Originally created 04/02/02

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Golf

Coble defends match-play title

Augusta's Laura Coble starts defense of her Georgia Women's Match Play Championship on Wednesday at Sunset Hills Country Club in Carrollton.

Coble, who also won the match-play title in 1999 and has been Georgia women's player of the year for four consecutive years, plays Marsha Whitener of Dalton in today's opening round.

  • Augusta State, which won the Schenkel-E-Z-O Invitational last month in Statesboro, Ga., is ranked sixth in the South Region, while Jaguar golfer Oliver Wilson is fourth individually.
  • Five of the top seven individuals in the South Region will be competing in the 24th annual Cleveland Golf/ASU Invitational this weekend at Forest Hills Golf Club.

    Georgia Tech is the top-ranked South Region team.

    Auto Racing

    Brewer sets pace in Sports Car race

    Augusta's Paul Brewer won the ITT class in the rain-soaked Sports Car Club of America PRO-IT Series on Sunday at Road Atlanta. Brewer's Team Twenty teammate, Fletcher Williams of Lilburn, Ga., won the GT-3 class.

    Brewer and Williams each won pole positions in their respective classes. Brewer's victory moves him into a tie for the season championship in the ITT class.

    Among the competitors at Road Atlanta was actor Paul Newman, 77, who drove his GT-1 Camaro.

  • Tony Stewart will drive in the Indianapolis 500 this year, concentrating instead on the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26.
  • Stewart drove in both races last year, finishing sixth at Indy and third in the 600 later that night.

    College Baseball

    USC Aiken's Farr player of week

    USC Aiken center fielder Ashley Farr has been named Peach Belt Conference player of the week - the first Pacer player to be honored in nearly four years,

    Farr had five home runs, 12 RBI and hit .478 as the Pacers won five of six games last week. For the season., Farr has a .418 batting average and 11 home runs.

    The Pacers (25-14), who play host to Newberry at 6 p.m. today at J.H. Satcher Field, are ranked No. 30 in Collegiate Baseball's NCAA Division II poll.

    Augusta State (24-12) dropped five places to No. 22 after being swept by Georgia College and State over the weekend.

    Pro Football

    Beathard to work as Falcons adviser

    The new owner of the Atlanta Falcons is getting a high-powered adviser - veteran NFL executive Bobby Beathard. The Falcons announced Monday that Beathard will serve as a senior adviser to Arthur M. Blank throughout the 2002 season.

    Blank said bringing Beathard on board does not change the team's plan to continue its search for a general manager later in the year.

    A 38-year veteran of pro football, Beathard served as general manager with Washington and San Diego and director of player personnel for the Miami Dolphins.

    Track and Field

    Kansas vaulter in critical condition

    A 17-year-old Southeast High School pole vaulter was in critical condition Monday after falling and hitting his head during the Wichita East Relays.

    Witnesses told paramedics that Samoa Fili fell 12-to-15 feet onto the safety mat, bounced off and hit the back of his head on the ground.

    New York's state legislature is considering a bill that would require high school and college pole vaulters to wear helmets in competition. The bill was prompted by the death in February of Penn State pole vaulter Kevin Dare at the Big Ten track and field indoor championships in Minneapolis.