USC greats on hand to celebrate 100 years of hoops

COLUMBIA -- Two of South Carolina's top three all-time scorers are expected to be on hand Tuesday to begin a season-long remembrance of the Gamecocks 100th year of basketball.

Scoring leader BJ McKie and No. 3 on the list John Roche are scheduled to appear Tuesday at the Colonial Center for the kickoff ceremonies.

McKie, who played for four seasons through the 1998-99 season, finished with 2,199 points. Roche was with the Gamecocks for three seasons through 1970-71 and scored 1,910 points.

NBA great Alex English is second in South Carolina history with 1,972 points during four seasons ending in 1975-76.

Others former Gamecock greats expected to attend are College of Charleston coach Bobby Cremins and Zam Fredrick, who led the country in scoring with a 28.9-point a game average in 1980-81.

• TOUR DE FRANCE -- Alexandre Vinokourov turned in a gutsy ride to win the 15th stage of the Tour de France Monday, and Michael Rasmussen held off several challenges to defend his overall lead.

Rasmussen retained a 2:23 lead over Alberto Contador despite repeated attacks from the Spaniard in the last of five climbs in the stage. Cadel Evans of Australia, in third overall, lost time to Rasmussen and drifted to 4:00 off the Dane's pace.

Vinokourov, a former race favorite whose hopes of Tour victory vanished when he lost nearly 29 minutes to Rasmussen on Sunday, crossed the finish alone.

• PRO FOOTBALL -- Pittsburgh Steelers star safety Troy Polamalu signed a four-year contract extension worth $30.19 million that makes him the highest-paid player in team history and one of the NFL's top-paid defensive backs.

The deal guarantees the Steelers will keep their most versatile defensive player through the 2011 season, or when he will be 30 -- meaning Polamalu could negotiate another big-money contract before his NFL career ends.

• PRO BASKETBALL -- Lawrence Frank signed a multiyear contract extension with the New Jersey Nets, who have advanced to the playoffs each of the four seasons he has coached the team.

New Jersey finished 41-41 last season, but lost in the second round to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the eventual conference champions. Frank, the NBA's youngest coach at age 36, has never gotten the Nets beyond the second round.

• The Detroit Pistons signed forward Antonio McDyess to a two-year contract extension, keeping the team's top reserve off the free-agent market next summer.

McDyess, whose career once was in doubt because of knee operations, played in a career-high 82 games in each of the last two seasons. He has one season remaining on his current deal.

• LOCAL BASKETBALL -- Locally sponsored Veterans Cab PrimeTime Players picked up two wins in the Jeff McInnis Pro-Am League and now have won five in a row.

PrimeTime defeated Urban Entertainment, 65-52, with Thomas Douglas leading all scorers with 24 points, while Bobby Isom added 20.

Wednesday night, PrimeTime matched up with first place Rosemaxx and won, 71-64, with Sean Barnette, Thomas Douglas, Brian Grier, and Bobby Isom all scoring in double figures.

PrimeTime Players placed five players on the AllStar teams, Thomas Douglas, Sean Barnette, and Brian Grier where all chosen to play in the collegiate game, while Bobby Isom and Letrasky Pressley will be playing in the Professionals Allstar Game.

Both games will be Aug. 1 at Grady Cole Center in Charlotte with games starting at 6:30 p.m.