Originally created 12/03/01


College Football

App State to play at Georgia Southern

For the second time this season, Georgia Southern will face old Southern Conference foe Appalachian State.

The Eagles will play host to Appalachian State at noon on Saturday in Statesboro in the second round of the NCAA Division I-AA football playoffs.

Two-time defending I-AA champion Georgia Southern (11-1)) advanced with a 60-35 victory over Florida A&M. Appalachian State (8-3) stopped William & Mary 40-27.

The Eagles defeated the Appalachian State 27-17 on the road on Oct. 13.

Georgia Southern now is 13-0 all-time in first-round playoff games and 26-0 in postseason games at 18,000-seat Paulson Stadium. The Eagles have a 38-game home winning streak, tying the Division I-AA record they set from 1985-90. Since Paulson Stadium opened in 1984, the Eagles are 118-11 at home.


Clemson advances to quarterfinals

Oguchi Onyewu scored the tying and winning goals as Clemson rallied to reached the NCAA tournament quarterfinals with a 3-2 victory over Alabama-Birmingham in two overtimes Sunday at Clemson.

Clemson trailed 2-0 with just more than 10 minutes remaining. But after Nick Rivera headed in the Tigers' first goal, Onyewu tied the game with little over a minute to go. He headed in a pass from Paul Souders for his sixth goal of the season.

Onyewu hit the winner at the 106:55 mark in the second overtime. He headed in a pass sent from Oscar Bringsved.

The Tigers (19-4) face Indiana (16-3-1) next weekend. Indiana beat Rutgers 3-0 Sunday in Bloomington, Ind.


France defeated Australia in the Davis Cup championship Sunday in Melbourne, Australia, avenging a loss in the finals two years ago in Nice, France.

Nicolas Escude defeated Wayne Arthurs 7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3 in the final reverse singles match to complete France's 3-2 victory. Escude had given France a great start Friday by beating Hewitt in the opener.

Australia had tied it 2-2 earlier Sunday when Lleyton Hewitt beat Sebastien Grosjean 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. But the Aussies were at a disadvantage in the decisive match. They were forced to use Arthurs, ranked 64th and playing singles for the first time since October after veteran Pat Rafter pulled out with an injury.


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