Originally created 08/18/99

Overtime: Georgia opens hoops season at N.C. State



New head coach Jim Harrick will make his college basketball debut on Nov. 19 when Georgia opens N.C. State's new Entertainment and Sports Arena with an ESPN national game.

The Wolfpack moved out of Reynolds Coliseum into the brand new 23,000-seat arena, which will also be the home of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes.

Schedule highlights include the Bulldogs making their Great Alaska Shootout debut on Nov. 25 at Anchorage, Alaska, against Kansas, with rival Georgia Tech being a possible third-round opponent; a home game with Tech on Dec. 8; a Dec. 11 contest against Wake Forest in Atlanta's new Philips Arena; and contests against other top programs -- Dec. 28 at home vs. Minnesota and Jan. 30 at Villanova.

Clemson lost incoming recruit Ronald Blackshear when his SAT score wasn't validated by the Educational Testing Service. The 6-4 Blackshear is a guard who averaged 25 points for Mitchell-Baker High School in Camilla, Ga., last season.

Garrick Respress, an assistant basketball coach at Florida Southern, was hired Tuesday as an assistant to Georgia Southern coach Jeff Price .

Respress played at Georgia State in Atlanta and was an administrative assistant to Georgia State coach Lefty Driesell in 1997-98. At Georgia Southern, he succeeds Calvin Sinkfield, who resigned last month to work at Jacksonville (Fla.) University.

SOCCER:

Augusta State is picked to finish fourth and USC Aiken eighth (last place) in the preseason poll of Peach Belt Conference coaches.

USC Spartanburg, ranked No. 2 nationally in preseason, is the pick to finish first, with seven of eight first-place votes. The Rifles' top newcomer is Augusta State transfer Quincy Aberdeen, who was an all-South third-team choice last season. Francis Marion was chosen second, followed by Lander (with one first-place vote) and Augusta State. The Jaguars, 17-5 in 1998, are ranked No. 20 nationally in preseason and open the regular season Sept. 1 at home against Southern Wesleyan. USC Aiken opens at Mars Hill on Aug. 28.

The Under-17 National Team will play exhibitions at Clemson, College of Charleston and South Carolina during the next few weeks, including a Sept. 25 contest at South Carolina, ranked No. 10 in preseason.

PRO BASKETBALL:

Mike Fratello, who was fired as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers in June, signed a multiyear deal to return to broadcasting with Turner Sports. Fratello replaces Doc Rivers, who left Turner to become coach of the Orlando Magic.

Fratello was an NBA analyst for NBC from 1990-93 and worked for Turner during the playoffs from 1994-96.

In addition to six seasons with Cleveland, Fratello also coached the Atlanta Hawks for seven seasons. His overall record is 572-462.

TENNIS:

Martina Hingis beat Corina Morariu 6-0, 6-3 in 54 minutes Tuesday in a second-round match of the $1.05 million du Maurier Open tennis tournament in Toronto.

Hingis, who lost in the semifinals to Monica Seles last year, will meet 16th-seeded Chanda Rubin in the third round. Rubin was a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 winner over Nathalie Dechy of France.

Third-seeded Gustavo Kuerten cruised to a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Sjeng Schalken in the Brazilian's debut at the RCA Championships on Tuesday in Indianapolis.

Kuerten, the highest-seeded player who competed Tuesday, recorded seven aces and needed just 65 minutes to notch his fifth straight ATP tour win over his Dutch-born opponent on the Indianapolis Tennis Center's hard courts.

Top-ranked Pete Sampras and No. 4 Patrick Rafter play their first matches today against competitors from France. Sampras meets Guillaume Raoux, and Rafter plays Anthony DuPuis.

Greg Foster signed a three-year contract Tuesday with the Seattle SuperSonics, team president and general manager Wally Walker said.

Meanwhile, Sonics free agent forward Aaron Williams agreed to a two-year, $2.3 million contract with the Washington Wizards.

The 6-foot-11 Foster, 30, was a member of Utah's 1997 and 1998 Western Conference championship teams. He appeared in 20 playoff games in both years.

Williams, 28, is the first free agent Washington has signed this off-season.