Originally created 09/06/00

Overtime



Impeachment injured; future is uncertain

Impeachment, third in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness and the only horse to run in all three Triple Crown races this year, has sustained a tear in his tendon and his future is uncertain, said Cot Campbell, president of Aiken's Dogwood Stable.

Impeachment's last race was the Grade I Travers Stakes on Aug. 26, where he finished fifth.

Campbell said the 3-year-old "came out of that race fine, but on Sunday he showed signs of the tendon problem." An untrasound exam revealed a "fairly significant tear."

Impeachment, who had $350,450 career earnings in 11 races, is being shipped from Saratoga, N.Y., to Lexington, Ky., for evaluation. Campbell, however, said his future as a racehorse at this point seems unpromising.

"If we do decide to retire him for stallion duty, he needs to be in Kentucky so as to be accessible to interested domestic and foreign breeding establishments," Campbell said.

GOLF:

Augusta's Laura Coble qualified for the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur on Tuesday at Sea Island, Ga.

Coble shot a 73 at the Sea Island Golf Club to earn a berth in the event, scheduled Oct. 3-8 at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, Calif.

COLLEGES:

Lee Fowler has been hired as athletic director at North Carolina State, and takes over Oct. 1. Fowler received a five-year contract at $203,000 a year.

Upgrading the football stadium, practice fields and other sports facilities will be his top priority, he said Tuesday.

Fowler, 48, succeeds Les Robinson, who left Friday to become AD at The Citadel. Fowler had been athletics director at Middle Tennessee since 1994 and is a member of the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament selection committee. He has been nominated to head that committee.

AUTO RACING:

The Carolina Vintage Stock Car Club, with 1930-1957 model automobiles, will be racing Saturday at 7 p.m. at Silver Eagle Speedway in Grovetown.

The regular classes of racing and the Extreme Outlaw cars, also will be on the card.

The speedway is located 7 miles west of Augusta at 3157 Gordon Highway (U.S. 278). For more information, call (706) 210-1171.

VOLLEYBALL:

USC Aiken's Andrea Emmons has been named Peach Belt Athletic Conference player of the week.

Emmons, a 5-10 junior, leads the Lady Pacers in kills (106) and service aces (17) while ranking third in assists (23) and digs (64) and fourth in blocks (10).

In the Lady Pacers' first two tournaments, Emmons has been named to both all-tournament teams, where the USC Aiken tied for the best record (3-1) in the Carolina Phone Classic in Spartanburg, S.C., and won (4-0) the Bulldog Invitational in Wingate, N.C.

Against Wingate, Emmons recorded a triple double with 23 kills, 16 digs and 10 assists in the four-game win.

GOLF:

The Senior PGA Tour will have a match play tournament among its 38 official money events in 2001 with a total purse of about $59 million, the tour announced Tuesday.

The Match Play Championship, formerly the Boone Valley Classic, will be played the first week of May near St. Louis. The $2 million event will have a 78-player field that will include two days of stroke play to determine 16 players for single-elimination match play over the weekend.

The season begins in Hawaii with the MasterCard Championship on Jan. 19-21, and concludes with the Senior Tour Championship on Oct. 25-28. It also will include the "Schwab Cup," a season-long bonus program based on points.

Next year also marks the debut of the Senior Tour on CNBC, which will televise 33 tournaments and allow for better spacing of the four majors -- The Tradition in April, The Senior PGA Championship in May, the U.S. Senior Open at the end of June and the Senior Players Championship in July.