Originally created 04/21/01

Overtime



Solomon to skip his senior year at Clemson

Guard Will Solomon, Clemson's leading scorer the past two seasons, is skipping his final year of college to enter the NBA draft.

However, Solomon said Friday he would not hire an agent yet, meaning he could return to school next season, if he changes his mind.

"It was a difficult decision to make, but I owe it to myself and my family to enter the draft," Solomon said.

The junior has averaged 15.2 points, 2.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game at Clemson. He was the Atlantic Coast Conference's leading scorer a year ago with 20.9 points per game.

Solomon still can withdraw his name by June 20, a week before the draft.

"I don't know what my chances are of being drafted, but I think I have a good shot at playing," he said. "I will..give it a shot."

SOFTBALL: The Augusta State Lady Jaguars are on a roll heading into today's Peach Belt Conference softball tournament at Kennesaw State University. The Lady Jaguars (23-15-1, 11-6 PBC), seeded fourth in the tournament, have won 11 of their last 12 and will face fifth-seeded Armstrong Atlantic State at 10 a.m. The winner of the game will play either USC Aiken, Georgia College & State or Kennesaw State today at 2 p.m.

USC Aiken (28-20, 8-12) will play Georgia College & State in the first-round of the conference tournament today at 5 p.m. The winner of the Lady Pacers-Lady Bobcats game will face top-seeded Kennesaw State on Saturday at 12 p.m.

TENNIS: Martina Hingis won her 13th straight match at the Family Circle, stopping one of the tour's hottest players in Amelie Mauresmo 7-5, 6-2 in the quarterfinals Friday in Charleston, S.C.

Hingis, the top seed, joined No. 2 Jennifer Capriati in today's semifinals. Capriati defeated unseeded Elena Likhovtseva 7-5, 6-4.

The Hingis-Mauresmo match was one of the tournament's most anticipated. Hingis is the world's No. 1 player and hadn't lost a Family Circle match in five years. No. 7 Mauresmo had won her past three tournaments and 16 matches in a row.

GOLF: The 2001 Regions Cup amateur tournament series begins today a month earlier than normal, with a different tournament as the season opener. The Savannah Lakes Village Classic has moved from a June date in 2000 to this weekend. Both rounds at scheduled for the nationally-ranked Monticello Golf Club.

The Gordon Uhl/Golf Capital Invitational has historically been the season's first Regions Cup event. That tournament has kept its normal dates, May 19-20.

Lad Wright, last year's runnerup at Savannah Lakes, is among the favorites this weekend. Other top players are Trey Testino, Gregg Ablett, Jeff Pope, Randy Sapp and Lance Jones. Defending champion Alex McMichael of Washington, Ga., has turned pro.

SOCCER: The Class AAA Area 3 soccer playoffs will be held Tuesday night at Richmond Academy Stadium. In the girls final, Cross Creek will play top-seeded Westside at 5:30 p.m. while Westside will play Richmond Academy's boys at 7 p.m.

Both teams in both boys and girls play have already qualified for the state soccer playoffs. The admission cost is $3.

FOOTBALL: Nearly 7,000 season tickets have been returned to the Green Bay Packers from fans who refused to pay a user fee of up to $1,400 per ticket to help finance the Lambeau Field renovation.

Team spokesman Susan Finco said it's the largest number of ticket holders to abandon their seats since the mid-1960s. In recent years, only about five names a season have moved off of it because so few season tickets are surrendered each year. Last season, Finco said, the number was ten.