Originally created 10/18/01

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Golf

Lady Jaguars 13th in golf tournament

Augusta State's women's golf team finished in 13th place at the 2001 Lady Pirates Fall Intercollegiate, hosted by East Carolina University in Greenville, S.C. East Carolina won the team event with a 309-300-299-908 (+56).

Elon, Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina and Maryland rounded out the top five. East Carolina's Adrienne Millican won individual medalist honors with a 6-over 219.

The Lady Jaguars shot a three-round total of 999 at the par-71, 6,450 yards Greenville Country Club. The Lady Jaguars shot rounds of 330, 328 and 341. Casey Manion lead Augusta State with a tie for 36th at 242 29-over.

Lauren Smith (T42), Nicky Perry (T48), Ashley Phillips (T77) and Kelly McGurk (T84) also finished for Augusta State.

Football

Weinke has MRI, does not practice

Carolina Panthers quarterback Chris Weinke underwent an MRI exam on his groin after sitting out practice Wednesday.

The results of those tests weren't immediately clear, but it's uncertain if Weinke will play Sunday against the Washington Redskins. He is listed as probable with a thigh contusion.

The injury is more serious than the Panthers first expected. George Seifert told reporters Monday that Weinke had a deep thigh bruise, but expected him to practice Wednesday. The injury is limiting his mobility, though.

Weinke has completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,130 yards with five touchdowns and six interceptions in five starts this season. He turned down interview requests Wednesday afternoon because he was headed to the doctors for the MRI exam.

Baseball

Twins coach Molitor joins manager list

Minnesota Twins coach Paul Molitor has joined the field of candidates to replace retired manager Tom Kelly.

Molitor said over the weekend that general manager Terry Ryan had asked him to apply and that he would make a decision about pursuing the job soon. On Wednesday, Molitor's agent, Ron Simon said Molitor was "very sure now."

"He just took some time to think about it," Simon said.

Molitor is the third in-house candidate. Third-base coach Ron Gardenhire, a successful minor league manager for three seasons before joining the Twins' staff in 1991, interviewed with Ryan on Sunday. Hitting coach Scott Ullger, who had a winning record in each of seven seasons as a minor-league manager, interviewed Monday.

Molitor, 45, retired as a player after the 1998 season. He has spent the past two seasons as an all-purpose coach and has drawn praise from the players for helping with several different aspects of the game, from baseball and hitting to the mental approach.

Bonds home run ball may sell for less

The sports agent brokering the sale of Barry Bonds' 73rd home run ball believes it might fetch considerably less than the $3 million that Mark McGwire's 70th homer sold for just three years ago.

Michael Barnes said the Bonds baseball either could be sold privately or auctioned and estimated that it will sell for $1 million to $2 million - appreciably lower than the $3,005,000 comic book creator Todd McFarlane paid for McGwire's No. 70 in 1998.

When it comes to marketing history, Barnes said there are unknowns. The chief one: the interest level in the Bonds ball just three years after McGwire shattered the single-season home run record that previously had stood for 37 years.

Barnes said he believes the Bonds ball may have enduring value. "Just the way Bonds finished at 73," he said. "It's not like he beat the record by one. Everyone was saying this record won't be broken soon."

Barnes said the auction likely would be held early next year and perhaps be conducted simultaneously through a New York auction house and an Internet counterpart.

Softball

Cross Creek in AAA finals

Cross Creek makes its first appearance in the Class AAA fast-pitch finals today when it takes on Loganville at 3 p.m.

The winner of that game will face the Harris County-Eastside winner Friday at 1 p.m. The Cross Creek-Loganville loser falls into the losers bracket and plays the Harris County-Eastside loser at 9 a.m. Friday.

Football

Weinke has MRI, does not practice

Carolina Panthers quarterback Chris Weinke underwent an MRI exam on his groin after sitting out practice Wednesday.

The results of those tests weren't immediately clear, but it's uncertain if Weinke will play Sunday against the Washington Redskins. He is listed as probable with a thigh contusion.

The injury is more serious than the Panthers first expected. George Seifert told reporters Monday that Weinke had a deep thigh bruise, but expected him to practice Wednesday. The injury is limiting his mobility, though.

Weinke has completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,130 yards with five touchdowns and six interceptions in five starts this season. He turned down interview requests Wednesday afternoon because he was headed to the doctors for the MRI exam.

Baseball

Twins coach Molitor joins manager list

Minnesota Twins coach Paul Molitor has joined the field of candidates to replace retired manager Tom Kelly.

Molitor said over the weekend that general manager Terry Ryan had asked him to apply and that he would make a decision about pursuing the job soon. On Wednesday, Molitor's agent, Ron Simon said Molitor was "very sure now."

"He just took some time to think about it," Simon said.

Molitor is the third in-house candidate. Third-base coach Ron Gardenhire, a successful minor league manager for three seasons before joining the Twins' staff in 1991, interviewed with Ryan on Sunday. Hitting coach Scott Ullger, who had a winning record in each of seven seasons as a minor-league manager, interviewed Monday.

Molitor, 45, retired as a player after the 1998 season. He has spent the past two seasons as an all-purpose coach and has drawn praise from the players for helping with several different aspects of the game, from baseball and hitting to the mental approach.

Bonds home run ball may sell for less

The sports agent brokering the sale of Barry Bonds' 73rd home run ball believes it might fetch considerably less than the $3 million that Mark McGwire's 70th homer sold for just three years ago.

Michael Barnes said the Bonds baseball either could be sold privately or auctioned and estimated that it will sell for $1 million to $2 million - appreciably lower than the $3,005,000 comic book creator Todd McFarlane paid for McGwire's No. 70 in 1998.

When it comes to marketing history, Barnes said there are unknowns. The chief one: the interest level in the Bonds ball just three years after McGwire shattered the single-season home run record that previously had stood for 37 years.

Barnes said he believes the Bonds ball may have enduring value. "Just the way Bonds finished at 73," he said. "It's not like he beat the record by one. Everyone was saying this record won't be broken soon."

Barnes said the auction likely would be held early next year and perhaps be conducted simultaneously through a New York auction house and an Internet counterpart.