Originally created 09/22/99

Overtime: Rain stalls Jaguars' play in Japan



Thunderstorms washed out the opening round the Topy Cup, an annual U.S.-Japan intercollegiate golf championship in Tanakura, Japan.

What had been scheduled as a 54-hole event was reduced to 36.

The U.S. teams consist of 20 men from Augusta State, Brigham Young, Duke and Washington, and 10 women from Duke and Pepperdine.

The American teams have won nine times in the 16 tournaments.

Mike Buja of Mystery Valley Country Club won the Georgia PGA Seniors Championship on Tuesday at Rome's Coosa Country Club with a two-round 70-70 -- 140 total. Buja also led a group of five who qualified for the national senior club pro championship, Oct. 21-24, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

VOLLEYBALL:

First place in the Peach Belt Athletic Conference will be on the line today when USC Spartanburg visits Augusta State at 7 p.m. today at the ASU Athletic Complex.

The Lady Rifles bring a 3-0 conference mark and 10-4 overall into the match with the Lady Jaguars, who are 2-0 in the league and 9-7 overall.

Augusta State's Melissa Hay, who led the Lady Jags to a 3-0 record last week, is the conference's player of the week. Hay, a 5-foot-8 senior, established a school record with 26 kills, and added 18 digs, in Augusta State's victory over USC Aiken.

HOCKEY:

Opening night and regular-season home game tickets for the Augusta Lynx will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center and all Ticketmaster outlets. Fans also can charge by phone at (706) 828-7700.

Tickets for the home opener, Oct. 14 at 7:05 p.m. against the Pee Dee Pride, are being held for the general public, Lynx officials said. Individual ticket prices are $13, $12, $10 and $8.

TENNIS:

Weary from three straight weeks of tennis and unwilling to make a trans-Atlantic flight, U.S. Open champion Serena Williams withdrew from the Seat Open in Luxembourg on Tuesday.

This is the fourth tournament from which she has withdrawn this year. The WTA Tour said she could lose $16,900 in year-end bonus money for the no-shows.

Williams was top-seeded for this $180,000 tournament and was to begin play Thursday after receiving a first-round bye.

"I feel I cannot make the journey this week, as I am mentally and physically exhausted after three consecutive weeks of tennis," she said in a statement released by the WTA Tour.

The organizers of the Seat Open called Williams' decision "incomprehensible" and said it showed "lack of respect" for tennis fans.

Players lose one-thirteenth of their bonus money each time they pull out of a tournament to which they have committed.

Tour spokesman John Dolan said Williams could still recoup some or all of the $16,900 if she commits to more events this year.

PRO BASKETBALL:

The Detroit Pistons traded the rights to their top draft pick, Melvin Levett, to the Los Angeles Lakers for veteran Derek Harper.

Levett, a 6-foot-3 guard who played at Cincinnati, was the 54th overall pick in the June draft.

The 37-year-old Harper, a 16-year veteran, will back up starting point guard Lindsey Hunter.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Joe Smith will miss up to seven weeks after surgery on his left foot Tuesday. Smith fractured the foot in a pickup basketball game at UCLA last week.

Smith, a 6-foot-10 forward who signed a one-year deal to return to Minnesota this summer, is expected to be in a cast for a week and then begin rehabilitation. He's expected to miss all of training camp, which begins Oct. 1, but the team hopes he'll be ready for the season opener Nov. 5 against the Sacramento Kings in Tokyo.