Originally created 08/30/99

Overtime: Ray holds off pair in stretch for IRL win



Pole-sitter Greg Ray won for the third time in four races, holding off Davey Hamilton and Mark Dismore down the stretch in the Colorado Indy 200 on Sunday.

Ray finished .445 seconds ahead of Hamilton and 2.166 seconds in front of Dismore, with Buddy Lazier placing fourth and Sam Schmidt fifth on Pikes Peak International Raceway's one-mile oval.

Ray, who moved slightly ahead of Scott Goodyear in the Indy Racing League's season point standings as a result of winning Saturday's pole, added 50 points to his total.

The 33-year-old Ray led 146 of the 200 laps, finishing with an average speed of 135.450 mph.

SOCCER:

Tusculum College defeated USC Aiken 3-1 Sunday to win the Mars Hill College Classic. Thomas Dutcher scored the Pacers (1-1) only goal.

VOLLEYBALL:

The Lady Jaguars waited until their last game in the Augusta State Invitational to post their first victory of the season, defeating Fayetteville State 15-12, 15-0, 15-2. Augusta State is 1-3 for the season.

Melissa Hay, who made the all-tournament team with teammate Kendra Good, had 12 kills and five digs to lead the Lady Jags.

In an earlier match Sunday, Augusta State lost to Queens College 11-15, 13-15, 8-15.

TENNIS:

Peter Graf, the father of retired tennis star Steffi Graf, has remarried, according to the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

The Hamburg based weekly identified Graf's second wife only as Britta, an optician and hobby tennis player from Mannheim, who has been a friend of the family for the past 30 years.

Peter Graf, 61, divorced his first wife Heide in March after 30 years of marriage.

According to the report, the couple got married a week ago and Steffi Graf, who announced her retirement from tennis two weeks ago, attended the wedding.

Peter Graf was sentenced to three years in prison for tax evasion of more than $6.4 million of his daughter's earnings in January 1997. The back taxes were paid before his trial ended and he was released early in April on probation.

GYMNASTICS:

Jason Gatson is heading to the surgeon. Vanessa Atler may need more visits to a sports psychologist.

Two of the top U.S. hopes for gymnastics medals at the Sydney Olympics have a lot of work to do before the 2000 Games.

Both teen-agers fell short of their goal -- a national title -- at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships that ended Saturday in Sacramento, Calif. Gatson was thwarted by injury, while Atler was undone once again by a fall on the uneven bars.

Gatson, 18, one of the nation's top male gymnasts, tore a ligament in his right knee Friday night while leading the all-around competition. He flew back to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Saturday and is expected to have surgery in the next few weeks.

Gatson, whose knee buckled as he dismounted from the horizontal bar, vowed to return in time to compete in the Sydney Olympics. In recovering from the surgery, he will try to emulate John Roethlisberger -- who placed second in the all-around competition this past week, less than a year after reconstructive knee surgery.

Roethlisberger, 29, a four-time national all-around champion in the early 1990s, was second to Blaine Wilson -- who became the first man to win four consecutive U.S. Gymnastics Championships all-around titles.

Atler's problem may be more mental than physical. The last three years, she has fallen on the uneven bars. In 1997, that dropped her into a tie for the national all-around title. The past two years, it has allowed Kristen Maloney to edge her for the championship.

While Gatson will be healing, Atler now moves on to the World Championships team trials to be held Sept. 15-18 in Kansas City. That event will help choose the U.S. squad for the World Gymnastics Championships Oct. 8-16 in Tianjin, China.