Originally created 01/25/02



Ted Williams hospitalized again

Ted Williams, slowed by a series of strokes and congestive heart failure in recent years, was back in the hospital Thursday.

The 83-year-old baseball Hall of Famer was taken from his Florida home by ambulance to Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, about 50 miles away. He had open-heart surgery last January.

No details were being released on his condition, hospital spokeswoman Kristi Lam said.

Williams' family would not comment.

Williams had a series of strokes in the 1990s, including an especially severe one in 1994 that limited his vision and mobility. He also has had an increased heart rate and high blood pressure in recent years.

In November 2000, doctors placed a pacemaker in Williams' chest and two months later he had the open-heart surgery because of congestive heart failure. He spent part of his time recovering in San Diego, his hometown, and has been at his Florida home since Aug. 30, his 83rd birthday.

Known during his playing days as "The Splendid Splinter," Williams has lived in Florida since retiring from the Red Sox in 1960.

The Hall of Famer played his entire 19-year career with Boston and was the last man to bat .400 for a season, hitting .406 in 1941.


Ex-NFL QB Stabler to speak at gala

Former Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints quarterback Ken Stabler will be the featured speaker at the Greater Augusta Sports Awards Gala tonight at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

The Greater Augusta Sports Council will honor Travis Dorsch of Purdue University for being named the winner of the second annual Ray Guy Award as the nation's top collegiate punter.

Also at the banquet, the winners of the 11th annual Greater Augusta Medals for Excellence in Sports Awards will be honored.

Tickets for the gala are $60 each and $470 for a table of eight. For more information, call 722-8326.

On Saturday, the Ray Guy Kicking and Punting Academy will be held at Lions Field in North Augusta from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The free camp is open to all area middle and high school students. Pre-registration is required and 50 participants will be selected.

  • North Carolina head coach John Bunting, who led the Tar Heels in his first season to a Peach Bowl win, was rewarded with a contract extension and a $100,000 raise.
  • The board of trustees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill approved the deal that extends his contract through the 2007 season. Bunting, who was hired in 2000, had been under contract through 2005.

    After losing its first three games, North Carolina finished 8-5, capped by a 16-10 win over Auburn in the Peach Bowl.

    Bunting, 51, who played at North Carolina, returned to his alma mater in December 2000 after being an assistant for the New Orleans Saints.

    Martial Arts

    Area instructors receive top honors

    Husband-and-wife martial arts instructors Mike and Elizabeth Carlson have been selected as promoters of the year for 2001 by the International Kickboxing Federation.

    According to the IKF's official website, the Carlson's earned the award due to their "superior event organization, presentation, hospitality and willingness to follow the rules and regulations of the IKF."

    Along with the promoter award, Mike Carlson was one of seven people who were award the IKF Prestige Award, for his countless hours behind the scenes assisting the IKF.

    The Carlsons are preparing for Winter Wars 2002, to be held March 16 at the ASU athletic complex. Call (706) 855-5269 for more information.


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