Originally created 08/13/02


College Football

Georgia, Jackets practice in pads

The Georgia Bulldogs practiced in full pads Monday for the first time during their preseason drills. After the afternoon session, the team worked out in shorts and shoulder pads.

"I thought the number one offense and defense did a nice job today," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "I was pleased with them, but they should be doing a good job because they're going up against the number twos, and we have a lot of true freshmen on the second team."

Redshirt freshman center Russ Tanner sprained a medial collateral ligament and will be out 2-4 weeks.

  • Georgia Tech also practiced in full pads for the first time.
  • "There was good enthusiasm and some decent hitting," coach Chan Gailey said after Monday's morning workout. "With the pads on, we've cut way back on installation, but we've got to get used to tempo, speed and hitting.

    "We took a step back in execution because of the intensity and everybody being so fired up to go hit somebody."

    Judge holds off on jailing Watson

    A judge says he's angry that Derek Watson has only

    completed one-third of his court-ordered community service and wants to send South Carolina State's new running back to jail. But he agreed to wait two weeks before sending the troubled former South Carolina star behind bars for marijuana possession.

    Watson was convicted of the misdemeanor in March, and Greenville Municipal Court Judge Matt Hawley suspended a 30-day jail sentence for Watson as long as he served 240 hours of community service.

    Monday, Hawley cited Watson for contempt of court for not completing his service. The judge ordered Watson to jail, but said he would wait to go through with the sentence until he holds another hearing on Aug. 26. In the meantime, Watson will try to get as much of his service done as possible, and his lawyer, Beattie Ashmore, will ask the judge to reconsider the jail service at the hearing in two weeks.

    Watson, who set the South Carolina high school record for career yards rushing and touchdowns at Palmetto High School, was dismissed from South Carolina in January after an arrest on drug charges. He enrolled at Division I-AA South Carolina State last week.


    Two area teens playing in Texas

    Two area golfers are in Texas to compete in the 34th Independent Insurance Agent Junior Classic at Northgate Country Club in Houston. Ryan Blackburn of Augusta and Zac Tilton of Evans are both in the 123-player boys field, which tees off today in the four-round event. The low 60 and ties will survive Wednesday's second round and play the final two days.

    Scores can be found online at www.iiajc.com.


    Ospreys picked in Peach Belt poll

    In the closest voting in league history, the coaches of the Peach Belt Athletic Conference picked North Florida to win the 2002 women's soccer title over defending regular-season champ Francis Marion and 2001 tournament champion USC Spartanburg. USC Aiken was picked to finish seventh.

  • Defending champion Clayton State was picked to repeat on the men's side. The Lakers got 34 of 36 points to be on top of the poll, two points ahead of Lander, which defeated Clayton State in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the national quarterfinals. USC Aiken tied for sixth in the poll with UNC Pembroke.
  • Auto Racing

    Priestley expected to recover fully

    Actor Jason Priestley faces weeks of healing and rehabilitation but is expected to fully recover from head and spinal injuries sustained in a high-speed crash during practice for an auto race over the weekend.

    Less than 24 hours after his car slammed into the Kentucky Speedway wall at about 180 mph, the former "Beverly Hills, 90210" television heartthrob was alert, moving his arms and legs and communicating with doctors and visitors.

    "He is becoming more and more aware of his surroundings," Dr. Stephan Stapczynski, chairman of the University of Kentucky Hospital's Department of Emergency Medicine, said during a news conference.

    The 32-year-old Priestley crashed during practice Sunday for a race in the Infiniti Pro Series, a developmental circuit for the Indy Racing League. He was flown to UK Hospital with a spinal fracture and a moderate concussion, as well as a broken nose, facial lacerations and broken bones in both feet. He remained in serious but stable condition.

    "He does not have any injury that shouldn't fully recover," said Dr. Andrew Bernard, a UK Hospital trauma surgeon.

    Priestley, a native of British Columbia, starred as Brandon Walsh in the Fox network's "Beverly Hills, 90210," which ran from 1990 to 2000.


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