Originally created 07/24/02



Detroit signs QB Harrington

Quarterback Joey Harrington, the third overall pick in the NFL Draft, signed for about $36.5 million over six years with the Detroit Lions, according to a source who requested anonymity.

Harrington practiced one day after the No. 2 selection - defensive end Julius Peppers - agreed with the Carolina Panthers on a seven-year, $50 million deal, including incentives.

Harrington is expected to compete with second-year quarterback Mike McMahon for the starting job. The Lions, who finished 2-14 last season, also signed linebacker Kalimba Edwards, the 35th overall pick out of the University of South Carolina.

The 31st overall selection, linebacker Robert Thomas, joined the St. Louis Rams, and the San Francisco 49ers agreed to a five-year, $6.4 million contract with defensive back Mike Rumph.

Other rookies signing contracts included wide receiver Deion Branch, New England's second-round pick; fullback Verron Haynes out of the University of Georgia, and defensive end Brett Keisel, Pittsburgh's fifth- and seventh-round choices; and tight end Terry Jones Jr., Baltimore's fifth-round pick.


Aiken girl awaits completion of play

Thunderstorms and lightning suspended play at the U.S. Girls' Junior Championships in Westfield, N.J. on Tuesday.

Sixteen groups (48 players) were still on the course when horns went off. USGA officials said play will resume at 7:30 a.m. today.

Whitney Simons, of Aiken, shot 82-80-162 and is currently tied for 44 after her two days of stroke play. After the completion of stroke play today, the field will be reduced to 64 players for match play that will begin later today.

The championship is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday.

In-Bee Park, of Eustis, Fla., was the only player to shoot under par, posting 70-71-141. Last year, Park reached the round of 32 in Indian Hills Country Club, in Mission Hills, Kan.

The U.S. Girls Junior is one of 13 championships conducted by the USGA each year, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs. The U.S. Girls Junior is open to female amateur golfers who have not reached their 18th birthday before July 27 and have USGA Handicap Indexes not exceeding 18.4.

  • Curt Sampson will hold a book signing for his latest work, Chasing Tiger, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at Calvert's in Surrey Center.
  • Admission is $10, with all proceeds benefiting the Augusta State men's and women's golf programs.

    Sampson is the author of seven books, including one on the Masters Tournament.

    Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be available. For more information, call Craig Calvert at 738-4514.


    Local swimmer wins gold medals

    Josh Andrews, of the Aiken-Augusta Swim League, won two gold medals and set a state record for 11- and 12-year-olds in the 200-meter backstroke (2:54.35) in the Georgia Games swimming championships at the Augusta Aquatics Center.

    Andrews, 12, won the 400-meter individual medley with a time of 5:29.69. His 1,500-meter freestyle time of 19:03.04, ranks him in the top 16 nationally for his age group.

    Of the 29 teams competing at the Georgia Games, the Aiken-Augusta Swim League finished fifth, while Greater Augusta Swimming placed 15th.

    High schools

    Schools announce tryout dates

    Hephzibah High School will hold softball tryouts July 29-31, from 8 to 10 a.m. For more information, call (706) 592-2089.

  • Josey head football coach Barney Chavous will conduct practices at 5:30 p.m. for the remainder of the week at the high school. Physical forms will be given out at practice, and T-shirts, shorts, shoes and a helmet will be provided.

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