Originally created 12/21/06

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College basketball

Cincinnati transfer lands at USC Aiken

Abdul Herrera, a 6-foot-11 center from Panama, transferred to USC Aiken from Cincinnati and will join the Pacers immediately.

Herrera practiced with the Bearcats last year as a partial qualifier, but did not use a year of eligibility. Because of NCAA rules, his decision to transfer to a Division II school allows him to play the remainder of this season. He'll be a freshman in terms of eligibility.

As a high school senior at South Miami, he averaged 19.4 points and 15.9 rebounds per game.

Herrera's decision to transfer comes at a good time for USC Aiken, which lost 6-8 sophomore Kevin Willis for the season with a torn ACL. Two other players - 6-8 junior Willie Metcalf and 6-6 junior Jordan Cunningham - left the team for various reasons.

Women's Cross Country

Jags' season best in school's history

Under the guidance of coach Adam Ward, Augusta State enjoyed its best season in school history.

The Jaguars recorded two team victories, while junior standout Annie Kim won her first collegiate meet at the Lander Invitational.

Augusta State, which finished third in the Peach Belt Champ-ionships, cracked the region rankings for the first time ever when it was ranked seventh in the South Region poll on Sept. 21.

The Jaguars earned their first-ever bid to the South Regional in Memphis, Tenn., where they finished ninth out of 22 teams.

Kim was joined by sophomore Jenafer Forward on the all-conference squad. Ward was the conference coach of the year.

Baseball

Baseball salaries were booming even before the free-agent escalation of the past 5 weeks.

The average salary shot up 9 percent this year to $2,699,292, according to final figures released by the Major League Baseball Players Association. The increase was the highest since a 12.8 percent rise in 2001 and makes it likely the $3 million mark will be broken next year or in 2008.

Skiing

Miller records win, takes overall lead

In Hinterstoder, Austria, Bode Miller took over first place in the overall World Cup standings for the first time in a year after winning a super-G on Wednesday.

Miller raced down the foggy 1-mile Wertung course in 1 minute, 9.76 seconds for his third World Cup victory this season.

The 29-year-old American is the only skier this season with more than one World Cup victory.

Hermann Maier of Austria partially dislocated his shoulder in a crash while warming up for the race.

Maier, who still managed to finish third, is still expected to race in today's giant slalom.

- In Val D'Isere, France, Lind-sey Kildow was surprised when she looked at the race clock after crossing the finish line in a women's World Cup downhill race.

"Oh my God!" she shouted after realizing her time of 1 minute, 38.06 seconds was 1.24 seconds faster than American teammate Julia Mancuso.

"I don't know if it can get any better," Kildow said.

Horse Racing

Barbaro might head to farm in Kentucky

It's not a done deal yet - "nothing's worked out," Barbaro's co-owner, Gretchen Jackson said, but it's possible that the Kentucky Derby winner could leave the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in the coming days.

His next stop could be a horse farm in Kentucky.

"I would like to say it would happen before New Year's," Jack-son said.

Even without an exact timetable, she said, "things are moving along."



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