Originally created 06/02/01


Sailing regatta resumes today at Thurmond Lake

With weather forecasters predicting skies to be partly cloudy today, all 75 sailors in the 2001 MC Nationals Regatta are scheduled to finish up three days of sailing competition at Thurmond Lake.

Racing is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. and conclude around 5 p.m. Sailors in every skill level will be racing for the right to be called national champion. There will also be several champions in various age groups.

The vessel being used for the regatta is the MC Scow, which regatta organizers say is the most-used vessel in the Southeast.

A trophy ceremony will follow the regatta. The event, sponsored by the Augusta Sailing Club, is open to the public at no cost.

WRESTLING: Tickets go on sale today at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center for the World Wrestling Federation's July 8 card.

Raven and Faarooq will be present for photographs and autographs from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

The July 8 10-match card will feature Stone Cold Austin against Chris Benoit in a WWF title match. WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Phoenix Mercury star Brandy Reed was suspended indefinitely by the WNBA team for undisclosed reasons.

She warmed up with the team Thursday before an 83-70 loss to the Seattle Storm and was not on the bench during the game. She didn't show for the team bus.

General manager Seth Sulka did not elaborate on the suspension except to say it was for "conduct detrimental to the team."

Coach Cynthia Cooper, whose team is 0-2, said Reed "didn't talk to me so I don't really know the ins and outs of it and if it can be fixed."

"But I don't know if you want a player that just walks away from her team," Cooper added.

Reed was the team's leading scorer and rebounder last season and was allowed to sign with the Mercury days after the WNBA deadline.

In the 1999 season with Minnesota, she was held out of several games for disciplinary reasons.

BOXING: Andrew Jenkins, 10-year-old student at Harlem Elementary School, has been named Augusta Boxing Club boxer of the month for May.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Billy Joe, Florida A&M football coach, wants out of a scheduled 2002 game against Miami, which has drubbed the Division 1-AA Rattlers in recent years.

"I'm going to do all I can to get our president and (Athletic Director) Ken Riley to consider this because a game like that doesn't help a Division 1-AA program one bit," Joe said. "When we play them, we really take a beating from a physical and emotional standpoint."

In the last two games, Miami beat the Rattlers by a combined score of 106-6, including 57-3 in the last game in 1999.

Miami want to keep the 2002 game. Florida A&M made $300,000 from the 1999 game.

SOCCER: Werner Fricker, who as president of the U.S. Soccer Federation led the bid that brought the 1994 World Cup to the United States, has died at 65.

He died Wednesday night in Horsham, Pa., after a yearlong battle with cancer.

Fricker was a member of the 1964 U.S. Olympic soccer team. He was elected USSF president in 1984 and helped develop the World Cup bid. The Americans received 10 votes to seven for Morocco and two for Brazil in the vote by FIFA's executive committee on July 4, 1988.

One year later, the United States qualified for its first World Cup appearance since 1950. But shortly after the Americans went 0-3 at 1990 tournament in Italy, FIFA decided to back Los Angeles lawyer Alan Rothenberg, who defeated Fricker and became the USSF president in August 1990.


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