North Augusta's Jacob Hudson won his first bout in the U.S. Olympic boxing team trials in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, beating Anthony Moore of Colorado 15-2 in the 132-pound weight class.
Hudson faces Marshall Martinez today in the double-elimination trials. Martinez, who outpointed Hudson in the National Golden Gloves finals this past May, is the only one of the seven other fighters in the 132-pound class Hudson never has beaten.
The trials continue through Sunday, with the two finalists from each class advance to the Box-Offs in Nashantucket, Conn., Feb. 24-26. The Box-Off winners form America's Olympic team.
Tavis Cummings' pinch-hit home run in the top of the ninth inning lifted unbeaten USC Aiken (4-0) to a 5-3 victory over Coker, spoiling the Cobras' season opener.
The Pacers trailed 3-0 before Troy Armstrong ripped a three-run double in the sixth, setting the stage for Cummings' heroics.
Tony Farah, Chris Quarles, and Jon Jankord combined on a six-hitter for USC Aiken, striking out 12. Jankord got the win with two scoreless innings of relief.
Augusta State suffered its second loss in five games, falling to Presbyterian 3-0.
Matt May had two of the Jaguars' seven hits, and Todd Drake had a double.
Hutch Evans took the loss for Augusta State, allowing seven hits and three runs -- one earned -- in 5 2/3 innings. Kyle Hatchell tossed 3 1/3 innings of hitless relief to keep the Jaguars in the game.
The CSRA/Aiken Junior Olympic Volleyball Club had two teams place second and another take third at the Southern Regional Classic.
The 18-year-old team was second, with Sara Smith (seven aces) and Meghan Yoder (26 assists) leading the way. The 17-year-old team also was second, led by Brook Cubbage (12 aces), Mary Beth Brookshire (five blocks) and Eric Boessneck (14 kills).
The 15-year-old team took third, with Samantha Hill posting 10 kills and Christine Lumans leading the team in service points.
Winter Wars 2000 will be held 7 p.m. Saturday at Gym 1 at Fort Gordon. There are 12 bouts on the card, and tickets are $8 for general admission ($6 with military ID) and $3 for children. Tickets are available at Augusta Martial Arts Academy or at the door on the day of the event. More information, call 855-5269.
Norway beat the U.S. women's team for the second time in four days, winning 2-1 to send the Americans to consecutive home losses for the first time since 1992.
U.S. coach April Heinrichs, now 0-2, used a lineup that included nine players who did not start Sunday. Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Julie Foudy and Kristine Lilly did not dress, and Heinrichs started four players who are 20 years old and younger.
ODDS AND ENDS:
World No. 1 Andre Agassi, scheduled to play his first match in the U.S. in nearly five months Wednesday night, pulled out of the tournament with a lower back strain. ... Buddy Green, Chattanooga's head coach since 1994 and a former assistant at N.C. State, will return to his alma mater as defense coordinator, new Wolfpack head coach Chuck Amato announced. ... Miami quarterback Kenny Kelly. who led the Hurricanes to a victory over Georgia Tech in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day, was signed by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a major league contract.
Linebacker D.J. Williams, the USA Today defensive player of the year, signed a letter of intent to attend Miami. National Signing Day was Feb. 2, but Williams -- a 6-foot-2, 235-pounder out of De La Salle High in Concord, Calif. -- took another seven days before announcing his decision.
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