Don Mattingly, Cal Ripken Jr. to buy part of minor-league Waves
ALBANY, Ga. -- Baseball greats Don Mattingly and Cal Ripken Jr. will become partial owners of the Class A South Georgia Waves, the team's owner said.

Don Mattingly, Cal Ripken Jr. to buy part of minor-league Waves

Those political prognosticators are really just guessing

Odds and Ends
MEQUON, Wis. -- Builders constructing a senior housing center will have to bypass about 166 birds and identical 61-year-old twins.

Mobster's wife fails to win custody of frozen sperm
PHILADELPHIA -- The wife of a New York mobster who smuggled his sperm out of prison can't use the sample to get pregnant, a federal appeals court ruled.

Good home needed for 2,000 slightly used frog
ANGELS CAMP, Calif. -- What to do with 2,000 slightly used frogs? For years, organizers of the Calaveras County Fair and Frog Jumping Jubilee urged participants to carefully put the frogs back where they got them after the annual contest.

Playing matchmaker

Planners mull next step in downtown's growth

Playing matchmaker
When you sell a home, you tell everyone. When you sell a business, you tell only those who need to be told.

On the move
Fairway Outdoor Advertising announces the promotion of Michael A. Russell to the newly created position of market manager for Wilmington, N.C.

Should I join a credit union?
Q. My new employer offers a credit union. What are credit unions and what advantages do they offer over banks? What are their disadvantages?

Planners mull next step in downtown's growth
During Thanksgiving weekends in the 1970s, Broad Street was where traffic jams vexed shoppers.

Tax tips: how to qualify for an earned income credit
WASHINGTON -- Lower-income workers may find it easier this year to qualify for a special tax credit designed to supplement wages and offset the payroll taxes they pay.

Pocket change

Business calendar

Tax tips: how to qualify for an earned income credit

On the move

Wireless phone service amounts to 'cell hell'

Managing successful business is a juggling act

Morningstar winners posted negative returns in 2002

Business calendar
Tuesday: Start your own business; the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center Network, 1054 Claussen Road, Suite 301; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $35; 737-1790.

Decision could change media ownership rules

Pocket change
Employer Spotlight: FIAMM Technologies Inc.

Should I join a credit union?

Managing successful business is a juggling act
Everyone in business wants to grow, right? Except for a business that is a hobby, or those where the owner doesn't have growth as a goal, the answer is usually "yes."

Wireless phone service amounts to 'cell hell'
YONKERS, N.Y. -- Nearly a third of cell phone customers surveyed are seriously considering switching companies because of poor service, but there's no easy way to figure out which plans are best, Consumer Reports magazine said.

Decision could change media ownership rules
WASHINGTON -- Rules on delivering news and entertainment to the public are on the verge of a broad overhaul that could pave the way for more media mergers and alter the landscape of television and radio programming.

Morningstar winners posted negative returns in 2002
NEW YORK -- As many investors turn to experts for guidance in a shaky stock market, Morningstar Inc. is making recommendations that might surprise some - fund managers with stock portfolios that posted negative returns in the past year.

Jaguars sweep Bobcats

Deadly serious

Brakes are off at Wheland

Transformation

Making do in S.C.

Home front
If you could talk to shoppers who come to tour your house, do you think you could make them more likely to want it?

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Who can't identify with Monte Walsh? He wants to be an independent contractor, the same as he's always been. But he's battling a new age of corporate bigness, of effete Easterners who see only dollar signs.

Bill Maher returns to TV with new HBO show
LOS ANGELES -- Comedian Bill Maher has rebounded from the cancellation of his ABC talk show "Politically Incorrect" with another current events forum on HBO.

Pamper, indulge, relax...at home
It's the calm before the storm.The decorations are packed away and all you have to look forward to in January is the avalanche of bills from the annual overabundance of holiday cheer.

Be subtle in romance after mourning
Dear Carson: My husband of 34 years died three months ago. I nursed him through a long and lingering illness and feel I gave care that I would have wanted for myself. He was in great pain and suffered from dementia for the last two years of his life. When he died, I felt a kind of relief, because his pain was over. ...

What's it like to turn age 30?
We want to know what it means to be 30. Are you officially a grown-up on that birthday or is it just another year? Do men think about it the same way as women?

Rich Monaco is priceless for tourists
MONTE CARLO, Monaco - Having free fun in Monaco is as easy as crossing the road.

Aged gracefully
Troy and Amy Breitmann wanted to make their brand new home look old.

A sterling, stubborn hero lands in the U.S. Senate
NEW YORK -- The public-spirited but private son of a former California governor, Bill Sterling Jr. has suddenly been thrust into the spotlight.

Coping with holiday pounds can be a losing proposition
Despite our best intentions, many of us have managed to yet again put on the pounds this joyous season. It seems to be as much an American tradition as the holidays themselves.

Symphony guild holds cotillion
The Augusta Symphony Guild Cotillion met Nov. 29 at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

Jackets shut down Wolfpack
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech took Julius Hodge out of the game early with tough defense, then his coach did the honors in the second half.

Heritage in discussions with six possible sponsors
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- The Heritage golf tournament is in serious discussions with six companies interested in becoming a title sponsor for the PGA Tour event next year, tournament director Steve Wilmot said.

Critical year for Presidents Cup
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- At the end of the 2000 season, a dozen Americans declined to take an eight-hour charter to Spain to play in a World Golf Championship that paid $1 million to the winner and $25,000 for last place.

Els falters, maintains lead
KAPALUA, Hawaii - One bad swing kept Ernie Els from a runaway Saturday in the Mercedes Championships. A record round by K.J. Choi gave him a fighting chance.

Immelman wins South African Open in playoff
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Trevor Immelman made a 6-inch birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat Tim Clark and win the South African Open on Sunday.

Critical year for Presidents Cup

Another Hall adds Skeadas

Another Hall adds Skeadas
Johnny Skeadas is in another athletic hall of fame, this time for his prowess with a golf club, not a .22-caliber small-bore rifle.

Els in a record runaway at Kapalua

Els in a record runaway at Kapalua
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Ernie Els could not have asked for a better start. He set a PGA Tour scoring record, won the season-opening Mercedes Championships by eight shots, and Tiger Woods is nowhere to be found.

Els falters, maintains lead

Canadian woman breaks point barrier
KIRKKONUMMI, Finland - Canadian Olympic star Hayley Wickenheiser became the first woman to record a point in a men's professional hockey game, assisting on a goal Saturday in the Finnish League.

Thrashers players questioned in sexual assault

Thrashers players questioned in sexual assault
TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa police have questioned two Thrashers players who are accused of sexually battering two women.

Canadian woman breaks point barrier

Those political prognosticators are really just guessing
The late Roy Harris was a speaker of the Georgia House, a longtime political power broker and, in his later years, a canny but convivial Augusta lawyer.

Perdue becomes first Republican governor since 1872
ATLANTA -- Sonny Perdue became Georgia's first Republican governor in more than a century Monday, pledging not to let the historic party shift disrupt state government.

Burk, Jackson should unite in other causes

Remove sign to reflect the truth

Tournament cancellation premature

U.S. should stop supporting Israel

Could learn from Warrenton

'Choice on Earth' sacrilegious

What's it like to turn age 30?

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Rich Monaco is priceless for tourists

A sterling, stubborn hero lands in the U.S. Senate

Aged gracefully

Pamper, indulge, relax...at home

Symphony guild holds cotillion

Be subtle in romance after mourning

Coping with holiday pounds can be a losing proposition

Home front

Home win ends four-game winless skid

Lynx barely making grade
You heard it here first: the Augusta Lynx will contend for the Kelly Cup.

Home win ends four-game winless skid
Maybe it was for coach David Wilkie in his latest battle against Florida Everblades coach and close friend Gerry Fleming. Maybe it was a burning desire to stick it to former teammate Kevin Brown. Maybe it was just saving face in front of their home fans.

Lynx light up Blades to cap 2-game sweep

Lynx light up Blades to cap 2-game sweep
If the Augusta Lynx find a way to make the playoffs after a miserable first half, they'll remember a timeout Sunday as the moment they turned their season around.

Lynx barely making grade

Man makes living asking questions
Whatever you do, don't call Mike Thomas a big source of useless information. He would prefer something more like the human sponge.

Father kills son during attack
Fights between Robert Carpenter and his elderly father were nothing new to their Cairo Drive neighbors.

Police investigate man's death
A North Augusta man was found dead at an apartment complex, and authorities say he may have died after being knocked to the ground by an automobile.

USC Aiken sophomore wins title at pageant
AIKEN - Using her voice to echo the hope of Juliet, a University of South Carolina Aiken sophomore became the new Miss Aiken County on Saturday night.

Panel defends nomination
Before Jack Wetzel wrote a letter of apology to the Aiken Historic Preservation Commission claiming he was unaware of its rules, he wrote a letter complaining about his neighbor who had broken them, according to city records.

Across Georgia
REST HAVEN -The Rest Haven City Council returned to business last week after efforts to dissolve the town were denied in court.

Housing director answers 'Why?'

Across the area
Three days after announcing his intention to run for Aiken County sheriff, New Ellenton Police Chief Van McMillan said he has changed his mind.

Fourth hopeful enters Aiken County sheriff's race
AIKEN - A second Democrat has joined the race to replace Aiken County Sheriff Howard Sellers, making the number of candidates four.

Woman may be oldest in U.S.
AIKEN - Gussie Brown sat underneath the hair dryer in Mattie C. Hall Care Center, held her hand up and examined her perfectly painted, mauve fingernails through squinting eyes.

Achingly sluggish changes irk town
ELBERTON, Ga. - Folks in Elberton are wondering if the wheelchair ramp at the county courthouse will ever be finished.

Father kills son during attack

Orders push up soldiers' wedding

South Carolina faces fiscal, school issues

Across Georgia

Crowd welcomes Evans Family Y

Cox calls for major changes in office
Republican state school Superintendent-elect Kathy Cox said the only changes that will be immediately evident are the ones taking place in her downtown Atlanta office as her administration moves in.

Achingly sluggish changes irk town

Exercise tests group on disaster response

Across the southeast
BRADENTON, Fla. -A federal appeals court in Atlanta has agreed to hear arguments in a lawsuit that alleges two fishermen were negatively portrayed without consent in the movie The Perfect Storm.

Officers will still check insurance cards for now
More than a million motorists still do not have their information entered into Georgia's soon-to-be activated Electronic Insurance Compliance System, but police say there's no need to worry.

Rants and Raves
THIS MARTHA BURK issue would be a moot issue with the Masons, an all-male club.

Across Georgia
RICHMOND HILL -A police officer shot and killed a 17-year-old in a motel parking lot early Friday while investigating a truck stop robbery.

Georgia asks hunters for help
MACON, Ga. - State wildlife officials are looking for more than a few good hunters to curb the deer population.

Ceremony will introduce Perdue
ATLANTA - Monday's history-making inauguration of Sonny Perdue as Georgia governor will do more than install the first Republican in the state's top office since 1872.

Jewish center names Humanitarian of Year

South Carolina faces fiscal, school issues
AIKEN - While it may be a few weeks until they begin seriously debating the issue, the state's continuing fiscal crisis will be the top priority for legislators as they return to the Statehouse on Tuesday.

Cox calls for major changes in office

Officers will still check insurance cards for now

Across the area

Ceremony will introduce Perdue

Barbecue reflects Gov.-elect Sanford

Subscriber of the day

Across the southeast

News you can use
JAN. 12, 1949 Mrs. W.D. Greene of Beman Street said last night that she still has not heard from her husband, who has been missing since last Tuesday.

Panel defends nomination

Crowd welcomes Evans Family Y
A new branch of the Family Y opened in Evans Saturday with a multitude of activities and a large attendance.

Budget to top group's agenda

Perdue becomes first Republican governor since 1872

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Nancy Outley of Evans.

Troops get taste of urban war
AIKEN - The object was Gen. Amir Johalabad Secluded inside a building with guards around every corner, the goal was to force the general to the roof and then into a waiting helicopter

Housing director answers 'Why?'
"Why Augusta?" It's a question the city's newly hired housing director is likely to find himself answering over and over when he arrives Feb. 3 for his first day on the job.

Jewish center names Humanitarian of Year
Ronald Altman is a humble man. And he remained one Saturday night as he was honored as the fifth Augusta Jewish Community Center Humanitarian of the Year.

Perdue plans fun for inauguration
ATLANTA - Republicans aren't sure whether today's inauguration of Sonny Perdue will come off well. They concede they don't know exactly who is coming, how much food will be at the ball, even how much the whole thing will cost.

Legislature has questions, issues to face
ATLANTA - When the Georgia General Assembly convenes today, there will be plenty of high drama to go along with the usual pomp and circumstance of the Legislature's opening week.

Woman may be oldest in U.S.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -Expanded tests for South Carolina newborns will look for as many as 33 genetic conditions, including cystic fibrosis and biotinidase deficiency, which can cause hearing loss and immune system disorders.

Georgia asks hunters for help

Orders push up soldiers' wedding
FORT STEWART, Ga. - As convoys of Humvees rolled down the highway and cargo boxes were packed with equipment for desert combat, two 3rd Infantry Division soldiers faced each other in an Army chapel to say "I do."

Perdue plans fun for inauguration

Across the area
An Augusta woman told police a man tried to sexually assault her early Saturday morning.

Board launches investigation

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Budget to top group's agenda
ATLANTA - Passing a budget is the most basic function of any legislature.

Barbecue reflects Gov.-elect Sanford
LEESVILLE, S.C. - A typical day at Shealy's Bar-B-Que House is reflective of what Gov.-elect Mark Sanford has in mind for his upcoming term as the state's top dog.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A Richland County man has been acquitted of murder in the 2001 shooting death of a Columbia man.

Across South Carolina

Subscriber of the day

Exercise tests group on disaster response
What would happen if someone poured gasoline on a campfire?

News you can use
JAN. 13, 1952 Today at exactly 11:15 a.m., Augustans who tune their radios to 1050 on their dial will hear the first broadcast of the city's newest radio stations, WAUG and WAUG-FM.

Subscriber of the day
Deanna Kelly of Martinez is today's subscriber of the day.

Board launches investigation
The governing board of the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia voted Sunday to authorize its chairwoman to pursue an audit of the center, conduct an internal investigation and, if necessary, place personnel on administrative leave.

Man makes living asking questions

Across the area

Sauers' comeback just keeps coming
KAPALUA, Hawaii - The PGA Tour's Comeback Player of the Year has a few more comebacks he'd like to make.

Honeymoon continues for Howell in Hawaii
KAPALUA, Hawaii - Augusta native Charles Howell feels very much at home in Kapalua.

British rider crashes in desert; truck race halted by explosion

British rider crashes in desert; truck race halted by explosion
CAIRO, Egypt -- British motorcyclist Patsy Quick crashed and was rushed to a hospital, and truck racing was halted by an explosion in the Egyptian desert during the 11th stage of the Dakar Rally on Sunday.

Hawks playoff guarantee looks like a bad joke

Hawks playoff guarantee looks like a bad joke
ATLANTA -- The way things are going, the Atlanta Hawks will be writing a lot of refund checks at the end of the season.

Jaguars sweep Bobcats
Augusta State coach Gary Tuell might have called it an ugly win, but he'll take it anyway.

Eagles aren't satisfied just getting to this point

Titans triumph

Eagles humble QB Vick

Bucs rout 49ers

Another chapter in long, storied rivalry

Mariucci, Gruden focused on future, not the past

Titans are armed with McNair for AFC title game

Raiders pound Jets

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Mrs. Amy Williamson    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Jean Williams    (METTER, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Moore    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. O.C. Williams    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Darrell Murray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bradley Copeland    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Manly Mathews    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. K.J. Davis    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mrs. Betty Josey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Nell Dye    (TOCCOA, Ga.)
Mr. Lamartine Bramlett    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
Mrs. Patricia Eubanks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Higginbottom    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. L. R. Faglier    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Emily Self    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Alberta Ford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. O.C. Williams    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Walter Godbee    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elsie Hawk    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Donald Bignell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Higginbottom    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Mr. William Morris    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Thomas McFarland    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ellnora Shelton    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Nataleen Jones    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Mr. Flint Rogers    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Powell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Donald Bignell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Nell Simons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Ivey (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Godbee (MILLEN, Ga.)

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President's economic plan gets it right
THIS IS THE time of year when many of us are coming to terms with our New Year's resolutions. Whether the pledge for this year was to shed those extra pounds, get more exercise or just treat folks a little nicer - these first few weeks of January always tell us a lot about whether "walking the straight and narrow" is going to be a reality or just too tall an order at the end of the day.

Burk, Jackson should unite in other causes
I am already sick and tired of reading about National Council on Women's Organizations Chairwoman Martha Burk's and the Rev. Jesse Jackson's protest over no female members at the Augusta National Golf Club. Vickie Youngblood, Hephzibah, Ga.

U.S. should stop supporting Israel
Terrorist activities throughout the world, including 9-11, can be attributed to present and past foreign policies of our federal government as it relates to the nation of Israel. Harry Sellers, Hephzibah, Ga.

Brakes are off at Wheland
Warrenton, Ga., residents' new year got off to a great start with word that its idled Wheland Automotive Industries auto parts plant could soon be up and running again by spring, restoring at least 94 of the 180 jobs that were lost after factory owners filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late 2001.

Could learn from Warrenton
Congratulations to the city of Warrenton under the leadership of my longtime friend from college days, Mayor Edward Ricketson. It is a tribute to cooperation between civic and political leaders in the community. M. Don Williams, Augusta

'Choice on Earth' sacrilegious
Mary Beth Pierucci's letter of Dec. 28, "Some Christians are pro-choice," was offensive to all people who possess an element of decency. One does not have to be a religious zealot to take exception. Susan Marie Huckaba, Evans, Ga.

Remove sign to reflect the truth
Every day I drive by Freedom Park Elementary School at Fort Gordon, and every day I see this sign on the fence that says, "Future site of a new Richmond County Elementary School." Richard Burwell, Hephzibah, Ga.

President's economic plan gets it right
THIS IS THE time of year when many of us are coming to terms with our New Year's resolutions. Whether the pledge for this year was to shed those extra pounds, get more exercise or just treat folks a little nicer - these first few weeks of January always tell us a lot about whether "walking the straight and narrow" is going to be a reality or just too tall an order at the end of the day.

Deadly serious
How seriously should deadly threats made by a couple of 13-year-olds be taken? Very seriously, according to Aiken County Family Court Judge Peter Nuessle.

Making do in S.C.
As the South Carolina General Assembly prepares to convene Tuesday for its 2003 session, under a new governor, there is one issue dominating the minds of lawmakers: that awful deficit.

Tournament cancellation premature
This is in response to the article praising "Superbass" Georgia director Bill Harvey's decision to cancel the recent tournament on Thurmond Lake. Marty Quesada Jr., Appling, Ga.

Transformation
A CEO has years to learn, train and prepare. Even a lottery winner, who acquires millions overnight, has the option of accepting a jackpot over the course of two or three decades, so as not to blow it all at once.

Area sports announcements

Williams tries to complete 'Serena Slam'

Court Court? Arena named for Margaret Court

Overtime

Overtime

And it's good! Local boy has winning kick

Williams tries to complete 'Serena Slam'
SYDNEY, Australia -- The most dominant woman in tennis needs only to win the Australian Open to complete the "Serena Slam," and she gets her shot at a fourth consecutive major starting Monday.

Second real bout ends in Augusta girl's favor
The top of her dresser is filled with trophies and medals - all mementos of a boxing career that has just begun.

And it's good! Local boy has winning kick
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Kevin Millward said a trip to an NFL playoff game was a great gift for him. The 13-year-old Evans boy brought home a pretty nice prize, as well.

Overtime
Dogwood Stable's Windsor Castle rallied to beat Saint Verre by 1 1/2 lengths in the $100,000 Grade III Hal's Hope Handicap for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park in Miami on Saturday.

Area sports announcements
Saturday: The Martinez Lumberjacks traveling team will hold tryouts for players 10- to 11-years-old. For more information, call Dennis Bennett (706) 868-0780.

Overtime
The Augusta Chronicle 2002 All-Area Football Team awards banquet will be held Thursday at the Sheraton Augusta Hotel.

Court Court? Arena named for Margaret Court
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Perhaps they should have named it Court Court.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Georgia hunters express concerns
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - There were pickups as far as the eye could see - and enough camoflauge to outfit a platoon.

Wildly popular
Many people never bother to meet their closest neighbors.

Outdoors calendar

Wildly popular

Georgia hunters express concerns

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area games

Titans are armed with McNair for AFC title game
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Maybe now Steve McNair will get the attention the Tennessee Titans think he deserves.

Titans triumph
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans didn't need another Music City Miracle - just a few kicks and a helpful call from the latest NFL officiating crew to make playoff headlines.

Mariucci, Gruden focused on future, not the past
TAMPA, Fla. -- While Steve Mariucci was considering an offer to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, friend and former colleague Jon Gruden was accepting the job.

Raiders pound Jets
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders found the surest road to the AFC championship game: Stay at home and avoid controversy.

Eagles humble QB Vick
PHILADELPHIA - So many times on this frigid night, the capacity crowd at Veterans Stadium tried to rattle Michael Vick and the Atlanta Falcons.

Bucs rout 49ers
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offense finally played as well as their defense in the playoffs.

Another chapter in long, storied rivalry
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Any list of classic NFL games will have a sampling of Jets-Raiders matchups. When the teams play Sunday in a second-round playoff game, it will be difficult to replicate those memorable meetings.

Eagles aren't satisfied just getting to this point
PHILADELPHIA -- After St. Louis beat the Philadelphia Eagles in last year's NFC championship game, Donovan McNabb walked onto the field and watched the Rams celebrate.

Sauers' comeback just keeps coming

Honeymoon continues for Howell in Hawaii

Microsoft has a wireless fight on its hands
NEW YORK -- After dominating the desktop, burrowing into the Internet and bursting into the video game market, Microsoft Corp. is making progress at getting firmly into the palm of your hand.

Movielink offers first word, but hopefully not the last, in online movies
SAN FRANCISCO -- Movielink takes us a step into the future of home entertainment with movies on demand that you download onto your computer over a high-speed Internet connection.

Mom did know best about colds
Wayne Chandler waded through the cough syrup before he spotted his quarry.

New scans show Alzheimer's in a living brain
Some doctors would enjoy nothing more than poking around inside your brain. First they would give your frontal cortex a thorough going-over. Then maybe they would take a peek at your temporal lobes. Finally, they would confidently predict whether in five or 10 or maybe even 20 years you will lose the whole works to Alzheimer's disease.

Magnet guides doctors fixing brain diseases without a drill
WASHINGTON -- Dr. Demetrius Lopes snaked a thin wire with a tiny magnet on its tip into an artery in Paul Kelsey's groin and threaded it all the way up into his brain.

Dogs fall to Gators at buzzer

Lady Dogs nearly slam dunk Gators

Lady Dogs nearly slam dunk Gators
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - It was almost a slam dunk.

Dogs fall to Gators at buzzer
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The fallaway jumper seemed to hang in the air forever. Then, it swished - all net.

Lady Gamecocks fall to Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- South Carolina head coach Susan Walvius' team saw Arkansas lose to No. 1 Duke, 74-72 in overtime, in November during the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands, so she knew her team would have a hard time getting a win when it faced the Lady Razorbacks.

Kentucky stays in control
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Erik Daniels was the unlikeliest Kentucky player to hoist a 3-pointer with time running down in the first half. But he showed no hesitation and broke South Carolina's spirit with his sudden long-range accuracy.

Lady Gamecocks fall to Arkansas

Kentucky stays in control

Good home needed for 2,000 slightly used frog

Odds and Ends

Mom did know best about colds

New scans show Alzheimer's in a living brain

Movielink offers first word, but hopefully not the last, in online movies