Georgia to start Olympic torch tour
Five years after it was extinguished at the end of the Centennial Games in Atlanta, the Olympic flame returns to the United States today for the start of a two-month, 46-state journey to Salt Lake City.
The torch is scheduled to arrive in Atlanta from Athens early today on a jumbo jet painted specifically for the occasion.
The torch relay will visit 80 American cities, with about 11,500 people carrying it more than 13,500 miles before its arrival in Utah for the Winter Games' opening ceremony Feb. 8.
The only states the Olympic torch will not visit are Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Hawaii.
The torch's first day in Georgia will include a ceremony at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. The torch will head for Greenville, S.C., on Wednesday.
Butler, Kinard to enter Hall of Fame
Former University of Georgia kicker Kevin Butler will become the first kicker ever inducted into the National College Football Hall of Fame tonight.
Butler, who played 11 years with the Chicago Bears before finishing his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals, will be one of 13 players and coaches, including former Clemson defensive back Terry Kinard who will be honored at the Waldorff Astoria Hotel in New York City.
Butler, a two-time All-American for the Bulldogs, becomes the 13th Georgia coach or athlete inducted into the Hall of Fame; six have been elected in the last eight years - Vince Dooley (1994), Wally Burns (1996), Bill Stanfil (1998), Herschel Walker (1999) and Terry Hoage (2000).
C.W. Post player dies at 22
William Yarocki, a senior defensive tackle on the C.W. Post football team and the ECAC Player of the Year in 2000, died at his Brookville, N.Y., home on Friday.
A statement from the school did not list a cause of death. It said Yarocki, 22, had a season-ending knee injury in Post's game on Oct. 13 against Merrimack.
In four seasons with the Pioneers, Yarocki had 167 tackles (84 unassisted), including 33 behind the line of scrimmage. He also had 16 sacks, 12 of them last season when he was picked for the American Football Coaches Association All-America team.
NHRA signs with new sponsor
The National Hot Rod Association reached agreement Monday with Coca-Cola's Powerade brand as a title sponsor for the drag racing circuit.
The NHRA said the sponsorship agreement will permit it to offer year-end and top-10 bonus payouts totaling $3 million.
The NHRA had to seek a new title sponsor after Winston was forced out because of the 1998 tobacco settlement that limited financial backing to one circuit. The cigarette maker is the title sponsor of NASCAR's Winston Cup series.
"When we started the search to find a series partner at the professional level, we were looking for a new sponsor that could bring very real marketing power to the sport," said NHRA president Tom Compton. "There is no doubt in anyone's mind that with the promotional and marketing weight of the Powerade brand we have cut a perfect light."
Arlington gets 2002 Breeders' Cup
Arlington Park in Chicago will host the "Super Bowl" of thoroughbred horse racing next October when the Breeders' Cup comes to the Midwest for the first time.
The 19th Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 26 will feature eight races with total purses of $13 million, highlighted by the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic.