Astros airbrush reference to Enron Field
HOUSTON -- The city's main tourism agency airbrushed out the words "Enron Field" and blacked out the energy giant's logo "E" from a new brochure promoting the Astros' baseball stadium.

Astros airbrush reference to Enron Field

Razorbacks rout young Panthers

Yankees release Ruben Rivera
TAMPA, Fla. -- Ruben Rivera is being released from the New York Yankees after stealing a glove and bat from Derek Jeter's locker, a baseball source said Tuesday.

Drug center expelled Strawberry for having sex, breaking rules

Razorbacks rout young Panthers
It was his first game pitching at the high school level, so understandably, Cross Creek freshman Jonathan Egan was apprehensive.

Drug center expelled Strawberry for having sex, breaking rules
TAMPA, Fla. -- Darryl Strawberry was kicked out of a drug-treatment center and sent to jail for repeatedly breaking program rules, including a ban on sex between residents, according to court documents released Wednesday.

Who killed Max the cat?
One thing everyone agrees on: Max the cat is dead.

Toddler takes wild ride alone on snowmobile
MINNEAPOLIS - Damian Binner of Wabasha, Minn., took the snowmobile ride of his life. And he's not even 3 years old yet.

Odds and ends
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island is well north of the Mason-Dixon line.

Cox faces tough decisions
LAKELAND, Fla. - The first cuts of the spring are easy. Bobby Cox dreads the last ones.

Braves (ss) 4, Royals 3
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Andruw Jones broke out of a spring training slump, hitting a tie-breaking, two-run homer as part of a 3-for-3 night that carried the Atlanta Braves past the Kansas City Royals 4-3 Wednesday.

Pitching duo's future uncertain after 2002
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - There are a number of things guaranteed to keep Bobby Cox awake at night.

Pitching duo's future uncertain after 2002

Tigers 4, Braves 2
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Rookie Mike Rivera had two doubles off Atlanta's Greg Maddux, and Damion Easley was 3-for-3 with a home run as the Tigers beat the Braves 4-2 on Tuesday.

Braves (ss) 4, Royals 3

Cox faces tough decisions

Braves notebook
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - By any measure, the numbers Mike Remlinger put up last season were outstanding.

Tigers 4, Braves 2

Braves (ss) 9, Marlins (ss) 5
MELBOURNE, Fla. -- Julio Franco, listed at 40 in Atlanta's media guide but believed to be older, was 4-for-4 with three RBIs in Atlanta's 9-5 victory over Florida on Tuesday night in a split squad game for both team.

New exhibit

Braves (ss) 9, Marlins (ss) 5

Braves notebook

New exhibit
The baseball jersey of former Atlanta Brave Hank Aaron, worn on the day he hit his 715th homerun and shattered Babe Ruth's record, stands on display near a portrait of Aaron Tuesday, March 12, 2002, during a media preview of "Baseball As America" exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Telecom bill is boon for Bells
Proposed federal legislation could free BellSouth to provide long-distance broadband service without first proving Georgia's local phone market is open to competition.

Business briefs
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Seeking to resolve its antitrust woes in Europe, Microsoft Corp. is proposing concessions that go beyond those agreed to in the United States to help rivals ensure their equipment can operate with its dominant Windows software.

Capital gains, and some losses need to be reported
Almost everything you own and use for personal purposes, pleasure or investment is a capital asset. The IRS says that when you sell a capital asset, the difference between the amount you sell it for and your basis, which is usually what you paid for it, is a capital gain or a capital loss. While you must report all capital gains, you may subtract only your capital losses on investment property, not personal property.

Doctor works until 11 to keep patients smiling
As a resident in the Medical College of Georgia's School of Dentistry, James Cauley moonlighted for a local practice - and did so during moonlight hours.

Daily stocks page slims down
Do not adjust your newspaper - you are not experiencing technical difficulties.

Retail sales rise 0.3 percent in February
WASHINGTON -- Shoppers, after being tightfisted in January, opened their wallets and pocketbooks in February, pushing sales at the nation's retailers up by 0.3 percent.

Business gears up again after system breakdown
Augusta Newsprint hopes to have its No. 1 paper machine operating today after a breakdown Feb. 28 caused about $1.5 million in damages, officials said.

Telecom bill is boon for Bells

2001 IRA contributions can be made until April 15

Business gears up again after system breakdown

2001 IRA contributions can be made until April 15
If you haven't put any money into an Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) for tax year 2001, or if you've put in less than the maximum allowed, you still have time, according to the IRS. You can contribute to either a traditional or Roth IRA until the April due date of your tax return.

Retail sales rise 0.3 percent in February

Clemson 20, Georgia Southern 8
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson pounded out 23 hits for a 20-8 victory over Georgia Southern on Tuesday.

Clemson 9, Georgia Southern 2
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Khalil Greene's five RBIs, including a grand slam, helped Clemson defeat Georgia Southern 9-2 Wednesday.

Clemson 20, Georgia Southern 8

Smith pleads guilty to selling drugs

Smith pleads guilty to selling drugs
PICKENS, S.C. -- Former Clemson tackle Desmond Akil Smith has pleaded guilty to drug-related charges and been given probation.

Kramer retires as SEC commissioner
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Roy Kramer's system for choosing a national champion in college football will be debated and mocked by playoff advocates and others with different ideas on picking a No. 1.

Kramer retires as SEC commissioner

Princeton-style offense works for Wolfpack

Miller says Wolfpack ready for postseason pressures

Kresse retires after 23 years at College of Charleston

All eyes on Dickau at Morning Madness

Ole Miss relishes shot at tradition-rich UCLA

Winthrop gains from others' loss

Siena 81, Alcorn St. 77

Kentucky hoping worst is over

Siena 81, Alcorn St. 77

No slide in Alabama this season

Saint Joseph's 73, George Mason 64

Lesson learned: Terps won't take Siena lightly

Well-behaved Knight takes Texas Tech back to NCAAs

Final Four road could be a familiar one for Iowa State

News, notes from NCAA tournament sites

Dixon edges Williams for top individual honor

First-round games have lots of flavor

Overcome distrust

Dog buyers beware

Sign of progress

No mercy for Yates

Light fantastic

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle .

AP film writers offer Academy Awards picks
David Germain and Entertainment Writer Christy Lemire predict who will win - and suggest who should win - in top Academy Awards categories on March 24:

'Moulin Rouge' choreographs encore for movie musicals
LOS ANGELES -- More so than they've been in decades, the Hollywood Hills are alive with the sound of musicals.

Uncorking some homework assignments
Let those pocketbooks and wallets relax. Today is Schoolteacher Wine Day, which is to say, wines priced for schoolteachers.

'Nightline' remains, but so does a big problem
NEW YORK -- It was true a decade ago when David Letterman and Jay Leno first clashed in the Late Night Wars. It was true again this week as Ted Koppel escaped sacrifice on the altar of Dave. Late night lives on as our cultural touchstone.

Sally Jessy Raphael's daytime talk show is canceled
NEW YORK -- Sally Jessy Raphael's daytime talk show, the longest-running of its genre, has been canceled after nearly two decades on the air.

Canned energy
Eric Bowen has traded in his morning java for a Red Bull. Mr. Bowen, a 23-year-old student at Aiken Technical College, said he drinks a can of Red Bull, a citrus-flavored drink with b-vitamins, caffeine and the amino acid taurine, whenever he needs a boost.

Small portions
Restaurant menus usually tell diners how each seafood dish is prepared. Is it breaded? Is it grilled, baked or pan-seared? But what is becoming more frequent these days is to inform diners how the ingredients in each seafood dish were caught.

Oscar to honor 'toons for the first time
LOS ANGELES -- With a Scottish-burred ogre, a bunch of button-down corporate monsters and a kid with a gumdrop hairdo among invitees, this year's Academy Awards will be a bit more animated.

In the know
Beginning Sunday, Bryan Foods is staging a Cook It Up sweepstakes, with a prize of a weekend culinary adventure with Chef Patrick Mould June 27-30 at the Louisiana School of Cooking in St. Martinville, La.The three-day trip will include demonstrations, instruction and recipes of Cajun and Creole cooking.

Capsules
Why can't a man be more like a woman? Sometimes he can, especially if he's becoming a father for the first time.

Letterman to stay at CBS as 'Late Show' host
NEW YORK -- David Letterman put an end to the late-night soap opera that has preoccupied television for more than a week, telling his "Late Show" audience that he is staying at CBS and rejecting an enticing offer from ABC.

In the know
Whatever the specialty in science, biotech or medicine, there is a calendar of events to match at EventOnline.org. This service tracks conferences, seminars and trade shows aimed at the science crowd, offering key word and date search to limit the list to a particular specialty - for example, experimental medicine or geology - or time frame, such as June 2003. Listings include place, dates, contact info, a brief description of the event and a Web address to find out more.

Audiences make time for 'The Time Machine'
LOS ANGELES -- Time was money at the weekend box office.

Actor doesn't plan his days
PASADENA, Calif. - In a family of super achievers, Oliver Hudson could be considered the late bloomer.

Oscar fantasy: Other-worldly 'Fellowship' elevates neglected genre
LOS ANGELES -- Nothing as fantastically removed from our own world has ever done as well with Academy Awards voters as "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" has so far.

20/20 hindsight on past Oscar nods
No one seems to agree on movies anymore. Even professional film critics disagree wildly among themselves. But there is one film-oriented subject on which most movie lovers concur: When it comes to the Oscars, Hollywood usually gets it wrong.

Oscar song category highlights movie work of veteran rockers
LOS ANGELES -- Pop stars can turn to the Oscars when they want something besides Grammys on their trophy shelves.

A stout stew
While many Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day with green beer, you can be s

Yellow Jackets get ninth rookie of the year
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)- Ed Nelson joined a long list of Georgia Tech players named Atlantic Coast Conference rookie of the year, edging North Carolina State's Julius Hodge for The Associated Press honor announced Wednesday.

Georgia Tech 11, Georgia St. 7
DECATUR, Ga. -- Georgia Tech won its 14th out of 15 games this season Wednesday with an eight-run outburst over the last three innings that lifted the Yellow Jackets to an 11-7 victory over Georgia State.

Miami 73, Georgia Tech 64
ATLANTA -- Chanivia Broussard scored 20 points and sparked a 17-2 run to open the second half as Miami rallied to beat Georgia Tech 73-64 Wednesday night in an opening round game of the Women's NIT.

Georgia Tech's Halston Lane to transfer
ATLANTA -- Halston Lane, who just completed his sophomore season at Georgia Tech, plans to transfer.

Georgia Tech 11, Georgia St. 7

Miami 73, Georgia Tech 64

Yellow Jackets get ninth rookie of the year

Georgia Tech's Halston Lane to transfer

Workers should have their own awards show

Sorenstam on a roll

April tournament will help First Tee
A golf tournament will be held in April to provide scholarships for disadvantaged youth to participate in the First Tee of Augusta program.

Woods: 'Charles is being Charles'
ORLANDO, Fla. - Charles Barkley said Tiger Woods doesn't like to speak out, but the reigning Masters champion spoke up Tuesday about the former NBA star's published comments alleging racism at Augusta National.

GGO Chrsyler Classic to move to fall

Three in a row looms for Tiger, Els

Golf notebook

Two big drives, one big overhaul

GGO Chrsyler Classic to move to fall
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic, a springtime golfing tradition since 1938, will move to the fall beginning in 2003 as part of a four-year extension with its title sponsor, the event's manager said.

Two big drives, one big overhaul
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It didn't take long for Hootie Johnson to be certain that the Augusta National Golf Club was doing the right thing.

Sorenstam on a roll
PHOENIX -- Mrs. 59 is back at the scene, and it's not just memories that have her confident about a title defense.

Lopez to leave full-time Tour after 25th season

Getting back on course
With his trusty cane resting several feet away from him, Jeff Fiske launched golf balls into the overcast sky.

Lopez to leave full-time Tour after 25th season
PHOENIX -- Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez plans to stop playing tournaments full time at the end of this season, her 25th on the LPGA Tour.

April tournament will help First Tee

Woods: 'Charles is being Charles'

Three in a row looms for Tiger, Els
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Challengers to Tiger Woods arrive through a revolving door. Ernie Els is ready for his turn again, and this time he wants to stick around a little longer.

Golf notebook
ORLANDO, Fla. -- For the fourth straight year, Tiger Woods won the Mark H. McCormack Award for be No. 1 in the world ranking for the most weeks in 2001.

Getting back on course

Burke County's Davis fired by school board

Burke County's Marchman resigns

Golden Hawks hire McDuffie

Burke County's Davis fired by school board
Despite leading the Burke County football team to two consecutive playoff appearances, head coach Nick Davis confirmed Tuesday that he was fired by the Burke County Board of Education.

Thrashers 4, Lightning 4
ATLANTA -- Dan Boyle scored with 11:55 left in regulation and the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied from a three-goal deficit to tie the Atlanta Thrashers 4-4 Tuesday night.

Kovalchuk says he can return this year
ATLANTA -- The Thrashers' team doctors and executives said Ilya Kovalchuk could be out six to eight weeks.

Anti-Lincoln letter draws a defense

NAACP wrong to focus on flag issue

Spirit of Jim Crow still lives

Questions why Aiken County appointed the wrong jailer

Keeping Civil War alive

Rosie kept orientation secret to gain acceptance, influence

Charles Walker takes charge

Lincoln critic on target; Confederate flag still means freedom

Would follow Graham to heaven

OB nurse expresses concern over Andrea Yates case

Afflicted by redundancy

PETA terrorism charge is true

Angry writer wants energy bill killed

AP film writers offer Academy Awards picks

Actor doesn't plan his days

Small portions

Letterman to stay at CBS as 'Late Show' host

Sally Jessy Raphael's daytime talk show is canceled

Health calendar

Audiences make time for 'The Time Machine'

Capsules

Oscar to honor 'toons for the first time

Canned energy

A stout stew

'Nightline' remains, but so does a big problem

In the know

In the know

'Moulin Rouge' choreographs encore for movie musicals

Oscar song category highlights movie work of veteran rockers

Oscar fantasy: Other-worldly 'Fellowship' elevates neglected genre

Uncorking some homework assignments

Augusta loses another player
Augusta Lynx coach Jim Burton checked his voice mail before practice Wednesday morning, hoping for some good news about the return of two key players from the American Hockey League.

Augusta loses another player

Call-ups give players a shot

Call-ups give players a shot
Getting a call-up to the next level is one of the reasons why you play the game.

News you can use

Corrections
An article in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said that a meeting to discuss Grovetown's sales tax proposals is scheduled for Monday, March 18, at 6 p.m. at Grovetown City Hall.

Across South Carolina
CLEMSON -Confederate-type flags flying at John C. Calhoun Memorial Highway markers in Clemson and near Easley have been removed by Transportation Department workers.

Jackson team wins top honor
JACKSON - It has been a busy year for volunteers with Jackson First Alert, the group that responds to medical emergencies in and around Jackson.

Across the area
A city ordinance that would require ticket scalpers to be about a half-mile away from any entrance to the Augusta National Golf Club this year will go before the Augusta Commission next week with no committee recommendation.

Goldberg junkyard runs up one of Georgia's highest tabs
The removal of 20,000 tons of rusted debris from one of Augusta's most toxic eyesores is becoming one of Georgia's most pricey state-funded cleanups.

Subscriber of the day

News you can use
MARCH 14, 1972 Primary construction has begun on the Georgia Power Co. nuclear reaction plant near Waynesboro and natural resources and the environment will not be harmed, officials say.

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Fran Stewart of Augusta.

Attention to seized dogs is excessive, woman says
SALLEY - A woman facing misdemeanor charges over the way she kept close to 200 dogs said Tuesday the media has presented only one side of the story.

Court grants deputies immunity in shooting
A federal appeals court has ruled that the two officers who killed an Augusta man after a car chase in February 1998 are entitled to immunity.

Across the area

Grocers avoid prison term
The owners of a mom-and-pop grocery who sold massive amounts of cold medicine later used to make methamphetamine narrowly avoided prison Wednesday.

Subscriber of the day

Storm drain dig
Construction workers dig into the street to begin construction on the storm drain for the Augusta Commons in the 800 block of Reynolds Street on Wednesday. The digging should be finished - and the road should reopen - by the end of the week.

Lawmaker urges Savannah River joint oversight
South Carolina's General Assembly will decide whether to adopt guidelines to create a joint governing authority for water resources shared by other states. The compact would become a reality only if neighboring states adopted similar legislation.

Struggling schools need resouces
COLUMBIA - In-depth reviews of South Carolina's 73 worst-performing schools show more resources, professional development and parental involvement are needed for improvement.

Atlanta paper has its own ideas about city motto
A tongue-in-cheek tally conducted Tuesday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's online newpaper, AJC.com, says Augusta's new city slogan should be Augusta: Georgia's City of Rich Golf Enthusiasts.

Walker's attorneys fire back
ATLANTA - The state Ethics Commission should have resolved lingering questions about Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker's organizational connections during a recent investigation instead of launching a new probe, his lawyers charged this week.

Senator asks Navy to drop site
Georgia's senior senator wants Burke County removed from the list of sites under scrutiny by the U.S. Navy for a $40 million practice airfield for its new F/A-18 Super Hornet attack aircraft.

Atlanta paper has its own ideas about city motto

Board approves academies
AIKEN - Lilian Thomas can begin ordering more blue-and-white portable classrooms for the land behind the day care center she owns.

Lawmaker urges Savannah River joint oversight

News you can use
March 13, 1962 Chronicle writer Jerry Sanders reports that work on a 9-foot channel of the Savannah River between Augusta and Savannah will be finished by Sept. 15 unless high water continues.

School audit faults courses

Family Court protest heats up

Plant blast remembered

School opens recruiting post

Board OKs bid for new school
The Columbia County Board of Education accepted the low bid to build a new elementary school and discussed the need for more central office space at a meeting Tuesday night.

Around town

Protest of Navy site builds
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - With an American flag to their right and a Georgia flag to their left, Burke County commissioners voted Tuesday to oppose a Navy plan that could bring a military practice airfield to the area.

Former chef for Clinton now cooks in Brunswick
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - As a presidential chef, Mark Ecton knows the power of food. As former President Clinton's personal Camp David chef, Mr. Ecton watched as Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak broke bread made in his kitchen.

Family slaying elicits dismay

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia

Across Georgia
JACKSON -Ignoring pleas from Great Britain, Georgia executed a man with dual British-American citizenship Tuesday for the murder and rape of suburban Atlanta woman 17 years ago.

Corrections

Thomson teen gets two life sentences
A Thomson teen was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences Tuesday for killing his parents.

Increased parking fine rate protested
ATHENS, Ga. - Like rowdy bar-goers after last call, parking problems have long been a dubious distinction for downtown Athens.

Across the area
A North Augusta woman was killed when a tractor-trailer crashed into a car Tuesday on U.S. Highway 25, Aiken County Deputy Coroner Tim Carlton said.

Family Court protest heats up
AIKEN - Attorneys in the state House and Senate are attempting to water down legislation that would, for the first time, regulate child representatives in custody cases, many of whom are attorneys, advocates of the legislation said this week.

Roadside stand deals in shadows
FARMINGTON, Ga. - Tractor-trailer trucks whiz by, their cylinders firing and mufflers roaring. Cars and more cars speed onward.

Board approves academies

School audit faults courses
An audit of Georgia's public school curriculum has revealed that pupils are being taught just enough to get by on standardized tests.

Attention to seized dogs is excessive, woman says

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Rejecting prosecutors' call for a death sentence, a jury ruled Wednesday that former '60s radical H. Rap Brown should be sentenced to life in prison without parole for fatally shooting a sheriff's deputy two years ago.

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Pension increase pushed
Savannah River Site retirees received another round of assurances Tuesday that an effort is under way to increase their pensions.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is M.G. Beckner of Appling.

Workers face cut to claims
Cutting city workers' compensation claims and the number of government vehicle accidents not only makes good sense, it also will also save a few cents, members of an Augusta Commission committee said Wednesday.

Workers face cut to claims

Family slaying elicits dismay
Neighbors of an Augusta man charged with fatally stabbing his estranged wife during a weekend police chase in Darlington County, S.C., said Tuesday they are devastated by the killing.

Former chef for Clinton now cooks in Brunswick

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Juvenile detention center staff reports allege drugs, alcohol and violence plague the state's facilities, while an official says the agency is working on the problems.

Increased parking fine rate protested

Grocers avoid prison term

Across South Carolina

Plant blast remembered
A moment of silence today will mark the one-year anniversary of the explosion that killed three workers at BP Amoco Polymers facility.

Extra money found in fund
The Augusta lawyer appointed to disburse $1.6 million in long-term disability funds found sitting in a South Carolina bank since King Mill's parent company went bankrupt in May has found other money owed to employees in the same bank.

Across Georgia

Students learn to raise the bidding
JESUP, Ga. - When they graduate today, three Altamaha Technical College students will be looking for the highest bidders.

Storm drain dig

School opens recruiting post
DECATUR, Ga. - The University of Georgia opened its first off-campus admissions office Wednesday in an effort designed to beef up the school's enrollment of minority and rural students.

Officer rescues sick motorist
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Kevin Jones can't remember a time when he didn't want to be a police officer.

Roadside stand deals in shadows

Extra money found in fund

Thomson teen gets two life sentences

Protest of Navy site builds

News you can use

Students learn to raise the bidding

Masters casts curious spell on Kuchar
ORLANDO, Fla. - Nineteen again.

Workers should have their own awards show
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Jack Hammer. I'm a construction worker from Pittsburgh, and I'd like to welcome you to the 47th annual Other Awards.

Hawks 105, Nuggets 102
ATLANTA -- Jason Terry scored 31 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 25 as the Atlanta Hawks beat Denver 105-102 Wednesday night for their 12th straight home win over the Nuggets.

Hawks 105, Nuggets 102

Tennessee Tech 64, Georgia St. 62
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Cameron Crisp scored 17 points, including a leaning jumper with 4.8 seconds left, to give Tennessee Tech a 64-62 win over Georgia State on Wednesday night in the opening round of the NIT.

Miller says Wolfpack ready for postseason pressures
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Poise has been a trademark og the North Carolina State basketball team all season.

Ole Miss relishes shot at tradition-rich UCLA
JACKSON, Miss. -- Justin Reed's decision to attend Mississippi was a landmark signing for the Rebels' developing basketball program.

Princeton-style offense works for Wolfpack
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Selling a new offense to your team can be difficult. Trying to convince two senior guards to change can be even more challenging.

Dixon edges Williams for top individual honor
RALEIGH, N.C. -- One of the Atlantic Coast Conference's most versatile players was voted the league's best Tuesday.

Saint Joseph's 73, George Mason 64
FAIRFAX, Va. -- Jameer Nelson scored 28 points to lead Saint Joseph's to a 73-64 victory over George Mason on Tuesday night in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Final Four road could be a familiar one for Iowa State
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa State seems to have a big advantage as it tries to make the women's Final Four: The Cyclones won't have to leave home.

Siena 81, Alcorn St. 77
DAYTON, Ohio -- Siena, the only NCAA tournament team with more losses than wins, has figured out how to pull them out at the right time.

First-round games have lots of flavor
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Waiting until the last minute to fill out that NCAA Tournament bracket? Still not sure who will end up in Atlanta for the Final Four on March 30?

Ball St. 98, South Florida 92
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Chris Williams scored a career-high 40 points and Ball State used an 18-1 run to beat South Florida 98-92 Tuesday night in the first round of the NIT.

Well-behaved Knight takes Texas Tech back to NCAAs
Sure, Bob Knight still gets fired up, his mood sometimes as dark as his black Texas Tech sweater. A coach can't turn around a college basketball team without yelling occasionally.

News, notes from NCAA tournament sites
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Pepperdine coach Paul Westphal has found life after the NBA - and it's a good one.

No slide in Alabama this season
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- For Alabama, this year's success is a direct result of last year's disappointment.

All eyes on Dickau at Morning Madness
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- At least Dan Dickau and his Gonzaga teammates caught one break in the West bracket - they can sleep through Morning Madness.

Kresse retires after 23 years at College of Charleston
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- John Kresse, who spent his entire head coaching career at the College of Charleston where he built the school into a midmajor basketball power, announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Lesson learned: Terps won't take Siena lightly
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The game has all the makings of another first-round blowout by a top seed in the NCAA tournament.

Winthrop gains from others' loss
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Tyrone Walker remembers the looks on the faces of Clemson's coaches - expressions of resignation, regret and respect, all wrapped into one.

Kentucky hoping worst is over
ST. LOUIS -- After a tumultuous regular season, Kentucky is taking nothing for granted in the NCAA tournament.

Siena 81, Alcorn St. 77
DAYTON, Ohio -- The team that couldn't win during the regular season has figured it out at tournament time.

No major changes planned by NFL

Panthers part ways with Peter

Former Packers GM still talking to Blank

Mrs. Lillie Kendrick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie McKie    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie Bennett McKie, 81, will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at First Providence Baptist Church with the Rev. Alex Pope Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Old Storm Branch Baptist Chu

Mrs. Johnnie Flanders    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Peebles- Curry-Durden Mortuary announces the death of Johnnie Henry Flanders, age 89, of Swainsboro on Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at the Emanuel Medical Center

Featured obituary: Mrs. Mary Nichols-Hallman
Those who knew Mary Nichols-Hallman say she achieved a lot in her lifetime.

Mrs. Mary Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on

Mrs. Jessie Cronic    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
UNION POINT, Ga. - Mrs. Jessie Huff Cronic, 86, of Stewart Ave., Union Point, died Tuesday, March 12, 2002. A native of Greene County, Mrs. Cronic was the daughter of the late William J. Huff and the

Mrs. Jeannette Robinson    (SARDIS, Ga.)
SARDIS, Ga.- M rs. Cora Jeannette Robinson, 63, died Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at University Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 15, 2002, at Botsford B

Miss Bernice Glickman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Oliphant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, March 9, 2002, at Augusta Hills, Mrs. Ruth Mae Oliphant of Calvary Drive. Funeral service will be held Thursday, March 14, 2002, at 2 p.m. at the Lofton African Methodist Episcopal Church, Wrens, with Rev. Leroy

Mrs. Shelia Hunter    (BATH, S.C.)
BATH, S.C. - Entered into rest March 12, 2002, Mrs. Shelia L. T

Mrs. Florence Godbee    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
BEECH ISLAND, S.C. - Mrs. Florence J. Godbee, 83, of Sand Bar Ferry Road, wife of the late Jack G

Rev. Elsa Clark    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Rev. Elsa Strassburger Clark will be Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at 11 a.m., from the graveside in Aiken Memorial Gardens, with Rev.

Ms. Sarah Frazier    (HAMPTON, S.C.)
HAMPTON, S.C. - Ms. Sarah Frazier died March 6, 2002. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 1 4, 2002, at Beulah Baptist Church, Baldock, S

Sgt. Louis Mosby    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at Veterans Hospital, Uptown Division, Sgt. Louis G. Mosby, 84, of Hiers Boulevard, Hephzi

Featured obituary: Mrs. Hannah Allen-Lewis
With every serving of cinnamon rolls at Strom Thurmond High School, Betty Dickert says, the memory of her mother lives on.

Mr. Tyrone Davis    (OAKLAND, Calif.)
OAKLAND, Calif. - Funeral services for Mr. Tyrone John Davis, age 28, will be Friday, March 15, 2002, 11 a.m. at Colonial Mortuary. Cherishing his memories are a lov

Mr. Roosevelt Bell    (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, Ga.- Entered into rest Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at the D

Mr. Amos Stacy    (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Stafford Barton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Junola Gregory    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
BEECH ISLAND, S.C. - Entered into rest Wednesday, March 13, 2002, Mrs. Junola Rager Gregory of Beech Island. The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced.

Mrs. Eunice Barr    (NEESES, S.C.)
NEESES, S.C. - Services for Mrs. Eunice Sons Barr, 79, will be held at 4 p.m.,

Mr. William Seymour    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. William Henry Seymour, will be Thursday, March 14, 2002, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of

Mrs. Lillian Mote    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Lillian Gray Mote, 86, of Dougherty Road, Aiken, died March 11, 2002, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 14 at Shellhous

Mr. Collie Tyler Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Collie Tyler Jr., 57, died Saturday, March 9, 2002. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 14, 2002,

Mrs. Johnnie Nance    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Friday, March 8, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital, Mrs. Johnnie Nance, of Hawk Street, wife of the late Fred Nance. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at 1 p.m. at St.

Mr. Stafford Barton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Nichols-Hallman    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Entered into rest Monday, March 11, 2002, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center, Mrs. Mary Jane Obenshain (Leslie) Nichols-Hallman, age 93, of Aiken. The funeral service will be conducted today, Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at 2 p.m. in the St.

Mrs. Shelia Hunter    (BATH, S.C.)
BATH, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Shelia L. Thomas Hunter, 47, of

Mrs. Ruth Oliphant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harold McDonald Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eva Pugh    (PROSPERITY, S.C.)
PROSPERITY, S.C. - Mrs. Eva Minick Pugh, 95, of Prosperity, widow of A.P. Pugh, died March 12, 2002. Born in Prosperity, Mrs. Pugh was a daughter of George Andrew and Emma Hawkins Minick. She was a member of Cannons Creek-Prosperity A.R

Rev. Edward Coy Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at the University Hospital, Rev. Edward Coy Jr., husband of Mrs. Shirley Coy. Rev. Coy was a native of Red

Mr. William Seymour    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. William Henry Seymour, will be Thursday, March 14, 2002, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of Rivers Funeral Home with Rev. Rodney Powell and Donnie Bat

Mrs. Mildred Cunningham    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Mildred Moore Cunningham 81, wife of the late, Cecil Ray Cunningham, who died Wednesday, will be held Friday at 2 p.m., from Sunset Memory Gardens, Granitevi

Mr. Dave Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry DeVore    (N. Fort Myers, Fla.)
N. Fort Myers, Fla. - Entered into rest Monday, March 11, 2002, Mr. Henry C. DeV

Mr. K.B. Smith    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, G

Mr. Dave Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Smoland    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Donald

Mr. Lamar Wilson    (MILLEN, Ga.)
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Lamar Francis Wilson,

Mrs. Dorothee Taitt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered

Mrs. Queen Green    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mrs. Queen Curry Green, Margarets Road, Thomson, die

Mrs. Angela Spearman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Linnenkohl    (DEARING, Ga.)
DEARING, Ga. - Entered into rest March 10, 2002. Mr. William Edward Linnenkohl of Old Augusta Road, Dearing, husband of the late Mrs. Maude W. Linnenkohl. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Dearing

Mr. Arthur Spires    (BATH, S.C.)
BATH, S.C. - Entered into rest Monday, March 11, 2002, Mr. Arthur Hasting Spires, age 57, of Bath. The funeral service will be conducted today

Mrs. Loretta Stephens    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - M

Mrs. Diane Turner    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Graveside services for Mrs. Diane Turner, 53, of Edgefield Road, North Augusta, who died March 12, 2002, will be conducted Friday morning at 11 a.m., in the Pineview Memorial Gardens. Rev. John Hucks officiating. Mrs. Turner wa

Mrs. Margaret Thompson    (CAMILLA, Ga.)
CAMILLA, Ga. - Mrs. Margaret Eugenia Williams Thompson, 84, of Camilla, formerly of Wrens, entered int

Mr. Roy Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Roy Lee Turner entered into rest on Tuesday, March 12, 2002, in The Salem Nursing & Rehab. The funeral arrangements will be announced later by Peoples Funeral Home.

Mrs. Violet Harris    (IRMO, S.C.)
IRMO, S.C. - S

Mrs. Vena White    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Pearce    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel Hickman Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mr. Samuel Hickman Sr., age 49, d

Mr. Amos Stacy    (TRENTON, S.C.)
TRENTON, S.C. - Entered into rest Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at his residence, Mr. Amos "Junior" Stacy of Trenton, S.C., beloved husband of Jacquelyn L. Stacy, an

Mrs. Vena White    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Kevin Pinckney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at the Medical College of Ge

Mrs. Barbara Wright-Dunbar    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
NEW ELLENTON, S.C. - Mrs. Barbara J. Wright-Dunbar, 43, of Camel Street, died Monday, March 11, 2002, at her residence. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2002, a

Mr. Charles Pittman    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Jack Broyles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest March 11, 2002, Mr. Jack D. Broyles, age 83, of Augusta, husband of the late Ladye Marie Eisenhour Broyles, and son of the late Will R. Broyles, and the late Eva G. Broyles. He is survive

Mrs. Jewell Poe    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
NEW ELLENTON, S.C. - Mrs. Jewell P. Poe, 77, wife of the late Joseph William "Joe" Poe, Jr., died Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. Funeral Services will be held

Mrs. Mary Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga

Mrs. Hattie Berry    (HOLLYWOOD, Fla.)
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - Mrs. Hattie Mae Nelson Martin Berry, died on Wednesday, March 6, 2002 in Hollywood. Funeral will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2002, at S

David Griffin Jr.    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
WILLISTON, S.C. - Services for infant David Neel Griffin Jr. who died March 12, 2002, will be held 11 a.m. Friday, March 15, 2002, from Blackville

Mr. Jack Broyles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest March 11, 2002, Mr. Jack D. B

Mr. William Mann    (ARDEN, N.C.)

Mrs. Mabel Burt    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Entered into rest March 12, 2002, at Univers

Mrs. Glen Meadows    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mrs. Eris "Glen" Meadows, 71, beloved wife of Mr. Joe Meadows Jr. of Manassas Drive, died Wednesday, March 13, 2002, in the McDuffie County Hospital. Graveside services will be at 1 p.

Mr. Sterling Combs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga.- Entered into rest Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at the Doctors Hospital. Mr. Sterling (Amos) Combs of Hazel Street. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are s

Mr. Louis Mosby    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at Veterans Hospi

Mr. Billy Blakenship    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Entered into rest on Monday, Mr. Bill Blankenship, 68, beloved husband of Jacqueline A. Stanley Blankenship. Memorial service w

Mrs. Thelma Williams    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
BARNWELL, S.C. - Funeral services for Thelma Delk Williams, 86, widow of Harold Williams, who died Wednesday, will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. in the Mole Funeral Home

Mr. Henry DeVore (N. Fort Myers, Fla.)

Mrs. Lillian Mote (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Sterling Combs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Amos Stacy (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Jack Broyles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Johnnie Nance (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Williams (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Nichols-Hallman (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Junola Gregory (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Stafford Barton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Stafford Barton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Queen Green (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Dave Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Bernice Glickman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eunice Barr (NEESES, S.C.)

Mr. Donald Smoland (AIKEN, S.C.)

Sgt. Louis Mosby (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Godbee (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Vena White (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Dave Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lamar Wilson (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Oliphant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie Cronic (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mr. William Seymour (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Glen Meadows (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. William Seymour (AIKEN, S.C.)

David Griffin Jr. (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Hattie Berry (HOLLYWOOD, Fla.)

Mrs. Lillie Kendrick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kevin Pinckney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Thompson (CAMILLA, Ga.)

Mrs. Loretta Stephens (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mattie McKie (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William Mann (ARDEN, N.C.)

Mrs. Dorothee Taitt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Violet Harris (IRMO, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Mary Nichols-Hallman

Mr. Roy Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Louis Mosby (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Blakenship (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Rev. Elsa Clark (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mildred Cunningham (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Eva Pugh (PROSPERITY, S.C.)

Mrs. Mabel Burt (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Ms. Sarah Frazier (HAMPTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Jeannette Robinson (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Spires (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Pittman (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Shelia Hunter (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Roosevelt Bell (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Shelia Hunter (BATH, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Hannah Allen-Lewis

Mrs. Vena White (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. William Linnenkohl (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Collie Tyler Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Tyrone Davis (OAKLAND, Calif.)

Atlanta water proposal will hurt South Carolina
RECENTLY I learned of plans that could greatly affect South Carolina's equitable use of the Savannah River Basin, which stretches from the upper reaches of the Tugaloo River through Lakes Hartwell, Russell and Thurmond, all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.

Atlanta water proposal will hurt South Carolina
RECENTLY I learned of plans that could greatly affect South Carolina's equitable use of the Savannah River Basin, which stretches from the upper reaches of the Tugaloo River through Lakes Hartwell, Russell and Thurmond, all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.

Keeping Civil War alive
The NAACP and its followers are keeping the Civil War alive by their displays of ignorance. The Confederate flag should be flown atop every federal building, every institution of learning and every place of business throughout the 13 colonies of the United States of America. The Confederate flag is a symbol of our national heritage and freedom and should be flown with great honor and pride. Sam Martin, Hephzibah, Ga.

OB nurse expresses concern over Andrea Yates case
I am not sure the public fully understands the Andrea Yates case. Grace Baugh, RN, North Augusta, S.C.

Sign of progress
Naysayers and cynics might say Mayor Bob Young's plan to update the city slogan from "The Garden City" to "The City of Medicine" is just window dressing.

Spirit of Jim Crow still lives
Despite criticism of Augusta's government from people living inside and outside Richmond County, I am proud to be an Augustan. Paul L. Cook, Augusta

Afflicted by redundancy
In response to Larry Rodgers in his March 8 letter to the editor titled "Enraged by child killer," it appears that the author is afflicted with a severe case of "revengeful repercussive repetitious redundancy." Becky Johnson, Aiken, S.C.

Overcome distrust
It's disappointing to learn that a handful of clergymen oppose all proposed changes in city governance. For the good of all Augustans, we ask them to reconsider.

Light fantastic
"We set out to "repair" and "rebuild" the skyline - but not in a way that would attempt to undo or disguise the damage. Those buildings are gone now, and they will never be rebuilt. Instead we would create a link between ourselves and what was lost. In doing so, we believed, we could also repair, in part, our city's identity and ourselves...

Charles Walker takes charge
One thing has become clear to me this year: Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, is a true leader. J.S. Wright, Augusta

NAACP wrong to focus on flag issue
Well, Im appalled at the NAACP and its latest crusade of whining. Kevin Barton, Martinez, Ga.

Angry writer wants energy bill killed
"I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore." Let's send this message to our U.S. senators who will soon be voting on an energy bill that opens the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, gives tens of billions in taxpayer subsidies to the energy industry and makes no substantial increase in car or SUV fuel economy. Carol L. Giardina, Martinez, Ga.

No mercy for Yates
Andrea Yates, the 37-year-old child killer in Texas, may be mentally ill, but she knew right from wrong when she drowned her five children. If she had not known what she'd done was wrong, she would not have called 911. But she called. She knew.

Questions why Aiken County appointed the wrong jailer
When I think I've seen it all with Aiken County politics, I discover I haven't. Why did Aiken County see the need to appoint a new director of our detention center when we have one who has proven that he is qualified and capable of managing this facility? Jerry Archer, Warrenville, S.C.

Lincoln critic on target; Confederate flag still means freedom
Milton Gresham's Feb. 26 letter, "Lincoln was bad for the nation," was on target. Frank Murphy, Aiken, S.C.

PETA terrorism charge is true
Tracey R. Duncan's Feb. 16 letter, "PETA terrorism charge denied," lauding People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is full of errors. Paul F. Beck, Martinez, Ga.

Dog buyers beware
To say that Kathleen Marie Humes of Salley, S.C., let her place go to the dogs is putting it mildly. Humes allowed her puppy mill to degenerate into a disgusting, unsanitary hellhole that put her pets at risk, not to mention herself, her mentally disabled son and her common-law husband.

Would follow Graham to heaven
What a man. When recently confronted with some 30-year-old tapes from the Nixon administration where he glancingly said something unkind and unfavorable about some Jewish business people, the Rev. Billy Graham simply responded by sincerely saying, "I'm sorry." Johnny Hensley, Augusta

Rosie kept orientation secret to gain acceptance, influence
We have seen how deviant entertainers push their behavior to be accepted by society. Many of these celebrities gain popularity and resources that give them unfair advantage over the multitudes who support society's healthy norms and values. Will Tinney, Aiken, S.C.

Anti-Lincoln letter draws a defense
Regarding David Szerlip's March 5 letter, "Chronicle hit for publishing letter critical of Lincoln," in which he chastises the newspaper for publishing Milton Gresham's Feb. 26 letter, "Lincoln was bad for the nation." John Bryan, Wrens, Ga.

The race is on

Memphis still in Tyson-Lewis picture

NASCAR notebook

Overtime

Tyson gets Washington boxing license

Racing Facts

Kramer retires as SEC commissioner

Overtime

IOC doping hearings set for Friday and Saturday

Lakeside tops Evans, 2-1

Spotlight on Buckshot Jones
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Buckshot Jones.

Memphis still in Tyson-Lewis picture
NEW YORK -- A line in "Beale Street Blues" goes, "If Beale Street could talk."

The race is on
DARLINGTON, S.C. - When Cale Yarborough finished last at the 1976 Daytona 500, he bounced back with nine victories to win the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship.

Aiken is on track for trials
AIKEN - The smell of horses lingers year-round in the area around the Aiken Training Track off Two Notch Road.

Overtime
Former Georgia running back, and Lincolnton, Ga. native, Garrison Hearst agreed to a six-year contract Wednesday to remain with the San Francisco 49ers.

Indianapolis Speedway sells naming rights of Pagoda
INDIANAPOLIS -- A Canadian aircraft manufacturer bought the naming rights to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's landmark Pagoda control tower.

NASCAR notebook
DARLINGTON, S.C. - NASCAR's recent trip to the wind tunnel merely proved what everyone figured all along: Ford and Dodge enjoy an advantage over Chevrolet and Pontiac.

IOC doping hearings set for Friday and Saturday
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The IOC will hold hearings Friday and Saturday on the two pending drug cases from the Salt Lake City Games.

Racing Facts
Here are facts about this weekend's Carolina Dodge Dealers 400.

Overtime
Former Westside High School right-handed pitcher Matt Childers, who was on the Milwaukee Brewers' 40-man roster for spring training, has been assigned to Huntsville in the Class AA Southern League.

Winter Wars event invades Augusta
When the Augusta Martial Arts Academy holds its fifth annual Winter Wars on Saturday, fans of kickboxing and mixed martial arts will have an opportunity to see a wide variety of athletes competing on a world-class level.

Tyson gets Washington boxing license
ASHBURN, Va. -- Mike Tyson received a license to fight in Washington on a 3-0 vote Tuesday night by the D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission, setting the stage for June 8 bout with Lennox Lewis at the MCI Center.

Kramer retires as SEC commissioner
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Roy Kramer's system for choosing a national champion in college football will be debated and mocked by playoff advocates and others with different ideas on picking a No. 1.

Lakeside tops Evans, 2-1
The Lakeside boys soccer team, according to coach Dave Morgan, is in a state of transition and isn't exactly where he wants it to be. Don't try telling that to Evans.

Burke County's Marchman resigns
A day after the Burke County Board of Education relieved Nick Davis of his head coaching duties for the Burke County football team, the Bears lost their head basketball coach.

Golden Hawks hire McDuffie
He's won five state basketball titles, he's been to the Georgia Final Four each of the past seven years, and he's led Mitchell-Baker to two straight state runner-up finishes.

No major changes planned by NFL
NEW YORK -- The "tuck rule" that helped New England win its playoff game against Oakland en route to the Super Bowl title probably will be retained by the NFL.

Panthers part ways with Peter
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jason Peter's playing days with Carolina are over, his agent said Wednesday, and his career might be, too.

Former Packers GM still talking to Blank
ATLANTA -- Ron Wolf indicated Tuesday night he wants to be the Atlanta Falcons' general manager, but admitted several obstacles could keep that from happening.

Masters casts curious spell on Kuchar

Graham talks SRS funding
Savannah River Site's 2003 budget must be at least equal to this year's $1.6 billion to avoid layoffs, U.S. Rep. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday.

Researchers tout map of peanut genome
ATHENS - University of Georgia scientists, working with researchers at Texas A&M University, have completed the "book of life" for the humble peanut, a milestone they say paves the way toward a revolution in breeding the plant for better and cheaper varieties.

Siemens' smartphone
Simone Doerrlinger displays the SX45 smartphone by Siemens during preparations for the CeBIT computer fair at the exhibition center in Hanover, northern Germany.

Safety advocates unveil poison prevention campaign
WASHINGTON -- A poison emergency hot line that links callers anywhere in the country to medical experts at local centers received about 44,000 calls in February, its first full month of operation.

Dredging up controversy
Georgia regulators are bracing for possible changes in federal guidelines on the use of sewage sludge as fertilizer - a practice that has stirred its share of controversy in the Augusta area.

Columbia returns to Earth, ending Hubble repair mission
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Columbia and its crew of seven returned to Earth before dawn Tuesday, ending their triumphant Hubble Space Telescope repair mission.

Malignant virus in polio vaccine linked to cancer
Scientists have found traces of a monkey virus that contaminated the polio vaccine in the 1950s in a common form of highly malignant human cancer that has mysteriously doubled in incidence over the past 30 years.

Senate vote coming up on gas mileage
WASHINGTON - Kiss your SUV goodbye? That's what the auto industry is telling consumers they will have to do if Congress approves a plan to raise fleet-wide fuel-economy standards to an average of 36 miles per gallon by 2015.

Senate rejects tougher fuel economy standards
WASHINGTON -- The Senate rejected tough new automobile fuel economy requirements Wednesday amid sharp disagreement over safety and whether the new standard would force "soccer moms" to abandon their SUVs and minivans.

Scientists search for a supervaccine
SAN FRANCISCO - Spurred by the threat of bioterrorism, a small group of scientists is focused on inventing "universal drugs" they say would work more efficiently than vaccines - by stimulating the immune system to fight off a wide range of threats.

Freeze-dried bodies are an alternative to cremation
The Georgia cremation scandal may focus more attention on the limited options open to people in making that final decision about the care of their own bodies.

Georgia 13, Morehead St. 4
ATHENS, Ga. -- Kris Edge and Jon Armitage each drove in three runs for Georgia in a 13-4 victory over Morehead State on Wednesday.

Georgia hopes to reverse losing trend in close games

Lady Bulldogs get chance to show they've improved
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia guard Camille Murphy didn't believe the speculation that the Lady Bulldogs were on the NCAA tournament bubble.

Georgia hopes to reverse losing trend in close games
ATHENS, Ga. -- When asked about Georgia's two straight close losses going into the NCAA tournament, Jarvis Hayes winced.

Harrick hopes to resume winning ways in tourney play

Harrick hopes to resume winning ways in tourney play
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia coach Jim Harrick has a simple explanation for his success in the NCAA tournament.

Dogs enter tournament in turmoil
Georgia coach Jim Harrick doesn't know what has afflicted his team recently, and he's not sure whether the Bulldogs' bite can mesh with their bark in time for the NCAA Tournament.

Lady Bulldogs get chance to show they've improved

South Carolina 74, Virginia 67
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Rolando Howell matched his career high with 24 points as South Carolina beat Virginia 74-67 on Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT.

NCAAs a new world for Lady Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Susan Walvius spent part of Sunday tending to her garden, her only worry whether the NCAA tournament selection committee agreed her Lady Gamecocks were a third seed.

Coach likes team's resilience
The one thing Dave Odom likes most about his first team at South Carolina is its resilience.

South Carolina 15, Purdue 2
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Garris Gonce hit two home runs and had five RBIs to lead South Carolina to a 15-2 victory against Purdue on Tuesday.

Coach likes team's resilience

NCAAs a new world for Lady Gamecocks

South Carolina 74, Virginia 67

South Carolina 15, Davidson 0
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Five South Carolina pitchers combined for a one-hit shutout as the Gamecocks beat Davidson 15-0 Wednesday.

South Carolina 15, Purdue 2

Toddler takes wild ride alone on snowmobile

Who killed Max the cat?

Graham talks SRS funding

Dredging up controversy

Senate vote coming up on gas mileage

Malignant virus in polio vaccine linked to cancer

Researchers tout map of peanut genome

Siemens' smartphone

Safety advocates unveil poison prevention campaign

Senate rejects tougher fuel economy standards

Freeze-dried bodies are an alternative to cremation