Originally created 11/21/02

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Golf

Burk loses support of Augusta club

The Suburban Woman's Club of Augusta voted unanimously Wednesday to distance itself from a national women's group's campaign to get a female member admitted to Augusta National Golf Club.

The Suburban Woman's Club is part of the Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs and the General Federation of Women's Clubs, which is affiliated with the National Council of Women's Organizations.

Martha Burk, chairwoman of the NCWO, has challenged Augusta National's all-male membership. The women's group is a coalition of 160 groups that represent more than 7 million women.

In a statement released by club president Neita Mulherin, the Suburban Woman's club said it publicly disagreed with Burk's campaign and that valid women's issues take precedence over the Augusta National issue.

Soccer

Area players vie for national title

Former Augusta State standout Neil MacDonald will lead the Iowa Central Community College men's and women's teams into the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament.

Former Augusta Arsenal Soccer Club players - Kelli Fuzy, Ana Quinones, Frank Pannell, Abe Detche-mendy and Ryan McArdle - are current members on the teams.

The men's team will play Dean College today in Tyler, Texas, and the women will play Dixie State College in Florissant, Mo.

College football

Eagles announce playoff information

Georgia Southern announced its ticket plan for the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.

The Eagles (9-2) anticipate to host at least the first round of the playoffs at Paulson Stadium Nov. 30.

Season ticket holders can reserve their regular season seats, and have until 6 p.m. Tuesday of each game week to purchase their tickets. All unclaimed seats will be put on sale each Wednesday morning.

For more information, call the ticket office at (800) GSU-WINS or (912) 681-0123.

Boxing

Vargas suspended for steroid use

Fernando Vargas was suspended for nine months Wednesday and fined $100,000 by Nevada boxing officials for testing positive for steroids after losing his Sept. 14 title fight to Oscar De La Hoya.

The suspension was retroactive to the fight, meaning Vargas cannot fight again until June 15.

The penalties came after Vargas told the Nevada Athletic Commission that he took full responsibility for the positive test even though he had no idea he ever used the steroids.

Commissioners seemed to agree Vargas didn't knowingly take the steroid stanozolol, the same drug that cost sprinter Ben Johnson his gold medal and world record in the 100 meters at the 1988 Olympics.

They said Vargas needed to be penalized for the test and that other boxers needed to know they will be dealt with harshly if they use steroids.

Horse racing

Man pleads guilty in betting scam

A computer programmer admitted in court Wednesday he was the inside man for a series of betting scams on horses that culminated with a $3 million win from the Breeders' Cup in October.

He also implicated his two co-defendants, who were his fraternity brothers in college.

Chris Harn, 29, of Newark, Del., told a federal judge he used his job at Autotote, which handles most of the nation's racetrack and off-track betting, to manipulate bets.

In pleading guilty to fraud and money laundering conspiracies, Harn said he used one co-defendant's Off Track Betting account to place a Pick Six bet on the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup "and later modified it so it would win."

The wager drew the scrutiny of authorities because of its unusual nature. The $3 million was not paid, and an investigation was launched.