Originally created 02/05/06


Minor League Hockey

Ftorek, Lynx get victory in overtime

In Victoria, British Columbia, B.J. Gaustad scored twice, Mike Wall stopped 40 shots and Sam Ftorek put in the game winner in overtime as the Lynx beat the Victoria Salmon Kings, 4-3 late Friday night.

Chris Leinweber also scored a power play goal for the Lynx (18-23) in the second period.

Rob McVicar had 25 saves in the loss for the Salmon Kings (16-25).


Nardiello fired for contact with team

U.S. skeleton coach Tim Nardiello was fired by the sport's national federation for ignoring orders to stay away from the team during its final Olympic preparations.

Nardiello, who was denied a credential to coach at the Turin Games, is in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where the four sliders representing the United States are training. The letter of dismissal was e-mailed Friday.

"I'm very disappointed," Nardiello said Saturday.

Nardiello was suspended by the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation on Dec. 31, accused of sexually harassing team members. He was reinstated 25 days later when an arbitrator found no credible evidence supporting those claims.

But the U.S. Olympic Committee, which conducted a separate inquiry, still refused to let him coach in Turin, citing other misconduct.

College Baseball

USC Aiken rebounds from loss with win

USC Aiken bounced back from a loss to Lincoln Memorial on Friday with a 7-1 win over the Railsplitters on Saturday.

Jon Paul (1-0) went six innings, allowing one run and four hits for the Pacers, earning the win.

Chris Sheehan homered for USC Aiken in the seventh inning, finishing with two hits and 3 RBI.

Robert Davis also pounded out 2 hits and an RBI, and Steven Kinney had a hit and 2 RBI for the Pacers (2-1) in the victory.

College Football

Coaching legend Vaught dies at 96

In Oxford, Miss., John Vaught, who led Mississippi to six Southeastern Conference titles and 18 postseason bowl appearances in 25 seasons as football coach, has died at 96.

He died Friday night at his assisted living facility in Oxford, Miss., the school said.

Vaught's influence lingers beyond the University of Mississippi stadium that now bears his name. Professional and college football teams still use his variations on offense.

Quarterbacks Charles Conerly, Jimmy Lear, Jake Gibbs, Doug Elmore, Glynn Griffing and Archie Manning brought national fame to Ole Miss under Vaught's tutelage from 1947-1970.

Vaught's teams lost only two Southeastern Conference games from 1959-63.

Vaught went 190-61-12 at Ole Miss.

College Tennis

Pacers cruise easily to open the season

USC Aiken opened its 2006 season with a pair of victories.

The Pacers (2-0), ranked 32nd nationally in Division II, defeated Queens University, 8-1, and Benedict, 9-0.

Dagoberto Darezzo, Nicolas Lombardo, Edward Horne, John Percival and Christopher Kaetz each won both of their singles matches.

- The Lady Pacers also notched two wins to begin the season. USC Aiken's women won both matches by the same margin as the men, downing Queens, 8-1 and shutting out Benedict, 9-0.


Former player ruled competent for trial

In Los Angeles, former NFL defensive back Darryll Lamont Lewis, who was arrested on charges of evading police during a 30-minute chase in November, was ruled competent to stand trial.

Lewis, 37, was arrested in November after he was accused of leading California Highway Patrol officers on a pursuit.


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