College Baseball


Peach Belt trio are on all-region team

USC Aiken's Chad Jacobsen and Peden Rucker were joined by Augusta State's Shannon Wilkerson on the American Baseball Coaches Association South Atlantic All-Region first team.

USC Aiken's Scott Wandless made the second team.

Jacobsen, who was also named Region Player of the Year, set nine single-season school records. He led the Peach Belt Conference in eight offensive categories and finished second in three others.

Rucker went 11-1 with a 3.45 ERA.

Wandless, a former Greenbrier player, was 9-3 with a team-best 3.31 ERA.

USC Aiken outfielder Cody McMorris and Augusta State first baseman Kevin Owens made the region's gold glove first team.


Lee takes over lead in Atlanta Amateur

In Lawrenceville, Ga., former Evans resident Alina Lee carries a one-shot lead into today's final round of the Greater Atlanta Women's Amateur Champion-ship.

Lee, who now lives in Athens, Ga., and is a member of the University of Georgia women's golf team, shot 6-over-par 77 and is at 9-over 151 through 36 holes.

First-round leader Mariah Stackhouse , a 14-year-old from Riverdale, shot 79 and is one shot off the lead in the Georgia State Golf Association event.

Augusta's Laura Coble had 79 and is six shots off the lead. Coble is a three-time winner of this event.

- In Albuquerque, N.M., Southern California and UCLA were tied for first place after play was suspended because of high winds during the second round of the NCAA Women's Golf Championship.

Georgia finished both rounds and has shot 297-303 -- 16 strokes behind the co-leaders. Former Augusta State golfer Garrett Phillips has shot 71-74 for the Lady Bulldogs.

South Carolina opened with 306 and didn't complete second-round play. Aiken's Whitney Simons opened with 75 and is 3-over through five holes of the second round.

- In Monday's U.S. Open local qualifier in Fayetteville, Ga., Augusta pro Scott Brown tied for seventh place with 69.

The six players ahead of him, at 68 and lower, advanced to the sectional round.

That meant there had to be a sudden-death playoff between the five golfers at 69 to determine the first- and second alternate spots. They went to Andrew Suggs , of Fayetteville, Ga. (first alternate), and amateur Michael Bugden , of Newnan, Ga. (second alternate).

Women's College Basketball

Gamecocks grant recruit her release

New South Carolina coach Dawn Staley says one of the program's recruits has been released from her commitment to join the Gamecocks.

Staley said that guard Becky Burke , of Clarks Summit, Pa., requested and was granted a release from the national letter of intent she signed in November.


Manchester United wins European title

In Moscow, Manchester United beat Chelsea 6-5 in a rain-soaked penalty shootout to win the European Champions League title following a 1-1 tie.

In the first final between two English teams, Edwin van der Sar batted away Nicolas Anelka's drive on the 14th kick to give Manchester United its third Champions League title.


Dealer's testimony implicates Graham

In San Francisco, an admitted steroids dealer testified that he set up Marion Jones with a three-drug cocktail of banned substances to boost her bid to win five medals at the 2000 Olympic Games.

Angel "Memo" Heredia said he mailed the oxygen-boosting EPO, growth hormone and insulin to Jones at the behest of her then-coach Trevor Graham , who faces federal charges of lying to federal agents about his relationship with Heredia.



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