Originally created 10/17/00


Augusta State shot a final round 6-over-par 294 and finished four shots behind champion North Carolina State in the Duke Golf Classic on Monday.

The Jaguars shot a 16-over 880 in the 54-hole event to tie for second with Virginia Tech and Duke.

Oliver Wilson finished in ninth place to lead the Jaguars with rounds of 73-72-74 -- 219.

Wake Forest's Brent Wanner was tournament medalist at 5-under 211.


Former Lakeside High School athlete David Rivers, now a 6-foot-3, 222 pound senior quarterback at Western Carolina, is this week's Southern Conference offensive player of the week.

Rivers completed 21 of 44 passes for 474 yards Saturday against Wofford, the fourth-highest single game passing total in conference history. Western Carolina was beaten 40-31 by Wofford.

The only SoCon players to throw for more yards in a game were Chris Sanders of Chattanooga (532), Michael Payton of Marshall (496) and Tony Petersen of Marshall (481).

Rivers, who saw limited action at Virginia before transferring to Western Carolina, set WCU school records for passing yards in a game and most total offense yards (495), and tied the school record for completions.


Jason Lowery of Augusta is the newest member of the `300' game club.

Earlier this month, Lowery, 19, rolled his first 700 series in the New Vikings League at Masters Lanes. On Oct. 10 in the Southern Classic League, also at Masters Lanes, he rolled his perfect game and had another 700 series.

BASKETBALL: Marquette University's new athletic facility will be named after former men's basketball coach Al McGuire, university officials said.

The eccentric, colorful coach became as famous off the court as on during his 13 years leading the team then known as the Warriors to 259 victories.

His career culminated in 1977 when Marquette won the NCAA championship shortly after he announced his retirement. McGuire also led the Warriors to the 1970 NIT title.

McGuire, who is ill with leukemia, said in a statement that he is honored and is looking forward to taking the first shot in the new building.

NBA referee Bennett Salvatore has been sentenced to a year of probation, 150 hours of community service and fined $500 for his role in an airline ticket scam.

The 50-year-old Stamford resident pleaded guilty on July 26 to filing a false tax return with the Internal Revenue Service for the tax year 1993.

Salvatore was one of about a dozen NBA referees accused of not reporting income when they were reimbursed for first-class airline tickets after buying less-expensive tickets, prosecutors said.

At least 11 other NBA officials have pleaded guilty to similar charges.


Evander Holyfield's manager discounted claims Monday that the WBA champion would fight in Beijing in May.

Jim Thomas said there had been no talks about such a fight, despite the claim of Beijing-based Great Wall International Sports Media Co. Ltd. official Li Chengzhi.

"Anything's possible, but there's just as great a possibility it would be held in Antarctica," Thomas said.

The 37-year-old Holyfield has said he wants to recover his undisputed title lost to Lennox Lewis in 1999 and then retire. He probably will fight in January against the WBA's top-ranked contender, which could be a rematch against John Ruiz. After that, Holyfield could fight Mike Tyson in the spring.


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