Originally created 05/17/98

Overtime: Sanks meets SAT minimum



Parade All-America running back Jasper Sanks will enroll at Georgia in August after meeting the NCAA's minimum SAT requirements.

Sanks and Georgia officials said that he scored 1,050 on the SAT he took May 2 at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia. He needed at least 960.

Sanks, who rushed for 5,043 career yards at Carver High School in Columbus, signed with the Bulldogs in February 1997. But after failing to qualify academically, he played a season at Fork Union and re-signed with Georgia in February.

Sanks' scores still must be verified by the NCAA, and he must be accepted by Georgia.

POLO: Louisiana takes on Rock Hill Farm at 11 a.m. today on Powderhouse Field in the consolation game of the Aiken Polo Club's 12-goal tournament. Palm Restaurant's Locusts play Upatoi Green for the championship at Whitney Field at 3 p.m.

TENNIS: Playing the attacking tennis that earned him the No. 1 ranking before an injury, Marcelo Rios beat Gustavo Kuerten on Saturday to reach the final of the Italian Open in Rome for the second straight year.

Rios won 6-0, 7-5 in less than an hour.

Rios, ranked No. 3, will face unseeded but streaking Spaniard Albert Costa in today's final. Costa beat compatriot Alberto Berasategui 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

-- Spain's Conchita Martinez ended the run of flashy teen-ager Anna Kournikova at the German Open in Berlin on Saturday.

Martinez swept the first set in only 19 minutes against a nervous Kournikova, slowing the pace with soft shots and slices, and won 6-0, 6-1.

Martinez will face French qualifier Amelie Mauresmo, 18, who needed six match points and 2 hours, 27 minutes, to beat world No. 3 Jana Novotna, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4.

BASEBALL: Seventh-seeded Arkansas advanced to the SEC tourney final Saturday with a 7-3 victory over No. 6 seed Mississippi State. They'll play either Auburn or Alabama, who faced off later Saturday.

Arkansas (37-18) is now within one win of its first SEC title and the automatic NCAA bid that goes with it.

-- Florida State freshman Matt Diaz went 5-for-5 and hit six RBI Saturday as top-seeded Florida State eliminated North Carolina State from the ACC tournament with a 13-6 victory.

-- Former big league outfielder Rufino Linares was killed early Saturday when his car slid off a highway and crashed into two palm trees in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Linares, who was 47, played for the Atlanta Braves and the California Angels from 1981-1985 and was a star in the Domincan Winter League, where he batted a career .285 with 32 home runs and 561 RBI in 16 seasons.

More recently, Linares was a coach with the Toyo Carp team in Hiroshima, Japan.

YACHTING: Toshiba, sailing for the United States, won the eighth leg of the Whitbred Round the World yacht race Saturday, beating out a strong challenge from Silk Cut.

BOWLING: Parker Bohn III, a runner-up in his previous two finals appearances, won the Professional Bowlers Association Greater Detroit Open at Taylor Lanes in Taylor, Mich., on Saturday.

Bohn, who was coming off a perfect game last week at the ABC Masters, was close to perfection again as he defeated top-seed Doug Kent 290-248 to earn his second title of the year and 15th overall.

BASKETBALL: Turner Sports is the latest reported to be interested in hiring Marv Albert to broadcast NBA games, The New York Times reported Saturday.

Albert, once the prime NBA broadcaster who also did New York Knicks' games, has been out of work since pleading guilty last fall to a misdemeanor assault charge in a sex case. NBC Sports fired him and he resigned from the Madison Square Garden Network.

Albert was mentioned this week as a candidate for a job announcing Miami Heat games, but the NBA club said it was sticking with its current TV voice, Eric Reid.