Originally created 02/21/99

Overtime: Georgia coach reprimanded



Georgia recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach Rodney Garner has been reprimanded by Bulldogs athletic director Vince Dooley for a minor recruiting violation.

Garner was restricted to on-campus recruiting for a week after the secondary NCAA violation, according to documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Garner contacted a recruit from South Carolina in December during a period when recruiting was restricted.

After realizing his mistake, Garner reported it to Georgia's compliance office, which reported it to the Southeastern Conference and the NCAA.

Because it was a secondary violation and Georgia reported it, the SEC and NCAA took no other action.

SAILING: Jim Farmer of Augusta was in ninth place in the J-24 class after Saturday's second round of the National Offshore One-Design regatta at St. Petersburg, Fla.

Steve Wood of West Kingstown, R.I., is leading Peter Bream Sr., of Jacksonville, Fla., after the 28-boat class was held to a single race on Saturday by light winds. Farmer finished sixth -- his best finish in three races.

A field of 173 boats from 27 states, Canada, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom have entered 15 one-design classes and one level-rated class in the second annual event, which concludes Sunday.

RUGBY: The Augusta Rugby Football Club's Mad Dogs are getting closer to posting their first victory of the season. The club led Columbia 14-0 at halftime, but the visiting team's experience paid off with a 23-14 victory. Augusta's B-side won 6-0, with Nick Gladd kicking two penalty goals.

Don Zuehlke and Christian Secklecki scored a 5-point tries and Gladd kicked two conversions for Augusta. Tim Pitkin scored two tries, Mike Artlip another and John Myers kicked two penalty goals and one conversion for Columbia.

The Cape Fear Rugby Football Club of Wilmington, N.C., visits Augusta next Saturday for a 2 p.m., game on the Richmond Academy practice field on Baker Avenue next to the stadium.

RACING: Vicar won a two-horse duel with Cat Thief to go wire-to-wire and win by a neck Saturday in the $200,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park, an early prep race for the Kentucky Derby.

Ridden by Shane Sellers, Vicar saw Cat Thief close within a head near the sixteenth pole but refused to give another inch as he covered the 1 1-16 miles in 1:45 3-5.

Vicar, trained by Carl Nafzger, paid $11.20, $6.20 and $4 for his third win in five career starts. Cat Thief, the D. Wayne Lukas-trained betting favorite, returned $4.80 and $3.40. Certain was three-quarters of a length farther behind to finish third and pay $4.80.

Grits'n Hard Toast, winner of the Holy Bull Stakes on Jan. 16 at Gulfstream, finished fourth. Each of the top four finishers ran strongly enough to warrant a run at next month's $750,000 Florida Derby, one of the key Kentucky Derby preps.