Originally created 10/15/02

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Golf

Coca-Cola sponsors Tour Championship

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.

The Atlanta-based soft drink company agreed to a four-year deal Monday that runs through 2005, with an option for a six-year extension. Houston-based Dynegy was the presenting sponsor last year.

The Tour Championship has been played at East Lake in even-numbered years and Champions Golf Club in Houston in odd-numbered years since 1997. The event will be played at Champions again in 2003, but returns to East Lake for 2004 and 2005. Harding Park in San Francisco was supposed to get the Tour Championship in 2006, although it is not clear whether the course will be ready in time.

Horse Racing

Star of Atticus wins at Keeneland

Star of Atticus, a 2-year-old filly owned by W. Rodger Giles, Inc., of Augusta, won a maiden race at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., last week. Star of Atticus ran seven furlongs in 1:28.54 to win the $50,000 maiden race for 2-year-old fillies.

Boxing

Whitfield receiving USA Boxing award

Augusta's Ray Whitfield will travel to Spokane, Washington, this week to receive the USA Boxing Michael Nunnally Award. The award is presented to one boxer each year that displays tremendous positive character traits inside and outside the ring.

Whitfield is the No. 1-ranked boxer at 106 pounds and a member of the Augusta Boxing Club.

Soccer

Furman players out of hospital

Two of three Furman soccer players injured in a fatal highway accident have been released from Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Josh Villalobos of Fayetteville, N.C., had a shoulder injury and Sean Murray of Wauwatosa, Wis., an ankle injury in the Friday morning crash that took the life of teammate Philip Gray Griffin, 18.

Chefik Simo of Dallas, also a Paladins soccer player, needed surgery for a life-threatening stomach puncture, said Furman assistant sports information director Chris Colvin. Simo, who also had a fractured pelvis and hand, calf-muscle damage and arm and shoulder injuries, remains hospitalized.

  • USC Aiken's Jen Mascarin received Peach Belt Conference player of the week honors for her efforts in the Pacers' last three games. She scored four times and added an assist in the three-game winning streak.
  • Mascarin scored twice in a 5-0 win over Brewton-Parker, had a goal and assist against Spelman and put in the game-winner in a 2-0 upset of regionally ranked Lenoir-Rhyne.

    NBA

    Cleveland center out of first game

    Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas was suspended by the NBA for one game after being arrested last month for drunken driving. Ilgauskas will be suspended without pay and will miss the regular-season opener on Oct. 29 in Sacramento, the league said.

    Cavs coach John Lucas also will miss the game against the Kings. In May, the league suspended Lucas for two games for including LeBron James, the nation's top high school player, in a voluntary workout for Cavs players at Gund Arena.

    Auto Racing

    Ferrari chairman blasts proposal

    The head of Ferrari racing called Formula One's plans to introduce a handicapping system next season "insane." Ferrari president Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, whose team won 15 of 17 F1 races this season, made his remarks one day after five-time champion and Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher completed the most successful season in circuit history.

    Bernie Ecclestone, the head of Formula One, and Max Mosley, president of FIA, the sport's governing body, have recommended adding weight to a car if its team builds an early points lead next season.

    "These insane proposals put Formula One's image at risk," Montezemolo told ANSA news agency. "I don't think they'll go forward because a sense of responsibility will prevail."