Originally created 03/07/03

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Golf

Jaguars' Wilson makes watch list

Augusta State's Oliver Wilson has been named to the watch list for the Ben Hogan Award, given to the top collegiate golfer in all divisions.

Last year's winner, D.J. Trahan of Clemson also made the list of 20 players, as did Georgia Tech's Troy Matteson. Bill Haas of Wake Forest, son of professional golfer Jay Haas, is also on the list. Haas' other son, Jay Haas Jr. plays for Augusta State.

The Hogan Award selection committee will select 10 semifinalists on April 11 and name five finalists on April 25. The winner is announced May 9.

Basketball

Aiken Tech hosts tournament today

The NJCAA District 3 Tournament will be held today and Saturday at Aiken Technical College.

Game 1 will start at 6 p.m. and feature Louisburg (N.C.) College (12-17) and Garrett Community College (20-7) from McHenry, Md. Game 2 pits Aiken Tech (21-11) against Monroe College (28-2) from Bronx, N.Y.

The championship game will be at 2 p.m. Saturday. The winner will advance to the NJCAA National Championship on March 18-22 in Hutchinson, Kan.

Football

Laney cousins sign to play for Shaw

Laney offensive lineman Courtney Safford and strong safety Ricardo Safford will sign football scholarships with Shaw University, a Division II school in Raleigh, N.C.

"They just epitomize hard work," Wildcats coach Eric Parker said. "They busted their butts for us."

The cousins helped lead Laney to a 12-2 record and its first appearance in the Georgia Class AAA semifinals.

  • The New York Jets will play at Washington in the NFL's season opener Sept. 4, the second straight year the league will begin its schedule on a Thursday night.
  • This year's game will be televised by ABC instead of ESPN, which last season carried the first Thursday opener - San Francisco at the New York Giants. The rest of the season openers will take place Sunday (Sept. 7) and Monday night (Sept. 8).

    In giving ABC the opener, the NFL decided not to have a Monday night game on the final weekend of the season, Dec. 27-28. Instead, ESPN will have Saturday and Sunday night games on each of the last two weekends.

    Softball

    Rain washes out Lady Pacers game

    USC Aiken's softball game with Presbyterian was postponed by rain Thursday.

    The game is rescheduled for 3 p.m. on March 21 at Pacer Park. The Lady Pacers will play at 3 p.m. today in the Patriot Invitational in Florence, S.C., against California (Pa.) University.

    Olympics

    Resignations free money for athletes

    The resignations of three U.S. Olympic Committee executives in the past month have freed up about $1 million in salaries that can go to sports groups and athletes.

    "That's where it should have gone in the first place," said Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, one of three senators investigating the USOC.

    The USOC said Thursday it has not set a timetable to hire a new chief executive officer, and there is no intention to replace the chief operating officer at least until after the 2004 Athens Games.

    Horse Racing

    Pincay Jr.'s career might be at an end

    Laffit Pincay Jr. broke a bone in his neck when he was thrown from his horse during a race, and the injury could end the career of thoroughbred racing's winningest jockey.

    Pincay was hurt last weekend and will spend the next eight weeks in a cast, his son said Thursday.