Originally created 10/17/98

Overtime: Clemson to double series with S.C.



In what could be the state's next high-powered college rivalry, the baseball teams at Clemson and South Carolina will double their series to four games in 2001.

The rivalry was cut from four games a year to two in 1998.

South Carolina coach Ray Tanner said he and Clemson coach Jack Leggett had talked of increasing the series in 2000, but had no available dates.

Next season, the teams will play at South Carolina on April 14 and at Clemson on April 21.

Tanner, who'll start his third season at South Carolina this spring, brought the Gamecocks into the NCAA tournament at 44-16 this past season, their first postseason trip in five years.

Clemson, which went 43-16 this past season, reached the NCAAs for the 12th straight year. The Tigers have gone to the College World Series twice in Leggett's five seasons.

GOLF:

Augustans Vaughn Taylor and Jeff Knox are on the 16-player Georgia team participating in the Southeastern Challenge Matches beginning today at the Country Club of Ocala (Fla.). The other states represented are Florida and Alabama. Four-ball matches will be played this morning, followed by foursome matches. The matches will conclude with singles matches on Sunday.

Clemson is ranked No. 1 in the latest Golfweek/Taylor Made collegiate rankings. The Tigers' team, which includes sophomore John Engler of Augusta, is followed in the poll by Oklahoma State. The Cowboys' team features Augusta's Charles Howell, a sophomore.

BOXING:

Mike Tyson's trial on criminal assault charges stemming from a traffic accident now is scheduled for Dec. 1. It originally was set for Monday, the day he will find out if he regains his boxing license.

Tyson's legal team had requested the postponement, announced Friday, so the former heavyweight champion could appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Tyson is trying to have his license reinstated after a year's suspension for biting Evander Holyfield's ears and was disqualified in the third round of their title fight June 28, 1997.

Tyson faces two misdemeanor assault charges after two men contend he assaulted them following a traffic accident.

BASKETBALL:

Defending NCAA champion Kentucky kicked off their season with a late-night scrimmage dubbed "The Main Event,"

combining the theatrical athletics of Midnight Madness and athletic theater of professional wrestling.

A packed house was expected at the 11,500-seat Memorial Coliseum for the annual festivities, climaxed by the 1998-99 Wildcats taking the floor for a scrimmage at the stroke of midnight -- the first moment teams are allowed to practice under NCAA rules.

Last year, the NCAA changed its rules, moving the first day of practice from Oct. 15 to the Saturday closest to Oct. 15, allowing schools to hold their celebrations on Friday night.

The scrimmage was to be preceded by an hour-long program which included introductions of the Kentucky women's basketball team, performances by the UK Pep Band and cheerleading and pom squads and various contests, including just-for-fun wrestling matches.

Kentucky opens with home exhibition games Nov. 3 and Nov. 11. The regular season opener is at Rupp Arena against Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 17.