Originally created 04/28/00

Overtime: Lady Jaguar tennis team regional-bound



Augusta State's women's tennis team will compete in the 2000 NCAA Regionals beginning May 5 in Miami, Fla.

The No. 3-seeded Lady Jaguars (13-12) will meet second-seeded Valdosta State (15-6). ASU earned the bid by winning two of three matches at the Peach Belt Athletic Conference championships to raise its record above .500.

The finals of the World TeamTennis season will be played at the site of the U.S. Open this year, just before the start of America's Grand Slam event. The selection of the National Tennis Center for the Aug. 26 event was announced Thursday by Arlen Kantarian, USTA chief executive for professional tennis. The nine-team WTT season runs from July 10-30. Competitors include Venus Williams and Serena Williams, Monica Seles, Martina Navratilova and Jim Courier.

AUTO RACING:

A replica of Winston Cup driver Kenny Irwin's BellSouth Mobility/Team SABCO race car will be on display today in Augusta.

The car will be on display at the BellSouth Mobility DCS store at 3830 Washington Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the location at 3435 Wrightsboro Road from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

BellSouth Mobility DCS will present a check to the CSRA Humane Society at 4 p.m.

GOLF:

Nancy Lopez needs gall bladder surgery, but the Hall of Famer said it can wait until after the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship, where she is the tournament host. The tournament begins today at Eagles Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, Ga.

"I am feeling fine, and I played in the pro-am yesterday without any pain," Lopez said Thursday. "I have adjusted my diet to assist in controlling the stomach pain, and things are going well."

The 43-year-old golfer will schedule the surgery later. It requires little recovery time, and she does not expect it to interrupt her tournament schedule. A year ago, Lopez was forced to withdraw from the LPGA Championship because of knee surgery.

HORSE RACING:

Trainer Patrick Byrne and veterinarian Greg Fox were suspended for up to six months for injecting a horse with a nutritional supplement before a race at Saratoga last August.

The suspensions by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board were part of a deal it reached with the men's lawyers.

Track investigators saw Fox inject the Byrne-trained Nani Rose with the supplement before a stakes race in which she was to run. As a result, Nani Rose was scratched.

Byrne must serve at least 45 days of a 180-day suspension, effective July 1. Fox also was suspended for 180 days with a minimum to be served of 60 days, beginning May 1.

Byrne and Fox will not be forced to serve their full 180-day suspensions if they are found free of any violations for one year. Fox was also fined $2,500 and cannot apply for a license in New York for one year.

TRACK:

Having four runners who are used to the cold paid off for Georgetown in the women's 3,200-meter relay at the Penn Relays on Thursday in Philadelphia.

With the temperature at 43 degrees, the Hoyas runners from Oregon and New York breezed to a 25-meter victory over defending champion Florida in 8 minutes, 34.37 seconds.

"The weather was a factor, but we made sure we warmed up well," leadoff runner Tyrona Heath from Endicott, N.Y., said after Georgetown's third victory in five years.

"The weather doesn't make for ideal times, but we're used to running in weather like this," anchor runner Sasha Spencer from Salem, Ore., said.

Heath opened with a solid 2:08.6 leg, putting Georgetown in second place, just behind Florida's Erin Merten.

Nickay Penado from Brooklyn, N.Y., followed with 2:09.2, but it was good enough to give the Hoyas an 8-meter lead over the Gators. Katrina de Boer from West Linn, Ore., turned in the fastest leg, 2:08.2, lengthening the lead to 35 meters, and Spencer finished with 2:08.4.

It was the same foursome that finished fourth last year in a faster time, 8:31.68. The weather slowed their performance this year, but not their desire to win.

COLLEGES:

Freshman guard Jami Cornwell highlighted the honorees at the annual USC Aiken sports banquet on April 26.

USC Aiken posted a 15-12 overall mark and a 7-9 PBAC record with Cornwell earning second-team All-Conference, PBAC Freshman of the Year and lead the league in assists (6.5 per game). She was named the Lady Pacers' most valuable player at the banquet.

Under second-year coach Phil Stern, USC Aiken made a dramatic one-year turnaround, rising from an 0-16 Peach Belt record last season to a third place in the conference's North Division. Cornwell, a 5-foot-7 guard, also was fifth in scoring (15.4) and third in steals (2.92).

Also honored at the banquet were team MVPs: Volleyball - Michelle Dobson; Cross Country - Bridgett Brennan; Women's soccer - Kirsten Haas; Men's soccer - David Walker; Cheerleading - Jennifer Thomas; Dance team - Keona Brazilio; Athletic training - Austin Barnette; Men's basketball - Chris Robinson; Softball - Sara Donnelly; Baseball - Kirby Langley; Men's tennis - Shaun Rinaman; Women's tennis - Dendell Lawrence; Golf - Scott Robbins.

Dobson was also named the scholar athlete of the year. Scott Kirby was given the Vicki Phillips Memorial Award for cheerleading.

BASEBALL:

Top-ranked South Carolina won its 17th game in a row and 42nd of the season on Wednesday, stopping UNC Asheville 7-3 in Asheville.

Brennan Dees led the Gamecocks with three hits and three RBI. Chris Spigner (2-0) picked up in the win, allowing seven hits and three runs in 7 2/3 innings.

The Gamecocks have only lost four times this season.