Walker: Managerial mess-ups mark postseason

Giants take 3-1 lead in NLCS

Walker: Managerial mess-ups mark postseason
SAN FRANCISCO -- Stick with a starting pitcher too long in May, it might cost the manager a game.

Finley, Edmonds remember long-lost days in Anaheim
SAN FRANCISCO -- Chuck Finley always wondered what it would be like to play a World Series game in Anaheim. That's because he came so close a long time ago.

Giants advance to World Series

Report: Piniella could be released from contract
SEATTLE -- Seattle manager Lou Piniella will be released from the final year of his contract if he does not want to return to the Mariners, The New York Times reported Sunday.

Giants advance to World Series
SAN FRANCISCO -- At long last, Barry Bonds will get his chance.

Angels advance to World Series
ANAHEM, Calif. -- Once Adam Kennedy and Anaheim broke out their thunder sticks, there was no doubt - the Angels were going to the World Series for the first time.

Angels advance to World Series

Giants take 3-1 lead in NLCS
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds strolled to the plate and St. Louis manager Tony La Russa never hesitated, putting four fingers in the air for an intentional walk.

Finley, Edmonds remember long-lost days in Anaheim

Misleading campaign commercials sour election

Odds and ends
FAIRFIELD, Ill. -- It's hardly the fastest thing on the road, but police say a red riding lawn mower was an effective getaway vehicle for a burglar.

Thai artist putting his talent to waste
BANGKOK, Thailand -- The latest work of a veteran Thai artist is a load of waste. Mounds of elephant waste, in fact.

Keeping a resume professional is important
"When there's a job to be done, I'm like a tank that barrels through any obstacles!"

Stocks rise modestly following last week's big rally
NEW YORK -- Investors traded cautiously Monday, managing to give the market a third straight day of gains despite a weekend bomb attack in Indonesia that spooked overseas markets.

Listeria threat prompts meat recall
PHILADELPHIA - Poultry processor Pilgrim's Pride is recalling 27.4 million pounds of cooked sandwich meat after warnings of possible contamination from listeria - the largest meat recall in U.S. history.

Companies replacing risky utilities funds

Ailing AOL rediscovers its 35 million members
DULLES, Va. -- During the Internet love fest that crowned their company's heyday, America Online Inc.'s executives prided themselves on erecting multimillion dollar ad deals and mergers.

Keeping a resume professional is important

Metro Atlanta pushes into more counties

Ways to check up on parents' financial health
NEW YORK -- As you've watched your savings accounts shrink, have you given any thought to how the 2-1/2 year market slide and depressed interest rates have affected your parents' retirement nest egg?

Sales are so good, it's scary
Jack-o'-lanterns now have something to grin about.

Companies replacing risky utilities funds
NEW YORK - Battered by volatility and poor performance from utilities shares, several mutual fund companies are turning away from funds concentrated in electricity, water and telephone companies, once a safe haven for slow, steady growth.

Metro Atlanta pushes into more counties
ATLANTA - The economic influence of metro Atlanta is still growing.

Internet sites help locate unclaimed assets for free
Q: I got a letter from a company offering to help me recover unclaimed money that a state is holding and that may be mine. They want me to pay a fee for the service. Should I pay?

Ailing AOL rediscovers its 35 million members

Partnerships that work, and that don't
NEW YORK -- It sounds almost cliched: A business partnership is like a marriage.

Ways to check up on parents' financial health

Sales are so good, it's scary

Stocks rise modestly following last week's big rally

Listeria threat prompts meat recall

Surgery to keep Johnson off ankle more than two months

Surgery to keep Johnson off ankle more than two months
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson first baseman Michael Johnson needed surgery after dislocating his right ankle and will need up to 10 weeks to recover.

Miami sets record at No. 1, Florida falls out of AP Top 25
Miami has itself a record-setting streak - most consecutive weeks ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll.

Monday morning quarterback
A look back and ahead in the ACC, SEC and beyond in college football:

Miami sets record at No. 1, Florida falls out of AP Top 25

Monday morning quarterback

Never give in

It's your information

Stabbing Strom

As real as it gets

SRS comeback

International standards not always followed
GENEVA -- What's in a screw? Well, there's ISO 272, ISO 4757, ISO 7721. And that's just for starters.

Series 'Dog Days' takes on pets in the city
NEW YORK -- Reality television has finally gone to the dogs.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
Only on that kookie Comedy Central could the ritual consumption of fried chicken and porn films be considered a meaningful act of rebellion.

Common ground makes small talk easy
Polish your shoes and get those gowns out of the back of the closet - the party season is upon us.

'Red Dragon' remain No. 1 movie
LOS ANGELES -- Hannibal Lecter stood out in a crowd of new movies.

In the know
Would-be singers hoping to follow in the footsteps of American Idol Kelly Clarkson will have their chance soon.

Senior calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

Petty's new album has a message
NEW YORK - Cue the first few cuts on the new Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers album and you may wonder why they're still making music.

Georgia Tech braces for second game against Friedgen
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey doesn't know Ralph Friedgen as well as most of his players, but Gailey did bump into the Maryland coach several times during the summer.

Georgia Tech braces for second game against Friedgen

Cejka captures Lancome title
SAINT NOM LA BRETECHE, France -- Germany's Alex Cejka shot a 3-under-par 68 to capture the Lancome Trophy on Sunday.

Coca-Cola signs on, keeps tournament in Atlanta
ATLANTA -- East Lake Golf Club will become the primary host of the Tour Championship through a marketing deal with Coca-Cola that makes it the presenting sponsor of the PGA Tour's season-ending event.

Coca-Cola signs on, keeps tournament in Atlanta

Pak overtakes Koch to defend title
MOBILE, Ala. -- Se Ri Pak birdied four of the last five holes Sunday to overtake Carin Koch and successfully defend her title in the Mobile LPGA Tournament of Champions.

Tataurangi comes from behind for first tournament win

Pak overtakes Koch to defend title

Cejka captures Lancome title

Tataurangi comes from behind for first tournament win
LAS VEGAS -- Phil Tataurangi didn't think he had a chance to win his first PGA Tour title Sunday. Even after shooting a 10-under 62 to come from five shots behind to win the Invensys Classic at Las Vegas he had trouble believing it.

High on the hogs

Thomson linebacker signs with Georgia

Thomson linebacker signs with Georgia
There was little doubt the University of Georgia was interested in luring Thomson linebacker Danny Verdun into becoming the a Bulldog.

High on the hogs
Greenbrier coach Mickey Derrick can talk about their technique and he can discuss the holes they open for the offense, but he those topics are never broached.

Charlotte Checkers forfeit win to Greenville for use of ineligible player

Charlotte Checkers forfeit win to Greenville for use of ineligible player
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Charlotte Checkers of the East Coast Hockey League forfeited a win for using an ineligible player.

Misleading campaign commercials sour election
I was at a campaign event the other day and overheard one candidate whisper to another, "You ready for all this to be over?"

Aiken man shot twice
AIKEN - A man driving a floral delivery truck was shot at least twice today on Old Kimball Trail, and Aiken County investigators said they are looking for the shooter. The incident took place shortly before noon along New Bridge Road.

God-fearing Christian mayor needed

Leave First Friday the way it is

Don't let few ruin First Friday for all

Questions city's sale of riverfront land without bids

Charges judge's rulings are not in children's interests

Skin color dominates local politics

DeLoach represents, cares for constituents

Many Augusta properties need clean-up

Graham's time in the U.S. House has been productive

DeLoach responsive to community

Williams will have positive impact

Blasts pro-Palestine writer for calling U.S. a terrorist nation

Discussion of reparations continues

Common ground makes small talk easy

International standards not always followed

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

Series 'Dog Days' takes on pets in the city

Petty's new album has a message

In the know

'Red Dragon' remain No. 1 movie

Lynx GameNight

Yetman making strides

Yetman making strides
Patrick Yetman holds up his thumb and index finger to show how close he was to opening the season in the American Hockey League.

Lynx GameNight
Richmond Renegades at Augusta Lynx.

Across South Carolina

Across the area

A Tasteful Evening
Bill Hatcher, the vice president of marketing and sales for Duplin Winery, pours a glass of wine and discusses it with Jennifer Parrott (left) and Michelle Orr at A Taste of Wine & Art.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -More lottery money will be available for students attending two-year technical schools.

Race riot trial painful for victim's family
YORK, Pa. -- From the time Lillie Belle Allen was born on Christmas Day 1941, the daughter of a preacher, relatives were not surprised to see her grow into an independent woman who watched over her seven brothers and sisters and raised her two children alone.

Across the area
City and county offices in the Augusta area will be open today, but banks and federal and Georgia state offices will close in observance of Columbus Day.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Leilani A. Usry of North Augusta.

Lower temperatures usher in fall
The leaves might not show it yet, but weather officials say the temperatures this week in the Augusta area will make it clear: Fall has arrived.

Augusta airport lands Continental Express
Beginning in March, it could conceivably take less than three hours to get from Tobacco Road to Times Square.

Planner has a hand in ASU's future
From an office inside one of the oldest buildings on campus - where "they used to keep prisoners" - Kathy Hamrick's trademark laugh can be heard. She's having fun coordinating the future of Augusta State University.

Board's agenda is going digital

Airline to commit to service
Continental Express is expected to make its long-awaited announcement today about starting air service in Augusta.

Greek participation going strong at UGA

Homicide ranking spurs response
Catrina B. Johnson was dressed for bed when her husband shot her inside their south Augusta home in 2000.

Fund-raiser showcases art, wines

Across the area
City and county offices in the Augusta area will be open today, but banks and federal and Georgia state offices will close in observance of Columbus Day.

State gives hero medal
The Richmond County sheriff's deputy who stopped a vicious dog attack from turning deadly has been given the state's Act of Heroism award.

Across the area
Two Aiken County teens have been charged with passing counterfeit money at an Augusta flea market during the weekend, authorities said Monday.

Driver shot in struggle with carjacker in Aiken
AIKEN - After being attacked by a gunman, an Aiken floral deliveryman told police he took on his attacker, becoming wounded in the process and forcing the shooter to flee.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -Some South Carolina school districts might begin allowing limited cellular phone use by pupils.

Across the southeast

Rants and Raves
JAMES GALLMAN AND the South Carolina NAACP have naturally moved to Georgia because they don't want to go to a state that glorifies a symbol of division and treason. Mr. Gallman and his group should look at the state flag of Georgia.

Across the area

Across Georgia
WARNER ROBINS -Students from Houston County's four high schools are hoping a petition with 5,000 signatures will persuade the school board to lift a ban on shorts.

Rants and Raves
I COULDN'T LET International Newspaper Carrier Day go by without a rave for our carrier, Betty Soper, who has delivered our paper to Montclair in west August promptly for many years.

Across the southeast
LARGO, Fla. - A man who held his mother at knifepoint while he forced her to withdraw money from her bank account has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

News you can use

Cemetery symbolism
Betty Aldridge has walked Summerville Cemetery in the past, wondering what to make of the symbols that mark the aging stones.

Race riot trial painful for victim's family

Rants and Raves
JAMES GALLMAN AND the South Carolina NAACP have naturally moved to Georgia because they don't want to go to a state that glorifies a symbol of division and treason. Mr. Gallman and his group should look at the state flag of Georgia.

Deputy fired for striking teen

Planner has a hand in ASU's future

News you can use
OCT. 15, 1980 Augusta officials have approved the sale of land along the Savannah River between 13th and 15th streets for a 54-unit condominium complex at its appraised value of $132,000 but attached several conditions to the sale.

A Tasteful Evening

Deputy fired for striking teen
Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength has fired a deputy for using excessive force on a teenager in the hours after First Friday festivities.

Across Georgia

Across the southeast
ENFIELD, N.C. -A truck slammed into a slow-moving line of cars in a construction zone Monday on Interstate 95, injuring nine people, six of them critically, police said.

Homicide ranking spurs response

Greek participation going strong at UGA
ATHENS, Ga. - Jarrett Horne woke at 6 a.m., donned an outfit she had bought for the third round of rush and received the list of sororities to which she had been invited back.

Cemetery symbolism

Hawk rescue unites pupils
Cory Wells could hear his teacher calling. But he wasn't moving.

Council debates NAACP proposal

Across South Carolina

Commission OKs tax increase

'Ready to rock 'n' roll'

Augusta airport lands Continental Express

Aiken man shot twice

Board's agenda is going digital
The Columbia County Board of Education is looking at a new way of conducting its meetings.

Airline to commit to service

News you can use
OCT. 14, 1980 Richmond County Sheriff's investigators on Monday marked their third day questioning a 40-year-old Warrenville, S.C., man in connection with the kidnapping of Valerie Newsome.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Howard K. McKnight of Augusta.

Fund-raiser showcases art, wines
The Aiken Center for the Arts was elbow to elbow Monday night with patrons sipping vino, dining on fine food and browsing donated art that was offered up in a silent auction.

Correction
A story about vehicles with high mileage in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly identified the company where Chad Graham works. He is employed at Augusta Auto Clinic. Davison's Auto Service closed in May.

Council debates NAACP proposal
The NAACP's proposal to add a fifth seat to the Aiken City Council had a mix reception from council members Monday night.

'Ready to rock 'n' roll'
AIKEN - The inaugural performance at the new Aiken Community Playhouse on Friday night will mark the culmination of nearly three years of work on an ambitious project.

Commission OKs tax increase
A tentative schedule has property tax bills being mailed out by Oct. 25, with a payment deadline of Dec. 31.

News you can use

Ballpark dirt moved to landfill
After months of discussions over who is responsible for 60 truckloads of contaminated soil hauled to an Augusta Little League park, contractors are moving most of the debris-laced dirt to the Richmond County landfill.

Rants and Raves
I COULDN'T LET International Newspaper Carrier Day go by without a rave for our carrier, Betty Soper, who has delivered our paper to Montclair in west August promptly for many years.

Correction

Across the area

Across the southeast

Subscriber of the day

Hawk rescue unites pupils

Schumacher wins Japanese GP for 11th win of season
SUZUKA, Japan -- Michael Schumacher delivered a perfect ending to a near-perfect season.

No. 40 team proves skeptics wrong

Jaques Lazier tests car for first time since April injury

Rookie comes up big

Rookie comes up big
CONCORD, N.C. - For those who questioned why Chip Ganassi hired Jamie McMurray to drive one of his Winston Cup Series cars next year, Sunday's UAW-GM Quality 500 became the answer.

No. 40 team proves skeptics wrong
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The victory party was bittersweet for Chip Ganassi's Racing team.

Unheralded rookie shocks NASCAR with victory

Jaques Lazier tests car for first time since April injury
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jaques Lazier, who broke his back during the IRL Firestone Indy 255 in April, tested his Team Menard race car over the weekend and said he can't wait to resume his career next season.

Unheralded rookie shocks NASCAR with victory
CONCORD, N.C. -- Jamie McMurray, driving in only his second Winston Cup race, shocked the NASCAR world Sunday with a victory in the UAW-GM 500.

Cowboys edge Panthers

Monday Night Football: 49ers top Seahawks

Falcons find a way

Falcons defeat Giants

Mr. Arthur Grant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Ellie Phelps-Finch    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
Dea. Melvin Thornton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Hattie Henry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lucille Reaves    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Kathryn Hudson    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosa Dunkley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Miss Barbara Calcutt    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
William Hawkins    (WOODSTOCK, Ga.)
Mrs. Lois Maddox    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Frank Clark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Williams Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Henrietta Andrews    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mr. Rudolph Wilkerson Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Agnes Fryer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Pee-Wee Peacon    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
Dea. Melvin Thornton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Gerald McMillan    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Raye Sapp    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Helmly    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Arthur Grant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosa Bing    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Henrietta Andrews    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Lennie Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Annette Worm    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Lucille Reaves    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Dave Bartos    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Wanda Schmitt    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Sarah Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
William Hawkins    (WOODSTOCK, Ga.)
Mr. Carl Zeh    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Thomas Halloran III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Dyches Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Sammie Hall    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Genevieve Henderson    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
Mr. James Heaney    (PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.)
Mrs. Alice Penland    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Lennie Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Henry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Williams Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Agnes Fryer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Dyches Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Ellie Phelps-Finch (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Maddox (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Young (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Grant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Halloran III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Annette Worm (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Gerald McMillan (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Zeh (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

William Hawkins (WOODSTOCK, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Helmly (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Miss Barbara Calcutt (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

William Hawkins (WOODSTOCK, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Grant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Reaves (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Heaney (PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.)

Mr. Rudolph Wilkerson Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Genevieve Henderson (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Frank Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice Penland (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Henrietta Andrews (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Wanda Schmitt (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Pee-Wee Peacon (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mr. Sammie Hall (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucille Reaves (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Charges judge's rulings are not in children's interests
We Americans pride ourselves in having achieved a relatively open society, yet we allow certain court proceedings to be withheld from public scrutiny. I'm not referring to proceedings where security is an issue. My concern involves child custody and visitation privileges. Gene L. Rickaby, Martinez, Ga.

DeLoach responsive to community
World War II veterans of Battery A, 214th Coast Artillery (AA) Georgia Army National Guard voted at their recent meeting to erect a flagpole near their monument on the 500th block of Greene Street. Pete L. Tjovaras, Augusta

It's your information
Candidates don't like learning about them. Readers eat them up. Voters need to know them.

Stabbing Strom
Strom Thurmond, a few months away from 100 years of age and retirement, has seen many changes during his 48-year career in the U.S. Senate, not all of them for the better. He touched on one of the saddest changes this week in what may have been his last speech on the floor of the Senate. It concerned a colleague.

Williams will have positive impact
Leadership is all about the ability to set goals and get things accomplished. Augusta is the second largest metropolitan area in the state, yet we have little to show for it. We need a mayor who realizes the true condition the city is in and who has the vision required to put Augusta into forward motion. Earnest McPeake, Evans, Ga.

SRS comeback
Despite the recent job cutbacks, the Savannah River Site's long-term future is looking better than it has in years. The optimism marks quite a change from the early '90s when SRS' future looked bleak indeed. The Soviet Union not only wasn't a threat anymore, it didn't exist.

Many Augusta properties need clean-up
Five out of seven days, I walk approximately two miles per day in an area from Bungalow Road to Lumpkin Road in south Augusta. Bo Connally, Augusta

Leave First Friday the way it is
I believe the way the problems with First Friday are being handled is unfair to the general public; that the actions of so few dictate the actions of so many. Just because a few idiots thought it would be cool to start a "riot" in the streets doesn't mean that those with sense are going to perform those exact actions. Lauren Hall, North Augusta, S.C.

Never give in
Even though sports involve "only games," they can provide great lessons for life in general.

Blasts pro-Palestine writer for calling U.S. a terrorist nation
While reading Harry Sellers' Oct. 4 letter, "Why attack Iraq when U.S., Israel are the real terrorists?", I could hardly contain myself. I am really dumbfounded as to why the writer, who obviously abhors his own country and has labeled it a "terrorist" nation, hasn't packed up and relocated to Palestine, which he apparently thinks is a model society. Lawrence Smith, Augusta

DeLoach represents, cares for constituents
On Nov. 5, I am encouraging all registered voters in District 99 to support and vote to re-elect state Rep. George DeLoach, R-Hephzibah. Sheila C. Nelson, Hephzibah, Ga.

Graham's time in the U.S. House has been productive
Lindsey Graham is a Christian, a conservative Republican and a trusted friend. He's served South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District extremely well, and is the best candidate to replace the legendary Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., in the U.S. Senate. Pam Brammer, North Augusta, S.C.

Don't let few ruin First Friday for all
We can unequivocally say there is a new event in town. It is "The Post Party" that occurs every First Friday of the month at approximately 11 p.m., after art lovers are safely home. Pat Warren, Augusta

God-fearing Christian mayor needed
How can anyone want Ed McIntyre for Augusta's mayor? He spent three years in jail for his illegal actions in his first mayoral term. Doug Weaver, Augusta

Questions city's sale of riverfront land without bids
It's business as usual in Augusta. I read with great interest the article about the city selling land on the riverfront. They mentioned taking bids from the real estate community. My question is, what real estate community? John Capes, Augusta

Skin color dominates local politics
As an avid daily reader of the editorial section of my Chronicle, the more obvious it has become to me that the dominating reality in local politics is skin color. Douglas Neal Sr., Augusta

Discussion of reparations continues
Regarding R. Rector's Sept. 19 letter, "Reparations have already been paid." Angela Powell, Augusta

As real as it gets
It's been a surreal couple of weeks in the greater Washington, D.C., area. With a sniper lurking who knows where, filling your car up with gas has become a potentially life-threatening procedure.

Radcliffe breaks world record at Chicago Marathon

Overtime

Three-shot lead good for title

Nieminen, Gonzalez early winners as Spain's biggest tournament begins

Overtime

Overtime
USC Aiken's Nicole Copp won the Flight B consolation tennis championship at the Georgia College and State University Invitational this weekend in Milledgeville, Ga.

Three-shot lead good for title
Dave Feldberg knows that three-shot leads in the finals of disc golf don't mean much.

Radcliffe breaks world record at Chicago Marathon
CHICAGO -- Her short blonde ponytail bobbing to the relentless pace, Paula Radcliffe ran the fastest marathon ever by a woman Sunday in just her second effort at the grueling distance.

Nieminen, Gonzalez early winners as Spain's biggest tournament begins
MADRID, Spain -- Argentina's Agustin Calleri beat American James Blake 6-4, 6-2 Monday at the inaugural Tennis Masters Madrid.

Overtime
East Lake Golf Club will become the primary host of the Tour Championship through a marketing deal with Coca-Cola that makes it the presenting sponsor of the PGA Tour's season-ending event.

Peete to have knee surgery, Cooper out for season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Rodney Peete needs surgery on his knee and will be sidelined at least three weeks, putting Chris Weinke back in the starting lineup.

Cornerback returns from suspension
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Ray Buchanan returned to the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, ending a four-game suspension the NFL imposed after he tested positive for anabolic steroids.

Monday Night Football: 49ers top Seahawks
SEATTLE -- Terrell Owens demonstrated to the Seattle Seahawks why the San Francisco 49ers so often have owned the NFC West.

Cowboys edge Panthers
IRVING, Texas -- Quincy Carter is finding out that it doesn't matter what happens in the first 56 minutes, as long as he comes through in the last four.

Falcons find a way
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Just as the Atlanta Falcons were about to have their season buried in the swampy Meadowlands across from Giants Stadium, Doug Johnson refused to buckle.

Falcons defeat Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Atlanta Falcons had an easier time overcoming the absence of Michael Vick than the New York Giants did overcoming the loss of most of their defensive line.

Scientists find surprising source of nanocrystals
INDIANAPOLIS -- Scientists who have worked for years to find a way to mass-produce tiny, unusually hard crystals called nanocrystals should look no farther than their local machine shop, new research suggests.

Study: Hyperactive children, teens have smaller brains
CHICAGO -- Hyperactive children and teens have slightly smaller brains than those without the disorder, a study shows.

'Mafia' video game is a hit
Tommy Angelo was just minding his own business, a low-key taxi driver trying to make ends meet. Then he made a fateful decision: After stumbling into the throes of a mob war, he joined the Don Salieri crime family.

Bulldogs are back in SEC contention
ATHENS, Ga. - Thanks largely to its success in close games this season, Georgia is being cast as a team that is destined for greatness.

Georgia does nothing but win
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia hasn't blown out a bunch of teams on the way to its best start in two decades.

Bulldogs are back in SEC contention

Georgia does nothing but win

Bad start not a sign of season

Odom wants Gamecocks to move past the past
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Dave Odom doesn't want his team stuck in the past, no matter how well the Gamecocks played to end the season.

Gamecocks on the rise after shaky start
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's path had gone far too smoothly the past two years for coach Lou Holtz to face problems so early in the season.

Capers, Faison out for Gamecocks

Gamecocks on the rise after shaky start

Capers, Faison out for Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Sprained ankles have left quite a hole in South Carolina's defense.

Odom wants Gamecocks to move past the past

Bad start not a sign of season
COLUMBIA - His players began the season talking seriously about a Southeastern Conference title.

Artist's corner
Moses McGruder, 17, is a senior at T.W. Josey High School. He wrote Me as a reflection of some problems he was going through last year. He says the poem delivers a message of individuality and self-love.

Obesity is a growing problem for teens idled by technology
Sixteen-year-old Dana Leaf is fighting the battle of the bulge.

Colin Powell's book inspiring

Colin Powell's book inspiring
The title may turn you off, but give this book a chance.

School challenges students
CNC? TSA? HOSA? CAD? No, you haven't wandered into some top-secret government facility. This is A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School.

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Artist's corner

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Girl risks a friendship if she reveals feelings

Forcing P.E. on students won't make them stay fit
As I reflect on my freshman year, many memories come to mind. The challenge of high school, the cute but unattainable senior guys. Oh, and yes, the sweaty smell of gym socks.

Girl risks a friendship if she reveals feelings
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I'm having a problem deciding if I should tell my best friend that I have feelings

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Forcing P.E. on students won't make them stay fit

Question of the week

Xtreme calendar
New CDs in stores include Cry, the fifth studio album from county music megastar Faith Hill; and 10 from old-school rapper L.L. Cool J.

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