Originally created 10/11/00


LeCoe Willingham's basketball career at Auburn may be in jeopardy.

Auburn coach Joe Ciampi said in a press conference on Tuesday that the former Hephzibah star will sit out this season.

Ciampi said that Willingham's departure was not for disciplinary reasons and that it was a "mutual decision."

"LeCoe is taking a year off from school to get her life in order," Ciampi said.

The 6-foot center averaged 11.3 points and a team-leading 7.6 rebounds as a sophomore before suffering a knee injury in the Tennessee game in late February. She underwent surgery in March to repair torn cartilage.

The Lady Tigers had a 22-8 record last season.

Two other Augusta area players are listed on Auburn's 2000-01 roster -- 5-foot-10 sophomore guard Kwameika Brown, who was an all-area player at Butler High School, and Nancy Derrick, a 5-9 freshman guard who scored more than 4,000 career points at Wardlaw Academy in Johnson, S.C.


Kris Shephard of Evans won the Plantation Junior Golf Tour's boys 16-19 age group tournament over the weekend, shooting 74-79 -- 153 at the Jekyll Island (Ga.) Golf Club.

The Plantation Junior Golf Tour conducts a series of tournaments during the nine winter months.


Turner Sports has acquired NASCAR's Internet rights and will take over production of its Web site on Jan. 1.

NASCAR has also entered into an extensive marketing and promotional agreement with America Online Inc.

Turner Sports plans to add features such as video streaming of race highlights, expanded garage cameras and photo galleries, archives of past races, live and taped audio, and NASCAR fantasy leagues, Turner Sports President Mark Lazarus said Tuesday.

NASCAR signed a six-year, $2.8 billion TV rights deal with Fox, NBC and TBS last November. That package starts with the season-opening Daytona 500 in February 2001.


Prince Naseem Hamed, widely regarded as the world's top featherweight, gave up his WBO title in a dispute over a mandatory defense.

Hamed is undefeated and has held the title since 1995. He refused to fight No. 1 contender Istvan "Koko" Kovacs, a bout scheduled for Nov. 4 in England.

HBO, the cable network that shows Hamed's fights, said it was not satisfied with Kovacs' credentials and was offering Hamed only a fraction of his usual purse.

In his most recent fight, Hamed retained the WBO title by stopping Augie Sanchez in the fourth round on Aug. 19. Hamed is 35-0, with 31 KOs.

Kovacs probably will face Mexico's Marco Antonio Barrera for the vacant title, with Hamed to face the winner.


Suspended U.S. soccer coach Bruce Arena is not supposed to have any communication with his staff or team during Wednesday night's pivotal second-round World Cup qualifying match against Costa Rica in Columbus, Ohio.

But as of Tuesday afternoon, Arena and acting coach Dave Sarachan were still talking as if Arena would be actively involved in the game.

Arena received a three-game suspension because of his actions the last time the United States met Costa Rica. He confronted officials and criticized their calls to the media after Hernan Medford's penalty kick in stoppage time gave Costa Rica a 2-1 victory on July 23 in San Jose, Costa Rica.

His suspension would run through the first match of the final qualifying stage next year.


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