Originally created 02/22/01

Overtime



The Augusta Golf & Gardens, the future home of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, will open to the public the last week of March.

The official grand opening of the eight-acre gardens along the Savannah River will be held Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Festivities will include carnival attractions and live music, with discount tickets costing $3.

Visitors who can't wait for the grand opening, can see the gardens along with a handful of artists on Friday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets for Friday are $5. For more information, call (706) 724-4443.

BOXING:

Former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe is in jail on charges he violated probation after pleading guilty to abducting his wife.

A bail hearing is scheduled for Friday.

A warrant issued Feb. 15 said the 33-year-old boxer violated terms of his probation stemming from his guilty plea last year to abducting his wife, Judy, in February 1998.

Earlier this month, Bowe was charged with assaulting his second wife, Terri, in their Syosset, N.Y., home.

Bowe surrendered to federal marshals Tuesday and was being held in the Mecklenburg County jail until the bond hearing.

In his prime, Bowe was a 6-foot-5, 235-pound heavyweight who won his first 31 fights, all but two by knockout, to earn a title shot against Evander Holyfield. In November 1992, he defeated Holyfield and earned the title of undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

Mike Tyson received terms from Lennox Lewis for a fight this summer in which he would get half the purse.

Lewis, WBC and IBF champion said he would accept that split only if Tyson paid off his TV network, Showtime.

According to Lewis, who has a contract with HBO, his business manager, Adrian Ogun, had talks in New York last week with Shelly Finkel, Tyson's adviser.

Finkel confirmed he had met with Ogun and told him "not only does Mike want to fight Lewis, he wants to fight him now (without either man having an interim fight)." Tyson now is expected to fight in May.

Finkel said that at his meeting with Ogun he said that Tyson was the bigger draw but that he would talk to him about purse parity. Ogun said Lewis was the champion, but Finkel said he told him, "Lewis doesn't draw."

SOCCER:

Greenbrier High School senior Ashley Hicks signed a national letter of intent Wednesday to attend Middle Tennessee State University on a soccer scholarship for next season.

Hicks, a four-year starter for the Lady Wolfpack, chose the Blue Raiders over Howard University and Georgia State University. Middle Tennessee State, a Division I program which competes in the Sunbelt Conference, is located in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

"I'm really excited to sign," Hicks said after the official signing ceremony at the Brierpatch. "It's been a great four years at Greenbrier, and I'm looking forward to playing at Middle Tennessee next year."

Hicks has been an outstanding playmaker at both the midfield and striker positions with Greenbrier. As a freshman Hicks tallied 20 goals and was named the team's Best Offensive Player. She was named MVP following her sophomore season, and is the Lady Wolfpack's No. 2 career scorer, with 46 goals.

COLLEGE BASEBALL:

Georgia Tech (5-1) rallied for six runs in the last two innings in its 10-8 victory over Georgia.

Trailing 8-4, Tech (5-1) loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth and scored twice, including Matthew Boggs' run-scoring walk, before Joey Friedman (0-1) came on for Georgia (3-1) to put out the fire.

With two outs in the ninth, Jason Perry singled and took second when Tyler Parker legged out an infield single. Wes Rynders struck out but reached first on a wild pitch, which sent Perry to third. He scored when catcher Tony Burchett's throw sailed into right field.

Boggs was hit by a pitch, loading the bases, and Parker and Rynders scored on Andy Neufeld's throwing error. After Mark Teixeira was intentionally walked, Bryan Prince's single drove in Boggs for the final run.

Former Greenbrier standout Mark Thornhill was 2-for-4 for Georgia with an RBI.

Andy Mitchell (1-0) picked up the win in relief while Jeff Watchko earned his second save with a scoreless ninth.

FOOTBALL:

Exactly 24 hours before he would have been designated a "franchise player," Ray Buchanan stood behind a podium with a $36 million smile.

Buchanan's six-year contract, hammered out between his agent, Eugene Parker, and Falcons general manager Harold Richardson, includes an $8 million signing bonus that matches the franchise record figure that offensive tackle Bob Whitfield agreed to Dec. 26.

In a face-to-face meeting last week, coach Dan Reeves told Buchanan the Falcons wanted to avoid making him their first-ever franchise player, but he also stated the team had to protect its interests.

Buchanan, who made approximately $2 million last year, was outspoken several times as the Falcons suffered through a 4-12 season that gave them a 9-24 record since their victory in the 1998 NFC championship game. Ultimately, though, his desire to keep his family in Atlanta was more important than getting a bigger contract from a team with a winning history.

Buchanan finished 2000 with a team-high six interceptions, 14 passes defended and a total of 99 tackles that ranked third on the club.