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In brief: Knicks forward Balkman hawks lemonade

Thu., May 26, 2011

NBA: New York Knicks forward Renaldo Balkman helped turn lemons into lemonade Wednesday in Columbia, S.C., as part of a seventh-grader’s efforts to help those afflicted with cancer.

Balkman took orders behind the table at Anthony’s Lemonade Stand, 13-year-old Anthony Frederick’s fundraiser for cancer research. The teenager’s mother, Dru Frederick, was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago. His father, Tony, is undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia.

Balkman, a former South Carolina Gamecock, heard about the family through one of his old classmates and wanted to take part. The 6-foot-8 Balkman handed out cold cups of lemonade, posed for pictures and shook hands with those stopping by at Dent Middle School.

Anthony Frederick has raised more than $17,000 through his lemonade, T-shirt and toys sales the past five years.

Whits honored as all-Region

College baseball: Whitworth junior Landon Scott is a repeat selection on the NCAA Division III All-West Region second team announced by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

Scott, a third baseman, led the team in batting average (.389), hits (58), slugging percentage (.611), home runs (six), RBIs (35) and runs scored (38). He also walked 21 times and led the team in on-base percentage (.489).

Teammate Kevin Valerio, a junior, was one of three outfielders to win a Region Gold Glove, committing one error in 133 chances.

NCAA turns down USC penalty bid

College football: The NCAA has rejected Southern California’s bid to reduce some of the penalties imposed last year on its football program, including a two-year bowl ban and the loss of 30 scholarships over three years, according to media reports.

A USC spokesman confirmed that the school has received a response from the NCAA regarding its appeal, but he says that NCAA rules prevent USC from commenting on the decision until it is released today.

USC officials went before the NCAA’s Infractions Appeals Committee in January and asked that the panel reduce by half the harshest penalties handed down against the football program.

The NCAA had cited USC for a lack of institutional control.

Associated Press

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