Originally created 04/18/99

Overtime: Avery plans announcement at May Park



Duke point guard William Avery will make his decision to turn professional on Monday at a 1 p.m. press conference at May Park Community Center.

The Augusta native and Blue Devils sophomore decided Thursday to forgo his remaining two years of college eligibility to make the jump to the NBA. Avery averaged 14.8 points and five assists last season in helping Duke to a 37-2 record and runner-up to Connecticut in the NCAA title game.

Avery returns to the site where he signed his letter of intent to play at Duke to make his announcement.

-- Power forward Donnell Harvey, the 1999 Naismith Award winner as the nation's best high school basketball player, has called a news conference for Wednesday at Cuthbert (Ga.) Randolph-Clay High School, where he is expected to sign with the University of Florida.

The battle for Harvey, a 6-foot-8 and 225-pound McDonald's All-American, had come down to Florida and Auburn, with Georgia making a late push after the hiring of coach Jim Harrick two weeks ago.

On Friday, however, Harvey canceled an official visit to Auburn and set up a Wednesday news conference for 1:30 p.m.

"He's going to make his announcement then, and I'll be glad it's over with," said Laurel Powell, Harvey's mother.

BASEBALL: JuJu Foreman hit a leadoff triple in the bottom of the ninth and scored on Blake Crewe's single to left to lift Augusta State's Jaguars to a 7-6 victory over UNC Pembroke on Saturday.

Foreman collected two hits in the game, extending his hitting streak to 33 games. The Division II national record is 41 games held by Kennesaw State's Jason Jones.

The victory was Augusta State's 10th in its last 12 outings. Kevin Hiers was credited with his sixth victory against seven defeats. The teams close out the weekend series with a doubleheader today starting at 12:30 p.m.

-- One day after tying the NCAA record for consecutive victories at 34, Florida Atlantic lost for the first time in two months, falling 2-1 Saturday to Jacksonville.

Florida Atlantic (41-2, 17-1 Trans America Athletic Conference) tied the 1977 Texas team Friday with its 34th straight victory, beating Jacksonville 13-8.

"I was so proud and happy that we got at least a share of the record Friday night," Owls coach Kevin Cooney said after Saturday's loss, Florida Atlantic's first since dropping a 3-1 decision to Miami on Feb. 17.

BASS FISHING: The Bass Anglers Sportsman Society has a new individual record to place on its books. Mark Tyler of Concord, Texas caught a 14-pound, 9-ounce largemouth bass in the California Western Invitational in the California Delta.

Tyler's fish surpasses the 13-pound, 9-ounce bass caught by Mark Menendez in Texas' Richland Chambers Reservoir in 1997. The Menendez fish is a permanent resident of the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga.

HOCKEY: Dallas defenseman Derian Hatcher was suspended Saturday by the NHL for seven games, including the Stars' first five playoff contests, for hitting Phoenix center Jeremy Roenick in the head.

Hatcher's playoff suspension is the longest in league history, surpassing the four games that Adam Graves received in the 1992 postseason.

Hatcher broke Roenick's jaw during the first period of Wednesday's game when he left his feet and hit Roenick with his arm and shoulder. Roenick's jaw was dislocated and broken in three places, with eight teeth cracked or broken. He is expected to miss the entire playoffs.