Originally created 09/26/00

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Jaguars win 8th straight soccer match

The Augusta State soccer team downed Limestone College 5-2 on Monday for its eight consecutive win, leaving the Jaguars (9-1) one win away from tying the best start in school history.

Augusta State opened the 1997 and '98 seasons at 10-1.

Eddie Centurion, Keith Borthwick and Ryan Marshall all had first-half goals as the Jaguars took a 3-0 lead. Jason Schultz and Franz Parkins added goals in the second half to end the Augusta State scoring.

The Jaguars play at North Florida on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Kirsten Haas scored three goals as USC Aiken women's soccer team ran its winning streak to three with an 8-0 defeat of Newberry on Monday.

For the third straight game, the Lady Pacers (4-4) had just 11 players on the roster. The eight goals sets a school record, breaking the old mark of seven set twice in 1998.

Jacqueline Francois added a pair of goals for the Lady Pacers while goalie Kellie Young recorded her second straight shutout.

The Lady Pacers play Lander in Greenwood, S.C., on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

FOOTBALL:

Jerry Claiborne, a former Kentucky player and coach who was elected into college football's Hall of Fame last month, died of a heart attack Sunday morning at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., family members said. He was 72.

Claiborne, a Hopkinsville, Ky., native, was one of five former coaches enshrined in the Hall of Fame on Aug. 11. He turned 72 two weeks later, said Jonathan Claiborne, one of four surviving children.

Claiborne also was a head coach at Virginia Tech and Maryland. He retired in 1989 as the 21st winningest coach in college football history, with a career record of 179-122-8.

Woodrow Dantzler was one of three Clemson players receiving player of the week honors in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while N.C. State Philip Rivers won his fourth consecutive rookie award.

Other winners this week are Clemson center Kyle Young and kick returner Joe Don Reames and Florida State defensive end Jamal Reynolds of Aiken and linebacker Tommy Polley.

Reynolds recorded three sacks and five tackles for losses in FSU's 31-0 win over Louisville on the way to earning the defensive lineman honor.

Dantzler broke an ACC record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 220 yards in the seventh-ranked Tigers' 31-10 victory Saturday over Virginia. Dantzler, who scored on runs of 75 and 45 yards and threw for a touchdown, generated 374 of Clemson's 481 yards of offense while earning the league's offensive back honor Monday.

Rivers, the Wolfpack's freshman QB, completed 21 of 36 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns while leading N.C. State to a 30-23 overtime victory over Georgia Tech on Thursday night.

Rivers is the fifth player in ACC history to be named rookie of the week four times. Other four-time performers are North Carolina's Amos Lawrence in 1977, Michael Ramseur of Wake Forest in 1982, Georgia Tech's Joe Hamilton in 1996 and Travis Minor of Florida State in 1997.

HORSE RACING:

Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone is switching to trotters for a day, though she will be riding Moni Maker, rather than sitting in a sulky behind the mare.

Krone will ride the harness horse of the year in 1998 and 1999 at The Red Mile on Oct. 6 at Lexington, Ky., in a bid to break the record for trotting under saddle.

The record of 1:58 2-5 was set by Preferential at the Red Mile in 1994. Moni Maker's record pulling a sulky is 1:52.1, set this year.

The bid for the record is expected to be the last public appearance for the 7-year-old Moni Maker. She ran her last race on Sept. 9, winning the $500,000 Trot Mondial in Montreal. She retires as the richest standardbred with $5,589,256 in earnings.

Krone in August became the first female jockey inducted into the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame. Krone, 38, won 3,345 races, including the Belmont Stakes with Colonial Affair in 1993.

GOLF:

Charles Persinger of Poca, W.Va., shot a 1-over-par 72 on Monday to take the lead in the suspended second round of qualifying for the U.S. Senior Amateur.

Seventy-nine of the 156 players, including Augusta's Ed Payne, failed to complete the round at Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club after play was suspended by afternoon lightning. Payne opened with a 79 on Sunday. The low 64 will advance to match play after qualifying is completed today.

Georgia led The Preview by Ping and Golfweek in Durham, N.C., by three strokes when play was suspended late Monday. Texas was second, followed by Arizona when play was halted.

Clemson is tied for sixth and Georgia Tech is 10th. The tournament has been shortened to 36 holes with completion of the second round scheduled today.

Individually, Auburn's Kevin Haefner is the leader at 5-under, followed by Arizona's Reid Hatley (4-under) and Georgia Tech's Bryce Molder (3-under).

BASKETBALL:

Duke's Shane Battier and Tennessee's Tamika Catchings were the top vote-getters on the preseason list of candidates for the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Naismith player of the year awards.

Battier, a senior forward, averaged 17.4 points last season and has 1,206 career points at Duke. Catchings, a senior forward, won the Naismith last year.

The other top candidates among the men were Troy Murphy of Notre Dame and Brendan Haywood of North Carolina. Svetlana Abrosimova of Connecticut and LaToya Thomas of Mississippi State were the other top female candidates.

Cincinnati's Kenyon Martin won the Naismith award last year.

The award is determined in voting by a group of coaches, journalists and administrators.