Originally created 07/12/01


Evans High School will start a search next week for a baseball coach now that Cris Segraves has relinquished his duties.

On Tuesday night, the Columbia County School Board approved the recommendation to hire Segraves as an assistant principal at Evans.

Since Columbia County has a policy prohibiting its school administrators from coaching, that means Segraves will be leaving after a five-year run as coach.

Evans principal Don Brigdon said the school will begin searching for Segraves' replacement next week, when athletics director and football coach Lee Chomskis returns from a football camp.

Segraves, 44, began his coaching career at Richmond Academy, then worked at Hephzibah Middle and Hephzibah High schools before moving on to Evans Middle. He has coached at Evans High since the 1996-97 school year.

During his time with the Knights, Segraves compiled a win-loss record of 116-30 and led the Knights to five consecutive region baseball championships.

HOCKEY: Dominik Hasek, the NHL's top goalie, has been hospitalized for a week because of a mystery virus that felled him during his vacation, his business partner said Wednesday.

Jiri Voprsal said Hasek showed signs of being ill upon arriving in the Czech Republic, his native country, from the United States. The goalie had to be hospitalized in his hometown of Pardubice last Thursday.

"In order to rule out any complications and to make a thorough checkup he was taken into hospital," Voprsal told the CTK news agency.

"He came down with a bug and they couldn't identify it," Rich Winter, Hasek's Edmonton, Alberta-based agent, told the Canadian Press. "They've done all the necessary tests and there doesn't appear to be anything seriously wrong with Dominik.

"They're being very careful with it. We don't expect any ongoing problem. He's in good spirits."

Hasek, 36, won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalie for the sixth time last month, two weeks before he was traded from the Buffalo Sabres to the Detroit Red Wings.

SWIMMING: The Aiken-Augusta Swim League will be holding placement sessions for the 2001-02 season in Aiken and Augusta on July 16.

Anyone interested in becoming a member, must be able to complete 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke during the tryout. The Aiken placement will be held at USC Aiken from 4-5 p.m. while the Augusta placement will be at Augusta State from 6-7 p.m. Call (803) 613-0202 or visit www.swimasl.org.

GOLF: Amy Alcott, who withdrew from the final round of the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic and was hospitalized with chest pains, said Wednesday that tests showed she suffered from dehydration and a slight viral infection.

Alcott, inducted into the LPGA Hall of Fame last year, plans to return next week in the Big Apple Classic in New Rochelle, N.Y.

"Initial reports indicate it was the result of chest pains, and I am relieved my symptoms were the result of dehydration and a virus," Alcott said in a statement.

Jonathan Hill shot an opening round seven-under 65 to lead the Carolinas Amateur on Wednesday at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach.

The 20-year-old from Kernersville, N.C., started on the back nine where he made five birdies and no bogies. He got three more birdies on the front side, but bogeyed the par 4 second hole.

Michael Shamp, 20, of Charlotte, N.C., shot a 66 and is in second place.

Aiken's Todd Fields is tied for ninth place after a 71. North Augusta's Kyle Bradley and Aiken's Matt Hendrix shot 72s.

The final round of stroke play will be held today. The field will be cut to 32 players for match play, which starts Friday.

BOXING: Bernard Hopkins angered fans of Felix Trinidad Jr. by again throwing the Puerto Rican flag to the floor Wednesday in San Juan.

The promotional event for their undisputed middleweight championship fight on Sept. 15 in New York ended abruptly in a near-riot as fans rushed the stage and threw bottles and chairs.

Hopkins, the IBF and WBC 160-pound champion, grabbed a miniature Puerto Rican flag from Trinidad in a New York news conference Monday. The crowd there, however, only taunted Hopkins.

An estimated 5,000 people at a basketball stadium Wednesday greeted WBA champion Trinidad, a Puerto Rican hero, by waving hand-held flags and chanting his nickname: "Tito!"

They jeered Hopkins as he began to speak.

"It will be a sad day for Puerto Rico when you see your hero fall," he said.

Trinidad vowed revenge.

"My Puerto Rican flag is the only thing that I don't allow anyone to touch or throw to the floor," Trinidad said. "You will pay a high price for that."

SOCCER: The WUSA will play its first championship game at Foxboro Stadium on Aug. 25.

Four of the eight teams in the women's professional soccer league will make the playoffs, with the top two advancing to the title game. The winner will receive the Founders Cup.

The 2 p.m. EDT game will be televised by TNT.


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