Originally created 10/16/00

Five area boxers medal in Invitational

Five boxers representing the Augusta Boxing Club participated and won gold medals in the Queen City Invitational Amateur Boxing Championships in Charlotte, N.C.

Amanda Sackos (147), Jason Pickney (132), Mike Carter (139), John Dry (147), Von Harvison (60) and Ben Leverette (100) all won two fights over the weekend in their respective weight classes to medal.

The Invitational, which had clubs from North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia, all participated in the two-day event.

GOLF: The Augusta State University golf team shot a second-round 294 to finish four strokes behind tournament winner Virginia Tech in the Duke Golf Classic in Durham, N.C.

The Jaguars and the Hokies were tied after one day of play at 292 heading into Sunday's competition. Virginia Tech, paced by Brendon De Jonge's, Brian Krusoe's and Chris McKeel's top 10 finish shot 290 for the day to finish the tournament at 582.

Augusta State was led by Oliver Wilson, who shot a second-round 72 and finished tied for sixth. Jamie Elson, Jayce Stepp, Michael Webb and Robert Duck all finished in the top 25 for Jay Seawell's Jaguars.

SOCCER: Two second half goals by Jacqueline Francois and Kirsten Haas helped the USC Aiken Lady Pacers end their two match losing streak with a 2-0 victory over Coker College in soccer action Sunday.

After a relative even first half, Francois recorded her team-leading 10th goal of the season on an assist by Cynde Boston. Haas iced the game in the 78th minute when she Coker failed to clear the ball.

The Cobras did not have a shot on goal in the second half and were outshot 9-2 on the day.

The Lady Pacers will host Wingate today at 5 p.m.

Soccer stadiums were empty across the country Sunday, marking the start of a two-week league suspension called in response to government reforms for a sport derided as "totally rotten."

The Greek Soccer Federation ordered the suspension after lawmakers criticized Greece's 2-0 loss to Albania in a 2002 World Cup qualifier Wednesday. The postponement affected games in Greece's first, second, third and fourth divisions.

The suspension was widely seen as an attempt by entrenched soccer officials to challenge the reforms introduced by sports minister Giorgos Floridis.

Floridis described the Greek league as "totally rotten," and the federation called Floridis an "underminer of Greece's soccer." The sports body denied the league suspension was connected to the new laws.

Under legislation approved by parliament Friday, soccer team finances will come under increased financial scrutiny. Also, chief organizer of professional leagues, Victor Mitropoulos, will be dismissed because of an embezzlement conviction, with an appeal to the supreme court pending.

HORSE RACING: Fly for Avie, a long shot ridden by Todd Kabel, won the $330,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes on Sunday, defeating co-favorites Lady Upstage and Innuendo in a blanket finish.

The winner surged down the stretch on the outside to win the 1 1/4 -mile race on the turf in 2:02 3-5. She won by a nose over Lady Upstage, with Innuendo another nose behind in third.

"I was waiting for the longest time before I swung her over heels to get out," said Kabel, having one of his best years. "I was certainly worried."

The Grade I race, for fillies and mares 3 years old and up, lost some of its luster when European invaders Wild Heart Dancing and Amalia were scratched.


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