Originally created 08/07/02

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Little league Baseball

Aiken chosen for Dixie Boys event

Aiken will be the site for the 2004 Dixie Boys World Series.

The decision came this week after city recreation officials presented their case to Dixie Baseball officials in Covington, Ga.

Aiken will play host to 11 teams of 13-year-olds in the tournament scheduled for late July or early August at Citizens Park, said recreation supervisor Kim Coleman.

Aiken's team will get an automatic bid to the tournament as the host city.

The city lost in its bid last year for the 2003 tournament to Jackson, Tenn.

Minor-league baseball

Seiber returns to GreenJackets

After a 45-day personal leave of absence, Augusta outfielder Antron Seiber returned to the club this past weekend, and is with the team in Lakewood, N.J. for the GreenJackets' series with the Lakewood Blue Claws.

Seiber, who is in his second season with Augusta, is working out with the team and could be in the lineup as early as next week. Before the All-Star break, Seiber was leading the team with a .303 average.

Augusta will return home on Aug. 14 to play host to the Greensboro Bats which will begin an eight-game homestand.

Basketball

Charge dropped against area player

The charge against a Marshall University basketball player accused of attacking a Huntington (W.Va.) police officer has been dropped.

Former Butler standout Richard Wilson, 22, had been charged with battery against a police officer.

Cabell County Magistrate Johnny McCallister dismissed the charge Monday because of failure to prosecute. The move came after the police officer failed to appear in court, according to McCallister's clerk.

The case stemmed from an early morning fight at a bar near the Marshall campus on June 14. According to court records, Wilson suffered minor facial injuries.

Minor-league hockey

Macon might get another franchise

Macon might be getting another minor-league hockey team, a month after the Macon Whoopee of the East Coast Hockey League left for Lexington, Ky.

Mayor Jack Ellis and Florida businessman David T. Adams met Tuesday to discuss putting a Macon team in the fledgling Atlantic Coast Hockey League.

Adams said he has paid the league's $100,000 franchise fee, has a coach selected and is putting together a front office staff to begin as soon as possible.

Any new contract between a hockey team and the city would have to be approved by the City Council and the Macon Coliseum Authority.

The Atlantic Coast Hockey League, which will begin play this fall, has four teams in Florida - Orlando, Jacksonville, Tallahassee and St. Petersburg - as well as franchises in Fayetteville, N.C., and Knoxville, Tenn. In addition to Macon, Birmingham, Ala., is another possibility.

The Whoopee played its first five years in the Central Hockey League, but last year moved to the ECHL. The franchise averaged just 2,791 tickets sold per game, 26th in the 29-team league.

Putt-Putt

Ward, Lacey square off in finals

Greg Ward of Loganville, Ga., and Kevin Lacey of Cincinnati won their semifinal matches Monday in the Pro Putters Association Match Play Championship at Putt-Putt Golf and Games in Martinez, and will meet in the finals today at 9 a.m.

Ward, the all-time PPA Tour leader with more than 140 career victories, defeated Vince Batten of Richmond, Va., 5 and 4, while Lacey beat Buddy Taylor of Gambrills, Md., 3 and 2.

Ward will also be vying for his eighth major PPA title as he tries to defend his 2001 PPA National Championship this weekend in Martinez.