Originally created 07/23/02



Nash will not play for Augusta State

University of Minnesota golfer Simon Nash has reversed his decision to transfer to Augusta State University and will stay with the school for his senior season.

Nash announced earlier this month that he would play for the Jaguars. He was given a release from Minnesota a month after the Golden Gophers won the NCAA championship.

"I was totally shocked and unprepared for this," Augusta State golf coach Jay Seawell said. "In our last conversation, he gave every indication that he was all set to enroll in classes here."

Augusta State finished a school best fifth in the national championship and return four players from that squad.


Local fighters win weekend bouts

North Augusta PAL boxers Christian Domingue and Jeremy Tapley won their fights over the weekend at the White Rock Invitational near Columbia.

Domingue, 11, won her bout when My'Azia Johnson of White Rock retired in the second round.

Tapley won a decision over Coy Lambert in the 16-year-old division.


Peppers, Panthers agree on contract

The Carolina Panthers agreed to terms Monday with defensive end Julius Peppers, the second overall pick in this year's NFL draft.

Terms were not immediately available.

Peppers' signing came days before he reports to his first NFL training camp. The Panthers open camp Friday and new coach John Fox is relieved he'll be there from the start.

Peppers, an All-American at North Carolina, is expected to start at left defensive end for the Panthers.

  • The Atlanta Falcons signed the sixth of their eight draft choices on Monday when linebacker Will Overstreet of Tennessee came to terms.
  • Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

    The signing of Overstreet leaves first round pick T. J. Duckett, a running back, and fifth-round pick Kurt Kittner, a quarterback, unsigned.


    Boston gets Baker in five-player deal

    The Boston Celtics acquired forward Vin Baker from Seattle on Monday in a five-player deal that sent point guard Kenny Anderson to the SuperSonics.

    The Celtics also received guard Shammond Williams and traded center Vitaly Potapenko and guard Joseph Forte to the Sonics.

    The deal brings Baker, a nine-year NBA veteran, back to New England. He was born in Connecticut and starred at the University of Hartford.

    The Celtics hope it will revitalize the career of the 6-foot-11 Baker, who played in four consecutive All-Star games from 1995-98.

    The Sonics get Anderson, an 11-year veteran who had one of his better seasons as the Celtics reached the playoffs for the first time in seven years.

    Auto Racing

    Two crew chiefs, Jarrett penalized

    NASCAR continued its crackdown on infractions Monday, docking points from Dale Jarrett's team and fining his crew chief $20,000 because his car failed post-race inspection.

    The No. 88 Ford was approximately one-eighth of an inch too low after Jarrett's third-place run at New Hampshire International Speedway on Sunday.

    NASCAR fined crew chief Todd Parrott and took away 25 championship points and 25 owner points from the Robert Yates Racing team. Jarrett remained in 11th place in the Winston Cup standings, but now trails leader Sterling Marlin by 345 points.

    Meanwhile, NASCAR also fined Michael "Fatback" McSwain $500 on Monday for using unapproved jacking bolts on Ricky Rudd's Ford at New Hampshire.


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