Originally created 05/07/02

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Golf

USC Aiken leads regionals play

Top-seeded USC Aiken shot an 18-under-par 270 to take the lead in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament on Monday at North Shore Country Club in Sneads Ferry, N.C.

The Pacers, ranked third in the Division II Golfstat.com Top 10 poll, lead second-place Francis Marion (275) by five shots.

Aiken junior Aaron Black finished the opening round of the 54-hole tournament with a 6-under 66, three strokes behind leader Nick Cowper of third-place Armstrong Atlantic State (281). Pacers teammates Scott Usher and Lee Harper are tied for fourth at 67.

Kennesaw State, which fired a 5-under 283, and Columbus State (284) round out the top five. The tournament concludes with the final round on Wednesday.

Soccer

Westside advances in AAA playoffs

Caroline Hardy scored two goals and had an assist to lead Westside to a 3-2 victory over Central Macon on Monday in the Georgia Class AAA girls playoffs.

Sarah Russell added a goal for Westside, which advanced to second-round play on Saturday against Dublin. The game will be played at Richmond Academy Stadium at a time to be announced.

Jessica Maddocks stopped four shots in goal for Westside (18-2).

Softball

3 Peach Belt teams in regionals

Three Peach Belt Conference teams were selected Monday to play in the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Regional softball tournament.

Top-seed and host North Florida (36-9) will join Armstrong Atlantic State (39-5) and two-time national champion Kennesaw State (45-10) in the double-elimination tournament, which begins Friday at 11 a.m. in Jacksonville, Fla., and concludes Sunday. Non-Peach Belt teams Coker, Longwood and Lenoir-Rhyne round out the regional field.

The regional winner advances to the eight-team national championship in Salem, Va., scheduled May 16.

Figure Skating

Russia criticizes duo's suspension

Russia's Figure Skating Federation contended two French officials were suspended last week to justify the awarding of duplicate gold medals in pairs at the Salt Lake City Olympics.

The Russian federation said Monday the International Skating Union's disqualification "was the result of the pressure put by the mass media and other interested organizations and private figures both from outside and inside the ISU."

The skating union suspended for three years the two central figures in the scandal - French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne and French federation head Didier Gailhaguet - and also banned them from the next Winter Games in 2006.

The two were found guilty of colluding to fix the outcome of the event in favor of Russian pair Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze ahead of Canadians Jamie Sale and David Pelletier.

The Russian federation said the resolution against the two officials triggered rumors of a deal between it and the French federation.

"The Russian Federation of Figure Skating resolutely turns down such allegations," the group said in a statement, according to ITAR-Tass news agency. "We are confident that the Russian pair deserved the top award in the pairs event."

Bowling

Bohn wins second bowler of year

Parker Bohn III was selected by his fellow professional bowlers as the 2002 PBA Player of the Year on Monday.

Bohn, of Jackson, N.J., received 83 percent of the votes, with Pete Weber second with 10 percent.

Bohn, who also won the award in 1999, is the ninth bowler to win the honor more than once. He matched his 1998-99 total with five PBA tour wins in 2001-02.

"Winning for a second time is more special because it proves the first wasn't a fluke," he said. "There are players of the year every season, but very few have won it more than once."

Bohn's 29 career titles ranks him fourth in PBA history. Earl Anthony has the most player of the year awards with six, followed by Walter Ray Williams Jr. with five.

Hockey

Thrashers re-sign Odgers for one year

Jeff Odgers, who led the Atlanta Thrashers in penalty minutes this season despite missing nearly half the games, re-signed with the team Monday for one year.

The 32-year-old veteran forward had been an unrestricted free agent.

Odgers had four goals and four assists for the Thrashers this season. He missed 36 games with a broken leg.

Despite missing more than two months, Odgers still led the team with 135 penalty minutes. He has had at least 100 penalty minutes in each of his 11 NHL seasons.

Atlanta claimed Odgers from the Minnesota Wild in the 2000 waiver draft.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.