Originally created 01/27/01

Augustan re-assigned to Stallions



Augusta native Derrick Reeves, a former Butler High School and Georgia Southern player, has been reassigned to the Augusta Stallions for 2001 areanfootball2 season.

Reeves, who played in 17 regular-season games as a lineman on offense and defense, enters the season as the Stallions' all-time sack leader. He had 34 tackles, five sacks, two fumble recoveries, one pass breakup and a blocked kick. Offensively, he caught nine passes for 68 yards and one touchdown. He also had one rushing touchdown.

The Stallions, who open the season March 31 at home against the Norfolk Nighthawks, now have 13 players of their roster. League rules allow each team to enter the training camp with no more than 30 players. The Stallions open training camp March 14.

Season tickets, ranging from $48 to 200 for the eight home games, are on sale. For more information, call (706) 738-9539.

The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed wide receiver Mareno Philyaw, their sixth round draft choice a year ago. Philyaw played in one game for the Falcons this season.

He was waived by the Falcons during training camp, signed to the New Orleans practice squad, waived by the Saints and signed to Atlanta's practice squad in October.

Philyaw, who played at Troy State in Alabama, was activated for Atlanta's finale game of the season against Kansas City and played on special teams.

AUTO RACING: Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and Dr Pepper will sponsor a NASCAR Weekly Racing Series team this season featuring a black owner and black driver.

Morty Buckles, of Stone Mountain, Ga., will drive a Pontiac for Miller Racing Group, which is based in Philadelphia. This team will have its headquarters in Concord, N.C.

At the announcement, which was part of the fourth annual Wall Street Project Conference in New York, the companies said they would work together to develop minority NASCAR drivers.

The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series consists of about 100 tracks throughout the country, divided into 10 geographic regions.

BASEBALL: Left-hander Steve Avery remained with the Atlanta Braves, agreeing Friday to a minor league contract.

Avery, 30, spent last season in the Braves' farm system, going 4-12 in 19 games with four teams. He had surgery on his rotator cuff in August 1999 while a member of the Cincinnati Reds.

Originally a first round pick by the Braves in the 1988 amateur draft, Avery, among 17 non-roster players Atlanta invited to spring training, has a career record of 94-83 with a 4.17 ERA.

The baseball commissioner's office blocked Deion Sanders' contract with the Reds on Friday, but Cincinnati still expects to have him in its minor league camp in March.

The Reds agreed to a Triple-A contract with the NFL cornerback on Wednesday, giving him another chance to dabble in baseball.

But Sanders had filed for free agency following the World Series and agreed to the deal after the Dec. 7 deadline for re-signing. That caused the commissioner's office to block the deal.

The agent for a pitcher found to have been illegally signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers plans to appeal major league baseball's decision to not grant the player free agency.

"We're hoping we can meet with baseball officials sometime during spring training," said Gus Dominguez, who represents Venezuelan left-hander Felix Arellan, who turns 20 next month. "Felix will report to spring training with the Dodgers.

Dominguez said he was informed last month of the decision by the commissioner's office. The Dodgers were fined, an amount reported by the Los Angeles Times to be $100,000.

The Dodgers were fined a $200,000 and prohibited from re-signing Cuban players Juan Carlos Diaz and Josue Perez after the team was accused of holding secret tryouts in Cuba and arranging the players' defections. Dominguez represents Diaz and Perez.

And in December 1999, the Dodgers were penalized for signing third baseman Adrian Beltre before he turned 16, but Beltre was not declared a free agent.

SOCCER: The U.S. men's team plays its first game of the 2001 season today (5:30 p.m., ESPN2), facing China in an exhibition in Oakland, Calif.

China is coached by Bora Milutinovic, who has taken four nations to the second round of the World Cup. He led the United States to the second round of the 1994 World Cup, and China is his fourth stop in the last five years. The gregarious coach has been given two years to mold the Chinese team into World Cup form.

The Americans, who include veterans Tony Meola and D.C. United defenders Jeff Agoos, Carlos Llamosa and Eddie Pope, are coached by Bruce Arena.