Preseason hoops luncheon set
A college basketball preseason luncheon, featuring several of the top coaches from Georgia and South Carolina, will be held Thursday at noon at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.
The luncheon, sponsored by the Greater Augusta Sports Council, will feature Georgia State coach Lefty Driesell as keynote speaker. Other coaches scheduled to participate include Gary Tuell of Augusta State, Ron Spry of Paine, Mike Roberts of USC Aiken, Jim Harrick of Georgia, Paul Hewitt of Georgia Tech, Dave Odom of South Carolina, Larry Shyatt of Clemson, Cy Alexander of South Carolina State and Jeff Price of Georgia Southern University.
Tickets are still available for the luncheon and cost $20 for sports council members and $30 for nonmembers. For more information, call 722-8326.
Minor League Baseball
Rome takes step to attract Braves
Floyd County voters will decide whether to pay an extra penny in sales tax to attract the South Atlantic League Macon Braves to Rome, Ga.
County commissioners agreed Tuesday to place the 1-cent tax on the Nov. 6 ballot, and the parent Atlanta Braves agreed to move the club from Macon to Rome if voters approve it.
The tax is designed to raise $15 million over 15 months to build a new stadium in Rome. The team would being playing there in 2003, likely keeping the Braves mascot.
In Macon, the poor condition of Luther Williams Field has been a main sticking point between the team and the city.
HEAD:Auto Racing Harvick to focus on Busch race Kevin Harvick will skip qualifying and all practices for this weekend's Winston Cup race so he can focus on his fight for the Busch Series championship. The Winston Cup cars race in Martinsville, Va., this weekend and the Busch series is in Memphis. Harvick said Tuesday he would not go to the Cup race until Sunday, with driver Rick Mast sitting in for him during qualifying and all practice sessions. Harvick, who drives the late Dale Earnhardt's car in the Cup series, has successfully competed on both circuits all year. He was originally set to fly back and forth between qualifying and practice sessions in Virginia and Tennessee until car owner Richard Childress told him to focus on Saturday's Busch race. Harvick has a 186-point lead over Jason Keller with four races left in the season.
LeZotte receives conference honors
Former Westside High School quarterback Matt LeZotte has earned his second Atlantic 10 Conference rookie of the week award after setting several James Madison University team records during the Dukes' 45-44 double-overtime victory loss to Villanova on Saturday.
LeZotte, a redshirt freshman, completed 34 of 58 passes for 376 yards and three touchdowns. He also carried the ball 13 times for 29 yards and another TD.
Team records set by LeZotte included completions, pass attempts and yards of total offense (405). His passing yardage total is the second-best ever for a James Madison player.
USC charges to Presbyterian title
Nine strokes off the pace going into the final round, 16th ranked USC Aiken rebounded Tuesday to win the Presbyterian College Invitational in Clinton, S.C.
Led by Matt Avinger, the Pacers' three-time NCAA All-American, the Pacers had a final-round 292 at Musgrove Mill Golf Course for a 36-hole total of 599, eight shots better than Columbus State. After an opening 80 on Monday, Avinger shot 1-under 71 Tuesday.
Carson-Newman's Matthew Cram-Smith was tournament medalist with a 1-under 143 (74-69).
Lee Harper shot 76-72-148 to finish sixth to lead the USC Aiken scorers, with teammate Aaron Black at 149 to tie for seventh. Avinger finished in a tie for 10th.