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USC Aiken in 10th at Hilton Head tourney

The fifth-ranked USC Aiken men's golf team finished the 36-hole first day Monday at 27 over par at the Wexford Intercollegiate at Wexford Plantation Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

The Pacers are in 10th place, only five shots out of the top 5, heading into today's final round.

l USC Aiken will offer a fan bus for Sunday's regular-season finale at Georgia College & State in Milledgeville.

The bus will depart at 11 a.m., with the women's game starting at 2 p.m. and the men's game at 4.

The cost for the trip is $20 per person, which includes a ticket to both games. The deadline to sign up is Thursday at 5 p.m.

To sign up or for information, call Lynn Way at (803) 641-3486.

l The USC Aiken baseball squad moved up for the fourth consecutive week Monday to No. 14 in the Collegiate Baseball Magazine Division II Top 30 poll.

The Pacers (11-3, 2-1 Peach Belt) have won eight of their past nine games.

l The No. 18 USC Aiken men's tennis team got its first Peach Belt Conference win of the season Monday, 5-4 over No. 25 Francis Marion.

The No. 25 Patriots came in undefeated in six matches this season.

The teams split the singles matches 3-3, leaving No. 1 doubles as the pivotal match. The team of Dagoberto Darezzo and Edward Horne , ranked second nationally, won 9-8 over the No. 11 team of Franklyn Emmanuel and Oshada Wijemanne .

Meanwhile, the Lady Pacers tennis squad lost 7-2 to No. 15 Francis Marion.

Wrestling

Mayweather readies for WrestleMania

In Los Angeles, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a champion boxer. Now the man many consider the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world is preparing to drop the gloves for wrestling.

A $20 million payday awaits the undefeated WBC welterweight champion March 30 when he takes on Big Show as part of WWE's "WrestleMania XXIV" at Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

Soccer

FIFA could prevent Spain from playing

Spain is threatened with possible expulsion from this year's European Championship because of the government's demands upon the national soccer federation.

"It's by no means an empty threat," William Gaillard, a spokesman for European soccer's governing body, told The Associated Press.

The Spanish government asked all sports federations not competing in this year's Olympics to hold elections before the Beijing Games in August. The Spanish soccer federation, however, doesn't end its four-year term until November.

FIFA, soccer's ruling organization, can ban teams from international competition.

NHL

Avalanche set to bring back Forsberg

The Avalanche and Peter Forsberg have agreed on a deal to bring the 2003 NHL MVP back to Colorado through the end of the season.

Forsberg won two Stanley Cups in his nine seasons with the Avalanche.

He also won the Hart Trophy in 2003 after scoring 29 goals and adding 77 assists.

l Edmonton Oilers forward Ethan Moreau will miss the rest of the regular season after fracturing a bone in his lower left leg.

He fractured his left tibia after hitting the boards during Sunday's 3-2 win over Colorado.

Moreau missed 38 games after suffering a fracture in the same area when he blocked a shot in a preseason game.

Tennis

U.S. Davis Cup will play host to France

The United States will play France on indoor hard courts in Winston-Salem, N.C., in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.

The defending champions will play the French team April 11-13 at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.


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