Originally created 09/30/97

Overtime: Augusta State takes lead at Woodlands



Vaughn Taylor carded a 3-under-par 141 and Augusta State University's golf team grabbed a 12-stroke lead after playing 36 holes on Monday in The Woodlands Intercollegiate on the TPC at The Woodlands, Texas.

The Jaguars' Robert Duck is one shot back after a pair of 71s as the 15-school tournament heads into its final round today.

Other Jaguar scorers are Gavin Lunny at 149, John Wells at 153 and Chris Roake at 155. The Jags totaled 585.

Tournament host Sam Houston State is second at 597 and the University of Texas-Arlington is third at 601.

  • Liza Klein, a freshman at the University of New Orleans from Evans, shot a school record-tying 76 Sunday in the final round of the Stetson Lady Sunshine Invitational women's tournament in Ormond Beach, Fla.
  • Klein, who attended Lakeside High School, tied for 33rd place (84-76- 160), equaled the mark set by Dabney Branch last season.

    On Saturday, New Orleans set a school record when all five players broke 90 in the same round.

    BASKETBALL: Rasheed Wallace has agreed to a six-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers that reportedly is worth between $75 million and $80 million, by far the biggest deal ever made by the team.

    The contract extension beats a Wednesday deadline that could have allowed the 6foot-10 Wallace to become a free agent next summer. Wallace is entering the final year of the three-year deal he signed after Washington made him the fourth selection in the 1995 NBA draft. The Blazers acquired Wallace in a 1996 trade with the Bullets. He will make $2.33 million during the 1997-98 season.

  • Columbia native Alex English, the former University of South Carolina and Denver Nuggets star, was added to the Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday night, along with six others, including former Boston Celtic Bailey Howell, college coaches Pete Carill and Don Haskins, women's stars Denise Curry and Joan Crawford, and Spanish coach Antonio Diaz-Miguel.
  • FOOTBALL: The football referee who had a massive heart attack during Saturday's Virginia-North Carolina game improved to serious condition Monday evening after worsening earlier in the day.

    James Knight, 51, of Charlotte, had been downgraded to critical condition at UNC Hospitals early Monday morning, but he was back in serious condition at 6 p.m., according to a hospital spokeswoman.

    Knight collapsed during the second quarter of the game and was taken to the hospital on the University of North Carolina campus.

    Knight's heart stopped four times, with three of the arrests occurring on the field.

    TENNIS: Pete Collins, head professional and director of tennis at Augusta Country Club, has been awarded the Master Professional designation by the U.S. Professional Tennis Registry. Collins is one of only eight to receive this rating - the highest level of achievement for USPTR certified pros. The award was presented over the weekend at an international symposium at Hilton Head Island.

    BOXING: Johnny Montantes went to Las Vegas, regarded as a boxing capital, carrying the slim hope he might finally become a contender. He ended up losing his life for a $2,000 payday in the main event he so eagerly sought.

    What was supposed to be the start of a renewed career for the 28year-old journeyman boxer turned instead to tragedy when he died Sunday after being knocked out in the fifth round of a fight two days earlier with James Crayton in the main event of a club card at the Orleans hotel-casino off the Las Vegas Strip.

    The death was the third in a little more than three years in Nevada, where casinos stage the biggest boxing events in the world. Before that, it had been 12 years since a boxer lost his life in the ring in the state.

  • Heavyweight Mitch "Blood" Green went to court Monday in New York, hoping that a 1988 street fight with Mike Tyson will give him the payday he could not win in the ring against the former heavyweight champion.
  • Green, 39, is suing Tyson for $25 million for civil assault because of a "savage" beating Tyson gave him on a Harlem street at 4 a.m. on Aug. 23, 1988.

  • Julio Cesar Chavez's super lightweight title fight against Migel Angel Gonzalez was postponed Monday after Chavez reinjured his left elbow. The WBC title fight had been scheduled for Oct. 25 in Mexico City.
  • END OF ERA: Boston Garden, home to the NHL Bruins and the NBA Celtics, is officially in the hands of the wreckers. Two years after the old arena was closed to the public, its maintenance crew turned off the lights Monday and locked up one last time before the yearlong demolition begins.

    The building, dedicated Nov. 14, 1928, is scheduled to be ripped apart section by section in January. Nine months later, it should be reduced to a vacant lot. A highrise hotel, residential, office and retail complex is expected to rise in its place.

    SOCCER: Paul Banta, who coached Coastal Carolina to two NCAA men's soccer tournament appearances, has been suspended for the rest of the season. Athletic director George "Buddy" Sasser would not say why he suspended Banta, in his 14th season coaching the Chanticleers.

    Banta was suspended last week for two games and Sasser said he decided to continue that through the rest of the season. Dermot McGrane, hired as Banta's assistant this past April, will take over for the team's final nine games.

    DIVING: Project Aware Savannah River Scavenger Hunt, sponsored by Emerald Seas Dive Shop, will be held Sunday at Walton's Corner. There is a $10 registration fee if paid before Wednesday, $13 after that date. Proceeds benefit St. Joseph's Hospice, Allan Fuqua Young Life Center and Martinez Fire Department. Call 733-7172 for more information.