Originally created 05/08/00

Overtime: Gamecocks still No. 1



South Carolina remained No. 1 in two baseball polls Monday, despite losing two out of three games at Arkansas over the weekend.

The Gamecocks, 46-6 on the season and Southeastern Conference regular-season champions, received three more points than second-ranked Stanford in the Collegiate Baseball rankings. South Carolina and Stanford also are ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the Baseball America poll.

Georgia Tech moved up one slot in each of the polls after splitting a pair of games against Miami. The Yellow Jackets are ranked third by Collegiate Baseball and fifth by Baseball America.

Clemson, meanwhile, improved to No. 6 in the Baseball America poll thanks to two weekend victories over Florida State. The Tigers moved up one slot to eighth in the Collegiate Baseball poll.

Clemson will begin accepting reservations for tournament passes to the 2000 NCAA Regional Baseball Tournament today.

Orders will not be processed if Clemson is not playing host to an NCAA regional, and checks and money orders will be returned. The NCAA will announce sites Monday.

Each reserve seat tournament pass is $50 and can be purchased through the ticket office from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

For more information, call 1-800-CLEMSON or (864) 656-2118.

COLLEGES:

Football coach Paul Johnson will be the featured speaker tonight at The Greater Augusta Chapter of the Georgia Southern University Eagle Clubs' annual spring event at The Club at Jones Creek clubhouse. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $15 each.

Johnson led the Eagles to the NCAA Division II championship last December.

Sabrina Jones and Bill Parkerof Augusta State University have been selected to attend the 2000 NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference, scheduled for May 28-June 1 at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Jones, a standout on the Lady Jaguars basketball team, and Parker, a key reserve on the ASU baseball team, will be among the more than 350 student-athletes participating in the conference.

Brad Fields will become USC Aiken's Sports Information Director effective July 1, the school announced Monday.

Fields, a native of Ashland, Ky., has been serving as interim SID since October. He replaces Lindy Brown, who left USC Aiken for an assistant SID position at Duke University.

BOXING:

Two members of the Augusta Boxing Club are listed in the latest national Silver Gloves rankings.

David Wilkerson is ranked No. 1 in the 10-11 age bracket for the 140-pound weight class. Fred Hall is ranked fifth in the 106-pound weight class of the 12-13 age group.

GOLF:

Georgia's Chris Haack was named SEC Coach of the Year on Monday.

Under Haack, the Bulldogs are currently ranked fifth in the nation and recently won the SEC tournament championship. Georgia won the national championship a year ago.

Alex Rocha of Mississippi State was named SEC Player of the Year. Joining Rocha on the All-SEC first team were three Georgia players: Nick Cassini, Eric Compton and Bryant Odom.

South Carolina's Kyle Thompson was named to the All-SEC second team.

FOOTBALL:

Dan Marino's retirement didn't last long.

The former Miami quarterback, who ended his certain Hall of Fame career in March, will join HBO Sports as a commentator for Inside the NFL, an industry source told The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity.

HBO will announce the hiring at a news conference today.

HBO Sports spokesman Ray Stallone would not comment on Marino, but he confirmed there will be a news conference about Inside the NFL today.

Marino's agent, Marvin Demoff, did not immediately return a call.

BASKETBALL:

A cardiologist was cleared of malpractice Monday in the case of Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis, who dropped dead shooting baskets in 1993 two months after the doctor said Lewis had a "normal athlete's heart."

A Boston jury rejected a lawsuit brought by Lewis' family against Dr. Gilbert Mudge, who had suggested that cocaine use by Lewis hindered his ability to diagnose the 27-year-old player's condition.

A previous trial ended in a hung jury. The verdict this time came after a little more than three days of deliberations.

COLLEGES:

Football coach Paul Johnson will be the featured speaker today at The Greater Augusta Chapter of the Georgia Southern University Eagle Clubs' annual spring event at The Club at Jones Creek clubhouse. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $15 each.