Originally created 09/19/00


Florida's Steve Spurrier is one angry coach, even though his Gators pulled out a 27-23 victory over Tennessee.

Spurrier was clearly upset with wide receiver Jabar Gaffney's throat-slashing gesture following his game-winning catch against the Vols on Saturday, and might even take disciplinary action.

"I saw him do the cut-throat thing on TV," Spurrier said in a conference call Sunday. "That was embarrassing for all of us, the whole team, for him, his parents, his teammates, his university."

Last year, the NFL banned the gesture and has fined players for using it.

Spurrier also was bothered by comments from several Gators before the game.

Defensive tackle Gerard Warren said Tennessee players know they can't beat Florida and that the defense was going to "demolish" Vols quarterback A.J. Suggs.

Spurrier promised that "we are going to try to say the right things from here on out."

Meanwhile, the call that gave the Gators the victory stands.

Bobby Gaston, the Southeastern Conference chief of officials, said Monday that the line judge was in the right spot to make the call when he allowed Florida's late touchdown to stand in the Gators' win.

Line judge Al Matthews ruled that Gaffney had possession of the ball in the end zone long enough for a touchdown.

"(Matthews) ruled on what he saw, and my observation is, at this stage at least, I don't have any fault with what he did," Gaston said.

Jesse Palmer's 3-yard pass with 14 seconds left went to Gaffney, who had the ball for an instant before it was knocked away by the Vols' Willie Miles.

Gaston will review other tapes Tennessee is sending. Even if Gaston changes his mind, there will be no public statement.

"Everything we do, we do in house," he said.


The Georgia-Arkansas football game in Fayetteville, Ark., will be televised by Jefferson-Pilot Sports on Augusta's Channel 12 at 12:30 p.m.

It will be Georgia's first appearance on Jefferson-Pilot this season. The Bulldogs are 12-3 when appearing on J-P Sports.


Ransom Returned won the first race of his career Sunday at Arlington International Racetrack in Chicago.

The bay colt, trained by Lynn Whiting and owned by a partnership from Aiken, won by a nose in the race for 3- and 4-year-olds covering 1 1/8 miles on turf.


The widow of NFL running back Fred Lane was held without bail Monday on bank larceny charges after documents in federal court suggested she might have killed her husband to stop him from reporting the theft.

At a later hearing in state court, the prosecutor told the judge that the state intends to seek the death penalty if Deidra Lane is convicted of murder.

The prosecutor told the judge that Deidra Lane killed the Indianapolis Colts running back to collect on a $5 million life insurance policy taken out shortly before his death. Judge James Lanning then revoked Deidra Lane's $100,000 bail on the murder charge.

She had been free on $100,000 secured bond in connection with the July 6 slaying.


Defensive tackle Alvin McKinley is out at least 10 weeks with a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Also, punter Ken Walter injured his shoulder Sunday and Seifert said he wasn't sure what his playing status was.

"I don't know if he'll be able to punt this next game or whether he's going to be lost to us," Seifert "Right now we are in a limbo state."

Walter, averaging 37.9 yards a punt this season, injured a tendon in his shoulder when he was unable to handle the snap as the holder on a third-quarter field goal attempt. Instead of trying to recover the hold, he ran with the ball and unsuccessfully tried to throw for the first down before getting tackled.

McKinley, a rookie, was injured in the second quarter of Sunday's game. Seifert said team doctors were deciding whether or not to operate on the rookie's knee, which would sideline him for the rest of the season.


Phil Knight did not tell Nike shareholders Monday whether he paid Tiger Woods $100 million for his latest endorsement contract. Knight did say Woods is "worth it."

The chairman and co-founder of the largest athletic shoe maker in the world, responding to written questions from the audience at the annual shareholder meeting, was asked whether the money could have been better spent.

"No, it couldn't," Knight told the large crowd gathered at Memorial Coliseum, the former home of the Portland Trail Blazers.

It has been widely reported that Woods' latest contract with Nike is worth $100 million.

Knight also said the company was "very excited" about a $30 million endorsement deal with Toronto Raptors forward Vince Carter, an NBA rookie of the year some consider the potential successor to Michael Jordan as basketball's top star.


Ray Fisher scored two goals Monday to lead Charleston Southern to a 4-1 victory over USC Aiken.

The Pacers, who opened the season with three consecutive victories, fell to 3-3 heading into their first Peach Belt Athletic Conference game Wednesday, against Augusta State at the ASU complex on Wrightsboro Road.

After Saturday's 4-0 victory over Southern Wesleyan, Augusta State (6-1) has four shutouts this season.


Augusta State University is 11 shots behind leader Virginia after two rounds Monday in the Tournament of Champions in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Jaguars are in sixth place after posting rounds of 286-288 -- 574 for a 2-under-par total. Virginia leads at 13-under-par 563 and is followed by LSU (564) and Tennessee (568).

Augusta State got bad news in the second round when Michael Webb was disqualified for that round using an altered club.

Augusta's Oliver Wilson fired rounds of 70-67 for a 7-under-par total and is one shot behind leader Cameron Yancey of Virginia.

The final round is scheduled today.


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