Originally created 02/25/03

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Golf

Wilkins gets invite to long drive final

Augusta's Chris Wilkins finished fifth out of 200 qualifiers, then won $5,000 in a long drive showdown over the weekend at the Pinnacle Distance Challenge event in Orlando, Fla.

Wilkins had a 348-yard drive to defeat Pinnacle Distance Team member Brian Nash and earn his invitation to the national final in Nevada in October.

College Baseball

Jaguars avoid sweep with win vs. Ospreys

Brandon Carswell threw eight effective innings and five of his Augusta State teammates had multi-hit games as the Jaguars avoided a road sweep at North Florida with a 10-6 win on Monday.

Bennett Mayfield, Matt May, Andy Hudson, Lee Rose and Chris Demons all had two hits for the Jaguars (7-8, 1-4 Peach Belt), while Hudson, Demons, Sam Barth and Brandon Sumlin had two RBI each.

Prep Football

Shrine, North-South make agreement

Officials from the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and the North-South All-Star games have agreed on several items aimed at improving cooperation between the two high-school postseason contests.

The South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association said that Shrine Bowl rosters will return to 44-man rosters and a limit of two players from one school for the 2003 game. Also, the association said it will continue to let Shrine Bowl coaches choose their rosters before coaches from the North-South game.

In return, the association says Shrine Bowl will set a mutually agreed upon date for player selection and make rosters available to North-South game coaches immediately after choosing.

Title IX

Foudy, de Varona lead minority view

Worried about setbacks for women's sports, at least two members of a commission on Title IX plan to protest the group's work by giving a minority report to Education Secretary Rod Paige.

Title IX, the anti-discrimination law credited with opening sports to millions of girls and women, is under fire from those who say its enforcement has led to cuts in men's sports.

Paige set up a commission to suggest how to clarify and strengthen the law, but commission member Julie Foudy said the group's report is slanted and incomplete.

The commission's co-chairman, Stanford University athletic director Ted Leland, tried to negotiate a compromise last week with Foudy and Olympic swimming champion Donna de Varona, the other commission member protesting the report.

But the changes in the final draft, which is set to go to Paige on Wednesday, were not enough, Foudy said.

Hockey

Sabres will make it through - barely

The bankrupt Buffalo Sabres have projected they will use nearly all of their allotted $25 million in financing by the end of the NHL season, emphasizing the urgency of finding a new team owner.

"We'll get through the season. That's what we've said. That's what the balances show," Sabres vice president of finance John Marsh said after appearing before a creditors meeting at the U.S. Trustees office in Buffalo.

Marsh said the Sabres already have drawn $8 million on their court-approved debtors-in-possession loan, and expect to draw between $12 million and $15 million more by the time their regular season ends on April 6.

The NHL has since begun negotiating a potential sale with Rochester billionaire B. Thomas Golisano, who has renewed his interest in the team after his initial offer was rejected by the league last November.

  • Atlanta traded veteran forward Pascal Rheaume to New Jersey for a conditional choice in the 2004 NHL entry draft.