Baseball roundup

Titans pick off their spots for state title
The teams NorthPoint Academy played in the Georgia Association of Christian Schools hadn't given the Titans a challenge.

Greenbrier follows close win with romp
Greenbrier sure has a flair for the dramatics.

Sale of Angels unanimously approved by owners

Georgia prep playoff schedule

Greenbrier follows close win with romp

Irish shut out in playoff return

Baseball roundup
CLEVELAND - Omar Vizquel's speed and Ellis Burks' clutch hitting gave the Cleveland Indians a 3-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night and halted Mark Mulder's five-game winning streak.

Sale of Angels unanimously approved by owners
NEW YORK -- The sale of the Anaheim Angels from The Walt Disney Co. to Arturo Moreno was approved Thursday, making him the first minority with a controlling stake in a major league team.

Westside rides senior moments
All season, Westside coach Gerald Barnes has relied on his seniors to lead the way. Friday afternoon was no different.

Prep baseball statistics
Here are statistics for area prep baseball players.

Cross Creek eliminated after surprising rally
With thunder crackling in the distance, Sandy Creek's offense provided the jolt in a 4-3 victory over Cross Creek in Friday's Class AAAA state baseball tournament to eliminate the Razorbacks.

Prep baseball statistics

Irish shut out in playoff return
The excitement of their first trip to the state baseball playoffs in 15 years turned to frustration, then desperation and, ultimately, to dejection.

Georgia prep playoff schedule
Here is a schedule of area prep playoff games.

Selling your SEC championship ring? Try eBay

Odds and Ends
LAKELAND, Fla. -- A woman who went to the emergency room thinking she was having an anxiety attack ended up giving birth in a hospital restroom.

Sweet smell of perfume could land wife in prison
JENSEN BEACH, Fla. -- When Lynda Taylor put on perfume and lit scented candles around the house, it wasn't romance she had on her mind.

Braves beat Padres, 6-4
SAN DIEGO -- Robert Fick doubled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and the Atlanta Braves overcame a strange inside-the-park homer by Sean Burroughs to beat the San Diego Padres 6-4 Friday night.

Braves rout Padres

Braves beat Padres, 6-4

Braves rout Padres
SAN DIEGO -- Julio Franco's two-run triple highlighted an eight-run fifth inning and the Atlanta Braves routed the San Diego Padres 15-6 on Thursday.

Stocks gain on drop in jobless claims, upbeat IBM outlook

Stocks gain on drop in jobless claims, upbeat IBM outlook
NEW YORK -- Wall Street pushed higher Thursday as a drop in jobless claims and an upbeat outlook from IBM recharged investors' hopes that the economy was improving.

New businessmen find success with talking smoke detectors
ATHENS, Ga. - Armed with a unique product that addresses the fact that traditional smoke detectors do not wake small children, four graduating MBA students at the University of Georgia have launched a start-up company that could prove to be a multimillion-dollar enterprise.

Job search tests new graduates

Pocket change
RICHMOND, Va. - Philip Morris and other cigarette makers agreed Friday to make large purchases of domestically grown tobacco over the next decade and pay $200 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging they fixed prices paid to growers at auction.

New businessmen find success with talking smoke detectors

Business briefs

Chamber forms plan for agency
Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce officials hope to have details of their new economic development agency worked out by the summer.

Stocks fall, but Nasdaq, S&P 500 still post 5th week of gains

Chamber forms plan for agency

Some college graduates opt to wait out tough job market in graduate school or service sector

Business briefs
Morris Communications Co., the parent company of The Augusta Chronicle, has purchased the Hospitality Industry Association, a member services organization based in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Restaurant reopens as bar

Job search tests new graduates
A week after graduating from the University of South Carolina Aiken, Derek Weaver spent Thursday afternoon waiting by the phone for a job.

Restaurant reopens as bar
Because it's easier to pour a pitcher than slow-roast ribs, the downtown barbecue restaurant, Treybon, has turned into a full-time bar and dropped its restaurant menu.

Disney, Fox, AOL sour on synergy, put pro teams on market
LOS ANGELES -- For the Walt Disney Co., owning two professional sports teams playing just down the street from Disneyland seemed to make good sense in the 1990s.

Stocks fall, but Nasdaq, S&P 500 still post 5th week of gains
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq composite posted a fifth straight week of gains - its longest streak since December 2001 - on a day of modest declines Friday, when investors played it safe and cashed in their profits.

Some college graduates opt to wait out tough job market in graduate school or service sector
Clay Auttonberry assumed earning a bachelor's degree in management and finance would land him a job. He just didn't think it would mean working at the same restaurant that employed him while he went to Delta State University.

Disney, Fox, AOL sour on synergy, put pro teams on market

Bad week for college football fans in Georgia

Bad week for college football fans in Georgia
Spring is supposed to be a time of optimism for college football fans. Every game is winnable. Every player is a potential star.

Give our GIs a break
When various branches of the U.S. Armed Forces were combined under the Department of Defense as a single force for freedom in 1949, Defense Secretary Louis Johnson announced the creation of Armed Forces Day on the third Saturday in May to replace the separate Army, Navy and Air Force days.

Adjourn on time
Here's some good advice for the South Carolina legislature: Don't raise taxes (unless it's on tobacco products) and don't expand the session beyond the June 5 adjournment date.

Beneath their feet

Give our GIs a break

Beneath their feet
Tifton, proudly notes native Judy Calheiros, has been ranked "The Cleanest City in the USA," one of the Top 100 Best Small Towns in America by author Norman Crampton - and home of the planet's most voracious young readers, whose accumulated "Accelerated Reader" points made it the "Reading Capital of the World."

The damage they've done
With an explosion of "news" outlets that exhibit varying degrees of ethical restraints, it's getting more and more difficult to believe this, but the Jayson Blairs are a huge exception. An embarrassing, horrifying, ink-curdling, quasi-psychotic exception.

The damage they've done

Standing ovations
May Park, 622 Fourth St., will be the setting for Mayfest, the annual rite of spring that brings up-and-coming urban acts to Augusta. This year's performers include Lil John and the Eastside Boyz, Playa, Rasheedah, T.I., Kizzy Rock and DJ Smurf, Malaysa and Klutch. The show starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and admission is free. Call 279-2330, ext. 226.

Applause calendar
MAYFEST: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May Park, 622 Fourth St.; with Lil John and the Eastside Boyz, Playa, Rasheedah, T.I., Kizzy Rock and DJ Smurf, Malaysa, Klutch and more; free; LaKeshia Collins, 279-2330, Ext. 226.

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs.

Concert calendar
Concerts in the area

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Fishing report
Huge schools of hybrid bass slammed into blueback herring off the Fort Gordon Recreation Area early Wednesday - the first solid report on schooling fish this year.

Fishing report

Fishing tournament news

All tastes served in Casi's Kitchen
We're thrilled that Augusta has become such a cosmopolitan dining center that it's easy to find specialized cuisine.

Wine and dine
Pit-cooked meat with a tangy mustard-and-vinegar-based barbecue sauce and thick pork chops on bread are menu staples at Pork Chops! on 615 E. Martintown Road in North Augusta.

All tastes served in Casi's Kitchen

Lady of the roses tended garden
Opal Davis is the first lady of Brandon Wilde's first rose garden, a stop Saturday on the Augusta Rose Society's free rose-garden tour.

Lady of the roses tended garden

Jackets lose 8 to grades
ATLANTA - What had already been a bad off-season for the state's two Division I-A football teams got worse Thursday.

Eight players at Georgia Tech academically ineligible
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech declared eight players academically ineligible for next season, including leading rusher Tony Hollings, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday on its Web site.

Eight players at Georgia Tech academically ineligible

Jackets lose 8 to grades

Jackets rally past Legends
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Augusta scored three runs in the final three innings to beat Lexington 4-1 on Thursday night at Applebee's Park.

Golf roundup

Wrong way Woods
ALVESLOHE, Germany - Tiger Woods fell nine strokes behind leader Padraig Harrington after shooting 1-under-par 71 on Friday in the second round of the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open.

Golf roundup
IRVING, Texas - Vijay Singh is back to getting attention for his play on the golf course instead of his comments about Annika Sorenstam.

Sorenstam in first set of women's golf cards
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Now golf fans can swap Annika Sorenstam for Tiger Woods.

Aiken star puts Tigers out in front

Teenage girl to play Nationwide Tour event
BOISE, Idaho -- Teenager Michelle Wie has accepted a sponsor's exemption to play in the Boise Open on the Nationwide Tour, becoming the first female to compete on the PGA Tour's developmental circuit.

Blackburn returns to Regions Cup play
Two-time defending Regions Cup player of the year Jay Blackburn makes his first start of the season in the Gordon Uhl/Golf Capital Invitational, which begins today at Midland Valley Country Club in Graniteville.

Jaguars 9 shots off lead
AUBURN, Ala. - At 20, James Heath is older than the average college freshman. Those extra years of maturation paid off Thursday.

NCAA West Regional delayed by rain
Georgia is in fifth place midway through the second round of the weather-delayed West Regional at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Wash.

Sorenstam in first set of women's golf cards

Aiken star puts Tigers out in front
AUBURN, Ala. - He hasn't won a golf tournament since his high school days. Yet, Clemson redshirt junior Matt Hendrix played his way into contention on one of college golf's grandest stages Friday.

Teenage girl to play Nationwide Tour event

NCAA West Regional delayed by rain

Blackburn returns to Regions Cup play

Woods opens with solid round
ALVESLOHE, Germany --Tiger Woods shot a bogey-free, 3-under-par 69 Thursday and was four strokes off the lead after the first round of the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open.

Putting lesson by phone paying off for Sluman
IRVING, Texas -- Jeff Sluman was so desperate for some help with his putting he took a lesson by phone. Now he's back on the top of the leaderboard.

Putting lesson by phone paying off for Sluman

Jaguars 9 shots off lead

Wrong way Woods

Jackets rally past Legends

Aquinas sideline suits Connor

Aquinas sideline suits Connor
Two years away from life as a head football coach was long enough for Jim Connor.

Selling your SEC championship ring? Try eBay
In case you hadn't heard, nine University of Georgia football players were declared ineligible this week for selling their 2002 Southeastern Conference championship rings for thousands of dollars. The eBay Internet auction site was the reported marketplace.

Adults not always more educated than teens
Regarding Allen W. Johnson's April 30 letter, "Resents attempt to rewrite history of Confederacy": Yes, Chris Flagg's remark that Robert E. Lee was a battalion commander in his letter of April 4 ("Confederate history account wrong") was wrong. But Mr. Johnson exploited this minor mistake and overlooked the entire point of the letter. Steven Johnston, Martinez, Ga.

Perdue prime example of voter apathy

Democrats will be back in 2004

Perdue prime example of voter apathy
Politicians like Gov. Sonny Perdue are the root cause of voter apathy in this country. Is it any wonder so many Americans refuse to get involved in the political process? P.K. Fitzgerald, Harlem, Ga.

Democrats will be back in 2004
Regarding your April 18 editorial, "The A.G. wins big": In discussing Attorney General Thurbert Baker's win in the Fulton County Superior Court, the statement is made that the issue in question "enabled the GOP to take control of the Senate for the first time since Reconstruction." Walter S. Williams, Augusta

Open closed bases instead of closing more
I cannot in good conscience sit around and say nothing about the possible closing of Fort Gordon. I am a military retiree with more than 20 years of service and a 100-percent disabled veteran. The state of Georgia has always had tough-willed and very tough-minded senators to represent us in Washington, D.C., until now. I am speaking about former Sens. Herman E. Talmadge, Sam Nunn, Paul Coverdale and Max Cleland. All of these gentlemen would fight. Charles M. Davis Sr., Augusta

Pass child endangerment law now
Thanks to The Augusta Chronicle the word is finally out that Georgia has severe problems when it comes to protecting our children from violent acts. Priscilla Bence, Martinez, Ga.

Let's learn from the loss of the Augusta Hotel

Open closed bases instead of closing more

Let's learn from the loss of the Augusta Hotel
I have loved downtown Augusta since I moved here with my parents almost 14 years ago. In that time, I have seen the downtown area struggle on a journey to reclaim a long-forgotten dignity that once stood as the central defining character of our city. Will Sansbury, Augusta

Across the area

Business group urges survival of Army post

Pupils say bye to friends, hello to freedom
The final school bell rang Friday for Columbia County's 19,000 pupils, ending the 180-day school year.

Debate starts on new judge
The news of Superior Court Judge Robert L. Allgood's pending resignation has the legal community abuzz with speculation about who might ask the governor to appoint him, or her, to the bench.

Business group urges survival of Army post
A Richmond County board tasked with attracting business to the area raised fresh concerns about efforts under way to make sure Fort Gordon survives the next round of military base cuts slated for 2005.

Judge rejects suspect's plea for bond
A man who was jailed last month when he appeared in court without an attorney was refused a new bond by the same judge Thursday.

Solicitor's inquiry is personal, chief says

News you can use
MAY 16, 1967 The Augusta-Richmond County Library will end service to Columbia County after December unless a new contract is negotiated within three months.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A Gilbert school bus driver accused of fondling young girls as they rode to school faces additional sexual abuse charges, Lexington County Sheriff James Metts says.

Author avoids knowledge of island change
BEAUFORT, S.C. - The man who launched the Low-country's foremost literary career by writing of his teaching experiences on isolated Daufuskie Island has no idea what life is like now out there.

Correction
Residents living in the neighborhoods near Richmond County's jail on Phinizy Road were originally told the facility would house only female prisoners and nonviolent male prisoners. A story in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle did not clearly state that distinction.

County budget plan skips tax increase
It will cost more to run Columbia County's government next year, but residents won't see a tax increase, according to a budget package presented Thursday.

Correction

Preacher gets new abuse charges
AIKEN - Sexual assault charges continue to mount against a Bath evangelical preacher who made several guest appearances on a North Augusta Christian television station.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Army Spc. Jeremy Boucher of Springfield, Mass.

New sheriff takes over
AIKEN - A dispatcher's voice crackling over the airwaves heralded the arrival of Aiken County's new sheriff Thursday.

Pupils say bye to friends, hello to freedom

Officials change strategy for SRS
AIKEN - Savannah River Site may not land the $1.1 billion project that politicians had been pursuing, but U.S. legislators say they now have their eyes on bigger missions.

Officers say man admits to sex abuse
AIKEN - Bath evangelist J. Wesley McCoy by his own admission molested a number of young girls in several counties as he crisscrossed South Carolina spreading the gospel, according to a report filed by Pickens County, S.C., sheriff's investigators.

Convicted liar gets 2 years
AIKEN - A former Savannah River Site employee convicted in July of concocting rape and sexual harassment charges was sentenced this week in Columbia to more than two years in federal prison.

Across the area
Authorities on Friday ruled a shed fire on Wrightsboro Road as an arson, a police report states.

Body ends search for girl
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Before a nearly monthlong search ended this week for missing 12-year-old Ashleigh Moore, her mother opened a bittersweet letter.

Tough meth penalties get praise of officers
With methamphetamine labs popping up all over the Georgia and the dramatic drop in street cost, law enforcement officers are praising harsher penalties signed into law this week by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

UGA awaits speech by high court justice
ATHENS, Ga. - A shower of local and national media attention will accompany U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas today at his 10 a.m. commencement address at the University of Georgia School of Law.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -A monthlong search for a missing 12-year-old Savannah girl ended Thursday when police identified her body, found the day before by a fisherman.

Choir members save woman after seizure
It started as a simple church choir practice, but it ended with Linda Murray singing the praises of two choir members who she says saved her aunt's life.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Army Staff Sgt. Kelly McCargo of Westfield, Mass.

UGA president is fed up with athlete scandal
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia President Michael Adams has issued a strong statement in response to the latest scandal to rock the university's athletic program.

Hotel cleanup goes slowly

Correction
An article in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly referred to a possible judicial candidate's service in the Georgia General Assembly. William H. Sams Jr., a local lawyer, served two terms as a state representative in 1973-1974 and 1975-1976.

UGA president is fed up with athlete scandal

Subpoena seeks Walker records
A federal grand jury in Savannah has subpoenaed records at the Medical College of Georgia and University Hospital concerning laundry services and former Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker.

Author avoids knowledge of island change

Cancer network earns honor
Even from across the Savannah River, Jane Floyd could see what a regional program designation from the Georgia Cancer Coalition might mean for patients like her.

UGA awaits speech by high court justice

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

News you can use
Augusta will be included in an educational tour by several hundred Georgia schoolteachers this summer when they go to the New York World's Fair for a seven-day trip. It is arranged by the Georgia Educational Association, which has secured reduced railway rates on the Southern Railway, said Lester Moody, secretary of the chamber of commerce.

Debate starts on new judge

Davidson students mourn senior
Maurice Glenn was excited about his future.

County budget plan skips tax increase

Hotel cleanup goes slowly
Although cleanup work appeared to begin Friday morning at the site of a collapsed downtown building that once served as a hotel, work crews were only moving rubble off a Georgia Power easement, according to the property's owner, Tim Shelnut.

Police chief still faces complaints

Across Georgia
CHICKAMAUGA -Four nonfiring Civil War-era rifle replicas on display as part of the city's streetscape project have been stolen.

Convicted liar gets 2 years

Teacher avoids criminal charges
NORTH AUGUSTA - A suspended teacher at North Augusta High School will not face criminal charges after being accused of sexually harassing a female student, police investigators said Thursday.

Cancer network earns honor

Judge rejects suspect's plea for bond

Walker attracts deputies
AIKEN - Kim Denmark's long, long walk across America to promote her proposal that people leaving the welfare rolls be given health insurance and job training by the federal government had a hitch put in its stride by Aiken County deputies, she said Friday.

City honors slain police

Police get little help in some robberies
One wore sunglasses and a black false beard. Another reportedly wrote his robbery plans in a day planner so only the bank clerk could see.

Teacher avoids criminal charges

Body ends search for girl

Correction

Solicitor's inquiry is personal, chief says
AIKEN - Embattled New Ellenton Police Chief Van McMillan blames a personality conflict with 2nd Circuit Solicitor Barbara Morgan as the reason her office still has an open investigation on complaints about his police work.

Across the area

New sheriff takes over

Officials change strategy for SRS

News you can use

Across the area
Richmond County authorities on Thursday were investigating an arson at a vacant house in east Augusta.

News you can use

Preacher gets new abuse charges

Serviceman of the day

City honors slain police
After rain fell throughout Thursday morning, city officials had a few rainless minutes to hold the second annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony at the Heroes Overlook monument on the Riverwalk 10th Street Plaza.

Across South Carolina

Lack of soap cited in illness
Richmond County elementary schools need to stock soap and paper towels in their bathrooms to help stem the viral meningitis outbreak, according to the county's board of health.

Subpoena seeks Walker records

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A former client has been charged with the home invasion of a prominent Columbia defense attorney, Richland County deputies say.

Police get little help in some robberies

Police chief still faces complaints
NEW ELLENTON - Police Chief Van McMillan is still under investigation for complaints against his police work, despite being cleared Wednesday by the town council for allegations of misconduct stemming from two March arrests, 2nd Circuit Solicitor Barbara Morgan said Thursday.

Davidson students mourn senior

Rants and Raves
I WOULD LIKE to give a big rave to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office and those who were involved in finding the alleged murderers of Mrs. King, the convenience store clerk. They did a super job, and I am so glad to know that they are here to protect and serve us.

Across Georgia

Officers say man admits to sex abuse

At the Movies: 'The Matrix Reloaded'

Filmmaking Wachowski brothers hide in the shadows of 'The Matrix'

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

At the Movies: 'The Matrix Reloaded'
Andy and Larry Wachowski should double-check their ammo. The brothers behind 1999's visionary "The Matrix" are shooting blanks with "The Matrix Reloaded," the first of two sequels due this year.

Mini reviews

Filmmaking Wachowski brothers hide in the shadows of 'The Matrix'
LOS ANGELES -- The realm of "The Matrix" is full of question marks, but here's a brain-twister from reality: Who are the elusive brothers behind the computer-phobic fantasy?

Video watch

Video watch
JUST OUT: Analyze That and The Hot Chick

At the Movies: 'Down With Love'

At the Movies: 'Down With Love'
"Down With Love" is the most exhilarating piece of old-meets-new moviemaking since "Moulin Rouge," and it's no coincidence that Ewan McGregor is at the center of both.

Sorenstam has networks on her side
We always knew Vijay Singh had a big mouth.

Chorus picks challenging program
After a season tackling Handel, Haydn and Verdi, the Augusta Choral Society has decided it's ready for a challenge.

Chorus picks challenging program

Young singer is happiest when he has the blues
Sean Costello's emotive guitar seems to speak with a voice all its own.

Brother's death inspires country musician
Blake Shelton said the death of his brother, Ritchie, in a car crash 13 years ago led him to try harder at everything, including music.

Singer celebrates works of gospel innovator
Augusta performer Russell Joel Brown met arranger Moses Hogan once and spent less than an hour with him.

Singer breaks cycle of ballads by doing things his own way
Although his career has been punctuated by a slew of silky, slow-dance hits, crooner Mark Wills never intended on becoming a balladeer.

Singer breaks cycle of ballads by doing things his own way

Sport discusses schedule shakeup
CONCORD, N.C. - The Southern 500, one of stock car racing's oldest and most traditional events, might become the Southern California 500 in 2004.

Governor makes May "Motorsports Month" in North Carolina
CONCORD, N.C. -- Gov. Mike Easley declared May "Motorsports Month in North Carolina" on Thursday, another gimmick in the state's campaign to keep NASCAR from moving its annual all-star race.

Elliott wins Winston pole

Governor makes May "Motorsports Month" in North Carolina

Elliott wins Winston pole
CONCORD, N.C. - Bill Elliott proved again Friday night that when it comes to qualifying for The Winston, he's an all-star with no equal.

Sport discusses schedule shakeup

Changes in store for Lakers

Former MVP, scoring champ returns to Comets
HOUSTON -- There's a buzz at Houston Comets training camp that's familiar to some of the veterans.

Parker a critical component of Spurs' postseason run
SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich gave his young guard quite an earful and followed it up with a seat on the bench.

Hawks' Robinson guilty on domestic battery, assault charges
MARKHAM, Ill. -- Atlanta Hawks forward Glenn Robinson was found guilty Thursday on domestic battery and assault charges for shoving his former fiancee in her house last July.

Parker a critical component of Spurs' postseason run

Mutombo could get more time in conference finals
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Seconds after the New Jersey Nets finished off the Boston Celtics in four games, Dikembe Mutombo grabbed a broom and swept the floor of the Fleet Center.

Hawks' Robinson guilty on domestic battery, assault charges

Yao Ming unhappy over Coke's use of image
BEIJING -- Houston Rockets center Yao Ming claims the Coca-Cola Co. is using his image without permission and is asking the company to remove his likeness from its products.

Seventy-three players file for NBA draft
NEW YORK -- High school senior LeBron James and Syracuse freshman Carmelo Anthony head a list of 73 players who declared for early entry in the NBA draft.

Spurs eliminate Lakers
LOS ANGELES -- The three-year championship reign of the Los Angeles Lakers came to a decisive end Thursday night.

Changes in store for Lakers
LOS ANGELES - Phil Jackson is feeling good about his own health, as well as the future of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Mutombo could get more time in conference finals

Rookie and backup have Pistons on verge of advancing
PHILADELPHIA -- Tayshaun Prince is quickly becoming a go-to player. So is Chucky Atkins.

Spurs eliminate Lakers

Former MVP, scoring champ returns to Comets

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Toby Creech (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mr. Roger Flakes (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Twilley (LUFKIN, Texas)

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Mrs. Doris Sprayberry (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Brown (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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Ms. Carolyn Whitfield (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Dr. Harry Pinson (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy Fulmer (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mrs. Lila McLaughlin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Newman (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Hawthorne (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Olin Grice (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Sam Gilchrist (CHARLESTON, S.C.)

Mr. J.W. Guin (DANBURG, Ga.)

Mr. David Smith Jr. (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Rehder (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Alberta Walker (MACON, Ga.)

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Overtime

SEC office lacking blacks in leadership roles

Capriati, Clijsters and Mauresmo advance

Rain or shine, Funny Cide ready for Preakness

Sorenstam has networks on her side

Lakeside shows toughness in win

Athletes of the week

Overtime

Sophomore duo fills in nicely for Bulldogs' repeat run

Vitali Klitschko to fight Boswell on Lewis card

Warner seeks border-states' help for Va Tech ACC bid

Lakeside shows toughness in win
Lakeside boys soccer coach Dave Morgan wanted to hold injured Panther senior Grant Guthrie out of Friday's Class AAAA quarterfinal game as long as possible.

Capriati, Clijsters and Mauresmo advance
ROME -- Jennifer Capriati fought the urge to be aggressive, and her patience was rewarded with a berth in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open.

Overtime
USC Aiken has added two transfer forwards to its roster for the upcoming season.

Overtime
In a soulful ceremony brightened by song and football stories, about 1,500 family, friends, teammates and coaches filled a southern Dallas church Friday to remember Dallas Cowboys running back Ennis Haywood.

Warner seeks border-states' help for Va Tech ACC bid
RICHMOND, Va. -- Gov. Mark R. Warner said Thursday he is determined that Virginia Tech athletic teams be included in an expansion of the Atlantic Coast Conference and that he is working with two neighboring state governors on the issue.

Sampras out of Wimbledon, French Open
LONDON -- Pete Sampras is out of the French Open and Wimbledon, raising the possibility that one of the greatest tennis players ever is through with the sport.

Sophomore duo fills in nicely for Bulldogs' repeat run
Whether it was Silver Bluff pitcher Jessie Clark striking out the side after a triple by Crescent's Cacy Crocker in Game 2 or catcher Stephanie Loudermilk diving on her knees to nab a foul ball in Game 1, the heart and soul of the Lady Bulldogs squad was its battery.

Athletes of the week
Here are profiles for the area prep athletes of the week.

SEC office lacking blacks in leadership roles
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- With the Rev. Jesse Jackson calling for a black football coach in the Southeastern Conference, the league office finds itself in the odd position of encouraging campus diversity despite having an all-white senior staff.

Vitali Klitschko to fight Boswell on Lewis card
LOS ANGELES -- Top heavyweight contender Vitali Klitschko will face unbeaten Cedric Boswell on the undercard of the fight between heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and Kirk Johnson.

Rain or shine, Funny Cide ready for Preakness
BALTIMORE -- The Kentucky Derby winner likes a sloppy track.

Singer particular about autographs

Seven generations have stayed faithful to church
Warren Baptist Church holds a treasure of memories for seven generations of one Augusta family.

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church- and temple-based activities in the Augusta and Aiken area. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. E-mail items to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Faith digest
Members of The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 2230 Walton Way, will sit down at 5:30 p.m. Sunday to the parish hall's last supper before ground-breaking for a $3.85-million renovation.

In Jewish New York, argument over Sabbath is sign of bigger conflict
NEW YORK -- Sabbath morning services ended, and thousands of black-clad men in round fur hats and prayer shawls streamed out of synagogues.

Ethics expert assails religious doves on U.S. war policy
In the midst of the Iraq war, seven bishops and a hundred other members of the United Methodist Church joined in "calling our brother George W. Bush to repent."

Singer particular about autographs
If you ask Pat Boone for his autograph Thursday when he performs at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry, S.C., be forewarned - there are four things he will not sign.

Technology can be sinister

Fox brings back "Joe Millionaire," junior version of "American Idol"

Fox brings back "Joe Millionaire," junior version of "American Idol"
NEW YORK -- Fox will bring back a new "Joe Millionaire" next season and start a junior version of "American Idol" as well as a new drama about the porn industry.

Club calendar

Applause calendar

Standing ovations

Concert calendar

Ex-Dogs take pride in rings
The fire in the fall of 2001 took almost all that Tim Crowe and his family cherished. The home in Watkinsville, Ga., the furniture, the mementos - almost everything except Crowe, his wife and their five children.

Ex-Dogs take pride in rings

Football coach spends night in jail for DUI
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia assistant football coach Neil Callaway was fined a month's salary by the school after spending a night in a jail for a drunken driving arrest, officials said Friday.

Technology can be sinister
This weekend, millions of us (myself included) will hop into our cars, drive to a theater, buy tickets on a computer-monitored credit card and watch a movie about the dangers of technology, The Matrix Reloaded, electronically projected onto the silver screen.

Sweet smell of perfume could land wife in prison

In Jewish New York, argument over Sabbath is sign of bigger conflict

Seven generations have stayed faithful to church

Faith digest

Faith and fellowship calendar

Ethics expert assails religious doves on U.S. war policy