Originally created 11/05/99

Overtime: Taylor needs solid round in qualifier



With a solid round today, Augusta's Vaughn Taylor will keep alive his dream of playing on the PGA Tour in 2000.

Taylor is tied for 16th place heading into today's final round of a second-stage PGA Tour Qualifying tournament.

The top 23 finishers from this site will advance to the finals, where the top 35 finishers will earn PGA Tour playing cards for 2000. Taylor has fired rounds of 74-67-75 -- 216 this week at Kiva Dunes golf course in Gulf Shores, Ala.

He was tied for 18th after the first round, tied for fourth after the second round and now is tied for 16th place. Aiken's David Seawell is tied for 33rd place after rounds of 78-72-70 -- 220 and Augusta's Richard Johnson is tied for 62nd place after rounds of 74-79-75 -- 228.

Swainsboro High golfer Will Claxton has said he will sign with Auburn during the early signing period Thursday.

Claxton, a senior for the Tigers, finished fifth in the Rolex Tournament of Champions in Ohio and was recently named to the third team of the Polo All-American junior team. Claxton will sign on Thursday at Swainsboro Country Club.

Claxton will be honored with the rest of the team on Nov. 22 at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Included on the second team was Ryan Hybl of Colbert, Ga., who committed to Georgia this week.

BOWLING:

The only thing Allen Yergin of Boneville, Ga., could think of last Tuesday night during his final game of a three-game series was "800 series."

"I'd already bowled a 300 (last Valentine's Day), so when I recorded a strike in the 10th frame, I clinched my first 800 and everything else was icing on the cake," he said Thursday.

The "icing" did include his second perfect game with a 279-244-300 -- 823.

FOOTBALL:

Clemson sophomore linebacker Keith Adams and Tennessee junior defensive back Deon Grant of Augusta are among the 15 semifinalists for The Football News national defensive player of the year award.

Tom Landry's family confirmed the former Dallas Cowboys coach has not entered remission in his battle against leukemia.

The family released a statement saying Landry was in Baylor University Medical Center "as patients at this stage of treatment are susceptible to infection."

Landry, 75, has been under treatment since May for acute myelogenous leukemia, known as AML.

Tests showed in August that the disease had at least been brought to the stage of temporary remission but that more treatments were necessary.

Leukemia is a cancer in which abnormal white cells proliferate in the bone marrow, crowding out healthy blood cells. Other organs, such as the liver, spleen or lymph nodes, might stop functioning properly if infiltrated by the cancerous cells.

Leukemia is curable, with transfusions, anti-cancer drugs and radiation therapy.

Landry coached the Cowboys for 29 years, beginning with the initial season of the franchise in 1960. His final season was 1988, and he was fired after Jerry Jones bought the team in 1989.

He is the third in NFL history with 270 victories.

With Eric Zeier nursing sore ribs, Trent Dilfer likely will get another shot as Tampa Bay's starting quarterback.

Coach Tony Dungy said that Zeier, who played collegiately at Georgia, aggravated an injury suffered in last Sunday night's loss at Detroit and Dilfer probably will replace him this week against the New Orleans Saints.

Denver Broncos quarterback Brian Griese threw briefly during Thursday's practice and was declared ready to start Sunday's game at San Diego.

AUTO RACING:

Ken Schrader won his third Busch Series pole of the year, posting the fastest time among the top 25 qualifiers for the inaugural Outback Steakhouse 200 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Eleven other drivers will qualify today for the 200-mile event, the first Busch Grand National Division race ever at Phoenix, and seven more will receive provisional starting positions.

Schrader, 43rd in the driver standings after 11 starts, drove the irregular oval in 27.782 seconds at 129.580 mph.

Schrader qualified No. 1 in the season opener at Daytona Beach, Fla., and earned his second pole at Talladega, Ala. A mechanical failure left him 38th in Florida, and he was 34th at Talladega after an accident.

Ron Hornaday, the NASCAR Truck Series winner at Phoenix in 1998 and 1999, came in second at 129.520 mph and Jeff Gordon was third at 129.403 mph.

Screven County, Ga., natives Sam Sommers and Tommy Porter Sr., raced each other during 1960s, '70s and '80s, including the '80 Daytona 500. They own collectively lots of racing titles and track championships, including Augusta's.

The two will relive the old days at Screven Motor Speedway on Saturday when the track opens its winter schedule.

The pair will compete in Legends Cars during a special race at the track, located on Georgia Highway 21 between Sylvania and Newington.

Pit gates open for stock cars at 1:30 p.m., and races start at 3. Gates open at 10 a.m., with go-kart racing during the morning and early afternoon. Admission is $10 and the pass is good for all day, according to the track's Scott Vickers.

BASEBALL:

A day before the start of a hearing that will determine whether 22 umpires get their jobs back, baseball owners said the union hadn't shown proof it lived up to the agreement reached in federal court.

Meanwhile, umpires are scrambling to raise money to pay their legal bills. According to a memo sent by union president Jerry Crawford to umpires on Oct. 6, umpires owe $123,261 to a New York law firm, $11,768 to a New York public relations firm and an unspecified amount to a Philadelphia law firm.

A lawyer for the owners sent the Major League Umpires Association a letter Thursday asking for a copy of the $100,000 bond the union agreed to obtain as part of a settlement approved by a federal judge in Philadelphia.

Under the deal, the 22 umpires are paid through Dec. 31, but if they lose the grievance, the money will be reimbursed from their termination pay or, for those umpires who don't qualify for termination pay, the $100,000 bond.

Neither union head Richie Phillips nor union president Crawfordreturned telephone messages Thursday.