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Changes to Raiders basketball schedule
Southern Vance will make up Tuesday's home varsity boys and girls basketball games against N.C. School of Science and Math on Saturday, Feb. 8. The girls will tip at 5 p.m.
The Raiders did not play as scheduled at South Granville on Wednesday and are slated to make those games up Thursday, Feb. 13.
Hurricanes assign Ward to AHL for conditioning
RALEIGH — The Carolina Hurricanes have removed goaltender Cam Ward from injured reserve and assigned him to their American Hockey League affiliate for a conditioning stint.
Ward has missed the last 13 games with a lower-body injury. The Hurricanes' all-time leader in games played by a goaltender, wins and shutouts will join the AHL's Charlotte Checkers in Cleveland ahead of the team's game against Lake Erie on Friday.
The 29-year-old Ward is 6-7-5 this year with a 3.15 goals-against average and an .895 save percentage in 19 games this year.
U.S. National Team captain Dempsey named to SoCon hall
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — U.S. National men's soccer team captain Clint Dempsey is among five people who have been named to the Southern Conference Hall of Fame.
The league announced the new class Thursday. The group will be inducted at ceremonies in Asheville, N.C., in March.
Dempsey played soccer at Furman from 2001-03, helping the Paladins win two SoCon regular-season and tournament titles. He has played professionally in the MLS and the English Premier League.
Other inductees are former Appalachian State football coach Jerry Moore, former Duke football and basketball player Eddie Cameron, ex-Furman women's basketball player Rushia Brown and former Wake Forest baseball player Charlie Teague.
Jermaine Jones loaned from Schalke to Besiktas
BERLIN — American midfielder Jermaine Jones was loaned to the Turkish club Besiktas from Schalke for the rest of the season after telling the German Bundesliga team he wanted a move before the winter transfer window closes Friday.
The 32-year old, a regular starter for the U.S. national team, had skipped Schalke's training camp in Qatar during the winter break.
Utah ape predicts Seahawks will win Super Bowl
SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah ape that has correctly picked the Super Bowl winner for six straight years predicted Thursday that the Seattle Seahawks will be the next NFL champion.
Eli the ape ran into an enclosure Thursday morning and swiftly knocked down a papier-mache helmet bearing the Seahawks logo, signaling his pick, said Erica Hansen of Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City.
"He made his pick without any hesitation," Hansen said.
Brewers broadcaster will cut back on road games
MILWAUKEE — Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker says that after more than four decades of calling games for the Milwaukee Brewers, he plans to reduce his road game travel this season.
Uecker said Thursday on WTMJ radio (http://bit.ly/1kdEK30 ) that he still plans to do all home games at Miller Park. The 80-year-old Uecker has been doing Brewers broadcasts since 1971. Uecker says that after 59 years in baseball, it's time to "kick back and relax a little bit."
Uecker says he's been in good health lately after undergoing heart surgery in 2010. He wasn't specific about how many games he'll give up on the road. Uecker is treasured in Wisconsin as the Brewers longtime broadcaster. The team recently announced a second statue of Uecker will be placed at Miller Park.