Augusta club wins state championship
The Augusta Boxing Club took eight titles on their way to the team championship at the Georgia USA Boxing Championships in Carrollton, Ga.
Deondre Walker (9-year-old division, 55 pounds), Roman Pulley (9, 50), Williams Ware (16, 132), Gary Whitaker (8, 80), Raheem Harmon (9, 70), Ray Whitfield (106, open), Fred Hall (139, 16), and Noah Pulley (13, 132) all won their divisions.
Whitfield also advanced to the national championships in Colorado Springs in March with his 2002 National Golden Gloves title.
Jaguars, Pacers roll to victories
Augusta State had 31 hits on the day and easily swept a doubleheader against Carson-Newman. Jaguars right-hander Greg Thomas allowed four hits in a complete-game 17-2 win in Game 1, while John Graham went 3-for-4 with four RBI in a 10-4 Game 2 victory.
Bennett Mayfield had four hits and three RBI, while Brandon Sumlin went 3-for-5 with a home run. Sam Barth also homered. In the nightcap, Brandon Carswell threw six solid innings of relief to get the win for Augusta State (3-1).
Tony Hanks finished 2-for-4 with four RBI, including his second home run of the weekend in the fourth inning. Clint Keown had three hits, Bradley Key had two hits and Leroy Walker also had two hits, including his first homer of the season.
Aquinas heading to states with win
Aquinas won the Region 7-A championships over the weekend and advanced to the state tournament on Saturday in Columbus. The team is coached by Cathy Bentley.
Davenport cruises, finishes comeback
Lindsay Davenport won her first title since seriously injuring her right knee in November 2001, overpowering Monica Seles 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-2 in the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
The three-time major champion spent nine weeks on crutches after surgery early last year, then endured rehabilitation that included daily eight-hour sessions on a machine that repeatedly bent and straightened her knee.
One of the few players with the power to challenge Serena and Venus Williams, the 6-foot-2 Davenport relied on a booming serve and solid groundstrokes to beat the top-seeded Seles in 1 hour, 43 minutes.
It is the fifth time in Fed Cup history that the world's top two players will be on the same team, and the first time since 1999 that the Williams sisters will play in the event.
Verkerk has been on the main tour less than a year. He won two ATP challenger titles in 2002 and was not seeded in this $380,000 tournament.
Major League Baseball
Deal keeps Jones in Twins uniform
Minnesota left fielder Jacque Jones avoided arbitration by signing a two-year contract. Jones was the Twins' last remaining arbitration-eligible player.
Financial terms were not immediately available. Jones had asked for $3.2 million, and the Twins offered $2.75 million. He batted .300 with 27 homers and 85 RBI leading off for the Twins in 2002.
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