The NCAA will place greater emphasis on geography when placing teams at first- and second-round sites for the men's tournament starting in 2002.
On Thursday in Indianapolis, the Division I Men's Basketball Committee approved a plan that will place four teams into each subregional site and then place the subregional into a regional. In the past, the sites were already set and the committee slotted teams into the sites.
Last year, Maryland, George Mason, Georgetown and Hampton - all schools along the East Coast - were sent to Boise, Idaho. Indiana went to San Diego and Oklahoma State went to New York.
The hope is that the move will help increase attendance at early round games. Last year, the NCAA said, three non-dome sites drew less than 89 percent of capacity. The biggest reason for the move, however, is to limit costs and missed class time.
Kwame Brown of Brunswick, Ga., the No. 1 overall draft pick of the Washington Wizards, will sign his three-year, $11.9 million contract Friday.
Brown, from Glynn Academy, will sign the deal just before taking part in his first Wizards practice, the first workout of a three-day minicamp at the MCI Center.
Brown, 19, is the first high school player to be chosen No. 1 in the draft.
The GaLiner Lady Diamonds basketball team is competing in this week's adidas/Roundball Summer Classic in Atlanta.
The Lady Diamonds feature several of the top female players from the Aiken-Augusta area and will be competing against top teams from around the Southeast.
Team members include Cheryl Salomone, Ashley Bowman, Kim Justice, Montair Booker, Monesha Booker, Tia Dunbar, Rachel Suhrer, Ashley Dyches and Ellen Ribock.
GOLF: Wes Latimer of Canton and Rob Langley of Norcross both shot 5-under-par 67 Thursday to share a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Georgia Amateur Championship.
Five others were tied at 68 on the Cherokee Town & Country Club course.
Augustan Cortland Lowe leads a group of four players at 69. Fellow Augustan Jeff Knox shot 70.
Jonathan Hill shot an even par 72 on Thursday to win medalist honors and the top seed for match play in the Carolinas Amateur held at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach.
Hill, of Kernersville, N.C., is a rising junior at East Carolina University. He shot a seven-under 65 in the first round to win the seed by one stroke over Lee Cline of Hickory, N.C.
Aiken's Matthew Hendrix tied for third place after rounds of 72-68-140.
FOOTBALL: Georgia's Southeastern Conference opener Sept. 8 against South Carolina will be televised by ESPN at 7:45 p.m. EDT.
The game will mark the SEC debut of Bulldogs coach Mark Richt.
"I'm happy for the players more than I'm happy for myself," Richt said. "It's a very pivotal game for both programs."
Last season, the Gamecocks upset 10th-ranked Georgia 21-10 in the conference opener for both teams, helping extend the Bulldogs' streak of not winning the SEC title to 19 years.
The game will be played in Athens.
PREPS: The Glenn Hills High School booster club will hold a meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.
All interested parents are invited to attend.
For information, call 796-4924, ext. 179.
AUTO RACING: Silver Eagle Speedway in Grovetown will hold races Saturday night, with a United Sprint Car series race the featured event. Late model sportsman, super stock and street stock class races also will be held.
The speedway, located on Gordon Highway, will open gates at 5 p.m. with racing beginning at 8. For more information call 210-1171.
HOCKEY: Andy Myers has been named ticket manager for the Augusta Lynx. He replaces Thomas Tomlinson.
Myers joins the Lynx staff after two years with Palace Sports and Entertainment, the parent company of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning.
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