Ramblin' Rhodes: Landers cared about people
The death June 22 of Ester "Eppie" Pauline Friedman Lederer, better known to millions of her readers as Ann Landers, brought to mind some warm memories of her visit to Augusta.

At the movies: 'Mr. Deeds'
Adam Sandler's "Mr. Deeds" is not the absolute profanation of the Frank Capra original that it could have been, especially considering the remake comes from the director and co-writer responsible for Sandler's abominable "Little Nicky."

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs:

Ramblin' Rhodes: Landers cared about people

Charlie B's serves the meals people used to get at home
As convenience foods and restaurant dining become more ingrained in the fabric of daily life, home-cooking has become a novelty.

Mini reviews

Video watch
JUST OUT: A Beautiful Mind, Gosford Park, The Devil's Backbone, The Affair of the Necklace, Gabriela and A Rumor of Angels

Da Professor is in

Concert calendar
A lisiting of area performances.

Right tunes make road trip a hit

Banality bugs latest release from Roach
A glass of warm milk and the soothing sound of mother's voice couldn't induce drowsiness as effectively as lovehatetragedy, the new release by angry-boy metalers Papa Roach.

At the movies: 'Mr. Deeds'

Standing ovations
The Augusta Players will present a production of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain's tale of 19th-century boyhood, appropriately enough, in a museum. Performance are 7 p.m. today and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the rotunda of Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for age 12 and younger. Call 826-4707.

Video watch

Art galleries

Charlie B's serves the meals people used to get at home

Art galleries
AIKEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS: 122 Laurens St. S.W.; recreational classes include calligraphy, painting, photography and puppetry; (803) 641-9094.

Hollywood has never been afraid to take on tyrants

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location for today through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies. The service provides theater locations and movie times.

Banality bugs latest release from Roach

At the movies: 'Hey Arnold! The Movie'
"Hey Arnold! The Movie" held the attention of a roomful of otherwise active youngsters at a New York screening the other day. And as a practical matter, that may tell parents all they need to know.

Applause calendar

Right tunes make road trip a hit
This summer, millions of travelers will hit America's highways woefully unprepared. Oh, they'll fill the gas tank, check the oil, throw some sodas in the cooler and check the tires, but then they ruin it all by leaving home without the perfect road-trip music.

Club calendar

Da Professor is in
Augusta hip-hop artist Da Professor attributes much of his success to the Shadow man he has in his corner - the welterweight champion of the world, Augusta native Vernon Forrest.

Wine and dine

Wine and dine
Former Formosa owners Jason and Shu Lin Hsieh have opened a new restaurant, Sunny Garden Family Buffet and Grill, on Washington Road in Evans.

Concert calendar

A festive Fourth
It's time, once again, to roll out the red, white and blue.

A festive Fourth

Hollywood has never been afraid to take on tyrants
Being a freedom fighter is a funny thing.

At the movies: 'Hey Arnold! The Movie'

Applause calendar
FIREWORKS FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aiken Jaycees Fairgrounds, U.S. Highway 1; arts and crafts show, fireworks demonstrations, food, carnival and live entertainment on two stages; 279-8017.

Kent says scuffle with Bonds no big deal
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent have had altercations before - only this time they did it in view of a television camera.

Baseball says goodbye to Kile in memorial service
ST. LOUIS -- For the second time in six days, Busch Stadium was part baseball park, part funeral home as former teammates paid their respects to Darryl Kile.

Kent says scuffle with Bonds no big deal

Meadows quits Westminster for new school

Judge expects ruling on Twins documents next week
MINNEAPOLIS -- A judge will decide in a week how to handle 9,000 documents the Minnesota Twins turned over to a public agency as part of a lawsuit that saved the team from elimination.

Baseball says goodbye to Kile in memorial service

Meadows quits Westminster for new school
It was January when Pete Meadows had his vision.

Judge expects ruling on Twins documents next week

Sometimes school quizzes call for creative answers

Sheffield's pad causes uproar in New York
NEW YORK - Only in the Big Apple could the size of Gary Sheffield's elbow pad cause an uproar.

Braves notebook
NEW YORK - Gary Sheffield recognized a slider the moment it left Armando Benitez's right hand Tuesday night. He saw its spin, recognized that it would break off the plate, as it did, and held his swing.

Pitcher Lopez back on DL, Spooneybarger recalled

Pitcher Lopez back on DL, Spooneybarger recalled
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves placed right-handed pitcher Albie Lopez on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder.

Sheffield's slam good for a win

Braves notebook

Sheffield's pad causes uproar in New York

Game rained out
NEW YORK - The Mets' latest giveaway couldn't have been better timed Thursday night.

Sheffield's slam good for a win
NEW YORK - To a man, the New York Mets said they had to win the series. Not split the four games, that wasn't enough to get them back into the National League East race, they had to win three.

Economy grows at sizzling 6.1 percent

New postal rates begin Sunday
Starting Sunday, mailing a letter first class will cost 3 cents more.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Gross domestic product - the total output of goods and services produced in the United States - grew at a red-hot annual rate of 6.1 percent in the January-March quarter, the strongest performance in more than two years, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

Business briefs

Hangar nearly complete after foundation repair
A new hangar to house private jets at Augusta Regional Airport is nearing completion but not without a rocky foundation.

New postal rates begin Sunday

Hangar nearly complete after foundation repair

New-home sales jump 8.1 percent to record level

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - With the economic recovery losing steam, Americans can expect to see short-term interest rates - now at 40-year lows - stay that way through the summer.

Economy grows at sizzling 6.1 percent
WASHINGTON -- The economy sprang back from last year's recession, growing at an annual rate of sizzling 6.1 percent in the January-March quarter, the strongest showing in more than two years.

Schools get word out on falling loan rates
Now that she knows, Augusta State University graduate student Amy Clemons says she might consider trading in her loan payment book.

Schools get word out on falling loan rates

Business briefs

New-home sales jump 8.1 percent to record level
WASHINGTON -- New-home sales shot up 8.1 percent in May, the biggest advance in six months, as low mortgage rates motivated buyers.

Crosby out for year after surgery
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Two-sport star Roscoe Crosby won't get to show his football skills at Clemson again this year following surgery on his right elbow Tuesday that will keep him out for the Tigers' season.

Crosby out for year after surgery

Two little words

A new black eye

Dirty tactics fail

Crisis of confidence

'The Price is Right' leads CBS to ratings win
NEW YORK -- So who would have guessed that the breakthrough star of the summer would be a 78-year-old game show host who seems to have been on television forever?

Don't let spoiled food, critters or poisonous plants spoil the fun
As you plan your Fourth of July picnics, keep an eye out for pesky critters that love to crash the party or poison ivy lurking under the shade tree. Knowing what to look for could head off potential problems.

Hot dog days of summer
Edie Zareck of North Augusta likes her hot dogs piled high with mustard, onions, sauerkraut and relish, the way she and her brother ordered them from New York street venders. Betty Kluttz of Augusta prefers the combination of mustard, onions, relish, chili and coleslaw.

In the know
The Your Life section is starting a new feature that will give parents a sounding board for problems ranging from picky eaters to dealing with schoolyard bullies.

Little Gem has look of magnolia without size

Bountiful harvest
Ray Walden's corn is as high as an elephant's eye, and his tomatoes aren't far behind.

Bountiful harvest

Little Gem has look of magnolia without size
If you love everything about Southern magnolia trees except the size that they get, consider planting a Little Gem magnolia. It is a small tree covered with great foliage and accented with fragrant white flowers.

Seiber's absence puzzles Jackets
After 1 1/2 seasons in low-A ball, Antron Seiber finally was putting it all together. He was hitting for average. He had cut down on strikeouts. He continued to show off his defensive skills in the outfield.

Augusta prevails over Savannah
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Manny Delcarmen pitched six solid innings, and John Hattig went 2-for-4 with three RBI as the Augusta GreenJackets defeated the Savannah Sand Gnats 6-3 on Wednesday night.

Waves down Jackets
Arnie Beyeler's resolve, not to mention his patience, has been pushed to the brink these past three weeks.

GreenJackets scouting report
South Georgia Waves (Dodgers) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox).

Educated cave man left his mark in many ways

Ballesteros disqualified from Irish Open
CORK, Ireland -- Seve Ballesteros was disqualified from the Irish Open on Thursday after taking 12 shots at the par-5 18th hole and signing for an incorrect score.

Hnatiuk, Petrovic share one-stroke lead in suspended first round at St. Jude
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Glen Hnatiuk and Tim Petrovic shot 6-under-par 65s Thursday and took a one-stroke lead over a tightly bunched leaderboard in the suspended first round of the St. Jude Classic.

National donates millions

National donates millions
More than $3.3 million will be donated by Augusta National Golf Club to local and national charities, Chairman Hootie Johnson announced Thursday.

Gossett's challenge: Turn home course into his advantage
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- No one on the PGA Tour is more comfortable than David Gossett right now.

WorldCom reports troubling PGA Tour event
Questions about WorldCom's financial future concern the director of the company's namesake golf tournament, but Steve Wilmot simply pushes forward with plans for the 2003 PGA Tour event.

Gossett's challenge: Turn home course into his advantage

His bills paid, Mason seeks more spending money
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Winning the NFL Classic earlier this month did more for James Mason than merely earn him a long-awaited exemption on the Senior PGA Tour.

Palmer hopes to find his game at U.S. Senior Open

WorldCom reports troubling PGA Tour event

Dottie Pepper returns to LPGA Tour after shoulder surgery

Palmer hopes to find his game at U.S. Senior Open
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- His game is a mess, the heat is oppressive and most of the competition is younger and hungrier.

His bills paid, Mason seeks more spending money

Dottie Pepper returns to LPGA Tour after shoulder surgery
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Returning to the LPGA Tour for the first time this year has made Dottie Pepper feel like a rookie again.

Waves down Jackets

Seiber's absence puzzles Jackets

Augusta prevails over Savannah

GreenJackets scouting report

Sometimes school quizzes call for creative answers
Going to school gets more difficult each day. Not only do we have the courts frowning on the Pledge of Allegiance but we also have all those questions they keep asking. (We used to call these tests.)

Death sentence for Downs
AIKEN - A judge this morning handed down the death penalty to a remorseful William "Junior" Downs, the Augusta man who raped and killed 6-year-old Keenan O'Mailia.

Augusta airport courts Comair
Augusta Regional Airport is negotiating to bring back direct flights on Comair, officials announced today.

Divided culture can't stand

Gov. Hodges acts like a child

Editorial about Barr is absurd

Porn sale is better than no sale

Explains Aiken Co.'s unfair status

Lack of discipline can be as damaging as child abuse

Reader whales on Williams' column

Preservation commission infringing on McGhee's rights

Book store attorney seeks fast buck

'The Price is Right' leads CBS to ratings win

Don't let spoiled food, critters or poisonous plants spoil the fun

Hot dog days of summer

County welcomes its Polish 'siblings'
When Jerzy Wituszynski ate his first steak in Columbia County, he was surprised that it was nearly 2 inches thick.

Principal resigns before opening

Camp allows children to be creative, have fun
AIKEN - Alec Forrester, 7, and Ashlan Jackson, 8, eyed each other's octopus windsocks from across the art table.

Camp allows children to be creative, have fun

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Harry B. Morris Jr. of Aiken.

Newcomer leaves Senate race

Ex-astronaut becomes new CEO
With a trip to a Russian space station already under his belt, Joe Edwards is ready to tackle a new mission.

Council member charged with DUI

Death sentence for Downs

Across South Carolina

Botched exams delay scheduling
A Florida testing company will begin regrading Stanford 9 tests given to Georgia pupils.

Across the area

Across Georgia and South Carolina

Augusta airport courts Comair

Subscriber of the day

Botched exams delay scheduling

Retiree brings lawsuit
A former Medical College of Georgia employee who opted for early retirement is suing the university system, alleging that what she was promised is not being delivered.

Around town

Agency closes Barnwell plant
COLUMBIA - The state's environmental agency has ordered an emergency shutdown of a Barnwell uranium processing plant citing contamination and security concerns - including unguarded material that could be used to make a "dirty bomb."

Manager had many complaints
Complaints about food service and cleanliness at Augusta's civic center might have come as a surprise to some coliseum authority members during a Tuesday board meeting, but not to several past and present tenants.

Across Georgia

Across the area
A North Augusta teen-ager died and his passenger was sent to a hospital after the vehicle they were traveling in Wednesday morning flipped several times after swerving into the median of Interstate 77 near Fairfield, S.C.

Principal resigns before opening
The week before his contract is set to begin and months before the new school is scheduled to open, Grovetown Middle School Principal Tom McClendon has resigned, citing personal reasons.

Putting out the fire
Local officials are getting ready to start the first class in a program developed to prevent children from setting fires.

News you can use
JUNE 27, 1992 Augusta's Vernon Forrest will go for the gold in Barcelona this summer.

News you can use
JUNE 28, 1955 AIKEN - An inquest into the death of Eugene Harold Key, 9, who died hours after his bicycle crashed into a car Saturday, will be held Wednesday, Coroner James L. Gregory said.

Council member charged with DUI
North Augusta City Councilman Kent Sullivan was arrested Tuesday night on drunken-driving charges for the second time in two years.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is John Shearouse of Grovetown.

Augusta Regional negotiating with Comair

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

Across Georgia
ALBANY -The key prosecution witness in the murder trial of former DeKalb County Sheriff Sidney Dorsey testified Wednesday that he had been contacted about a book deal that hinges on a conviction in the case.

Gracewood must correct training

Work starts on housing for seniors

County welcomes its Polish 'siblings'

Web sites make dating easier, safer process
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - When Robert found out he was HIV-positive, his entire world was thrown into chaos. But at 58 years old, the south Georgia native knew he wasn't ready to give up on his social life.

Man apologizes to victim's family
William "Junior" Downs struggled through emotional pauses to say that the death sentence he wanted and received Thursday was justice.

Putting out the fire

Augusta Regional negotiating with Comair
Augusta Regional Airport is negotiating to bring back direct flights on Comair, officials announced Thursday.

Jury hears evidence in Sears suit
In the same courtroom where a jury acquitted Barbara S. Coping of theft, another panel began hearing evidence Wednesday to determine whether those who had her arrested did so with malice and without just cause.

Doctor's employee faces drug charges
An employee of the Augusta doctor's office raided last week by narcotic agents had been indicted on federal charges of illegally dispensing narcotics.

Doctor's employee faces drug charges

Work starts on housing for seniors
AIKEN - Ground was broken Thursday and interest was high for the Aiken Area Council on Aging's new Windham House.

News you can use

School officials support pledge

Retiree brings lawsuit

Manager had many complaints

Man guilty of burning residence
An Augusta man accused of setting fire to a neighbor's home in an attempt at racial intimidation pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal crimes.

Airport getting federal money

Woman enters guilty plea
Now, the cleanup begins.

Hopeful has three objectives if elected in District 12 race
Charles Walker Jr., the Democratic front-runner in the 12th Congressional District race, was in Savannah this week pushing his plan to develop the Athens-Savannah-Augusta area into a biotech triangle.

Airport getting federal money
Augusta Regional Airport will receive a $759,004 grant from the federal government to help develop air service, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.

Hopeful has three objectives if elected in District 12 race

Fruitful lesson

Across the area

Web sites make dating easier, safer process

Man apologizes to victim's family

Jury hears evidence in Sears suit

Grovetown officer quits amid inquiry
A Grovetown Public Safety officer resigned Wednesday amid allegations that she gave alcohol to three minors - the second incident of police misconduct in Columbia County this week.

Tuition increase hits students

Across the area
Two days after firing civic center General Manager Reggie Williams and one day after appointing Assistant General Manager Linda Roberts as interim manager, the Augusta Coliseum Authority has tapped a third person to direct the facility in the absence of a permanent leader.

Fruitful lesson
Fruitful lesson Linda Lavigne puts the finishing touches on a pineapple in her still life portrai

Across Georgia and South Carolina
CUTHBERT, Ga. -A former Randolph County school bus driver and bookkeeper, fired in 1999 because of charges he had sex with a student, is running for the Randolph County school board.

Subscriber of the day

Ruling draws large reaction
Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker gave "under God" the green light Thursday.

School officials support pledge
The Pledge of Allegiance might be banned from West Coast schools, but Augusta-area officials have little doubt about its place in the classroom.

Gracewood must correct training
Federal inspectors who found patients in "immediate jeopardy" at Gracewood State School and Hospital have demanded immediate corrections with the threat of cutting off funding. The institution's CEO, however, said that it was a matter of training and procedure and that he was confident the corrections would be accepted.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Authorities say 9-year-old twins who said a knife-wielding man tried to kidnap them last week made up the story.

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

Ruling draws large reaction

Newcomer leaves Senate race
Democrat Monique K. Cheeks, who qualified to run for the 23rd District state Senate seat against incumbent Sen. Don Cheeks, D-Augusta, dropped out of the race Thursday.

Tuition increase hits students
Beginning in the fall, the University of South Carolina Aiken will increase its in-state tuition by $318 a semester.

The BCS's latest debugging still leaves a flawed system
Who says the collegiate geniuses, the ones who concocted the delightful system so fondly referred to as the BCS, don't listen to the will of the people?

Educated cave man left his mark in many ways
Across the hymnal page from Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, I spotted a familiar name.

Castroneves among newcomers as IRL returns to Richmond

Racing facts
Here are facts about Sunday's GNC Live Well 250 race.

Racing's midterm report

Simply Stewart
ATLANTA - It is hard to decide which is more unusual: the fact Tony Stewart is challenging for the Winston Cup Series champion so early in the season or the fact he's done it without any trips to the NASCAR hauler.

Racing facts

Fines but no points in Austrian GP finish squabble
PARIS -- Ferrari escaped severe punishment Wednesday for manipulating the finish of last month's Austrian Grand Prix.

Fines but no points in Austrian GP finish squabble

Spotlight on Jerry Nadeau

Simply Stewart

Castroneves among newcomers as IRL returns to Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. -- The SunTrust Indy Challenge will provide many drivers in the Indy Racing League another chance to get it right on a short track. For others, Saturday's race will be an introduction.

Racing's midterm report
ATLANTA - While the third and final off weekend of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series isn't the mathematical midway point of the racing season, drivers traditionally have considered it the start of the second half.

Spotlight on Jerry Nadeau
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Jerry Nadeau.

Newspaper: NBA ready to talk with Charlotte about return
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The National Basketball Association is so serious about putting an expansion team to Charlotte that league officials will begin arena negotiations with the city next month, on behalf of potential owners, a newspaper reported Thursday.

Rockets free to draft Yao

Jazz center Ostertag donates kidney to sister
DALLAS -- With smiles, laughter and high hopes, Utah Jazz center Greg Ostertag donated a kidney Thursday to his younger sister, whose kidneys failed in March.

Jazz center Ostertag donates kidney to sister

Rockets free to draft Yao
HOUSTON -- The Houston Rockets cleared the final hurdle in their quest to select 7-foot-5 center Yao Ming with the top pick in the NBA draft, reaching an agreement with the China Basketball Association.

Newspaper: NBA ready to talk with Charlotte about return

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Divided culture can't stand
Robert B. Rackliffe's June 19 letter,"Immigrants should adapt to our American culture," should be refreshingly introspective for anyone who is a native American. A nation divided against itself in culture cannot stand. This a proven fact in the Middle East. Wheldon Hair, Harlem, Ga.

Two little words
Two words, "under God," have ignited a public maelstrom. A three-member panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals - the nation's most left-wing, lunatic court - has decided that public schoolchildren in nine western states must not recite the Pledge of Allegiance as long as those two words are part of it.

Porn sale is better than no sale
Wow, the Augusta commissioners have all finally agreed on something. Great. However, I think it is stupid to try to run out businesses that want to occupy any of the vacant properties along Gordon Highway, from the old Regency Mall to the Red Lobster restaurant near the jail. Leslie Alley, Martinez, Ga.

A new black eye
The Augusta Coliseum Authority doesn't have a Civic Center manager, doesn't have an attorney, must refund $54,000 to unhappy conventioneers and is in legal hot water for apparently violating the open meetings law.

Dirty tactics fail
In the end it wasn't even close. Former Congressman Mark Sanford's unlikely maverick campaign to be South Carolina's next governor took a giant step forward Tuesday when he trounced Lt. Gov. Bob Peeler by 20 points in the GOP primary.

Reader whales on Williams' column
Why does The Augusta Chronicle waste space with gibberish such as Walter Williams' column? In the June 23 edition, Mr. Williams takes up an entire top right side of the page to explain in a wordy fashion this simple statement: Supplying what customers want or need can be profitable. Instead of saying this, Mr. Williams goes into this long harangue about how business people inadvertently make decisions for the common good. M. Leary, Martinez, Ga.

Preservation commission infringing on McGhee's rights
Regarding Aiken's Historic Preservation Commission's decision to deny Bruce McGhee, the owner of McGhee Mile which hosts the Aiken Harness Races, from developing his property for profitability: As a professional who has to live under the daily, onerous and burdensome dictates of our government, any intrusion into our personal or professional rights by government is anathema to me. I have seen how such "overseer-ship" has decimated the practice of medicine. Margaret H. Fitch, M.D., Aiken, S.C.

Explains Aiken Co.'s unfair status
Regarding the Aiken County government and school systems' budgets - state funding is being reduced, but do we have a common problem? John Cunningham, Aiken, S.C.

Lack of discipline can be as damaging as child abuse
In reference to the lynching of concerned parents who discipline their children, I know this to be unfair - as well as the imposition of ideas and concepts onto our concerned parents by liberal law-enforcers, politicians and organizations. Charlie Hannah, Augusta

Crisis of confidence
"The good news," said President Bush after hearing of the WorldCom meltdown Wednesday, "is most corporate leaders in America are good, honest, open people who care deeply about shareholders and employees."

Gov. Hodges acts like a child
Gov. Jim Hodges' supporters should ask themselves this question: "Is he really looking out for our best interest?" If he his, then why weren't the S.C. Highway Patrol and Transportation Police out at the intersection of Hwy. 19 and Hwy. 278 on June 15 like they were the day before? I know why. Because all he wanted to do after he lost the court battle was to send a message to the Department of Energy, saying he's still the governor. He acted like a 10-year-old boy who got his hand slapped by his mommy.D. Smith, North Augusta, S.C.

Book store attorney seeks fast buck
Regarding the recent adult book store conflict, to put it nicely, the people who want this ungodly, sinful store to open on Gordon Highway need to bury their sinful selves under the heaviest rock they can find. Tina K. Cloer, Augusta

Editorial about Barr is absurd
Your June 19 editorial about U.S. Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga., "Barr can't take it," is absurd. I didn't know you kept a scorecard on who files lawsuits by political affiliations. Tracy E. Williams, Augusta

Agassi, Sampras, Safin all ousted in second round

Stallions notebook

Overtime

Stop! Thief

Overtime

Brazil vs. Germany: Two inexorable forces reach the final

Brazil to face Germany in World Cup finals

From W.Va. to Wimbledon: J-Mo claims another top-10 upset

Overtime
Blake Hadden, of North Augusta, shot a 31 over nine holes Tuesday to capture first place in the U.S. Kids State Championship at Jackson Golf Course in Columbia.

Brazil to face Germany in World Cup finals
SAITAMA, Japan -- The expectations are simple. Brazil must win the World Cup - and with style.

Agassi, Sampras, Safin all ousted in second round
WIMBLEDON, England -- First Pete Sampras, then Andre Agassi.

Overtime
Two-sport star Roscoe Crosby won't get to show his football skills at Clemson again this year following surgery on his right elbow Tuesday that will keep him out for the Tigers' season.

Brazil vs. Germany: Two inexorable forces reach the final
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- As favorites fell all around them, Brazil and Germany ignored the World Cup chaos and kept moving on.

From W.Va. to Wimbledon: J-Mo claims another top-10 upset
WIMBLEDON, England -- Now appearing in the Upset Spotlight at Wild Wimbledon, where nearly anyone, it seems, can be a star for a day: Jeff Morrison.

Fishing report
The mirror-smooth water of Thurmond Lake's Chigoe Creek early Wednesday morning was pockmarked by the splashes of feeding hybrids and striped bass, ranging in size from three-quarters of a pound and up.

Fishing report

Fishing tournament news

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or informatio

Falcons sign seventh-round draft pick
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons signed seventh-round draft pick Michael Coleman on Thursday, leaving just three of their eight choices from this year's draft unsigned.

Stop! Thief
After letting an interception slip through his hands earlier in the game, LaVar Rainey thought it was over.

Stallions notebook
Stallions coach Mike Hold said Wednesday that statistics don't always tell the truth.

Tablet PC unveiled at TechXNY
Jeff Raikes, group vice president of Microsoft's Business and Productivity Systems, shows off the tablet PC at TechXNY, the PC Expo, in New York.

Great arcade racer short on reality
You've probably dreamed of being able to drive a powerful car as fast as you want on public highways, weaving through traffic, squealing tires and triggering accidents left and right.

Windows XP missing manual
Microsoft isn't rich because of its software alone, but because of the money it saves on user manuals.

Demand for high-speed Internet access growing
NEW YORK -- Consumers' appetite for high-speed Internet access and the online activities associated with it is growing, recent surveys show.

Frye picked to coach Olympic team

What curse?

What curse?
COLUMBIA - Some folks call him Jesus because of the way he looks. Others call him The Stomper because of the way he acts.

Frye picked to coach Olympic team
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina track coach Curtis Frye has been to the Olympics, but never like this - as an assistant coach for U.S. track team.

Great arcade racer short on reality

Windows XP missing manual

Tablet PC unveiled at TechXNY