Originally created 08/06/02



Jaguars' Smith gets academic honor

Augusta State sophomore Lauren Smith has been named to the National Golf Coaches Association's All-Scholar Team.

Smith, who led Augusta State with an 80.1 stroke average, earned All-Independent second-team honors as a freshman last season. She is a biology major at Augusta State and had to meet the minimum requirement of a 3.5 grade-point average to gain recognition on the all-scholar team.

  • Ryan Cabbage of Auburn, Ala., shot a 4-under-par 68 Monday to lead qualifying for the U.S. Amateur at Eagle's Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, Ga.
  • The second round will be held today with the top four players earning berths in the championship, which will be held at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., later this month.

    Forty-three golfers survived the cut score of 76, including David Robinson of Sandersville (70), Wren Fowler of Thomson (74) and Ryan Smith of Augusta (76).

  • The PGA Championship, which annually features the strongest field among the four majors, announced a 155-man lineup Monday that includes the top 100 in the world ranking.
  • If none of those players withdraw by the time the PGA Championship starts Aug. 15 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota, it will be the first time a major championship has had the top 100.

    The PGA set a record last year with 95 out of the top 100 players in the world.


    Injured Kidd drops off national team

    An injured Jason Kidd was dropped from the U.S. roster for the World Basketball Championship on Monday, replaced by New Orleans Hornets guard Baron Davis.

    Kidd, who led the New Jersey Nets to the NBA Finals last season, was taken off the 12-man team because of an injured groin. He was hurt during the Eastern Conference finals against Boston. Kidd is expected to be ready for the start of next season.

    The FIBA World Championship is Aug. 28-Sept. 8 in Indianapolis. The U.S. team begins training Aug. 16 in San Francisco and plays exhibition games Aug. 22 against China in Oakland, Calif., and Aug. 25 vs. Germany in Portland, Ore.

    Figure Skating

    Harding admits she drove drunk

    Tonya Harding drove drunk and has a problem with alcohol, she admitted Monday as part of a deal that lets her avoid a conviction if she stays out of trouble for five years.

    Harding must complete outpatient alcohol counseling for two years, said her lawyer, Steven Thayer. If she stays out of trouble for five years, the charges will be dismissed.

    "I have a problem and now I'm going to take care of it," the former figure skater said. "It's actually good for me."

    Harding, 31, was driving her 1977 Dodge pickup on the early morning of April 20 when it veered off the road and crashed into a ditch. Neither Harding nor her 23-year-old male passenger was hurt.

    Harding claimed the power steering went out on the truck. She failed a field sobriety test administered by a sheriff's deputy, and her blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.16 - twice the legal limit in Washington.


    Agassi advances in Cincinnati

    Andre Agassi was pushed to three sets in the first round of the Masters Series Cincinnati on Monday, beating Morocco's Younes El Aynaoui 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in 90-degree heat.

    Fifth-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov and 10th-seeded Roger Federer were eliminated. Germany's Rainer Schuettler beat Kafelnikov 6-3, 6-2, and Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic edged Federer 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.


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