Originally created 09/17/02



Augusta foursome third in first race

The men's lightweight quadruple sculls team from the Augusta Training Center finished third in its heat Monday at the 2002 FISA World Rowing Championships in Seville, Spain.

The crew, which features Tim Larson of North Augusta, Michael Aller of Santa Barbara, Calif., John Kennel of Rochester, N.Y., and Nick Cindrich of Tannersville, Va., clocked a time of 6:08.93 to finish 9.6 seconds behind heat winner Italy.

The U.S. team will race next on Wednesday in the repechage.


Reeves sets PPA record for victory

Randy Reeves of Montgomery, Ala., broke a 30-year-old Professional Putters Association record and claimed a one-stroke victory over Andy Coradini in the Georgia State Putt-Putt Championship Sunday at the Martinez Putt-Putt Golf & Games.

Reeves shot rounds of 23, 24, 26, 22, 23, 24, 24 and 26 for a 96-under-par 192 total. He bested Daryl Freeman's mark of 193 set in the 1973 PPA National Championships.

"I just tried to concentrate on my own game," Reeves said. "The field's play just pushed me to shoot low rounds today."

Coradini, of Loganville, Ga., matched Freeman's mark of 193. Frank Warren headed the Martinez contingent at 209, while Mike Flavin and host professional Mark Ross tied at 218.

Cross Country

USC Aiken takes 7th at first meet

The USC Aiken women's team finished seventh at its first race of the season Saturday at the Landy/Connie Maxwell Invitational.

Three Pacers finished in the top 25 at the meet: Kelley Shemansky (19th, 22 minutes, 38 seconds), Stacey Courtwright (20th, 22:38) and Kelli Buice (24th, 23:05).


Citadel's Washburn sets SoCon first

Cliff Washburn of The Citadel became the first in Southern Conference history to win player of the week honors in football and basketball.

Washburn, playing his first year of college football, had 11 tackles in the Bulldogs 24-20 victory over Delaware last week and was named the league's defensive player of the week. The 6-foot-7, 280-pound Washburn earned the honor on the basketball court in Dec. 2000 after he hit 11 of 12 field goals against South Carolina.

Furman quarterback Billy Napier was named the conference's offensive player of the week. Appalachian State linebacker Brad West was named the freshman of the week.


USA women win easily to advance

Sheryl Swoopes scored 20 points as the United States beat Lithuania 105-48 and advanced to the second round of the Women's World Basketball Championship in China. Lisa Leslie added 15 points for the Americans, who won all three of their opening-round games.

The teams were tied at 17-17 midway through the first quarter before the Americans closed the period with a 15-2 run. The U.S. team limited Lithuania to just seven points in the second quarter and built a 51-26 lead by the break.

The defending champion U.S. team is looking for its seventh gold medal since the championships began in 1953.

In other games, Lauren Jackson, of the Seattle Storm, scored 25 points to lead undefeated Australia to a 98-53 win over Japan. Chen Luyun's 23 points paced China to an 81-63 win over Senegal. Awa Gueye led Senegal with 25 points and six rebounds.

Also, Russia beat Taiwan 83-46; Brazil defeated Yugoslavia 86-75; Spain beat Argentina 97-55; France defeated South Korea 90-80; and Cuba eliminated Tunisia, 90-65.

Days after setting a world record in the 100 meters, Tim Montgomery arrived in Madrid, Spain, ending speculation he would pull out of the World Cup. Montgomery ran the 100 in 9.78 seconds in Paris on Saturday, beating the world record set by American Maurice Greene three years ago.

Montgomery's coach, Trevor Graham, indicated after Saturday's race that the sprinter might sit out the meet, but Montgomery and the governing body of world track and field dismissed the notion Monday.

Montgomery, arriving at Madrid's Barajas airport, told reporters he had heard the La Peineta track was very fast, and he hoped to clock another quick time.

Nick Davies, a spokesman for the International Association of Athletics Federations, said there was "a lot of pressure" on Montgomery to run in the 100-meter final Friday.


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