Originally created 02/16/02

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College football

Alumni chapter will hold reception

The Greater Augusta Alumni Chapter of South Carolina State University will hold a reception for new football coach Oliver "Buddy" Pough, at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Julian Smith Barbeque Pit.

Pough, a graduate of South Carolina State, was an assistant coach at South Carolina under coach Lou Holtz and former coach Brad Scott.

A donation of $12 is requested.

Boxing

Texas denies Tyson a license

Mike Tyson's application to box in Texas was denied Friday, the latest setback in the former heavyweight champion's attempt to get a sanctioned bout against Lennox Lewis.

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Executive Director Bill Kuntz said his decision was based on Tyson's history in the ring and disciplinary action by other states. He noted Tyson's past license suspensions in Nevada and Michigan.

"I made my decision to deny Mr. Tyson a license based on his past behavior in the ring, his unwillingness to follow the basic rules and laws of boxing, and our mandate to regulate boxing in the public interest," Kuntz said. "In the boxing ring, Mike Tyson is a repeat offender. I have no confidence that his future behavior would differ from his past behavior."

Tyson has refused prefight drug tests, ignored referees and assaulted ring-side law enforcement officials during the last five years, Kuntz said.

Hector Uribe, Tyson's attorney in Austin, requested an appeal hearing.

Georgia officials, meanwhile, have granted Tyson's application to fight there. However, the state also requires a promoter's license and a show permit, neither of which has been granted.

Tyson adviser Shelly Finkel said nothing has been set for June and that he is still considering several options on where to stage a fight. Those include several states and a new offer from interested parties in the Netherlands. He would not discuss specifics.

College baseball

Yellow Jackets win home opener

Kyle Bakker held Tennessee Tech to one earned run over seven innings Friday as Georgia Tech beat the Golden Eagles 12-3 in the home opener for the Yellow Jackets.

Bakker (2-0) struck out nine and yielded no walks. Georgia Tech (3-0) took control with six runs in the third inning, including a two-run double from Victor Menocal. Eagles starter David Jackson (0-1) was pulled with two outs in the third.

Freshman Eric Patterson was 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBI for the Yellow Jackets.

  • Drew Meyer had three hits as South Carolina used a five-run first inning to beat East Tennessee State 14-2 on Friday.
  • The victory moved Gamecock coach Ray Tanner into second for school wins with 221, behind June Raines with 763 wins.

    Garris Gonce and Landon Powell each had homers in the first. South Carolina (4-0) had 15 hits, with five Gamecocks getting at least two hits. David Marchbanks (2-0) allowed six hits and both runs in 6 2/3 innings for South Carolina.

    Wrestling

    Lakeside, Butler ready for event

    Coming off respective seventh- and 13th-place finishes during last week's state meet, Lakeside and Butler are ready to compete in the inaugural Class AAAA state dual tournament that opens today in Ringgold, Ga.

    The tournament is in the beginning stages of a two-year experiment by the Georgia High School Association. Class AAAAA, AAA, AA and A will also be competing today.

    Coach Randy Hill and his Lakeside Panthers squad will meet West Hall in the first round of the 16-team, single-elimination tournament. Butler coach Jason Moore and his team will face North Hall in the opening round.

    Sport

    Alumni chapter to host reception

    The Greater Augusta Alumni Chapter of South Carolina State University will host a reception for new football coach Oliver "Buddy" Pough, at 6 p.m., Feb. 19 at the Julian Smith Barbeque Pit.

    Pough, a graduate of South Carolina State, was an assistant coach at South Carolina under coach Lou Holtz and former coach Brad Scott.

    A donation of $12 is requested.