Originally created 10/27/01

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Golf

Engler advances to second stage

Former Clemson All-American John Engler of Augusta finished in a tie for sixth place in a PGA Tour Qualifying School first-stage tournament Friday and advanced to the second stage. Engler shot 68-69-74-71-282 at Jennings Mill Country Club in Bogart, Ga. The top 21 finishers advanced to the second stage.

Failing to advance were Augustans Vaughn Taylor, who shot 71-71-80-70-292 to finish tied for 28th and Scott Parel, who shot 73-73-76-73-295 and finished 42nd.

Also failing to advance in a first stage tournament at The National Golf Club in Pinehurst, N.C., were former Clemson All-Americans Lucas Glover and Charles Warren.

Olympics

New York among 4 cities on U.S. list

Houston, New York, San Francisco and Washington made the cut Friday as the U.S. Olympic Committee narrowed down the list of American cities competing to stage the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Dropped from contention were Dallas, Los Angeles, Cincinnati and Tampa, Fla.

The USOC will choose an American candidate from among the four finalists in November 2002. The International Olympic Committee will vote on the host city in 2005.

New York, battered by last month's terrorist attacks, was considered a sentimental front-runner.

College Basketball

Tech"s Isenhour out with leukemia

Georgia Tech senior forward Michael Isenhour has been diagnosed with acute lymphomic leukemia and is out indefinitely.

The 6-foot-8 Isenhour was expected to be a major contributor for the Yellow Jackets this season. He learned of his condition Tuesday.

"We were all shocked," coach Paul Hewitt said. "It came out of nowhere for all of us. The best thing we can do is pray and support him as best we can."

After transferring from Air Force after his freshman year, Isenhour saw little action with Tech, starting only one game last season. But he was expected to play a bigger role this season as one of only two players on the roster taller than 6-foot-7.

Clemson forward Dwon Clifton was cleared to return to the court after fainting this month.

Doctors originally diagnosed Clifton with a heart condition that they thought might prevent him from playing basketball again. But recent tests showed Clifton fainted because of extreme fatigue and dehydration, Clemson team doctor Len Reeves said Friday.

Doctors at Emory Hospital in Atlanta told Clifton he can go back to playing basketball.

The sophomore played in all of Clemson's 31 games last year - starting 17 - and averaged 3.9 points and 2.6 assists.

Horse Racing

$14 million on line in Breeders' Cup

The horses who ran in the United States' Triple Crown races have done a Breeders' Cup disappearing act. Only one contestant from the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont can be found in today's (1 p.m., NBC-Channel 26) Breeders' Cup races - Balto Star in the Mile - at Belmont Park in New York.

Normally, a few members of the Triple Crown crop make appearances in the main event, the $4 million Classic, and occasionally others show up in the $2,360,000 Distaff, the $1 million Sprint and the $1,140,000 Mile.

The Breeders' Cup event, with eight races and a total purse of $14 million, is open to horses around the globe. Eighteen European runners are sprinkled in among horses from the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

Tennis

Tennis center has 20th anniversary

Augusta's Newman Tennis Center celebrates its 20th anniversary today from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Activities at the center on Wrightsboro Road will include honoring community leaders who were instrumental in the construction of the facility and exhibition pro-celebrity and pro-pro matches.