Originally created 04/29/01



Augusta State didn't complete a worst-to-first scenario in Peach Belt Conference play, but the Lady Jaguars made a dramatic jump from first to third this season.

Kennesaw State swept Armstrong Atlantic State on Saturday, giving the Lady Jags third place in the final standings behind Kennesaw and North Florida. Augusta State was last in the conference in 2000.

Meanwhile, in nonconference action, Augusta State celebrated Senior Day by sweeping past Limestone 9-1 and 9-4 to end the season with a 29-21-1 record. Ashlee Bell, Meredith Hill and Traci Miller played their final collegiate games for the Lady Jags.


Mia Hamm hurt her knee but returned to score on a free kick during injury time Saturday, rallying the Washington Freedom to a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Courage.

Hamm's goal was the first by a U.S.-born player in the inaugural WUSA season and raised the Freedom's record to 2-0.

The game drew 6,012 fans, many there to see Hamm, a three-time All-American at North Carolina. She left the game briefly in the first half after a hard tackle by Carolina's Erin Baxter.


The Chinese women's team beat North Korea 3-0 Saturday for its fifth straight title at the world table tennis championships in Osaka, Japan..

The last time the Chinese women surrendered the world title was in Chiba, Japan, in 1991, when a unified Korean women's squad ended China's reign of 16 years.

In the men's semifinals, Belgium upset defending champion Sweden 3-1, setting up today's final with China, which ousted South Korea 3-2.

The singles, doubles and mixed doubles will follow the team events, offering five more golds before the 46th world championships end May 6.


A man who used Tiger Woods' identity to steal $17,000 worth of goods was sentenced to 200 years-to-life in prison.

Anthony Lemar Taylor was convicted in Sacramento, Calif., of falsely obtaining a driver's license using the name Eldrick T. Woods, Woods' Social Security number and his birth date.

Though he looks nothing like golf's best player, the 30-year-old Taylor then used the false identification and credit cards to buy a 70-inch TV, stereos and a used luxury car between August 1998 and August 1999.

Judge Michael Virga gave Taylor the maximum sentence under California's three-strikes law Friday.


Ryan Kirkpatrick, with a time of 14:33, was the top male finisher in Saturday's second annual PAWS for Cancer 5K run in Aiken. Michele Milner paced the women's field with a 19:23 clocking.

Gary Moore of Augusta, finished 24th in Saturday's Country Music Marathon in Nashville, Tenn., with a time of 2:52:47.

Kenya's Chrisopher Cheboibich won the men's event in 2:13:28 and Romania's Aurica Buia was the top female finisher at 2:34:40.


Hasim Rahman, the newly crowned heavyweight champion, probably will make his first title defense against Lennox Lewis or Mike Tyson.

Cedric Kushner, promoter for the fighter from Baltimore, said Saturday that it's 50-50 on which of the two former champions it will be - he can deal with HBO and Lewis or Showtime and Tyson.

Rahman (35-2 with 29 KOs) shocked the world a week ago as a 20-1 underdog with his seventh-round knockout of Lewis in South Africa.

HBO has the rights to Lewis, while Tyson boxes for Showtime, a problem that had delayed a Lewis-Tyson fight.


Brian Boitano, the 1988 Olympic gold medalist and the mainstay of the Champions on Ice figure skating show for nearly two decades, made his final tour appearance Saturday.

Boitano, who turned pro in 13 years ago, did not announce his intention to retire from touring until his last show in the Compaq Center in San Jose, Calif., which is not far from his hometown of Sunnyvale. His parents were on hand for the performance.


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