Originally created 10/24/06



Sim wins in playoff at Charleston event

In Charleston, S.C., Michael Sim birdied the first playoff hole on Monday to beat Ken Duke and win his first Nationwide Tour event, the PalmettoPride Classic.

Sim finished his 1-under-par (71) fourth round Monday tied with Duke at 12-under (276) after rain delayed the event for nearly three hours Sunday.

- Stephen Ames had tests on a back injury that will cause him to miss the Chrysler Championship of Tampa and the season-ending Tour Championship, commissioner Tim Finchem said.

Women's Golf

Augusta St. coach wins opening match

In West Point, Miss., Augusta State golf coach Laura Coble rallied Monday to win her first-round match in 19 holes in the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship at Old Waverly Golf Club.

Coble fell 3-down to Lea Anne Brown, of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., after shooting 41 on the front nine. Coble birdied No. 10 and followed with a par at No. 11 for a pair of wins. She added a birdie at the par-4 14th to square the match. Coble's bogey on the first extra hole, the par-4 first holes, bested Brown's double bogey.

Coble will play Tanna Lee Richard, of Fort Smith, Ark., at 9 a.m. today in the second round. The winner of the match will advance to the Round of 16 this afternoon.


USC Aiken will hold 1st-round matchup

The USC Aiken men's soccer team will host its first Peach Belt Conference tournament game at 7 p.m. tonight. The 25th-ranked Pacers face North Georgia at the Pacer Pit.

USC Aiken (10-5-2, 4-1-2) finished third in the conference, one point out of first place. The Pacers will play a North Georgia team (5-11-1, 3-4-0) they defeated at home, 2-0, earlier this month.

The winner of today's match will move on to the semifinals at 2 p.m. on Friday and play the winner of the Francis Marion- Clayton State match.

Auto Racing

Basey cleans up at Carolina Clash

Ed Basey won his fourth Carolina Clash race on Saturday at Gordon Park Speedway.

He led the for the entire Super Late Models class race.

This was the first Carolina Clash event held at Gordon Park Speedway since 2002.

Youth Sports

Man draws firearm at his child's game

PHILADELPHIA - A father pulled a gun on a youth football coach because his son wasn't getting enough playing time, police said.

Wayne Derkotch, 40, was arguing with the coach on Sunday during a game of 6- and 7-year-olds when he drew the weapon, police said. No shots were fired.

Derkotch was charged with aggravated assault and other offenses. He did not immediately return a call to his home Monday.

A referee accused of throwing a punch at a man also was arrested on assault charges, police said.


Stern says new ball will remain in play

NEW YORK - NBA commissioner David Stern said on Monday the league is sticking with its new ball and is convinced it's a better product despite concerns from a number of players.

"We've been testing it and retesting it," Stern said. "And I think that some of the dramatics around it were a little overstated in terms of the downside and not enough recognition of the upside."

The upside to Stern is that all the new balls, made of a microfiber composite, feel exactly alike. No two leather balls were the same.

Some players have said the new ball is too sticky when it's dry; others claim it's too slippery when wet. Shaquille O'Neal and Steve Nash are among those wary.

- Kings guard Mike Bibby is expected to miss the first two weeks of the regular season after injuring his right thumb in an exhibition game on Sunday night.


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