Originally created 03/29/03


Horse racing

Harness race begins in Aiken

The 2003 Aiken Harness Race will be held today at McGhees' Mile Track in Aiken.

Gates open at 10 a.m., and post time for the first of seven races is 1:20 p.m. USC Aiken is the sponsor of the event, which is the final leg of Aiken's Triple Crown series.

A celebrity race will be between the fourth and fifth harness races. Three area business leaders will each be pulled 100 yards in a sulky by a pair of USC Aiken athletes.

Judge Frank Eppes, who died Aug. 29, will be remembered for his support of the event before the first race.


Stakes run high for Rahman, Tua

For a few special months, Hasim Rahman was the heavyweight king, cheered by boxing fans and wooed by greedy promoters. As improbable as it was, his one punch knockout of Lennox Lewis gave the world a new heavyweight champion.

Barely two years later, Rahman's championship days are now only a hazy memory. He fights tonight against David Tua hoping to salvage his career, but ready to hang the gloves up if he can't win.

"If I can't win this fight, there's no need to go on," Rahman said. "I don't want to stop yet, but if I lose I'm going to call it quits."

There's a lot at stake for two big-punching heavyweights in the 12-round elimination fight. The winner will be in line to face IBF champion Chris Byrd, while the loser can either retire or begin climbing the ladder once again.

  • Former heavyweight champion Michael Moorer knows he must do better than his embarrassing 30-second loss to David Tua in August if he's ever going to be a contender again.
  • Moorer has a chance tonight, when he fights journeyman Otis Tisdale at the Seminole Indian Casino.

    "I'm just seeing this as a fight coming off a loss and building myself again," Moorer said. "I've already been up there so I know what it takes. But I also realize it is harder to stay on top."

    Moorer (43-3-1, 34 KOs) believes he still has time left to contend for another stint as heavyweight champion. Like most fighters, Moorer said he won't overlook Tisdale (20-9-1) but a victory and additional wins could return him to contending status.

    Sports medicine

    Center to hold free clinic today

    The MCG Sports Medicine Center will hold a free clinic for coaches from 8 a.m. to noon today at the Garden Room of the Alumni Center.

    Dr. Joel Brenner, Dr. Verle Valentine and certified athletic trainers will offer lectures on topics from concussions and spinal injury to asthma and sports, and how to plan for an emergency.

    There will be a taping session at 11 a.m. where trainers will demostrate the proper way to tape up injuries.


    Ex-Jaguars star wins rookie award

    Former Augusta State star Gary Boodnikoff was named the National Basketball League's Rookie of the Year this week.

    Boodnikoff and the Sydney Kings (Australia) play in today's semifinal game against Townsville, where the winner advances to face the Perth Wildcats in the Grand Final, which will begin on Thursday.

    Boodnikoff, 24, received 65 votes to win the award ahead of Victoria's David Biwer (61 votes) and West Sydney's Luke Martin (32 votes).


    Evans cheerleader wins second title

    Evans senior Holly Gindles-perger won the U.S. Spirit National Championships in the Senior Division at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., on Friday.

    Gindlesperger has won the individual cheerleading competition two of the past three years. She finished second a year ago.

    Gindlesperger will also compete with her Evans teammates in the team competition today.


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