Originally created 05/04/01

Overtime



Paul Stankowski, who hasn't won on the PGA Tour since 1997, shot a course- and tournament-record 61 Thursday and held a three-stroke lead after the first round of the $4 million Compaq Classic in New Orleans.

Brian Watts and Kenny Perry, playing in the morning, took the early lead with 64s. Jim Carter, Keith Clearwater and Brian Wilson were one shot back. Six players, including Phil Mickelson and Bob May, were at 66.

Augusta pro Charles Howell opened with a 69.

FOOTBALL:

South Carolina tailback Derek Watson, is apparently in trouble again, this time for allegedly punching a woman in the arm.

Watson, a sophomore who became the Gamecocks' first 1,000-yard rusher in four seasons last season, was accused of striking Richelle Beard "in the arm with his fist," according to University of South Carolina Police Department report filed by Beard on Wednesday night.

The report said Beard, a sophomore, wanted to press charges.

Watson missed the Gamecocks' 24-7 victory over Ohio State in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1, after being suspended from the team in December for violating team rules.

South Carolina spokesman Kerry Tharp said Watson had not been arrested or charged in the latest incident.

"There will be punishment" from Gamecocks coach Lou Holtz, Tharp said.

Oklahoma cornerback Michael Thompson was hospitalized in critical condition Thursday following a single-vehicle accident in Norman, Okla., authorities said.

Thompson was undergoing surgery at University Hospital after breaking bones and sustaining other injuries in the accident around 1 p.m., hospital spokeswoman Gay Conner said. Norman police said the pickup truck Thompson was driving struck a tree in north Norman while traveling about 70 mph.

Thompson, a rising junior, played in all 13 games for the national champions in 2000. He had 61 tackles, one interception, 13 passes broken up, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

A week after the NCAA lifted the restriction against Friday night college football games, the American Football Coaches Association said the rule change is a mistake.

The NCAA board of directors said last week that Friday night, once reserved for high school football, is now available for college games, as well.

"Our support of that restriction has not changed even though the NCAA enacted a rule that will allow schools to play Friday night games," AFCA executive director Grant Teaff said Thursday.

Some schools, such as UNLV, Colorado State, Minnesota and Toledo, have scheduled Friday night games.

AUTO RACING:

Matt Kenseth, the fastest of four drivers to break the track record, turned a lap at 125.780 mph Thursday night to win the pole for the Hardee's 250 NASCAR Busch Grand National race in Richmond, Va.

Kenseth was the 26th of 44 drivers to take two laps around the three-quarter-mile Richmond International Raceway, and the second to break Jason Keller's 2-year-old event qualifying record of 124.907 mph. Kenny Wallace and Ryan Newman broke it later, but came up short of Kenseth's speed.

It is Kenseth's third pole this season and the eighth of his career.

Wallace, qualifying 34th, toured the track at 125.576 mph, bumping Jimmy Spencer to the second row. Spencer will start third after a run at 125.256 mph.