Robert B. Parker and his fictional private eye, Spenser, have been seeing plenty of 30s lately.
Recent books by journalist Bob Woodward and former White House speechwriter David Frum suggest that the terrorist strikes on New York and Washington transformed President Bush and gave a focus to his administration. Michael Lind forcefully denies this.

Barnwell bests Silver Bluff, 3-1
CINCINNATI -- Pete Rose turned down an invitation to be Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken's guest when the Reds open their new stadium next week.
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Coming off a five-goal win against the No. 10 team in Class AA last week, Barnwell soccer coach Arvie Bennett expects the Warhorses to play like an upper-echelon squad.

Have a problem? Don't complain - patch it up!
SANTA FE, N.M. -- Believers in space aliens, rejoice!

Byrd fares well in latest outing
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox calls the last week of spring training "the nervous days."

Glavine enjoys new life with Mets
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- With his command of the strike zone and the movement on his pitches, rookie lefty Horacio Ramirez is a perfect fit for the Atlanta Braves.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - New York Mets pitcher Tom Glavine laughed at a report that he's unhappy with his new team.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Although Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox has not made it official yet, his roster is virtually set.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Donzell McDonald is used to the strange looks and the jokes. After all, he's a baseball player wearing No. 76.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - It has not been a spring of many smiles for Atlanta Braves pitcher Paul Byrd, but after pitching two innings Monday against a minor league squad, he offered a satisfied grin.

Few questions linger as season approaches

Players await Cox's decision
NEW YORK - Money is a part of everyday life, but very few people - especially parents - are comfortable talking about it.
WASHINGTON - CSX Corp. paid Chief Executive John Snow a lump sum of $60.8 million when he resigned last month to become U.S. Treasury secretary, according to a regulatory filing Monday.
Like suitors preparing for a first date, Augusta Showcase organizers are putting final details together for companies visiting during Masters Week.
NEW YORK -- The start of war has spurred many U.S. companies to tighten office and plant security, curtail employee travel, cancel conferences and review backup systems.
Guests dive into the plates of sample sandwiches at the grand opening of a Boar's Head deli at Smoak's Bakery on Walton Way. The deli will offer a variety of Boar's Head meats and cheeses.
NEW YORK -- War euphoria wore off on Wall Street Monday as investors realized that Operation Iraqi Freedom might not be so quick after all. The Dow Jones industrials gave back more than 300 points after its best week in two decades.
LONDON -- Oil prices surged Monday on market fears the Iraq war might take longer than some anticipated and because ethnic unrest was disrupting supplies from Nigeria.
Q: I collect airline frequent-flier miles, including some with a credit card that offers miles for my charges. But with all the turmoil in the industry - reduced flight schedules, slashed capacity on many routes and carrier bankruptcies - are such miles still very valuable?
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Joe Theismann was headed to North Carolina State before he changed his mind and chose Notre Dame.
Augusta businesses that cater to the Masters are trying to determine how much business might be off due to expected protests next month. And government officials are spending time and money planning to accommodate the protesters with, we might add, varying levels of appreciation by the protest organizers.

Vote for sheriff

A real red flag
Believe it or not, there's more going on in Washington than the Iraqi crisis. Recently President Bush unveiled his long-awaited Medicare reform package - and it's a doozy.
This is an important day for Aiken County. Voters begin electing a new sheriff. Our choice in the primaries is interim GOP Sheriff Jody Rowland. He has way more education and experience than the others. But whether Aiken Countians agree or not, they should make time to cast an informed ballot for their choice.
Documentary maker Michael Moore, so cocksure he has the market cornered on morality, also seems to think he's got the surest grip on reality.

What is real
Despite opposition from the business and tourist industries across the state, legislation on Gov. Sonny Perdue's proposal for a referendum on the Georgia state flag is being discussed in the House this week.

Show them Augusta

Pass Medicare reform
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Opera announced it would cut more than $5 million - much of it from programming and production - in a continuing effort to shrink its operating costs.
NEW YORK - Stung by a three-year bear market, many investors are turning to mutual funds that promise they won't lose money. But financial advisers caution the principal-protected funds are loaded with expenses and restrictions that could unduly hurt returns.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Denny's restaurant - long famous for its speedy Grand Slam with eggs, bacon, sausage and pancakes - is branching out into gourmet territory.
Ishma'il Muhammad has never lacked confidence.
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Nothing comes easy on the road for Georgia Tech, not this season.
ATLANTA --Steven Blackwood hit a grand slam and drove in six runs as Georgia Tech unleashed an 18-hit attack and scored in every inning to complete a three-game sweep of Maryland 20-6 on Sunday.

Jackets hang on for win

Hard work has paid off for Muhammad, Jackets
ORLANDO, Fla. - Arnold Palmer said goodbye to the Masters Tournament last year, but there's nothing that says he can't say goodbye all over again.
ORLANDO, Fla. - Tiger Woods barely had enough strength late Sunday afternoon to slip on the dark-blue blazer that goes to the Bay Hill Invitational winner.
Oliver Wilson walked quietly down the 16th fairway at Forest Heights Country Club on Sunday with his eyes focused on the grass below.
PHOENIX - Se Ri Pak needed a big start to beat Annika Sorenstam, and she got it with a pair of front nine eagles. On a course where birdies came in bunches, though, it took a scrambling par to clinch her win.

Augusta State looks to regain focus
SANTO DA SERRA, Madeira Islands -- Bradley Dredge of Wales won his first European tour title Sunday, capturing the Madeira Island Open by eight strokes.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Take away that tee shot Tiger Woods hooked into the tennis courts at Riviera and he might be 4-for-4 since his return to the PGA Tour.
STATESBORO, Ga. - Wake Forest did what Augusta State couldn't: put three good rounds together.

Augusta State fails to defend E-Z-GO title

Pair of eagles push Pak's win
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar -- Saddam Hussein is using guerrilla tactics to snarl the coalition advance, putting elite fighters in civilian clothes, duping U.S. troops with fake surrenders and employing human shields, U.S. and British officials say.
Text of President Bush's remarks Sunday on the war in Iraq. He spoke to reporters upon returning to the White House from Camp David. The transcription was provided by the White House:
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military is moving quickly to interrogate more than 2,000 Iraqi POWs - including two generals - for information about the location of chemical and biological weapons.
WASHINGTON -- The strategy of a "shock and awe" air war will have worked if the Iraqis surrender Baghdad without a fight, the author who helped coin the expression to describe the U.S.-led campaign in Iraq said Saturday.
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- With U.S.-led forces closing in on Baghdad, a composed Saddam Hussein tried to rally his people and his troops with a stirring address Monday in which he vowed that allied forces would be crushed and "victory will be ours soon."
WASHINGTON -- President Bush demanded Sunday that American troops held captive in Iraq be treated humanely, warning that Iraqis who do otherwise will be punished as war criminals.
Aiming for Saddam Hussein's seat of power, U.S.-led warplanes and helicopters attacked Republican Guard units defending Baghdad on Monday while ground troops advanced to within 50 miles of the Iraqi capital. President Bush put a $75 billion price tag on a down payment for the war.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. forces on Sunday pressed to find the first cache of Saddam Hussein's chemical and biological weapons, seizing a suspected chemical factory in southern Iraq and checking other sites based on leads from captured Iraqis and documents.
Allied forces confronted a shaken but combative foe in their advance through southern Iraq on Sunday, suffering more combat deaths and the first U.S. prisoners of war. They declared the invasion on target but it was increasingly bloody for the coalition.
WASHINGTON -- Specially trained paramilitary guerrillas and Saddam Hussein's security forces are leading the stiffest resistance to the U.S.-led invasion, trying to keep Iraqi soldiers from surrendering and organizing battlefield tricks that have inflicted casualties, U.S. and British officials said Sunday.
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq claimed Monday that it shot down two Apache helicopters and was holding the pilots prisoner. U.S. Gen. Tommy Franks said two pilots were missing in action.
AN NASIRIYAH, Iraq -- U.S.-led forces suffered their worst casualties of the war Sunday in two bloody battles near An Nasiriyah that raged for hours before Iraqi resistance was vanquished. Marines said they would move around the city rather than march through it on the road to Baghdad.
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar -- U.S.-led coalition forces are making "rapid and in some cases dramatic" progress in Iraq but also have met sporadic resistance, U.S. commander Gen. Tommy Franks said Monday.
WASHINGTON -- The State Department protested Sunday that Russian companies sold sensitive military equipment to Iraq in the run-up to U.S.-led war against Saddam Hussein's regime.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. helicopters have begun attacking Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard forces arrayed around Baghdad, a Pentagon official said Monday.
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- When Sgt. Asan Akbar was taken into custody on suspicion of killing a fellow serviceman with a grenade, an Army spokesman said he may have acted out of resentment. But where such bitterness may have come from remains a mystery.
KUWAIT CITY -- A U.S. soldier most likely acted out of resentment Sunday when he threw grenades into tents at a 101st Airborne Division command center, killing a fellow serviceman, an Army spokesman said.
NEAR KARBALA, Iraq -- The Army's 3rd Infantry Division dashed north Monday toward the Shiite holy city of Karbala, only 50 miles south of Baghdad, but was stalled by a sandstorm that blew out of the desert.
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar -- A U.S. Patriot missile battery shot down a British fighter plane Sunday near the Iraqi border with Kuwait, killing the two fliers on board, the British military said.
LONDON -- A British soldier was killed in combat in southern Iraq on Monday, the first British combat death since the war began, the Ministry of Defense said.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. military leaders said Sunday they expect fighting in Iraq to intensify as coalition forces advance toward Baghdad, facing increased resistance from Saddam Hussein's troops and their possible use of chemical or biological weapons.
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is confronting the costs of the Iraq war in lives and dollars, grieving for lost civilians and soldiers while telling lawmakers it will cost at least $70 billion to fight Baghdad.
DERBY, Kan. -- The half brother of a Kansas soldier held captive in Iraq said he wants the United States to finish the war "as fast as possible" so his brother can come home.
DOHA, Qatar -- Looking by turns frightened or stoical, five captured U.S. soldiers were thrust in front of an Iraqi TV microphone and peppered with questions Sunday. The footage also showed at least four bodies.
NEW YORK -- A day after massive anti-war rallies attracted thousands across the nation - including more than 100,000 people in a march down Broadway - hundreds of people gathered in Times Square and other cities Sunday to show support for the war in Iraq.
We dismiss a temporary solution as a Band-Aid approach, but, more and more it appears, that's the way we're going with "patch" medications.
An Army sergeant being detained on suspicion of throwing a grenade that killed one soldier and wounded 15 others received some training at Fort Gordon, an installation spokeswoman said.
If the allegations that we have heard involving the University of Georgia basketball program are true, firing assistant Coach Jim Harrick Jr. was the right thing to do. As the head coach of the basketball team, it is the responsibility of his father, Jim Harrick Sr., to know what is going on with his players, and his suspension was also justified. Jack Liebowitz, Augusta
Once again U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., has shown his true colors. Willis Clifton, Martinez, Ga.
I agree with Janice McNair's March 17 letter, "Underpowered NOAA weather radio system needs updating." She addressed the miserable state our National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration alert system is in. Mrs. A. E. Waters, Hephzibah, Ga.
North Augusta City Council elections are approaching; on April 29 your vote will count. I want to address an issue in the world of politics. Lettye L. Smith, North Augusta, S.C.
I write regarding an issue of great concern to me - upcoming pension reform legislation. Amanda R. Lang, Augusta
Recently the Augusta Symphony, together with the Augusta Choral Society, presented two performances of Verdi's Requiem. They, together with their sponsors, gave the Central Savannah River Area a musical experience of the first magnitude. Vernon Johnson, Mesena, Ga.
After watching the Georgia Department of Transportation blundering on I-20 for the past several years, I realized that the situation was not as comical as I first thought. John Sullivent, Harlem, Ga.
The protests to be held in Augusta over the Masters weekend should be stopped. An all-male organization has every right to remain that way. And the guests who plan to attend this event should in no way be unconvinced to visit this event. They are paying a dear price already, especially the ones from out of town. Fred Frantum, Aiken, S.C.
Recently I saw downtown Augusta through the eyes of visitors to the city. I left that experience with a deep appreciation for what Augusta leaders have done in revitalizing downtown. Carlene Murphy, Augusta
The government is not the same as the people - unfortunately, very seldom. The United States is my adopted country and though I have done many very smart things in my life, the smartest was to get here. I love this country and its wonderful people. Dr. Bela Vitez, Aiken, S.C.
This whole argument about the Masters Tournament and the women's demonstration is tiresome and was unnecessary. When Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Hootie Johnson got the letter from the National Council of Women's Organizations Chairwoman Martha Burk, he should have either tossed it or sent her a note saying "good idea, we'll think it over." Instead, he sends her an in-your-face challenge through the press. This is perfect. Now she has a public issue she can play on and on. She doesn't want to just demonstrate; she wants television cameras, and they will be there at the end of Magnolia Lane. James M. Stone, Aiken, S.C.
The carpetbaggers are back, except they are now called the National Council of Women's Organizations. They are armed with laws they have gotten passed and legal attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union to threaten businesses with needless lawsuits, and a preacher to make it sound right. The Rev. Grady Brown, Augusta
As a retired medical oncologist from the Medical College of Georgia and University Hospital, I want to support the tobacco user-fees increase proposed by Gov. Sonny Perdue (House Bill 379). Leonard H. Brubaker, M.D., Augusta

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Of the 122 entries received for this year's Augusta Chronicle Oscar contest, six entrants tied entertainment writer Steven Uhles with four of six categories correct and two, Richard Menger of Augusta and Angela Meyers of Augusta, beat him with five out of six.
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Lynx make push for playoff position
Should the Augusta Lynx reach the East Coast Hockey League playoffs, players and coaches stand to reap the rewards.
CAMP VIPER, Iraq - Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Fields parked his Humvee on a strip of asphalt and sat waiting for two Marine Chinook helicopters to move out ahead of him.
As a third-grade teacher, Connie Adams was known for sending problem pupils to timeout. These days, the retiree is known for her motivating ministry to inmates inside the Richmond County jail.
CAMP VIPER, Iraq - With truck tires and helicopter blades kicking up sand, Camp Viper is seemingly in a never-ending dust storm.
ST. MARYS, Ga. - Rick Vanderpool has Georgia on his mind - along with Texas, Florida and the remaining 47 states. But for now, Georgia is Mr. Vanderpool's focus.
AIKEN - A safety board review says the failure of a piece of equipment this month at Savannah River Site is cause for concern.
ATHENS -Three men have been arrested in a shooting spree that followed the death of a 20-year-old man.
ATLANTA -- The Senate unanimously passed a bill Monday that would stiffen penalties for the sale or possession of methamphetamines.
EASLEY -A Pickens County man has been charged in the shooting deaths of his wife and son.

Masters event permits OK'd by committee
THIS IS A RANT for all those out there who won't stand up for President Bush. He is doing a great job and deserves America's support.
This Masters Week, protesters won't be the only ones hitting the pavement outside Augusta National Golf Club.
ATLANTA - The Georgia General Assembly might get to have it both ways when lawmakers vote today on Gov. Sonny Perdue's midyear budget request.
THESE DEMONSTRATORS against President Bush and our coalition should be treated as traitors. When war is over, demonstration is fine. But during a time of war, we must stick together.
ATLANTA - It's easy to miss Entrenchment Creek.
Today's subscriber of the day is Russell Blodgett of Martinez.

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THIS IS A RANT for all those out there who won't stand up for President Bush. He is doing a great job and deserves America's support.
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court threw out a death sentence Monday against Gary Chad Thomason, a burglar convicted of killing a Rome businessman.
An Augusta man who saw his stolen truck being driven on Bobby Jones Expressway late Saturday helped police nab the suspect, according to authorities.

Across the area
AIKEN - Even after an apology, one member of the South Carolina House would like to see some action from the Dixie Chicks.
Ron Cross was a little surprised by the show of hands: More than a dozen of the 50 or so people at Monday night's town hall meeting said they would support Columbia County's helping to pay for a new arena in Augusta.

House demands Chicks apology
AIKEN - Aiken County school officials are facing the hard truth of being forced to operate with $12 million less than expected for the next school year, almost twice as much they thought they were going to lose a month ago.
LOS ANGELES -- A South Carolina man entered surprise guilty pleas Monday to the 1957 killings of two California police officers and tearfully apologized.

Across the southeast
Rain didn't seem to rattle the police academy recruits who were kneeling on wet pavement and showing how to perform a felony traffic stop.

Activists fight bill on water transfers

Valve failure raises safety board issues

Capitol sets vote on fiscal measure

Race pulls in former sheriff

All things 'Georgia' are shown in collage
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court upheld a law Monday that freezes property taxes for longtime homeowners.

Across Georgia
CONWAY -Prosecutors across the state pushed Monday for passage of a law they said would level the playing field in criminal cases.

Lack of funds delay I-20 work
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When former Gov. Carroll Campbell asked Fred Carter to join his staff in 1987, he wasn't sure he wanted to leave a comfortable job as head of the political science department at the College of Charleston.

Across Georgia
MARCH 24, 1923 Preparations are under way to put on an extensive fly campaign in Augusta - a campaign that will make the city practically free of flies.

Residents vary about arena

Rants and Raves
THESE DEMONSTRATORS against President Bush and our coalition should be treated as traitors. When war is over, demonstration is fine. But during a time of war, we must stick together.

Wound-infliction debate opens trial
One bad apple has spoiled the fun for a bunch of late night bars and restaurants in Aiken.

Teen mom's baby ingests meth

Bar owners fail to sway vote for later hours
An article in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about North Augusta High School's baseball game against White Knoll contained incorrect information. Outfielder Madison Cochran did not commit an error.

Across South Carolina
AIKEN - There's an unannounced, absentee candidate in today's special primary for Aiken County sheriff - the former sheriff, Howard Sellers.

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NORTH AUGUSTA - A popular restaurant known for its country cooking was apparently torched by burglars during the weekend, forcing it to close for at least three weeks, officials said.
ATLANTA - The Georgia House approved a measure Monday that would rename Augusta's River Watch Parkway after the lawmaker credited with getting the money to build it.

Fort says Akbar trained at post
A teenage mother was arrested Sunday after doctors told police that her sick baby had methamphetamines in her system, authorities said.
Residents in the Chukker Creek Farms neighborhood are anxiously awaiting Tuesday's unveiling of the preferred route for a connector between Whiskey and Silver Bluff roads.
BARTOW, Fla. -An inmate facing kidnapping and other charges escaped from jail by posing as his cellmate, who was due to be released after posting $50,000 bail.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Higher education officials hope a new partnership to study health could represent a watershed moment in relations between the University of South Carolina and the state's historically black colleges.
INSURANCE Q & A QUESTION: What amount of homeowners insurance coverage should I buy for my home? How much is enough?
Tyrone Butler, the executive director of the Augusta Mini-Theater, says budget cuts approved Monday by the General Assembly likely are just the beginning.
ATLANTA -- Larry Eugene Moon's attorneys say the state will be killing an innocent man if they go ahead with his execution by injection Tuesday.
Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams is cracking down on shopping cart thefts.
ATLANTA -- After calling for mandatory meningitis shots for college students, Georgia lawmakers are backing off and saying only that students should be warned of the risks of not getting a vaccine.
An Army sergeant suspected of throwing grenades that killed one soldier and wounded 15 others in Kuwait received some training at Fort Gordon, a post spokeswoman said.
ATLANTA -The Georgia Supreme Court threw out a death sentence Monday against Gary Chad Thomason, a burglar convicted of killing a Rome businessman.
ATLANTA -- The Legislature passed and sent to the governor Monday a midyear budget that uses reserves and heavy spending cuts to offset a $620 million shortfall and does not need new taxes to fund.

Legislature OKs budget
ATLANTA -- A move to tighten protection against identity theft moved ahead Monday when a Georgia House committee voted to require merchants to partially remove credit card numbers from receipts.
ATLANTA - The General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a midyear budget Monday that relies on leftover revenues, reserve funds and spending cuts to avoid raising taxes.

Detained 101st sergeant trained at Fort Gordon
U.S. Rep. Max Burns said it will take a major effort to protect Fort Gordon from the next round of military base closings.
ATLANTA -- Government workers and history buffs are trying to find Georgia's 2,000 roadside historical markers, some of which have disappeared or been damaged.
ATLANTA -- Some black Democrats say their party leaders - including some black legislators - have ignored key minority issues this year and forgotten some of the most loyal Democratic voters in Georgia.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- In churches across the state Sunday, congregations discussed the need for war in Iraq and prayed for troops involved in the conflict.
Today's subscriber of the day is C.D. Nelson of Evans.


Across the area
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Some South Carolina police departments are scrambling to keep up with the loss of officers called to duty by the National Guard and military services as the war on Iraq escalates.
The trial of an Augusta man charged with fatally stabbing his live-in girlfriend began Monday with a dispute over who inflicted the wound.
Columbia and Richmond County motorists can thank a lack of state funding for a delay of yet another Interstate 20 construction project, which had been set to begin as early as this summer.

Stolen shopping carts litter city
Fort Gordon's contributions are "very compelling" in the face of 2005 base closures, the head of all Army training programs and classes said Monday.

Man set for execution maintains innocence

Reduced funding to affect theater

House approves naming measure
ORLANDO, Fla. - Muhammad Ali had his "Rope-a-dope." Steve Spurrier operated the "Fun 'n Gun." Tiger Woods has introduced a whole new strategy for success.
LOS ANGELES -- Steve Martin and Queen Latifah are turning into squatters at the top of the box office.
LOS ANGELES -- "Chicago" led the Academy Awards with six trophies, including best picture, at a ceremony Sunday that allowed Hollywood to exalt itself while muting the Oscar pageantry because of the U.S.-led war on Iraq.
LOS ANGELES -- Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins drew the loudest cheers when they flashed matching peace signs after exiting their gasoline-electric hybrid car on Hollywood Boulevard at Sunday's Oscars.

Busch steers clear, gets victory
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Kurt Busch talked of all the crashes he saw Sunday during the Food City 500 when something struck him: Just about every one he was around involved Robby Gordon.

Gordon gravitates toward wrecks
BRISTOL, Tenn. - The only dent on Kurt Busch's car Sunday was on the rear bumper. Compared to everyone else at the Food City 500, his Sharpie Ford was in mint condition.
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Kurt Busch didn't need any bumping, banging or late-race dramatics. Good clean racing and a little luck was all it took to get him back into Bristol's winner's circle.
SEPANG, Malaysia -- Now Kimi Raikkonen has a Formula One victory this season, joining David Coulthard. And Michael Schumacher? The five-time world champion has yet to contend.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Michael Jordan hopes his latest criticism of his teammates will be enough to fuel the Washington Wizards through their key road trip.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A team of blue-collar kids with crew cuts from a tiny Indiana school beat a powerhouse in the big tournament.
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- When Kansans are asked to compare their proud basketball program with Duke's, the truth hurts.
For all the profits and fun of the men's NCAA basketball tournament, too many players wind up with nothing more than memories.
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The opponent will be better and the setting more hostile when Notre Dame seeks its second straight upset in the NCAA women's basketball tournament.
Butler is this year's tournament darling. The 12th-seeded Bulldogs advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in school history with a 79-71 stunner over Rick Pitino and fourth-seeded Louisville on Sunday.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Michigan State lost the hotshot guard to Florida, but that's where the losing stopped.
STORRS, Conn. -- Connecticut looked unbeatable again, roaring back from its first loss in two years with a rout of Boston University.
Close games, upsets, and new faces. The opening two rounds of the NCAA tournament gave fans everything they could want.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- When it comes to making impressive drives at the NCAA tournament, it's hard to top the Cornette family.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A day after his team was wiped out of the NCAA tournament, Florida coach Billy Donovan urged his critics to look at the big picture - or at least his interpretation of it.
A year after not even being invited to the NCAA tournament, the Butler Bulldogs are all the rage.
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Barnwell bests Silver Bluff, 3-1
USC Aiken stranded eight runners on base and managed only one run in a 5-1 loss to USC Spartanburg Sunday at J.H. Satcher Field.
The war in Iraq reverberated across sports this weekend, from marathoners in Washington to national anthems at NHL games to military updates during TV coverage of the NCAA tournament.
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Coming off a five-goal win against the No. 10 team in Class AA last week, Barnwell soccer coach Arvie Bennett expects the Warhorses to play like an upper-echelon squad.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Lindsay Davenport strained her right hamstring and quit during her fourth-round match Monday against qualifier Marion Bartoli at the Nasdaq-100 Open.
Bode Miller settled for silver in the giant slalom at the U.S. Alpine Championships on Monday in Lake Placid, N.Y., beaten by his friend and roommate Erik Schlopy.
A 14-year-old moratorium on striped bass fishing in the Savannah River could be reconsidered as early as next year, according to the marine fisheries director for Georgia's Coastal Resources Division.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Free agents Tod McBride and Twan Russell signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday.

At worst, Woods is better than most
SINGAPORE -- Singapore's government on Monday ordered about 740 people who may have been exposed to victims of a mysterious flu-like illness to stay home for 10 days in a bid to contain the disease.
For years, console fans have been waiting for the ultimate combat flight simulator.
PDF files are the common currency of the computer age. They incorporate all elements of a document and allow it to be viewed across different computers.
SEATTLE -- Parents, take note. Microsoft Corp. thinks it just may understand your teenagers.
NEW YORK -- "The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini has dropped his lawsuit against HBO, resolving a contentious salary dispute that threatened the future of the Emmy-winning television series.
NEW YORK -- Vivian Schiller makes it her mantra: "We are not a news network."
ATHENS, Ga. - Former University of Georgia quarterback John Rauch, who set a record for most career college passing yards, was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame on Monday.
ATHENS, Ga. - Alexis Kendrick was in her element.
ATHENS, Ga. -- Size matters, or does it?
ATHENS, Ga. -- Matt Liuzza broke a 2-2 tie with a leadoff home run in the ninth inning that carried LSU to a 3-2 victory over Georgia Sunday and a sweep of a three-game weekend series.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Christina Ciocan spent most of the first half and a good deal of the second on the bench in foul trouble, so when she did get back into the game she made her remaining minutes count.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Jocelyn Penn and Kelly Mazzante probably won't guard each other when fifth-seed South Carolina faces fourth-seed Penn State in the Mideast Regional's second round.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Javi Herrera's grand slam in the bottom of the eighth Sunday afternoon gave Tennessee a 10-6 win against South Carolina and a sweep of the three-game series.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina starter Aaron Rawl is out indefinitely with a broken finger on his right hand, team officials said.
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It's pre-registration time and many students are considering which classes to take. One dilemma is whether to take an advanced placement class.
New on video and DVD: Maid in Manhattan, starring Jennifer Lopez (right) as a hotel maid who poses as a socialite; director Brian DePalma's Femme Fatale, with Rebecca Romijn-Stamos as a jewel thief on the run from her former partners; and Ice Cube's Friday After Next, the third installment in the Friday series.
Josh McKee, 19, is a senior at Harlem High School.

Jennifer Taylor, 14, a freshman at T.W. Josey High School.
Visit a virtual island that's designed specifically with young people in mind - CyberIsle. Developed by teens for teens, the Web site contains tons of health resources on topics as varied as menstruation, HIV and drug use.
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My best friend does everything that her boyfriend says, and she's only 14. He makes her take posters off her wall because he doesn't like them, and he says that she's disrespecting him. What should I do? - 15-year-old Augusta girl.

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Prom is the night that you're supposed to remember forever.
Associated PressWeekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:
Pressured to love. When someone first hears this, they probably pass it off as an unintelligent remark. But maybe it's not that stupid.
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