Originally created 12/19/97

Overtime: Team Augusta to box Finns at Warren Road

Team Augusta will fight a group of Finnish boxers tonight in an amateur card at Warren Road Community Center.

Augustans Jade Ealy (125 pounds), Al Jackson (156), Dylan Luther (147), Patrick Brissey (147) and Demetrius Jones (165) will fight. Jason Pinkney will fight Mathew Bargeron in a 100-pound, 13-year-old demonstration match.

The action begins at 7 p.m., with admission of $3 or $1 for those age 12-under. There will be no admission charge for those bringing an unwrapped toy, with the gift going to the Augusta Boxing Club's youth program.

  • Light welterweight champion Felix Bwalya of Zambia was in a coma Thursday, four days after winning the Commonwealth title from Paul Burke of Britain on a controversial decision.
  • Bwalya, who was knocked down three times in the final three rounds and was on the canvas when the final bell sounded, was admitted to Lusaka Teaching Hospital Tuesday after complaining of headaches.

    He was put on life support in the intensive care unit. On Thursday, his condition was critical.

    BASEBALL: The Atlanta Braves announced Thursday that they sent first baseman Steve Hacker to the Minnesota Twins as the player-to-be-named-later in the Sept. 5 trade in which the Braves acquired catcher Greg Myers. Hacker, 23, hit .324 for Class A Macon last season with 33 home runs and 119 RBI in 117 games.

    HOCKEY: Philadelphia teammates John LeClair and Eric Lindros lead close races in voting for the North American All-Stars announced Thursday by the NHL.

    LeClair leads all wings with 237,922 votes. Brendan Shanahan of Detroit is second with 195,311 and Brett Hull of St. Louis third with 181,423. Lindros has the lead among centers with 138,299 to 129,689 for Wayne Gretzky of the New York Rangers and 115,853 for Joe Sakic of Colorado.

  • Alexander Barkov and Vitaly Prokhorov scored goals on Thursday to spark Russia to a 2-1 victory over Finland on the second day of the Baltika Brewery Cup.
  • Also on Thursday, the Czech Republic tied Sweden 6-6.

    GOLF: Payne Stewart showed up on the wrong tee, plopped his first drive into the water and still finished Thursday's first round of the Coolum Classic in Collum, Australia, just one stroke off the lead.

    Stewart doubled bogeyed his first hole after scurrying from No. 1 to the 10th tee where he was supposed to start then rallied to shoot a 3-under-par 69. Australian Lucas Parson was the leader with a 68. Craig Parry, an Australian who plays on the PGA Tour, and Robert Allenby, the best of the young Australians, were two strokes off with lead with 70s.

  • F. Morgan Taylor Jr., who joined the executive committee of the USGA in 1986 and has served as its vice president for the past three years, will follow Judy Bell as president of the organization. Bell, the first woman to serve as head of the 102-year-old organization, served two one-year terms. The formal election of officers and the full 16-member Executive Committee will take place Jan. 24 at the USGA's Annual Meeting in Tucson, Ariz. The USGA announced the nominations Wednesday.
  • Robert R. Feagin Jr., former president of Jacksonville's daily newspapers and a founder of the PGA Tour's The Players Championship, has died of congestive heart failure. He was 85.
  • Feagin, who died Wednesday, was instrumental in securing a permanent site in the Jacksonville area for the Tournament Players Championship, which became The Players Championship.

    SKIING: Katja Seizinger won a super-G on Thursday in Val D'Isere, France, for her sixth straight victory, tying a World Cup record set by Jean-Claude Killy.

    The German has not lost since finishing fourth in a parallel slalom Nov. 28 at Mammoth Mountain, Calif. All her victories in the streak have been in speed events. When Killy set his record in 1967, he won three downhills, two slaloms and a giant slalom.

    YACHTING: The Dennis Conner-owned Toshiba moved into the lead and stayed there Thursday as the third leg of the Whitbread round-the-world yacht race produced close racing in light, shifty winds.

    Early in the day, Toshiba moved ahead of Silk Cut of Great Britain and Chessie Racing of the United States. EF Language, the first-leg winner from Sweden, dropped from first to fourth.

    SOCCER: The U.S. women's soccer team was picked as Team of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee on Thursday.

    Women's teams dominated the voting for the second year in a row, taking four of the top five places.

  • The United States will begin its World Cup preparation with an exhibition game against Sweden on Jan. 24 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
  • The Americans already had been scheduled to play Cuba (Feb. 1) and Costa Rica (Feb. 7) in the CONCACAF Gold Cup at Oakland, Calif. The Gold Cup, played every two years, is the championship of soccer's North and Central American and Caribbean region.

    SNOWBOARDING: Snowboarder Rosey Fletcher of Girdwood, Alaska, took control on the first run Thursday and held off world champion Sondra Van Ert of Ketchum, Idaho, to win the first Olympic qualifying race, a giant slalom, by more than a full second.

    Canadian Mark Fawcett, who started the snowboard program at Carrabassett Valley Academy, located at the foot of Sugarloaf, during the 1989-90 season, won the men's GS by more than two seconds on the opening day of the $225,000 Bud Light U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix.

    Chris Klug of Aspen, Colo., was second.


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