Originally created 05/08/02



USC Aiken extends regionals lead

Third-ranked USC Aiken shot a team 6-under-par 282 Tuesday to take a 14-stroke lead in the second round of the 54-hole NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament at Sneads Ferry, N.C.

Aiken has a 36-hole score of 552 (-24), Kennesaw State follows at 566 (-10) and Francis Marion is third at 570 (-6).

Junior Lee Harper of the Pacers fired his second straight 67, and stands in second at 134 (-10), one stroke behind leader Nick Cowper of fourth-place Armstrong Atlantic State (574).

Aiken's Aaron Black, who carded a 72, is tied for fourth with Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year David Robinson, of fifth-place Georgia College (575).

The tournament concludes today, with the winner advancing to the national championship, scheduled May 21-24 in Howey in the Hills, Fla.

Auto Racing

NASCAR fines two crew chiefs

NASCAR fined crew chiefs Todd Parrott and Marc Reno $2,500 each Tuesday for rules infractions at Richmond International Raceway last weekend.

Parrott, crew chief for Dale Jarrett, was fined for having an improperly attached weight on the No. 88 Ford during the inspection before qualifying for the Pontiac Excitement 400.

Reno, crew chief for Jimmy Spencer's Busch Series ride, was fined for having hollow rear axle "U" bolts on the No. 1 Ford during Friday's Hardee's 250.

Rookie PJ Jones became the second driver to hit the new "soft" wall at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in a crash Tuesday that left him injured and scattered debris across the track.

Jones was taken to Methodist Hospital for precautionary reasons and was alert and conscious, speedway officials said. He was complaining of upper back and neck pain.

Driving for John Menard, Jones spun into the wall in turn one, crossed the warm-up lane and hit the inside guardrail with the left side of his car during practice for the Indianapolis 500. There was heavy damage to the rear and left side of his car.

The yellow flag closed practice for the day.


North Augusta PAL fighters advance

Eleven North Augusta Police Athletic League boxers won Junior Olympic titles Saturday night at the club gym, giving the local club the state PAL title.

Winners were: Sebastian Sweeney (9-10 years, 70 pounds), Jake Wells (9-10, 75), Isaia Ballesteros (11-12, 85), Ronald Clark (13-14, 85), Aaron Domingue (13-14, 95), Christopher Newman (15-16, 95), Jeremy Tapley (15-16, 125), Brandon Domingue (15-16, 132), Antonio Kemp (201) and females Bailie Newman (9 years, 55) and Christian Domingue (11, 55).

Aaron and Brandon Domingue, Newman, Tapley and Kemp advanced to the PAL regionals on May 23-25 in Wilmington, N.C.

Aiken Boxing Club had five champions - William Lewis (8, 65); Elon DeLancy, 18, 106; and females Tiera Abney (12, 132), Glorius Thomas (15, 106) and Daetra Williams (16, 119). DeLancy advances to the regionals.

In the main event of the 18-bout card, Terry Cade won over Patrick Brissey when the referee stopped the 147-pound men's open contest in the first round.


Ullrich will skip Tour de France

Former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich won't ride in this year's race because of a knee injury.

"There is no sense, because when I increase the intensity of my training, the pain in my knee comes straight back," said the 28-year-old Telekom team racer, who won the tour in 1997.

Ullrich's persistent knee problems caused him to skip this year's Giro d'Italia, among other races, and now he will miss another showdown with Lance Armstrong in the Tour de France, July 6-28.

Pro Football

Bartkowski returns to Falcons family

Steve Bartkowski was released by the Atlanta Falcons midway through the 1985 season, the greatest quarterback in franchise history pushed out by failing knees and coach Dan Henning's desire to give his job to David Archer.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Bartkowski, 49, finally returned to the Falcons family as one of 11 members owner Arthur Blank appointed to the team's new board of directors.

Blank, a co-founder and former chairman of Home Depot, paid $545 million for the Falcons in a deal that closed Feb. 14.

Joe Gibbs, former Washington Redskins coach and current NASCAR team owner who is listed as a minority owner and board member, was among numerous board members attending Tuesday/s meeting.


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