Spiezio signs minor league deal with Braves

ATLANTA -- Scott Spiezio will try to return to the majors with a team that rarely takes a chance on troubled players.

Spiezio agreed Monday to a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves, who'll give the infielder an opportunity to show he's cleaned up his life after an arrest on drunken driving and assault charges led to his release by St. Louis.

The 35-year-old Spiezio will work out with the Class A team in Rome on Tuesday and report to Triple-A Richmond the following day.

Spiezio won World Series championships with Anaheim in 2002 and St. Louis in 2006, but also missed more than a month last year while getting treatment for substance abuse. Then, in December, he was charged with six counts after police said he crashed his car, fled the scene and then beat up a friend who tried to help him.

He was cut by the Cardinals in February after the case became public. Now, Atlanta is giving him a shot at redemption.

• COLLEGE BASEBALL -- Clemson pitcher Ryan Hinson was named ACC Co-Pitcher of the Week, sharing the award with Virginia's Pat McAnaney.

Hinson, a junior from Rock Hill, had a win and a save in two outings last week. He saved a 2-1 win over Elon and won a 6-2 game over Maryland with eight strikeouts.

South Carolina's Phil Disher and James Darnell were named National and SEC Players of the Week. Disher went 5-for-12 (.417) in a three-game set against Kentucky, hitting one home run and driving in seven runs. Darnell earned his award from Collegiate Baseball after his three-homer performance against the Wildcats.

• LOCAL BOXING -- York natives Matt Waldrop and David Sykes won boxing matches at The Plex in North Charleston last week.

Waldrop, fighting in the 130-pound division, won his pro debut, stopping Will Davis in the third round.

Sykes, in the 147-pound division, won his first professional match, stopping Justin Costner in the second round.

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- Tennessee will increase the price of football season tickets to $315 for seven home games.

According to the Tennessee athletics department, the price represents an increase of $19, or $2.71 a game for bleacher seating and $3 a game for seats with backs. About 14 percent of the total is sales tax.

Individual game ticket prices for the Vols' home games will be $70 for Florida and Alabama; $50 for UAB, Mississippi State and Kentucky; and $40 for Northern Illinois and Wyoming.

• COLLEGE BASKETBALL -- The Lopez twins are going pro together.

Stanford sophomore Robin Lopez is joining his 7-foot brother Brook in entering the NBA draft.

The brothers made their announcement to The Associated Press on Monday through mother, Deborah Ledford.

It was expected that Brook would declare himself eligible for the NBA, but Robin was not so certain. They were prep stars in Fresno, Calif., and came to Stanford together. Now they will depart as a tandem, too.

• New Mexico gave men's basketball coach Steve Alford a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2015-16 season.