Originally created 10/17/01



Augusta's Whitfield, No. 2 amateur

Rayonta Whitfield, who fights out of the Augusta Boxing Club, is the second-ranked light flyweight (106 pounds) in the United States Amateur Boxing's third-quarter rankings.

Ron Siler of Cincinnati, Ohio, is the division's top-ranked boxer.

Fort Gordon's Theola Rivera is the No. 10 woman boxer in the lightweight (132 pounds) division and Belinda Wheatley, also of Fort Gordon is No. 6 in light welterweight (139 pounds).

Other Georgians ranked include Doraville's Roberto Ceron (No. 4 flyweight); and Antonio Davis (No. 3 lightweight) and Omri Lowther of Atlanta (No. 9 light welterweight) in the men's division. Among the women, Karen Strickland of Alpharetta is second-ranked in flyweight; Christy Slone is No. 7 in featherweight; Judith Pyles of Naylor, Ga. (No. 9 light welterweight); Natalie Brown of Lithonia (No. 1 welterweight) and Robyn Labuda of Alpharetta (No. 1 middleweight).

North Augusta PAL boxer Carl "Josh" Durden was a winner in the 15-16 year, 132-pound division of the Queen City Invitational in Charlotte on Saturday and teammate Brandon Domingue won in the 125-pound division.

Pro Football

Carter waived;

McBurrows in slot

Marty Carter, who started 31 games for the Atlanta Falcons at strong safety, was waived Tuesday after the team's second straight loss.

Gerald McBurrows will take Carter's spot in the lineup. The opening on the 53-man roster was filled by rookie safety Corey Hall, who was on the practice squad.

Originally drafted in the eighth round by Tampa Bay in 1991, the 31-year-old Carter started four years with the Buccaneers and four years with the Chicago Bears. He signed with the Falcons as a free agent in 1999, playing 10 games that year.

Carter has eight 100-tackle seasons, including a streak of seven in a row heading into this season.

Gibbs to resign from Golf Channel

Joseph E. Gibbs, who formed The Golf Channel in 1991 and launched it four years later with Arnold Palmer as his partner, said Tuesday he would resign at the end of the year as president and chief executive officer.

"Conceiving and building The Golf Channel ... has filled 10 years of my life with some of the greatest memories anyone could have," Gibbs said.

He will be succeeded as president by chief operating officer David Manougian.

Comcast Corp. acquired majority interest last year and now holds 92 percent ownership in The Golf Channel, with the remainder held by Tribune Media Inc.

Auto racing

Speedway settles lawsuit with CART

Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth is finally getting millions of dollars back, and CART can move forward with its plans for 2002.

The Texas track's lawsuit against CART over the cancellation of a race last spring was settled Tuesday for an undisclosed amount.

"We have reached a favorable agreement and are glad to have this behind us," said Bruton Smith, chairman and CEO of track owner Speedway Motorsports Inc. "We're very happy for this to be concluded."

The inaugural Firestone Firehawk 600 was canceled two hours before it was to start April 29 because drivers complained of dizziness after practices earlier in the weekend. There were fears the drivers could loss consciousness while going more than 230 mph during the race.

A confidentiality clause in the settlement prevents TMS and CART from revealing details of the settlement, but it will cost CART millions of dollars.


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