retired because of new injuries, ending a career in which his gritty ride in the second leg of the Triple Crown was one of the highlights of the racing season.

The injuries were discovered before the horse was shipped to Gulfstream Park this week. An ankle injury has sidelined Afleet Alex since his victory in the Belmont on June 11.

"There was no decision at all," trainer Tim Ritchey told The Associated Press. "Once we saw what he had, it was a no-brainer just for his safety and well being."

Afleet Alex retires with eight wins in 12 starts and earnings of $2,765,800, and nearly became the sport's 12th Triple Crown winner.

He finished third in the Kentucky Derby by a length, won the Preakness after nearly being knocked down by Scrappy T in the turn for home and won the Belmont by seven lengths.


Austrian takes win as Miller struggles

In Beaver Creek, Colo., Hannes Reichelt, of Austria, won a super-G race for his first World Cup victory less than nine months after tearing knee ligaments, and Bode Miller skied off course in snowy and windy conditions.

Miller failed to navigate a gate about halfway down the Birds of Prey course. It was the third consecutive disappointing showing for the reigning super-G and overall World Cup champion, who was 18th and 22nd in two races at Lake Louise, Alberta.


Ivanisevic left off Davis Cup roster

In Bratislava, Slovakia, Goran Ivanisevic was left out of the initial lineup for Croatia's Davis Cup final against Slovakia.

The 34-year-old former Wimbledon champ, who came out of retirement for the event, was not selected in the draw for the best-of-five series. He could be brought in as a late replacement.


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