Originally created 07/14/01

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'Dogs Grant suspended for opener

Georgia defensive end Charles Grant was suspended Friday for the season opener by football coach Mark Richt after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of pandering resulting from a January incident in Athens, Ga.

The 22-year-old will miss the Bulldogs' Sept. 1 game against Arkansas State.

"It's never an easy job to suspend a player for any reason," Richt said in a statement. "But there are certain standards for being a citizen of the community, a student at the University of Georgia and a member of our football team and those standards must be adhered to."

Grant pleaded guilty to charges that he offered an undercover Athens-Clarke County police officer money for sex. The charge stemmed from a sting operation conducted by police Jan. 21.

Grant, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound junior, finished with 40 tackles and 10 sacks last season. he had 33 tackles and seven sacks as a freshman.

GOLF: It will be youth vs. experience in today's 36-hole match play finals of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in San Antonio, Texas.

Danny Green, 44, will meet 19-year-old Chez Reavie at Pecan Valley Golf Club. Both At stake for the winner is a spot in the 2002 Masters Tournament.

"I don't want to think about that right now," said Reavie, of Mesa, Ariz. "That would only add to the pressure."

Green, of Jackson, Tenn., has qualified and played in the Masters twice, first as a U.S. Amateur runnerup and then as the 1999 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion.

"I've been there and done that twice," Green said. "The way I look at it, the pressure is on the kid to see if he can handle it. I know I can."

Green and Reavie won quarterfinal and semifinal matches Friday. Reavie beat Andrew Sanders of Merritt Island, Fla. 3 and 1 in the quarterfinals and Alan Hill of Spring Branch, Texas, 3 and 1 in the semifinals.

Green ousted J.J. Wall of San Antonio, Texas, 1 up in the quarterfinals and Adam Fuchs of Plainview, N.Y., 2 up in the semifinals.

AUTO RACING: The Fords of Haas-Carter Motorsports teammates Todd Bodine and Jimmy Spencer swept the top two spots for Sunday's Tropicana 400 at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

Bodine, whose only previous Winston Cup pole came on the road course in Watkins Glen, N.Y., in August of 1997, led the way Friday with a lap of 183.717 mph.

Spencer, who won a pole on the short track at the now-defunct North Wilkesboro facility in 1994 and hadn't qualified better than fifth this season, was right behind at 183.411.

Busch Series rookie Ryan Newman drove to his third pole in eight tries this season, taking the top spot Friday in qualifying for the Sam's Club-Hills Bros. Coffee 300 at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

Newman, driving a Ford for Penske Racing South, turned a lap of 181.886 mph on the 1 1/2 -mile, D-shaped tri-oval to beat the Taurus of runner-up Jimmy Spencer, whose lap of 181.080 was clocked at just 0.132-seconds slower.

Jack Sprague turned a lap at 167.115 mph Friday to claim the pole for the Saturday's Kroger 225 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.

The pole was the fourth of the season and 17th overall for Sprague, who has one victory this season and is third in the series points standings behind Scott Riggs and Joe Ruttman.

Defending CART champion Gil de Ferran was all smiles Friday after practice for the Molson Indy in Toronto. He posted the fastest lap of the day, and his first pole of the season seemed within reach.

De Ferran, fourth in points behind Kenny Brack, raced around the 11-turn street course along the north shore of Lake Ontario at 108.185 mph in 58.4 seconds. Christian Fittipaldi was next at 107.750, followed by resurgent Dario Franchitti at 107.711.

De Ferran hasn't won a pole since the 2000 season finale in California, where he set a world closed-course speed record of 241.428 mph. His last win came in Portland last year.