Originally created 11/28/98

Overtime: Buzz owner,Tech near agreement



Salt Lake Buzz owner Joe Buzas hopes Georgia Tech will accept a settlement that would allow his minor league baseball team in Salt Lake City, Utah, to keep its nickname.

Georgia Tech officials are reviewing the proposed settlement and trademark license agreement and are expected to answer early next week. Buzas would pay some of his proceeds to Georgia Tech.

"It's not over, but they want to settle," said Buzas, whose proposal was drawn up with the help of a mediator.

Georgia Tech charged Buzas infringed on its copyright after a school employee saw a Salt Lake Buzz hat at an Atlanta trade show in February 1997.

The Yellow Jackets have used a costumed mascot named "Buzz" since the 1970s. Georgia Tech registered Buzz as a trademark in 1988.

Buzas first used his bee logo in 1993 when the Pacific Coast League's Portland Beavers moved to Utah.

The proposed settlement would require that anything with a Buzz logo would have to have "Salt Lake" included.

The Buzz would have to pay Georgia Tech 20 percent of its royalties on national sales of their merchandise.

GOLF: Augusta's Brendan O'Connell is five shots off the lead entering today's final round of the George Holiday Memorial Junior tournament at the Myrtle Beach National golf course.

Playing in the 17-18 age group, O'Connell shot an opening 74 on Friday. Fellow Augustan Chris Gleason had an 83 in this age group.

Of the Augustans in the other age groups, Will Rogers is 10 shots out of the lead in the 12-13 age group after a 76 and Chris Sheppard is 14 back in the 14-15 age group after an 83. Augusta's Heather Muns had a 94 in the girls division.

CYCLING: Richard Virenque, the top cyclist on the Festina team thrown out of the Tour de France for using banned substances, has always maintained his innocence.

Virenque's advisers said they had been informed he passed the drug test he took in July, the French sports daily L'Equipe reported Friday.

The tests, done five days after Tour organizers expelled Festina, "exclude all traces of growth hormones, anabolic steroids and corticoids or masking products," the paper said.

Though several of his Festina colleagues have admitted taking the banned substance erythropoietin (EPO), Virenque has denied he took drugs to enhance his performance.

Patrick Keil, the Lille judge investigating the use of banned doping substances at Festina, is to call Virenque and two of his Festina teammates to discuss the report on Tuesday.

HORSE RACING: Coronado's Quest can make a statement -- or, at least, back up trainer Shug McGaughey's statement -- by winning the Cigar Mile in the final race of his career today at Aqueduct in New York.

"I think if he wins the Cigar Mile, he has to be the 3-year-old champion," said McGaughey, who believes the colt is deserving of that honor even if he doesn't win Saturday.

A victory would give Coronado's Quest three Grade I stakes wins at three distances this year. In August, he beat 3-year-old rival Victory Gallop in the 1 1/8 -mile Haskell Invitational Handicap at Monmouth Park and in the 1 1/4 -mile Travers at Saratoga.

Another candidate for the 3-year-old championship is Real Quiet, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness and runner-up by a nose to Victory Gallop in the Belmont Stakes. Coronado's Quest did not run in the Triple Crown series.

SKIING: With Stefan Eberharter leading the way, Austria reasserted the dominance it displayed all last season, sweeping the top five places Friday in the opening super-G of the World Cup ski season in Aspen, Colorado.

Eberharter continued his spectacular early-season skiing with a run of 1 minute, 11.81 seconds -- more than a half-second faster than runner-up Hermann Maier, the defending World Cup overall, super-G and giant slalom champion who finished in 1:12.33.

Christian Mayer finished third at 1:12.45, but relinquished the World Cup overall lead to Eberharter, whose victory was worth 100 points and gave him a 280-250 advantage.