Originally created 01/11/00

Overtime: Hudson bids for Olympic Trials berth



Augusta's Jacob Hudson will try to earn a spot in the U.S. Olympic Games Team Boxing Trials beginning today in the U.S. Championships at Colorado Springs, Colo.

Hudson, a two-time lightweight national champion, needs to finish first or second to secure a spot in the Feb. 9-13 Trials. This is the next-to-last qualifying tournament, followed by the Eastern and Western Trials.

BASKETBALL:

Clayton State senior forward Joya Collier, a 5-11 Laney High product, has been named Peach Belt Conference women's player of the week. Collier averaged 15.5 points and 11 rebounds last week, including 18 points and 15 rebounds in a loss at No. 10 Francis Marion.

Dennis Rodman lost the earrings and dyed hair, and suddenly the NBA comes calling.

The agent for the eccentric rebounding champion said Monday the Dallas Mavericks are one of three teams who want Rodman. He did not identify the other teams.

Agent Steve Chasman told The Associated Press the interest followed Rodman's appearance on the Tonight Show on Jan. 3. He said Rodman's "sincerity and desire to play again" came through during his interview with Jay Leno.

"His hair was normal color, he wasn't wearing any earrings. He made it made it plain he wants to concentrate only on basketball, not the off-court stuff," Chasman said.

Rodman has been trying to get back into the NBA since the Lakers cut him last April. Rodman, a 13-year NBA veteran, would be eligible to sign for a minimum of $1 million. However, the Mavericks are over their $34 million salary cap.

Magic Johnson has signed up for another two years with the Swedish club M7, the Stockholm newspaper Aftonbladet reported Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Johnson, due to return Wednesday to Sweden, was scheduled to play five games, the first one on Friday.

GOLF:

Augusta's Scott Parel finished at 9-under-par 207 last Friday to win the first event on the TearDrop Tour for 2000, the Kick-Off Classic at World Woods Golf Club in Brooksville, Fla. Parel shot a final-round 69 on the 6,985-yard, par-72 course, beating Rodney Butcher of Newport News, Va., by one stroke. Parel won $12,000.

Karrie Webb won the 1999 Rolex Player of the Year Award as the Ladies Professional Golf Association celebrated its Night of Champions at the Breakers Resort. Webb also won the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average.

Also honored Monday were Mi Hyun Kim as the 1999 Rolex Rookie of the Year; veteran Val Skinner as the 1999 recipient of the LPGA Komen Award, and Nancy Scranton as the 1999 Heather Farr Player Award.

TENNIS:

Monica Seles, a four-time Australian Open champion, has been forced to withdraw from the first Grand Slam of the new year because of a foot injury.

An injured right foot has sidelined the former world No. 1 since October last year. She advised Australian Open organizers today that she was unable to play at the tournament starting Jan. 17 in Melbourne.

AUTO RACING:

Winston Cup Rookie of the Year Tony Stewart hinted Monday that it's unlikely he'll attempt the Memorial Day double in 2000 of racing in the Indianapolis 500, then flying to Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600.

Last year Stewart finished ninth in the Indy race, then jumped on a plane and flew to Charlotte later in the day and wound up fourth in the Coca-Cola 600.

"I will go run Indy again eventually," said the 28-year-old Columbus, Ind., native, who was at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton performing tire tests.

BASEBALL:

Carlton Fisk hit more home runs than any catcher in history and when he connected for his most famous one of all, Tony Perez got a close-up look.

The former World Series rivals -- and one-time teammates -- hope to soon be linked again.

Fisk and Perez are considered the leading candidates for election to the Hall of Fame when results are announced at 2 p.m. today.

Relievers Goose Gossage and Jeff Reardon and starter Jack Morris lead the list of 14 first-timers on the ballot. Gary Carter, Tommy John and Bruce Sutter also are among the 30 eligible players.

Last year, Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yount swept into the Hall on their first try, leaving little room for anyone else to get the required 75 percent in voting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.