Originally created 09/25/00

Overtime



Monday night football, high-school style, invades the Augusta area tonight in the wake of Tropical Storm Helene's flyover on Friday.

Four area games, postponed from Friday, will be played tonight. The key matchup features Lexington (3-1) visiting undefeated Aiken (4-0) at 7:30 p.m. in the first Region 3-AAAA game for each team.

A year ago, Aiken lost to Lexington 31-17 after the Hornets jumped in front 14-0 in the first half. So, with a more experienced team this time around, Aiken has a get-even thought in the equation.

Also playing their first region game, also in 3-AAA, will be North Augusta (3-1) at Orangeburg-Wilkinson (2-2) at 7 p.m.. In Region 6-AA, unbeaten Barnwell (4-0) plays host to Swansea at 7 p.m., and in Class A play Elloree visits Blackville-Hilda (2-2) at 6 p.m.

HORSE RACING:

Dogwood Stable's Trippi enhanced his credentials as the country's top sprinter on Saturday by winning the Grade I, $300,000 Vosburgh Stakes at Belmont Park, with the Breeders' Cup Sprint on Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.

Trippi went into the seven furlong Vosburgh as the second choice at 3-1, but under jockey Jerry Bailey he moved in front just strides from the start and was never headed. Stablemate More Than Ready was second.

Trippi earned $180,000, bringing his career total to $620,900.

AUTO RACING:

Michael Schumacher spent part of a gloomy Sunday afternoon doing a little bit of daydreaming.

His reverie lulled the German driver into an uncharacteristic mistake, but Schumacher could smile and joke about it after overwhelming the field in winning the first Formula One race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and passing Mika Hakkinen for the series lead.

Schumacher won the first United States Grand Prix in 10 years going away despite spinning and driving through the infield grass on the new 2.606-mile, 13-turn road course just five laps from the end.

"I wasn't concentrating any more because I was just cruising," Schumacher said with a shrug and a grin. "The team kept asking me to go slower and slower, and I did. I just caught enough grass that it spun me around. These things do happen when you don't concentrate properly."

GOLF:

Returning to the scene of his greatest triumph, Vinny Giles shot a 1-under-par 70 Sunday to take the first-round lead in stroke-play qualifying of the USGA Men's Senior Amateur Championship in Charlotte, N.C.

Giles had three birdies and two bogies as he made a successful return to the site of his 1972 USGA Men's Amateur victory.

Business manager for a number of professional golfers, including Davis Love III, Tom Kite and Justin Leonard, Giles said accurate driving was the key to his round at the 6,622-yard Charlotte Country Club, where he outlasted Mark Hayes and Ben Crenshaw for the Amateur title 28 years ago.

Augusta's Ed Payne posted a 7-over 79 in the first round. The final round of qualifying will be played today with 64 players going into match-play competition.

SOCCER:

It was a good Sunday for USC Aiken. In defeating UNC Pembroke 3-2, the Pacers snapped a four-game losing streak, won their first Peach Belt Athletic Conference game of the season and evened their record at 4-4.

The Pacers' Richard Wolf and Neil Stark scored unassisted goals and Shawn Ord fed Haroon Saleem for what proved to be the game-winning goal at the 48:20 mark of the second half.

USC Aiken (4-4, 1-1 PBAC) returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Lander (4-1, 1-1).

Meanwhile, Limestone College visits Augusta State (8-1, 1-0) in a non-conference game today at 4 p.m.