Originally created 08/05/98

Overtime: Radio station to broadcast Lynx games



Radio station to broadcast Lynx games

Augusta Lynx fans will be able to hear all 70 regular season games this fall on WCHZ-FM, Z95.1.

The station will be the official voice of the Augusta Lynx. Jerry Canaan, "the Voice of the Lynx," will call each game.

The first broadcast will be opening night, Thursday, Oct. 15.

AUGUSTA STATE:

John Bush III has been hired as the new sports information director at Augusta State.

Bush, a 1992 University of South Carolina graduate, worked for four years as a student and graduate assistant in the Gamecocks sports information office. He replaces Frank Mercogliano, who served as Augusta State's SID for the past four years.

TENNIS:

Rod Laver remained in serious but stable condition in the intensive care unit at the UCLA Medical Center on Tuesday with a fever.

Laver, who will be 60 on Sunday, had a moderate stroke on July 27.

Alex O'Brien, who qualified for the main draw when Thomas Enqvist withdrew, upset Gustavo Kuerten 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) Tuesday at the $2.4 million du Maurier Open in Toronto.

O'Brien had to retire during qualifying Sunday because of cramps. But when Enqvist, the No. 12 seed pulled out, O'Brien made the field as the top-ranked qualifying loser.

Top-seeded Slovak Karol Kucera met unexpectedly tough resistance from 75th-ranked Russian Marat Safin, but struggled through to the last 16 with a 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) win at the Grolsch Open on Tuesday in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

But the clay-court event lost two more seeds.

Argentinian qualifier Mariano Zabaleta upset No. 2 seed Felix Mantilla of Spain, 7-6 (7-2) 6-2.

In other action at the Grolsch Open, Hicham Arazi of Morocco was thrown out for unsportsmanlike conduct for his behavior during a first-round match with Sweden's Magnus Norman.

He had been warned by the umpire twice for throwing his racket, as he grew increasingly angry with himself for making errors in the second set of this first-round match.

Arazi, ranked 42 in the world, will forfeit his prize money and may be fined by the ATP tour administration.

Meghann Shaughnessy of the United States upset fifth-seeded Tatiana Panova of Russia 6-3, 6-4 Tuesday in the opening round of the Enka Open in Istanbul, Turkey.

Also ousted was No. 2 seed Sabine Appelmans of Belgium, beaten by Laura Golarsa of Italy 7-6 (12-10), 6-3.

BASKETBALL:

The NBA was dealt another setback Tuesday by arbitrator John Feerick, who ruled he has jurisdiction to hear a grievance filed on behalf of players with guaranteed contracts who are not being paid during the lockout.

Feerick, who reduced Latrell Sprewell's suspension and reinstated his contract last March after a lengthy arbitration hearing, is expected to schedule a hearing for as early as next week.

Formal bargaining talks between the NBA and the union are scheduled to resume Thursday -- the first talks since June 22 -- as the lockout enters its sixth week.

FOOTBALL:

For eight years in nine sports, Texas Tech ran afoul of NCAA rules.

Four teams gave away too much scholarship money. At least 76 athletes were allowed to play even though they were ineligible, including two who skated by for four years. Several players ran up the school's long distance phone bill, and a handful of others received free bail from a booster.

On Tuesday, the NCAA condemned Texas Tech for a lack of institutional control and a failure to monitor its programs, but applauded the stiff penalties the school had imposed on itself in April and only slightly added to them.

The NCAA placed Texas Tech on a fourth year of probation and took away extra scholarships from the football, baseball and men's and women's basketball teams, but there were no bans on postseason play or television coverage.

CYCLING:

The Tour de France, nearly abandoned because of a drug scandal, is not done yet with protesting riders.

Spanish cyclists Tuesday pulled out of next week's women's Tour de France. The Spanish cycling federation said it was protesting the "poor treatment" accorded the men cyclists from Spain.



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