Originally created 05/27/98

Overtime: A sports wrap-up



Hoffman new Aquinas coach

Ellen Hoffman is the new girls basketball coach at Aquinas High. Formerly athletic director and coach at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School, Hoffman succeeds Tim Whitfield, who has relinquished his coaching duties but will remain as a teacher.

Hoffman, 28, has been at St. Mary on the Hill since 1991 as a teacher and coach.

South Carolina basketball coach Eddie Fogler has been given a raise and another contract extension after taking the Gamecocks to their second consecutive NCAA tournament.

The $10,000 raise pushes his base and supplemental salaries to $155,000 annually. The third consecutive extension of his five-year contract will keep Fogler in Columbia through the 2002-03 season.

COLLEGES:

John Shafer, senior associate athletic director at Georgia, and Dan Radakovich, associate athletic director at South Carolina, are two of six finalists for the AD job at Mississippi. Pete Boone left last month after three years to return to the banking industry.

A decision is expected next weekend.

The nation's largest collegiate conference is on the verge of splitting in half.

Citing the loss of traditional rivalries, rising travel costs and insufficient revenue growth, eight of the 16 Western Athletic Conference schools announced plans Tuesday to form their own league.

Air Force, Brigham Young, Colorado State, UNLV, New Mexico, San Diego State, Utah and Wyoming said they will file their intentions to leave the WAC before Sept. 1 as required by league bylaws. They also will ask the NCAA to recognize the new unnamed conference immediately.

A federal judge has thrown out a trademark infringement lawsuit filed in Utah by the Salt Lake Buzz against Georgia Tech.

The ruling, issued Friday, leaves in place a countersuit filed by the school in federal court in Georgia, alleging the Utah minor league baseball team was illegally using its trademark name.

BASEBALL:

Three Augusta area players have been named to the Georgia Independent School Association's Class AAA all-state team.

Representing Augusta Christian, the state runner-up, are junior outfielder BJ Hawes and sophomore infielder Buster Germany.

Hephzibah's Lloyd Turner and Jason Kirkland will sign baseball scholarships today at 3 p.m. at Hephzibah High.

Turner, a shortstop, will sign with Middle Georgia Junior College in Cochran, while Kirkland, a center fielder, will sign with Darton Junior College in Albany. Turner, a 6-foot-1, 195-pounder, batted .490 with six homers, while Kirkland, a 5-foot-9, 170-pounder, batted. 429 with two homers this season.

TENNIS:

Geoff Abrams won both his singles and doubles matches Tuesday, and Stanford completed an unbeaten season with its fourth consecutive NCAA men's tennis championship.

Stanford (28-0) captured its 16th men's tennis championship, the most of any school, with a 4-0 victory over Georgia.

It was the second straight year Georgia (26-4) finished as runner-up.

Todd Witsken, a doubles specialist who won more than $1.4 million on the ATP Tour and beat Jimmy Conners in the 1986 U.S. Open, has died of brain cancer.

Witsken, director of the Indianapolis Tennis Center since his retirement from the pro tour in 1993, died Monday in his home in Zionsville, Ind., 21 months after a malignant tumor was removed from his brain. He was 34.

GOLF:

Former PGA Tour player Tommy Moore died at his home from complications of a rare blood disease. He was 35.

Moore, an All-American at Oklahoma State in 1982, 1983 and 1984, played the 1990 and 1994 seasons on the PGA Tour. He won the 1993 Boise Open on the Nike Tour.

Moore, who died Sunday, was the No. 1-ranked junior golfer in the world in 1980 when he was 17.

FOOTBALL:

Pro Bowl receiver Keenan McCardell, the AFC's second-leading receiver last season, signed a contract extension with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday.

Terms were not disclosed.

The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to terms with veteran defensive end Chris Doleman.

Terms were not disclosed.