Originally created 05/03/01


Point Given will be outside looking in when he tries to give trainer Bob Baffert a third Kentucky Derby victory in five years.

The strapping chestnut colt, winner of the Santa Anita Derby, will start from the No. 17 post in a 17-horse field Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

He was made the 9-5 favorite Wednesday, while Baffert's second starter, Wood Memorial winner Congaree, was made the second choice at 5-1.

Point Given drew the 14th pick in the selection process Wednesday and his owner and trainer chose the outside post. That way the versatile colt, who figures to lay off the pace, can stay out of trouble at the start.

Baffert and owner Robert McNair got the second pick for the speedy Congaree and chose the No. 8 post.

Front-running Millennium Wind, winner of the Blue Grass Stakes, will start from the No. 2 post. Monarchos, winner of the Florida Derby and second in the Wood Memorial, will start from the No. 16 hole. Balto Star, wire-to-wire winner of the Spiral and Arkansas Derby, will start from No. 3 post.


Matt May and Will Foskey of Augusta State and Travis Cummings of USC Aiken have been named to the Peach Belt All-Conference baseball team. They were 20 players named to the team.

May, a sophomore outfielder from Harlem, Ga., hit .378 with 53 hits and 45 RBI this season. Foskey, a junior catcher from Dublin, Ga., hit .352 with 45 hits and 44 RBI.

Cummings, a junior outfielder from Thomson, Ga., hit .387 with 74 hits and 43 RBI.


Once again, Clemson does not want to move its annual game with South Carolina to Thanksgiving weekend.

CBS Sports had suggested holding the game on the Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving.

But Clemson athletic director Bobby Robinson said "we have no interest in moving the game."

South Carolina had agreed to move the game, scheduled for Nov. 17 at Williams-Brice Stadium, so it could be nationally broadcast on the long holiday weekend, South Carolina associate athletic director John Moore said.

The game's date cannot be changed without approval from both schools.


The Charlotte Hornets, buoyed by a first-round playoff sweep of Miami and progress in their battle for a new arena, withdrew their application for relocation to Memphis, Tenn., on Wednesday.

Hornets co-owner George Shinn said the fan turnout for Friday night's Game 3 against the Heat played a part in his decision. A capacity crowd of 22,283 saw the Hornets win 94-79.

Charlotte's only other two sellouts this season had 4,000 fewer fans because the Hornets had tarps over the "least desirable" seats until the playoffs.


Augusta State continues to drop in the MasterCard Collegiate Rankings as it prepares for the NCAA Eastern Regionals May 17-19. The Jaguars were ranked No. 4 after its final event of the regular season, the University of North Carolina Intercollegiate April 15. Since then, the idle Jaguars have dropped every week while other teams have played their conference tournaments.

The Jaguars, who are independent in the sport of golf, are 11th this week after being No. 10 last year. Augusta's Jamie Elson, ranked No. 10 individually last week, also dropped, to No. 16. Clemson's John Engler of Augusta, remained at No. 4.

Tiger Woods officially committed Wednesday to making next week's Byron Nelson Classic his first tournament appearance since winning the Masters.

Woods, who won the event in 1997, has often taken a break after the Masters and returned for this tournament. While he's long been expected to sign up for it, he did so two days before the deadline.


Bill Walsh looks forward to watching younger men chase the legacy he left with the San Francisco 49ers.

Walsh ended his second term as the 49ers' general manager on Wednesday, handing the job to top assistant Terry Donahue in a long-anticipated transition.

With the 49ers now stocked with a young, talented roster and a revitalized front office, Walsh considered his work completed. After a vacation in Hawaii, he will become an adviser in an organization synonymous with his innovations and leadership.


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