Originally created 04/10/03

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Golf

Trio joins field at Heritage tourney

Past champion Greg Norman, veteran Hal Sutton and Matt Kuchar will play in the Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links next week in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

The three will join a packed field that includes Augusta's Charles Howell, defending champion Justin Leonard, Davis Love III, Nick Price, Stewart Cink, Bob Tway, Ernie Els and Lee Janzen.

Badges for the tournament are on sale at the course and at the Hilton Head and Beaufort Chambers of Commerce. For more information call (800) 234-1107 or (843) 671-2448.

College

Pacers twin bill canceled by rain

USC Aiken's doubleheader with USC Spartanburg was canceled due to continuing rain. Under Peach Belt Conference rules the game will not be made up.

The Lady Pacers will play Saturday in a doubleheader against UNC Pembroke at home. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

  • USC Aiken's baseball game against Limestone was also canceled because of rain. The game will not be made up.
  • The Pacers' next game will be against defending Division II national champion Columbus State. Game one of the three-game series will be at 6 p.m. Friday.

    Horse racing

    Jockey's family wants him to quit

    Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. will decide in three weeks whether he will resume his riding career or retire.

    Pincay, 56, is recovering from two fractures in the same bone in his neck suffered in a spill March 1. He is wearing a halo brace for eight weeks to heal the breaks.

    Pincay said he'll base his decision on the results of an MRI to be taken after the halo is removed.

    "My family definitely wants me to quit," he said. "I don't want to get my hopes up that everything's going to be OK, so I'm just going to wait and see when I talk to the doctor in three weeks."

    Basketball

    James loses appeal on eligibility rule

    A judge ruled against Le-Bron James on Wednesday, agreeing with Ohio high school officials the basketball star should not have been al-lowed to play for a state cham-pionship.

    However, Summit County Common Pleas Judge James R. Williams said the Ohio High School Athletic Association cannot force Akron St. Vin-cent-St. Mary to forfeit any victories because of his ruling.

    OHSAA commissioner Clair Muscaro said the association will not challenge the judge's ruling.

    Williams dismissed a law-suit filed by James challenging the OHSAA's ruling that he broke eligibility rules.

    James won a court order Feb. 4 allowing him to complete his senior year. In March, St. Vincent-St. Mary won its third state championship in James' four years and finished No. 1 in USA Today's national rankings.

    James was declared ineligible by the OHSAA on Jan. 31 after he admitted he accepted two "throwback" jerseys worth $845 from a Cleveland clothing store. The association also forced St. Vincent-St. Mary to forfeit one game.

    Olympics

    IOC continues its Athens inspection

    IOC inspectors toured several venues Wednesday in Athens, Greece, including a main sports complex mired in so many delays that organizers had to reschedule some pre-Olympic events.

    The official in charge of building the complex at Athens' old Hellenikon airport promised all projects will be ready for next year's Olympics.

    "The preparations for the Olympics are very good. This does not mean that there aren't some problems," Public Works Minister Vasso Papan-dreou said. "Problems will exist until the last hour as in all cases."