Originally created 02/15/99

Overtime: Augusta boxer wins regional; nationals next



The Augusta Boxing Club's Torrence Daniels, ranked No. 6 in USA Boxing's bantamweight division, won matches over Joe Becerra and Donald Sanders in the Southeast Coast Regionals at West Palm Beach, Fla., over the weekend.

He'll advance to the national championships at Colorado Springs on March 6-13.

Georgia boxers won the team championship and coaches Tom Moraetes of Augusta and Lou Harris of Florida also go to the nationals.

BOWLING: "I was so nervous, I don't know how I threw that last ball," said 26-year-old Allen Yergin of Boneville, Ga., who rolled his first perfect game in 16 years of participation in the sport.

His 300 came during the Sunday Early Birds League at AMF Masters Lanes. He wound up with a 247-300-205 -- 752 series.

BASEBALL: Sammy Sosa will receive the first-ever ESPY Humanitarian Award Monday night as part of the ESPY Award program at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

The Chicago Cubs' outfielder, whose home run race with Mark McGwire was part of a record-setting year in baseball in 1998, also is nominated for two other ESPY Awards: Pro Baseball Performer of the Year and Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year.

The Humanitarian Award is in recognition of Sosa's achievements off the field, including his dedication and contributions to the people of his native Dominican Republic after a major hurricane.

-- Adam Bernero scattered five hits to lead Armstrong Atlantic State 2-0 over Augusta State in the Peach Belt Athletic Conference opener for both teams at Pirate Field.

The senior right-hander walked one and struck out nine improve to 3-0.

Jimmy LaRose scored both runs for AASU (1-0, 6-1) with one in the fifth and one in the seventh. Matt Morrison (0-1) took the loss for Augusta State (0-1, 1-5).

-- Clemson's 14th-ranked Tigers scored nine runs in the first four innings and went on to defeat Kansas State 11-3 on Sunday and sweep the Wildcats. Mike Paradis (1-0) got the win.

-- A three-run double from Bryan Prince sparked Georgia Tech's Yellow Jackets to an 11-4 victory over Georgia Southern's Eagles on Sunday. The victory completed a two-game sweep.

-- USC Spartanburg, which dropped a doubleheader to USC Aiken on Saturday, trounced the Pacers 18-8 on Sunday. The Pacers were out-hit 18-15, with an eight-run sixth inning and six-run eighth contributing to their downfall.

-- Freshman Brandon Moorehead allowed one run and six hits in six innings and struck out eight Sunday as Georgia beat N.C.-Asheville 6-4 to sweep the three-game series.

Georgia (3-0) scored two runs in the opening inning keyed by a triple by Brian Rainwater, added another run in the second on an RBI single by Doc Brooks and took a 6-1 lead into the ninth inning.

GOLF: The University of Florida's Steve Scott rolled in a 10-foot putt on the last hole of the NationsBank Invitational to win the individual title and lead the Gators to a 20-stroke victory of Augusta State.

Scott fired a 63-71-69 -- 203 to edge Augusta State's Jamie Elson (69-68-67 -- 204).

The Jaguars trailed Florida by 20 strokes going into the final round at the University of Florida Golf Course.

TENNIS: Henrieta Nagyova of Slovakia beat Silvia Farina of Italy 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 Sunday in the final of the Nokia Cup women's indoor tournament in Prostejov, Czech Republic for her fifth WTA title.

-- Switzerland's Marc Rosset won his 14th career title, defeating David Prinosil of Germany 6-3, 6-4 Sunday in the final of the St. Petersburg (Russia) Open.

-- Colombia will face Chile in the second round of qualifying for tennis' Davis Cup, after splitting two singles matches in defeating Canada on Sunday.

-- Mark Philippoussis had it easy.

The Australian cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 victory over qualifier Cecil Mamiit in the Sybase Open final Sunday in San Jose, Calif. But it wasn't just his booming serve and calm command that won the $325,000 event.

Philippoussis got a bit of help from Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.

Sampras, the top seed and No. 1 player in the world, withdrew from the tournament shortly before Saturday's semifinal against Philippoussis because of a strained tendon above his left ankle.

Earlier in the week, second-seeded Andre Agassi defaulted in his second-round match against Mamitt because of repeated cursing. Agassi won the Sybase last year by beating Sampras.