Originally created 04/08/01

Overtime



Aiken Technical College freshman Tarence Callahan was named to the All-Tournament team following the recently completed NJCAA Division II National Basketball tournament in Danville, Ill.

Callahan, who had a solid freshman year, is the first player from the Knights to be selected to the team. Only nine colleges had representatives named to the team.

He earned the spot despite suffering an injury in the first game of the tournament and continued under doctor's care.

BOXING:

The Augusta Boxing Club's Ray Whitfield, who is competing in the Junior 106-pound weight class, defeated James Lester of Michigan, 22-14, to advance to Saturday's finals for the right to advance to the World Championships in Ireland.

Saturday's runner-up will be invited to represent the United States at the Goodwill Games later this year.

TENNIS:

The Netherlands made another strong showing in the Davis Cup, defeating Germany in doubles to reach the semifinals for the first time.

After ousting defending champion Spain in the opening round, the Dutch were joined in the semifinals by Sweden, which clinched its series with Russia.

The other two semifinalists will be determined today when Brazil-Australia and Switzerland-France complete their quarterfinals with two singles.

The Netherlands, playing without injured Richard Krajicek, had been 0-6 against Germany dating to 1933.

In other World Group play, Sweden won its doubles and took a 3-0 lead against Russia; Switzerland stayed alive after winning the doubles but still trails France 2-1; and Australia took a 2-1 lead over Brazil by winning its doubles in three sets, each going to a tiebreaker.

GOLF:

The Regions Cup amateur golf tournament season kicks off a month earlier than normal, and with a different opening event.

The first event of the season will be the Savannah Lakes Village Classic, scheduled April 21-22. There will be 11 tournaments in the series for the second straight year.

The Savannah Lakes Village Classic debuted in 2000 with a June date. The normal opening tournament, the Gordon Uhl/Golf Capital Invitational, will keep its regular date. It will be played May 19-20.

Both of the Savannah Lakes courses, Tara and the nationally-ranked Monticello, will be used in the tournament. To enter, call Savannah Lakes at (864) 391-4115.

There won't be a defending champion this year at Savannah Lakes. Alex McMichael of Washington, Ga., has turned pro.

The Sunset Hills Country Club in Carrollton, Ga. will be hosting the fourth annual Georgia's Women's Match Play Championship, April 11-13.

There will be a new winner this year as defending champion Nancy Smith moved and will be able to defend her title. Early favorites include first-seed Laura Coble, Patti McMillan, Ellen Dempsey and Claudeen Lindberg.

The 16-player Championship Flight will play the par-71 layout to a distance of 5,750 yards. The event will be played in match play format with the losers of the first round competing in the consolation bracket.

HORSE RACING:

Point Given solidified his role as the early Kentucky Derby favorite by romping away from five rivals in the Santa Anita Derby.

Ridden by Gary Stevens, the strapping chestnut colt took the lead with a little more than a half-mile remaining and scored his second impressive win in two starts as a 3-year-old. He will be shipped to Louisville on April 18 to prepare for the Kentucky Derby on May 5 at Churchill Downs.

Point Given carried scale weight of 122 pounds over 1Å miles in 1:47 3-5 on a muddy track for a 51/2-length victory over Crafty C.T. I Love Silver was another 3 lengths back and was followed by Palmeiro, Cherokee Kim and Scorpion.

The track was made muddy by an overnight rain of 1 inch. It was the first off track for the race since 1957.

Red Marauder won the Grand National steeplechase in driving rain, with only two of the 40 starters finishing without losing their jockeys.

Richard Guest rode the 33-1 shot to victory on a muddy 41/2-mile course in a race held despite the foot-and-mouth disease sweeping Britain.

Animal rights activists oppose the event, noting 32 horses have been killed in the race since 1945. Five thoroughbreds died during the first two days of last year's meet.

The Grand National features 30 tall fences and is the world's most grueling steeplechase.

Smarty, ridden by Timmy Murphy, was second. Blowing Wind finished third after the jockey remounted. Papillon, last year's winner, was fourth, and its rider also had to remount.

With a wire-to-wire victory in the Illinois Derby, Dogwood Stable's Distilled may have earned a trip to Louisville, Ky. for the Kentucky Derby.

"We're simply overjoyed with this colt's performance today," said Dogwood president Cot Campbell. "We will let the dust settle and make a decision after 48 hours - which will give us the time to consider Louisville as the next stop."

With Mike Smith in the irons, Distilled made a jump out of the starting gate but quickly settled down and pulled away to a two-length lead. With 40-mile-per-hour winds, Distilled maintained his lead and won by a 1Ü-lengths.