Originally created 03/15/03


College baseball

Columbus State escapes with win

Senior pitcher Tom Capallo struck out 14 Augusta State batters, including the potential winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, to help Columbus State defeat Augusta State 6-4 at Jaguar Field on Friday.

Capallo pitched a complete game for Columbus State (18-10, 4-5 Peach Belt Conference), allowing four runs and nine hits. Designated hitter Larry Pittmon went 3-for-4 including a home run, two RBI and two runs scored.

Augusta State (14-12, 4-8) rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, and had two runners on in the bottom of the ninth after an error and base hit. But Capallo struck out John Graham to end the game.

The teams will wrap up their three-game series with a doubleheader at 12:30 p.m. today.


Chargers give Seau permission to leave

Junior Seau appears to be on his way out of San Diego after more than a decade as the heart of the Chargers' defense.

The 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker, a stalwart since his rookie year in 1990, has been given permission to seek a trade. If that doesn't materialize, he probably will be released.

"We approached it on middle ground, where we'd involve Junior in the process of exploring a trade," Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "We sought to try to address what was in the best interests of both parties, to keep our options open. It's a difficult situation."

Schottenheimer said the Chargers made their decision after evaluating their defense. The unit ranked 30th in yardage allowed last season and last in pass defense.

Quarterback Shane Matthews signed with Tampa Bay as the backup to Brad Johnson. Matthews replaces Rob Johnson, who signed with Washington last week.

Philadelphia signed linebacker Nate Wayne, who was released last Monday by Green Bay. He will replace Shawn Barber, who signed as a free agent by Kansas City. Former Eagles linebacker Barry Gardner signed with Cleveland.

Pittsburgh re-signed quarterback Charlie Batch.

Jacksonville upgraded its linebacking corps by signing free agent Keith Mitchell to a one-year, $750,000 contract, and Detroit re-signed linebacker Brian Williams to a one-year deal.


Serena ready to start playing

The beginning of the clay court play couldn't have come at a better time for the world's best female tennis player.

Serena Williams said Friday she is ready to get back to tennis after a short layoff with an injury and is looking forward to the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C. in April - an early U.S. clay court tournament.

Williams, 21, has not played a tournament since withdrawing from the State Farm Women's Tennis Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz., in February because of tendinitis in her knee.

"Clay, I think, is better for your knees because the hard court actually wears your body out. So it'll be easy," she said. "I'll be, you know, running and just sliding and playing lazy tennis because on the clay I just tend to lay back.

Williams will play next week at the Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami, a hardcourt tournament where she is defending champion.


Junior tournament begins today

The Augusta Junior Olympic Volleyball Club is sponsoring March Blowout 2003, which begins at four area locations today.

It is part of a split tournament sponsored by clubs in Augusta and Clemson, S.C. Augusta is hosting club level teams from 13 to 18s at Augusta Prep, Patriots Park, Lakeside High and Greenbrier High.

Gyms open at 8 a.m. with a coaches meeting at 8:15. Play will begin at 8:45.


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