Originally created 09/09/01


Andre Reed's 16-year journey from tiny Kutztown University to the National Football League came to an end Saturday.

Reed, Buffalo's leading career receiver and a key member of the teams that went to four straight Super Bowls in the 1990s, announced his retirement after signing a ceremonial one-day contract with the team, allowing him to retire as a Bill.

"They took a chance on a little kid from a small division school," Reed said. "My life has been fulfilled time and time again."

A fourth-round pick and the 13th receiver taken in the 1985 draft, Reed spent 15 seasons with the Bills, setting four franchise records, including most touchdowns receiving (86) and most receptions in a game, 15 against Green Bay in 1994. He also had 13,095 yards receiving with the Bills and is third on the NFL's career list with 951 catches, behind Jerry Rice and Cris Carter.

Those numbers could land the former All-Pro in the Hall of Fame.

BOOSTER CLUB: Georgia Tech athletic director Dave Braine will be in Augusta on Tuesday to speak to the local booster club at The Clubhouse on Washington Road.

A social hour will be held at 6 p.m. with dinner and the program beginning at 7. For more information, call 737-3075.

CYCLING: Scotland's David Millar won Saturday's first stage of the Tour of Spain, a 7.2-mile time trial.

American rider Levi Leipheimer of Lance Armstrong's U.S. Postal Service team finished third, six seconds off the pace. Colombian Santiago Botero was runner-up, a second behind Millar.

Armstrong initially planned to take part, but the three-time Tour de France winner returned to the United States. He is fatigued and wants to be with his wife, who is expecting twins in December.

HORSE RACING: Lido Palace took on Albert the Great at Albert's favorite track - Belmont Park - and beat him Saturday in the Woodward.

"We thought Albert the Great was the horse to beat," said winning trainer Bobby Frankel, and Lido Palace did it by passing him with a little more than a sixteenth-of-a-mile remaining for a one-length victory.

It was only Albert the Great's second loss in eight starts at Belmont. It also was Lido Palace's second straight win over Albert as he beat him in the Whitney Handicap on Aug. 4 at Saratoga.

Albert the Great finished a half-length in front of Tiznow, the 2000 Horse of the Year, who was racing for the first time since winning the Santa Anita Handicap on March 3.

In two other Grade I stakes, With Anticipation won the Man o'War on the turf and long shot Exogenous won the Gazelle for 3-year-old fillies.


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