Originally created 07/24/01


Former Greenbrier left-handed pitcher Alan Cannell is the only Augusta area player signed by Augusta State baseball coach Skip Fite for the 2002 season.

Fite announced Monday a recruiting class of nine players who will join the Jaguars next season.

Cannell had a 6-2 record with a 2.31 ERA for Greenbrier this spring.

Joining Cannell will be infielder Andre Hanks and outfielder Chip Durden, both from Andrew Junior College, Cuthbert, Ga.; catcher Stan Murray and Lee Rose, from Douglas County High School; catcher-first baseman Nick Luntzi, from Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Ill.; outfielder Brett Chandler of Lee University, Cleveland, Tenn.; and outfielder Brandon Sumlin from Landmark Christian High School in Riverdale, Ga.

Augusta State lost only five players off last season's squad which had an overall 28-24 record.

GOLF: Dana Quigley won the SBC Senior Open by five strokes, completing the final 1 1/2 holes Monday after darkness suspended play the day before in Long Grove, Ill.

Quigley closed with a 3-under-par 69 for a 200 total in winning his first title of the year. Jay Sigel, the runner-up, had a 70 for a 205.

"I put in a full hour of practice in like I was going to play 18 holes," Quigley said.

Play had been suspended Sunday while Quigley and Sigel were putting on the 17th green. Four other players also finished their rounds Monday.

This was Quigley's fifth title in five seasons on the senior tour. He earned $210,000, moving past Doug Tewell and Mike McCullogh into sixth on the senior tour money list.

British Open champion David Duval failed to win a hole Monday at the Telus Skins Game in Markham, Ontario, on Monday, while Vijay Singh collected $58,257 with a 6-foot putt.

Mike Weir, a Canadian, made a 6-foot putt worth $29,129, and Sergio Garcia won one hole to earn $9,710.

They played nine holes at the Angus Glen Golf club, with another nine holes scheduled today.

Duval slept for just one hour after taking a 7 1/2 -hour flight from England following his three-stroke victory at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in the British Open on Sunday. It was Duval's first major title.

BOXING: Eight Augusta Boxing Club members came away with gold medals in the 2001 Georgia Games in Doraville over the weekend.

Heavyweight Kevin Burnett, Ben Leverette (106 pounds), Tyler Walls (139 pounds) and Mat Diaz (95) each won two matches for the gold, while Fred Hall (125), David Rainey (178), Noah Pulley (110) and Patrick Mobley (60) faced only one opponent.

PRO BASKETBALL: Declaring himself the best player in the NBA at his position, shooting guard Allan Houston re-signed with the New York Knicks on Monday for $100 million for six years.

Houston averaged 18.7 points last season, his fifth with the Knicks. Eleven other NBA shooting guards had a higher scoring average last season.

"I don't think there's anybody better at doing the things that I do," said Houston, an outside shooting specialist who will become the highest-paid 2-guard in the league.

The signing of Houston is the biggest move of the off-season by the Knicks, who were ousted in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in a decade.

The Charlotte Hornets has given a contract extension to coach Paul Silas, who led the team to its most successful postseason ever. Terms of Silas' deal were not disclosed.

Last season, the Hornets came within a game of reaching the Eastern Conference finals. Since becoming head coach during the 1998-99 season, Silas has led Charlotte to a 117-82 record and into the playoffs the last two seasons.

COLLEGES: Virginia Military Institute will remain in the Southern Conference through the fall while school officials consider a move to the Big South Conference.

Athletic Director Donny White said a VMI committee will make a recommendation this fall about whether to move to the Division I league based in Charlotte, N.C.

VMI, one of the smallest schools in Division I-AA with 1,250 students, has belonged to the Southern since 1925. Four conference members - including I-AA football powers Georgia Southern and Appalachian State - have more than 8,000 students.


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