Originally created 02/20/03

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College football

Jackets add Geis; rework their staff

Wayne Geis has joined Georgia Tech's staff as passing game coordinator and wide receivers. The move is part of a coaching shuffle which saw four assistants given new responsibilities.

The movement started when offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien resigned Feb. 7 to take a position with Maryland. Yellow Jackets coach Chan Gailey will assume most of O'Brien's duties next season, which will include calling plays.

Former running backs coach Patrick Nix was named running game coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and Tommie Robinson, who coached the wide receivers in 2002, takes over as tight ends coach. Curtis Modkins moves from defensive backs coach to running backs coach.

Defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta also will coach the defensive backs.

Tennis

Capriati breaks through in 2003

Jennifer Capriati won for the first time this year, defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-2, 6-1 in the second round of the Dubai Open in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The third-seeded Capriati defeated her 17-year-old opponent in less than an hour. Capriati lost her previous two matches in 2003 - in the Australian Open and a tournament in Sydney.

Top-seeded Justine Henin-Hardenne recovered from a poor first set and defeated qualifier Anca Barna of Germany 1-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Defending champion Amelie Mauresmo of France downed Petra Mandula of Hungary 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (5).

  • Third-seeded James Blake opened with four aces and needed only 39 minutes to beat Jiri Vanek of the Czech Republic at the Kroger St. Jude tournament in Memphis, Tenn.
  • On the women's side, two seeds lost with Saori Obata of Japan upsetting No. 4 Alexandra Stevenson 7-6 (1), 6-3, and Yoon Jeong Cho of Korea downing No. 5 Vera Zvonareva of Russia 6-2, 6-4.

    Sailing

    Team New Zealand makes crew change

    Desperate for its first win, Team New Zealand made a crew change in the back of the boat before Race 4 of the America's Cup in Auckland, New Zealand.

    Tactician Hamish Pepper was replaced by Frenchman Bertrand Pace, who had been helmsman of the syndicate's backup boat.

    The two-time defending champion Kiwis trailed challenger Alinghi of Switzerland 3-0 in the best-of-nine series.

    Boxing

    De La Hoya signs for tune-up fight

    Oscar De La Hoya will defend his super welterweight title May 3 against Yory Boy Campas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, with his eye on a September bout.

    "The reason we picked Yory Boy Campas is it's going to be a good preparation for me. It's no secret," De La Hoya said. "He's not going to knock me out or beat me. I'm not going to let that happen. But you can't take anyone lightly. I'm going to be in the best shape of my life."

    De La Hoya (35-2, 28 knockouts) probably will fight Shane Mosley or Fernando Vargas in September.

    Mosley handed De La Hoya one of his two losses in June 2000, with a 12-round split decision in a welterweight title bout.

    De La Hoya's other loss was by majority decision to Felix Trinidad in September 1999.

    College basketball

    Lady Jags move up two spots in poll

    The Augusta State women's team moved up two spots, to fifth place, in the latest South Atlantic Region poll. Columbus State stands atop the region and is followed by Shaw, Armstrong Atlantic State and Catawba.

    The Lady Jaguars, the Peach Belt North Division champions, have four games remaining in the regular season before the conference tournament. The top eight region teams will advance to the Division II Tournament.

    In the men's rankings, Augusta State remained in ninth place. Columbus State leads that poll as well.