Originally created 07/06/99

Overtime: Rudy T out of qualifier



Rudy Tomjanovich of the Houston Rockets is recovering from "extreme physical exhaustion" and won't coach the United States during an Olympic qualifying tournament this month.

Tomjanovich spent Friday and Saturday in the hospital, and Rockets team doctor Jim Muntz suggested that he take about a month off from work, according to team spokesman Tim Frank.

Philadelphia 76ers coach Larry Brown will replace Tomjanovich for the tournament in Puerto Rico on July 14-25, according to USA Basketball. But Tomjanovich apparently will still coach the U.S. team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

The USA team, which begins training today, includes San Antonio's Tim Duncan and New York's Allan Houston.

The United States, which has won gold medals at the last two Olympics, must finish among the top two teams in the 10-team tournament to earn a berth in the 2000 Olympics.

CYCLING:

The Tour de France sank below sea level on Monday.

A 10-rider crash on a narrow spit of land ensnared some of the top riders during the second stage of cycling's premier event.

The spill happened on the Passage du Gois, which connects a small island to the mainland in the coastal Atlantic Vendee region. The strip is no more than two car lengths wide and is usually submerged by water. It is closed during high tide.

The picturesque ocean causeway proved treacherous for such favorites as Alex Zulle, Michael Boogerd and Ivan Gotti. They lost valuable minutes when they were trapped behind the crash.

The day's racing began under brilliant skies, with the 109-mile stage won in a final sprint by Tom Steels of Belgium. Lance Armstrong of Texas lost the overall lead to Estonia's Jaan Kirsipuu.

Another American, Jonathan Vaughters, fractured his chin in the crash and had to drop out of the race. Vaughters and Armstrong both ride for the U.S. Postal Service team.

Armstrong, recovering from testicular cancer, is second overall. He is in excellent position for Sunday's time trial and the later mountain climbs.

TRACK AND FIELD:

Former Lakeside High athlete Reese Hoffa finished eighth in the shot put at the USA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Sunday.

Hoffa, a rising junior at Georgia, had a throw of 61 feet, 6 inches. John Godina took first with a throw of 72-3, just off the meet record.

GOLF:

The news keeps getting better for Garland Dempsey, the caddie who collapsed during the third round of the Western Open.

Dempsey, 51, was upgraded to guarded but stable condition Monday, said Karen Callahan, the health supervisor at Palos Community Hospital. He remains in the hospital's intensive care unit, Callahan said.

Dempsey's family has requested that no other information be released.

It's still not clear why Dempsey, John Maginnes' longtime caddie, collapsed as he walked off the 15th tee Saturday, though he had been taking medication for pancreatitis. The temperature was in the 90s, with the humidity making it feel more than 100 degrees at the Cog Hill Golf and Country Club.

Juli Inkster and Kelly Robbins teamed to win both of their matches in Toronto and give the United States a 3-1 lead over Canada in the inaugural Nations' Cup women's golf tournament.

Despite hot, muggy conditions at the 5,670-yard, par-72 Emerald Hills Golf Club, Inkster and Robbins defeated Lorie Kane and Dawn Coe-Jones 4 and 3 in the best-ball competition in the morning. They then downed Kane and Nancy Harvey 3 and 2 in the alternate-shot event.

TENNIS:

First it was Boris Becker, then Steffi Graf. Now, John McEnroe says he probably has played his final match at Wimbledon.

The three-time former singles champion, who plays mainly on the Seniors Tour but teamed with Graf in the mixed doubles, was disappointed he didn't finish with a title.

He and Graf, playing together for the first time, reached the semifinals. Then, Graf, who was still in contention for her eighth singles title, withdrew to avoid aggravating a thigh muscle injury.

"I would like to have had one last chance, but when Steffi Graf withdrew, it had gone," McEnroe wrote in Monday's Daily Telegraph. "This is probably my last Wimbledon as a major factor. Maybe no one cared but I care. My kids were here, they cared."

U.S. Davis Cup captain Tom Gullikson has his team. Now all he has to do is figure out the lineup.

Gullikson picked Alex O'Brien to complete a roster that already included Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and Todd Martin. But the captain was mum on whether Sampras, fresh off another Wimbledon title, will play singles or doubles in its quarterfinal against Australia on July 16-18.

BASEBALL:

Former Lakeside center fielder Tim Paige will sign a scholarship at 2:30 p.m. today with Middle Georgia College.

Last season, Paige batted .419 with only five strikeouts en route to being named to the first team of the Augusta Chronicle all-area baseball team.

University of Georgia baseball coach Ron Polk completed his staff by announcing the hiring of assistant coach Doug Sisson.

Sisson, who has spent the last nine seasons managing in professional baseball, comes to Georgia from the Montreal Expos organization where he was the Class AA manager of the Harrisburg Senators of the Eastern League. In two of the last three years, Sisson has been voted "Best Managerial Prospect" by Baseball America in their evaluation of managers at each level of professional baseball.

Sisson is a native of Titusville, Fla., and played collegiately at the University of Montevallo. In 1995, Sisson served as the manager of the Albany Polecats in the South Atlantic League, and in 1996, he won his first championship with the Delmarva Shorebirds of the South Atlantic League.

CAMPS:

South Carolina State will hold its women's basketball camp July 11-14 in Orangeburg, S.C. Any girls age 8 to rising seniors in high school are invited to participate. A bus will transport interested Augustans at a cost of $110 for day campers and $160 for overnight stays. Call (706) 736-5184 for more information.