Originally created 09/23/99

Overtime: Lady Jaguars in penthouse of Peach Belt



Melissa Hay led the way as the Augusta State volleyball team defeated USC Spartanburg Wednesday to move into sole possession of first place in the Peach Belt Athletic Conference.

Hay had 16 kills and four service aces as the Lady Jaguars won 15-6, 15-9, 15-3.

Augusta improved to 3-0 in league play while Spartanburg drops to 3-1.

Erin Chandler had 39 assists and Kendra Good 10 kills for Augusta, now 10-7 overall. Spartanburg is 10-4.

RUNNING:

The 10th annual River Run will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, beginning at the intersection of Reynolds and 9th streets. The feature race is a 7-kilometer run that goes down Reynolds, across the 13th Street bridge, through the River Club Golf Course and back across the 5th Street bridge with a finish on Riverwalk.

There will be divisions within the 7K along with a 1-mile fun run, a 2.75-mile walk, a 1-mile pet parade and a 100-yard tot trot.

Entry fee, through Saturday, is $13 for the 7K and 2.75 walk, $10 for the pet parade and fun run and $8 for the tot trot.

For more information, call Health Central at (706) 724-4408.

BOXING:

HBO's pay-per-view telecast of Felix Trinidad's victory over Oscar De La Hoya set a record for a non-heavyweight fight with 1.25 million buys and more than $64 million in revenue.

The previous mark was 800,000 buys and $34 million from the 1997 fight between De La Hoya and Pernell Whitaker, according to TVKO, the pay-per-view arm of HBO Sports.

The De La Hoya-Trinidad welterweight title bout, won by Trinidad on a majority decision, ranks as the third-highest grossing pay-per-view fight ever, behind both of Evander Holyfield's win over Mike Tyson. The fight will be replayed on HBO Saturday at 9:45 ET.

BASKETBALL:

Patrick Ewing's injured Achilles' tendon still hurts and that means the New York Knicks head into training camp in two weeks without their signature center.

What makes things more complicated is backup Chris Dudley is banged up too, limping around on a sore knee that is likely to keep him out as well.

This is nothing new for coach Jeff Van Gundy, whose team was beat up and running out of bodies as they lost the NBA Finals in five games to San Antonio last June.

In each of the last two years, Van Gundy has been forced to go without Ewing for long stretches of the season, first because of a fractured wrist and then because of the injured foot. The Knicks have learned to play without him and the coach thinks those lessons will serve the team well until the star center returns.

"I think he'll be back healthy at some point," Van Gundy said of Ewing on Wednesday. "When he's ready, he'll tell me and he'll play. I don't have a timetable set for Patrick. It will be his call. When he feels ready to go, he'll go. We've had to do it that way for a couple of years. We know how we have to play. We found out last year what we needed to do to win when he was there and when he wasn't there.

"It would be frustrating if this was the first time. This is just how it is. We have capable people, different players with different strengths. You just go out and play, try to maximize the strengths and minimize the weaknesses."

Van Gundy doesn't concern himself with things he can't control. The Knicks aren't calling off training camp. Without Ewing and Dudley, the centers become 6-foot-11 Marcus Camby and 6-9 Kurt Thomas.

"I'm comfortable with that," Van Gundy said. "You play. You can't worry about who's not there. This is our team and we're excited about it."

A summer of relaxation has erased the dark bags under the coach's eyes. He seemed refreshed and ready to deal with the grind of a full 82-game season after last year's lockout created a 50-game sprint.

The Knicks were 21-21 when they turned their season around, squeezed into the playoffs and then made it all the way to the Finals. And when he was asked if, at age 37 and coming off two injury-filled seasons, Ewing could no longer be counted on as a fulltime player, Van Gundy came to the defense of his big man.

"In the playoffs, we were 8-3 with him and 4-5 without him," he said. "That's the bottom line. He averaged 34.2 minutes per game. He can do that. Whether it's needed or not, we have to wait and see."

That would seem to describe Ewing's availability for the start of the season, as well.

While several other teams retooled their rosters, New York added just one significant player in the offseason, signing ex-Knick John Wallace from Toronto. Top draft choice Frederick Weis will play in Europe this season.

New York will be tested early as the Knicks open with 13 of their first 18 games on the road.

"Our mentality coming in, where we see ourselves is I want our guys to understand how much success we had last year," Van Gundy said. "I want to build on the lesson of how we play to win.

"We've got to defend well and we've got to rebound well. We've got to pass the ball willingly and want to pass it to the open man. That's a challenge every year in the NBA, being unselfish, giving it up to the open man. You play to your strength."

Training camp begins Oct. 4 in Charleston, S.C. without Ewing. And, Van Gundy said, the team will get along.

"Patrick is going to come back when he's healthy," he said. "When that takes place, I don't know. But I have no doubts he will be an effective player again because of my belief in him."

FOOTBALL:

The Green Bay Packers will retire Reggie White's jersey -- but not his number -- on Oct. 10 during a Sunday night game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Ron Wolf, Green Bay's general manager, said White's familiar No. 92 will not be retired because the NFL discourages the practice of taking jersey numbers out of circulation. However, Wolf said the number will not be reissued as long as he is a member of the Packers' organization.

White, who came to the Packers as a free agent in 1993, retired after last season. He went out on top as the NFL Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the Pro Bowl squad for a record 13th consecutive year.