Originally created 07/01/00

Overtime: Josey graduate leads Miracle to WNBA win

T.W. Josey High graduate Taj McWilliams scored 16 of her 17 points in the second half, and Adrienne Johnson scored five points in the final two minutes, leading the visiting Orlando Miracle to a 66-63 victory over the Miami Sol Friday in WNBA action.

The victory was Orlando's fourth in five games.

Adrienne Johnson and Shannon Johnson scored 14 points apiece to help Orlando maintain first place in the Eastern Conference and beat the Sol for the second time in three days.

GOLF: Lakeside High's Tyler Kassinger won the second event of the Coastal Youth Golf Tour at the Old Carolina Golf Course in Bluffton, S.C., carding a 77. He beat Patrick McCarthy of Savannah by one shot.

The next event on the tour will be held July 12 at the River Golf Club in North Augusta.

Augusta's Laura Coble fired a second-round 77 and finished six strokes behind the winner at the 12th annual Georgia Top 40 Competition at Dunwoody Country Club. Coble, who opened with a 79 Thursday, wound up fourth in the championship flight. Alpharetta's Leigh Turner was the winner with a 71-79 -- 150.

HOCKEY: Larry Robinson, who took over as coach of the New Jersey Devils late in the season and led them to the Stanley Cup, signed a new multiyear contract. Robinson's decision to return came just a day after president and general manager Lou Lamoriello announced he would stay with the franchise after it is sold this month to YankeeNets by John McMullen for $175 million.

The Flyers submitted an $8.5 million qualifying offer to center Eric Lindros, preventing him from becoming an unrestricted free agent. Lindros, his career in jeopardy because of a series of concussions, has until Aug. 1 to accept the offer.

PRO FOOTBALL: The Falcons signed running back Ron Rivers and waived reserve quarterback Wally Richardson.

Rivers, who played with the Lions for six seasons, ran for 295 yards on 82 carries and caught 22 passes for 173 yards last year. He started the first six games before missing nine games with a fractured right ankle.

Danny Wuerffel, the 1996 Heisman Trophy winner, signed with the Green Bay Packers, days after leading the Rhein Fire to the NFL Europe championship. Wuerffel completed 161-of-260 passes for 2,042 yards and 25 touchdowns for the Fire.

HORSE RACING: Jockey Pat Day rode his 2,000th career winner at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., guiding Ruby Secret to victory in the sixth race. The victory was Day's third on the card and the 7,761st of his career, which puts him third on the career list of American jockeys behind Bill Shoemaker and Laffit Pincay Jr.

CYCLING: The Tour de France opens today, still very much in the shadows of the drug scandal that threatened the race's very existence two years ago.

Race director Jean-Marie Leblanc said cyclists will provide urine samples during the race, even though a test for the performance-enhancing hormone erythropoietin (EPO) hasn't been approved yet. The samples will be used once the test gets the green light -- which could be as far off as two or three months.

Anybody breaking the rules would be "playing with fire," he warned in an address to the 180 entrants. EPO, which boosts the production of oxygen-rich red blood cells, was at the heart of the 1998 scandal, which erupted when French customs officials caught a Festina team employee with a stash of EPO and anabolic steroids in his car.


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