Monica Seles was looking for any kind of sign of success in the Family Circle Cup on Hilton Head Island, S.C.
She finally found one on center court on Thursday.
While Seles, seeded third, was losing the second set to No. 9-seed Elena Likhovtseva, she noticed a sign in the top rows of the stadium court that said "Monica rules the clay."
"Thank God that's true today," said Seles, who with the crowd's support pulled out a third-set tiebreaker to beat Likhovtseva 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5) and reach the quarterfinals.
Also winning were top-seeded Mary Pierce, No. 2 Conchita Martinez, No. 4 Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and No. 8 Amanda Coetzer.
Ruxandra Dragomir pulled a mild surprise, beating sixth-seeded Anna Kournikova 6-7, 6-3, 6-3. Amy Frazier, the seventh seed, was dumped by 17-year-old Australian Jelena Dokic 6-2, 6-2.
More than 100 area youngsters will compete in The Golf Channel's Drive, Chip & Putt junior golf skills competition Saturday at the Club at Jones Creek in Evans.
The 120 contestants were selected on a first-come, first-served basis from registration forms. The contestants will be divided into age groups of 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12.
The event at Jones Creek is one of 60 stops throughout the country and Canada. Winners from each local event will move on to one of the 14 regional events with the opportunity to advance to the national finals in November.
Highlights from some of the Drive, Chip & Putt events will be aired on The Golf Channel.
Greenbrier's Anthony Sweat, a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder standout, will sign with Aiken Tech today. Sweat, who also played football for the Wolfpack, was a four-year starter and averaged double figures in both points and rebounds the past two seasons.
The CSRA Middle and High School All-Star Games will be held Saturday at Richmond Academy. Middle school games will be held at noon and 2 p.m. High school games are scheduled for 6 and 8 p.m.
The games feature the top middle and high school players from the area. A free throw shooting contest and a dunk contest will be held. The games will be presented by Augusta Sports in Action.
For more information or tickets, call 738-0983.
The Panthers traded running back Fred Lane to the Colts for linebacker Spencer Reid.
Lane spent three seasons with Carolina and is the team's career rushing leader with 2,004 yards. He became expendable this week when the Panthers signed Natrone Means to a one-year contract. Lane also faces charges for drug and weapons possession stemming from a Feb. 3 arrest.
Reid, 24, spent the 1998 season, his rookie year, with the Panthers, but was waived prior to the start of last season.
Defensive tackle Russell Maryland, the first overall pick in the 1991 draft who won three Super Bowl rings with the Cowboys, signed a three-year, $8.3 million deal with the Packers. Maryland had played the past four seasons with the Raiders before being released for salary purposes this past month.
The Falcons claimed wide receiver Kamil Loud, who had seven receptions for 66 yards last season, off waivers from the Bills.
The school found a way around the state's policy barring the hiring of relatives and announced coach Jim Donnan's son, Todd, will become one of his father's nine on-field assistant football coaches.
Todd Donnan, who also will become a development field representative with the Georgia Athletic Association Development office, has been serving as a graduate assistant coach for two years, working primarily with quarterbacks.
The school said the move needed only the approval of athletics director Vince Dooley because the joint appointment did not fall under the University System of Georgia nepotism policy.
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