Originally created 02/11/06



Raiders hire Shell back as head coach

In Alameda, Calif., the Oakland Raiders' coaching search finally came to an end Friday night when the team hired former coach Art Shell to replace Norv Turner.

Shell, who hasn't been a head coach since the Raiders fired him following the 1994 season, first talked to owner Al Davis about taking the job last week and emerged as the leading candidate after Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, a Richmond Academy grad, told the team he didn't want the job.

- In Houston, David Carr will be with the Houston Texans another three years, perhaps an indication the team might select Heisman Trophy running back Reggie Bush with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft.

The move could be an indication that the Texans will pass on fan favorite quarterback Vince Young, a Houston native who led Texas to the national title.

- In Columbus, Ohio, former Ohio State star tailback Maurice Clarett was indicted on charges of robbing two people behind a bar and carrying a concealed weapon, a prosecutor said Friday.

Clarett, who led Ohio State to the 2002 national championship, was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and four lesser robbery counts, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said.

- An item in the Area Annoucements in Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained the incorrect location for the Palmetto Dragons tryouts.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. today at the Boys and Girls Club at 1903 Division St. in Augusta. Camp will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

- Strom Thurmond's Kenneth Griffith will attend South Carolina State and plans to walk on the football team.

He was an honorable mention selection to The Augusta Chronicle 2005 All-Area team as a linebacker.

Major League Baseball

Soriano loses out on arbitration fight

In St. Petersburg, Fla., Alfonso Soriano lost to the Washington Nationals in salary arbitration and will receive $10 million rather than his request for $12 million.

Even with the loss, the All-Star second baseman set a record for the highest salary awarded in arbitration, topping the $8.2 million Andruw Jones earned in 2001 when he beat the Braves.

Soriano spent the past two seasons with Texas and hit .268 last year with 36 homers, 104 RBI and 30 stolen bases.

- In New York, pitcher Shawn Chacon and the New York Yankees agreed to a $3.6 million, one-year contract and avoided salary arbitration. The 28-year-old right-hander went 7-3 with a 2.85 ERA for the Yankees.

High School Basketball

Pacers' Allee gets academic honor

USC Aiken point guard Mindy Allee has been selected to the ESPN The Magazine CoSIDA Academic All-District III Second Team.

The redshirt junior has a 3.47 grade point average and averages 11.1 points per game.


Aiken team scores victory in Florida

In Wellington, Fla., Aiken's New Bridge La Dolfina dominated Reata 16-8 in a 22-goal Ylvisaker Cup polo match Thursday at International Polo Club in Palm Beach.

Ten-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso and 9-goaler Matias Magrini scored eight goals each.


Mauresmo moves on into semifinals

In Paris, top-seeded Amelie Mauresmo knocked out defending champion Dinara Safina 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the semifinals of the Gaz de France.

Mauresmo, the world No. 2, will face Tatiana Golovin, who outlasted Russian Nadia Petrova.

Mary Pierce and Patty Schnyder, will meet in the other semifinal.

- In San Diego, Andy Roddick lost to Andrei Pavel in the opening match of United States-Romania Davis Cup play after he had a match point in the third set. Roddick lost 6-7 (2), 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-2, 6-4.


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