Augusta's Whitfield is ranked No. 1
Rayonta Whitfield on became the fourth Augusta Boxing Club member to be No. 1 in the USA Boxing's rankings.
The national organization's third-quarter rankings have Whitfield at the top in the light flyweight (106 pounds) division. Last quarter, the Augustan was No. 2 behind Ron Siler of Cincinnati, Ohio. Siler dropped to No. 2.
Previous Augusta Boxing Club members ranked No. 1 were Poncho Carter (1978), Bennie Heard (1983) and Vernon Forrest (1992).
Tech's Braine to speak in Augusta
Athletics director Dave Braine will be the featured speaker at Augusta's Georgia Tech Booster Club meeting tonight at The Clubhouse on Washington Road.
The reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the program. Cost is $25 per person.
For more information, contact David Henderson at 737-3075.
Dombrowski takes Detroit Tigers reins
Dave Dombrowski, who helped build the Florida Marlins into World Series champions in just five years, was hired Monday as president of the Detroit Tigers.
Dombrowski, the Marlins' president and GM, said he was committed to turning the Tigers into champs and filling Comerica Park after years of bad teams and empty seats.
He replaces Tigers owner Mike Ilitch, who appointed himself team president when John McHale left the Tigers for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Tigers general manager Randy Smith and manager Phil Garner are expected to keep their jobs. Both have two years remaining on their contracts.
Belarus man breaks 2-year-old mark
Henadzi Aliashchuk of Belarus on Monday set a world record in the clean-and-jerk in the 136-pound division at weightlifting's world championships in Antalya, Turkey.
Aliashchuk lifted 398 pounds on the second day of competition. He broke the 1999 world record of 397 set by Le Maosheng of China. Aliashchuk had a combined score of 698 1/2 pounds.
Olympic silver medalist Li Feng-Ying of Taiwan won the women's 116 1/2 -pound category.
Jackie Berube of Escanaba, Mich., is the lone American in the competition. The United States did not send a team because of security concerns amid military strikes in Afghanistan.
Howell challenges for rookie honors
Former Augustan Charles Howell is a leading candidate for PGA Tour rookie of the year honors.
U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen and two-time tour winner Jose Coceres of Argentina, are among the challengers to Howell, the former Westminster Prep and Oklahoma State student who won more than $1.5 million in 24 tournaments this year.
A vote of PGA Tour members will decide winners of player of the year, top rookie and comeback player of the year. A decision is expected later this month.
Tiger Woods appears to be a lock for player of the year. Comeback candidates include Bernhard Langer, who qualified for the Tour Championship for the first time since its inception in 1987, and John Daly, with four top-10 finishes this year.
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