Originally created 12/16/05

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College Basketball

Fouls, and decision, go against Pacers

In Greeneville, Tenn., Tusculum used its 43 free throw attempts to get past USC Aiken, 76-67 on Friday.

The Pioneers (9-3) had nearly as many free throw tries as they did field goal attempts (49). They were awarded 28 more free throws than the Pacers (2-5), which eventually led to the ejection of USC Aiken coach Vince Alexander late in the second half.

Tusculum used a 10-0 run with less than 5 minutes left to open up a close game and then iced it with an 11-for-14 finish from the line.

Richard Blocker led the Pacers with 18 points.

High School Football

Local players get Region 7-AA honors

Seven area players were named to the GHSA 7-AA all-Region team.

Region runner-up Laney had five honorees: Junior Chris Thomas at quarterback; center LaDarrien Redfield; defensive lineman Tim Wright; punter Kenneth Walker and defensive back Herndon Burns.

Westside senior Jon Wiley was named to the team at linebacker, joining split end Alex Walker.

Class AA state semifinalist Greene County placed a region-best nine players on the team.

Soccer

Germans riled by Iranian president

In Frankfurt, Germany, soccer's governing body will allow Iran to play in next year's World Cup despite calls from German politicians for the Islamic nation to be banned because the country's president denies the Holocaust.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the Holocaust a "myth" used by Europeans as a pretext for carving out a Jewish state in the heart of the Muslim world.

The calls to banish Iran from the event in Germany came mostly from the opposition Greens party, although they had been supported by parts of the media and members of the country's ruling coalition.

"A country with such a president, who is driving the country into isolation, has nothing to do at the World Cup," said Angelika Beer, a Greens member of the European Parliament.

The San Jose Earthquakes are moving to Houston.

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber said the team's owners were attracted by the chance to play in front of an ethnically diverse population willing to support a soccer team.

"We've always believed that the city has great potential to be a soccer market," Garber said. "We're excited about what our opportunities are there."

Cycling

Armstrong faces trial for defamation

In Rome, Lance Armstrong's next challenge from a cycling rival will come in court.

The retired seven-time Tour de France champion has been ordered to stand trial in Italy on charges of defaming Filippo Simeoni. The case is to be heard starting March 7, to settle a feud from the 2004 race.

If convicted, Armstrong faces a fine rather than jail time, his lawyer in Italy, Enrico Nan, said Thursday. Nan said Armstrong was indicted Wednesday.

Armstrong's representatives in the United States did not respond to requests for comment.

Armstrong is being investigated for chasing Simeoni during a stage breakaway in the 2004 race and reportedly threatening him for testifying about doping abuse in the trial of an Italian doctor associated with the American rider.

Auto Racing

Drivers will see smoother Talladega

Talladega Superspeedway will be repaved next year, the first time since 1979, and several drivers say they're looking forward to a smoother ride.

Drivers have complained about the track, saying the uneven surface takes a toll on springs and other chassis parts and makes the bumper-to-bumper racing even more harrowing.

The track surface had settled in several spots, and asphalt patches have raised the surface in other areas.