Originally created 09/07/02

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College

Bulldogs to induct nine hall members

South Carolina State will induct nine new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 13, at the Kirkland W. Green Student Center.

The inductees include R.C. Gamble (football), Edward P. Lee (football), Robert "Bobby" Hayes (basketball), who currently lives in Augusta, Wanda Pittman (basketball), Andrew Rodrigues (track), James Quarles (football), a graduate of Augusta, and benefactors William Blakeney, Julius Page and broadcaster William "Bill" Terrell.

Tickets for the event are $50 for adults and $35 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the South Carolina State University Office of Development (803-536-8761) in the Crawford-Zimmerman Complex. For more information call the Department of Athletics at 803-536-7242 or sports information at 803-536-7060.

Auto racing

Stewart may be in trouble once again

NASCAR driver Tony Stew-art has been accused of shov-ing a female fan following a race in Tennessee last month.

The unidentified woman was in the pit area at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn., watching the Sharpie 500 Winston Cup race when she said she was pushed by Stew-art, who finished 24th.

"We had one officer witness it," Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson said Friday.

Stewart, who was in Rich-mond, Va., for the Monte Carlo 400, declined comment through a spokesman.

The woman was authorized to be in the pits, Anderson said. He added that he would "rather not say at this point" whether she was injured.

The report by the sheriff's office will be presented to the Sullivan County prosecutor, Anderson said. A grand jury then will decide whether charges should be brought against Stewart.

The 31-year-old driver is on probation with both NASCAR and The Home Depot, the sponsor of his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac, for punching a photographer who tried to take his picture following the Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis on Aug 4.

NASCAR fined Stewart $10,000, and Home Depot fined him another $50,000, the driver said he would seek counseling to manager his anger. "This was my heart attack, my wake-up call," he said then.

Basketball

Trial date set for Jayson Williams

A trial date of Feb. 18 was set Friday for former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams, who is accused of fatally shooting a limousine driver at his mansion and then trying to cover it up.

The 34-year-old Williams has pleaded innocent to first-degree manslaughter in the Feb. 14 death of Costas Christofi. Williams also is accused of tampering with witnesses and evidence to make the shooting appear self-inflicted.

If convicted of all the charges, Williams could be imprisoned for nearly 45 years.

Williams, accompanied by his wife Tanya, attended a brief hearing Friday before Judge Edward Coleman. Neither Williams nor his wife spoke during or after the hearing.

"Everybody wants to get the case tried and resolved. The defense wants it done, the state wants it done and the court is accommodating us on that," Acting Hunterdon County Prosecutor Steven C. Lember said.

Williams' lawyers said they expect jury selection to take about three weeks.

Navarro, Spain down Brazil in consolations

Juan Carlos Navarro scored 22 points to lead Spain to a 105-89 win over Brazil on Friday in the consolation round of the World Championships in Indianapolis.

Spain (6-2) will play the winner of the United States-Puerto Rico game for fifth place today.

Brazil (4-4) lost its fourth straight game after starting the championships with four straight victories. Brazil was playing without injured starters Marcelo Machado and Vanderlei Mazzuchini. Machado was averaging 20.9 points.

Pau Gasol, the NBA's rookie of the year with the Memphis Grizzlies, scored 21 points and Jorge Garbajosa added 16.

Rogerio Klafke scored 19 for Brazil and Alex Garcia had 15

Garcia and Navarro were involved in a brief shoving match in the third quarter. The two bumped chests and pointed fingers before being separated. Navarro was whistled for a technical foul.

Spain jumped out to a 14-point lead early in the first half, but Brazil scored 10 straight points in the second and trailed 54-47 at the half.

Spain then hit four 3-pointers in the third and began to pull away. Garbajosa sank a 40-footer off an inbound pass as time expired in the third, giving Spain an 88-64 lead.

Brazil made only 23 of 37 free throw attempts.

In other games Friday, Russia beat Angola 77-66 and Turkey downed China 94-86.

Football

Viewers tune in for Giants-49ers game

More than eight million viewers tuned in to ESPN to watch the NFL regular-season opener between the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants on Thursday night.

The broadcast drew a 9.4 rating - ESPN's biggest audience since another NFL game in December 1999 and was the eighth-largest audience for a cable telecast.

The NFL ushered in this season with a special midweek start that included a Manhattan concert.

The audience was more than twice as large as any for a Thursday night game last season.