Originally created 03/03/00

Overtime: Tennis tourney moves to Charleston



After 28 years on Hilton Head Island, The Family Circle Cup tennis tournament will move to a planned $9 million clay court complex on Daniel Island in suburban Charleston next year, tourney officials announced Thursday.

The tournament, one of the oldest in women's tennis, ends its three-year contract with Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head after next month's tournament, which runs from April 17-23. The Family Circle has been considering other venues because of scheduling conflicts on Hilton Head.

Under the deal, the city would spend $9 million to build a 17-court complex on a 30-acre site off the Wando River on Daniel Island.

The center court would have 3,500 seats and seating could be expanded to 10,000 during the tournament. The facility would be available for public use when not being used for tournaments.

The facility will be part of a 60-acre regional park and include a dock on the river and a clubhouse, although that might not be completed in time for next year's tournament, officials said.

Construction of the tennis complex is scheduled for completion March 15, 2001, in time for next year's tournament that runs from April 14-22.

Pete Collins and his partner Bob Helton lost in the finals of the Joyner Sportsmedicine Men's 55 Doubles tournament in Hilton Head, S.C. Collins, the director of tennis at the Augusta Country Club, and Helton, of Bristol, Va., lost to Miguel Galantz of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and John Palacios of El Centro, Calif., 2-6, 6-4, 14-12.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL:

South Carolina and Virginia have agreed to play a home-and-home series beginning in 2002.

Virginia will play host to the Gamecocks on Sept. 7, 2002. The teams will play again Sept. 6, 2003, in Columbia.

South Carolina leads the series 20-11-1. The teams last met in 1987, with the Gamecocks winning 58-10 in Columbia.

A recent NCAA rule change allows schools to play 12 games in years when there are 14 Saturdays during the football season. Both years meet that condition.

Former Georgia head coach Vince Dooley and former Auburn coach Pat Dye, an Augusta native, will take part in the Bulldogs' spring coaches clinic, which will be held March 23-24 in Athens.

Coaches will be able to watch the Bulldogs go through spring drills from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on March 23. On March 24, there will be clinics led by Georgia's coaching staff throughout the day.

Pre-registration is $35. For more information, call Ray Lamb at (706) 542-1515.

Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman Jamal Green was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated battery in connection with a bar fight near the campus. The 250-pound Green, 19, was accused of punching another student early Sunday and breaking his jaw, sending him to the hospital, according to police.

GOLF:

The 2004 U.S. Senior Open Championship will be played at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, which hasn't been host to a PGA championship since 1992. The tournament will be played from July 29 to Aug. 1. Bellerive was the site of 1965 U.S. Open, the 1981 U.S. Mid-Amateur and the 1992 PGA Championship.

Georgia Tech is the top-ranked team in the latest MasterCard Collegiate rankings. The Yellow Jackets are followed by Clemson, Northwestern, Oklahoma State and Arizona State. Augusta State is ranked 19th. Two Augustans are ranked in the top 10 individually. Charles Howell of Oklahoma State is seventh and John Engler of Clemson is ninth. The top Augusta State player is Jamie Elson. He's ranked 18th.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL:

Craven Community College from New Bern, N.C., and Rockingham Community College from Wentworth, N.C., meet today in the first round of the Region X National Junior College Athletic Association tournament at Aiken Tech. The winner takes on Aiken Tech, the No. 1 team about NJCAA Division II schools, on Saturday at 3 p.m. Saturday's winner advances to the nationals March 15-18 in Danville, Ill.

Former Hephzibah High standout LeCoe Willingham, now a freshman forward at Auburn, was selected to the 10-player All-SEC first team in addition to making the All-Freshmen team.

BOXING:

Don King says David Reid's WBA super welterweight title defense against Felix Trinidad will be "a great exchange of devastating bombs."

The promoter has been known to overstate his case, but the bout tonight at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas figures to be a good one.

Both fighters can punch, and both have been knocked down and gotten up to win.

Trinidad is moving up from 147 pounds to the 154 after his victory over Oscar De La Hoya in the IBF-WBC welterweight title match. Reid, 26, is 14-0 with seven knockouts. Trinidad, 27, is 36-0 with 30 KOs.

De La Hoya, saying he's tired of trying to negotiate a rematch with Trinidad, plans to fight Shane Mosley in June.

Promoter Bob Arum said the fight would be held on June 10 if it is at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas or on June 17 if it is held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

He wouldn't disclose the value of the purses, but De La Hoya reportedly will be guaranteed $7 million and Mosley $4 million.

ODDS AND ENDS:

Wilt Chamberlain's No. 13 will be the first number retired in the 74-year history of the Harlem Globetrotters. Chamberlain, who played with Globetrotters for two seasons before moving to the NBA, died Oct. 12 at the age of 63. His number will be retired Thursday when the Globetrotters play at Philadelphia's Overbrook High School, his alma mater. ... Former Arizona Cardinals lineman Luis Sharpe pleaded guilty to charges he was in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Under a plea agreement, Sharpe was sentenced to six months in jail, four years' probation, 360 hours of community service and fined $2,000. He was given credit for 59 days he has already spent in jail.

COLLEGE BASEBALL:

Tavis Cummings, Kirby Langley and Brian Patterson had two hits and USC Aiken (9-9) reached the .500 mark with an 11-3 rout of Newberry.

Sam Garau and Cummings, the Pacers' Nos. 1 and 2 hitters, scored three runs apiece to provide a spark from the top of the lineup. Cummings, who homered, drove in three runs, while Patterson had two RBI. Langley, USC Aiken's No. 3 hitter, scored twice.

Toby Farah (2-1) recorded the win by going seven-plus strong innings, allowing four hits and three runs while striking out seven. Chris Quarles and John Swinder combined on two scoreless innings of relief to close it out.