Originally created 06/20/03



Ex-Clemson stars to play in benefit

The River Golf Club in North Augusta will hold a golf tournament Monday at 12:30 p.m. to benefit Clemson's WestZone project.

Several former Tiger football players are scheduled to attend the event, including William Perry, Jeff Davis, Perry Tuttle, Steve Fuller, Bubba Diggs and T.J. Watkins.

The scramble event will be catered by Outback Steakhouse. For more information, contact Chris Verdery at cverdery@rivergolfclub.com. or 202-0110

The WestZone project, which will add 2,000 club seats to Death Valley's West end zone, is expected to cost $40 million. Davis, who played for the Tigers from 1978-81, is helping to raise funds to finance the project.

Horse racing

Smok'n Frolic runs in Phipps Handicap

Two Dogwood Stable horses will go to the post in the upcoming days. The Aiken-based stable runs Smok'n Frolic in the Grade I Ogden Phipps Handicap on turday (5 p.m., CBS-Ch. 12) at Belmont Park and Hypnotist in the Nick Shuk Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park in Wilmington, Del., on Monday.

Smok'n Frolic has won more than $1 million and six stakes races, but has not won a Grade I race. John Valesquez is the jockey.

At Delaware Park, Hypnotist is in a turf stake race for 3-year-olds.

Injuries bring aboutchamp's retirement

Richard Krajicek retired from the sport Thursday because of elbow pain, ending a career in which he won Wimbledon in 1996 and was one of the hardest servers in tennis.

The 31-year-old Dutchman leaves the sport two days after losing in the first round in the Ordina Open in Rosmalen, Netherlands. He said he has "lost the fight for my health."

Krajicek said he has received extensive medical treatment and cortisone shots. But he said the pain in his right elbow made it difficult for him to function in daily life.

  • Defending champion Lleyton Hewitt and former champion Venus Williams should be able to ease their way into Wimbledon, which starts Monday.
  • The top-seeded Hewitt will open against qualifier Ivo Karlovic, a Croat ranked 203rd. Williams, the champion in 2000 and 2001, will play Stanislava Hrozenka, a Slovakian qualifier ranked 184th.

    Eighteen men's qualifiers and 13 women's qualifiers were completed Thursday.

    Spain's Albert Costa withdrew with a knee injury Thursday, the fourth straight year the clay-court specialist will miss the tournament.

  • In Rosmalen, Netherlands, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne advanced to the Ordina Open semifinals, with both Belgians surviving tough quarterfinal matches.
  • Clijsters, seeded first, ousted Tina Pisnik of Slovenia 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4). Henin-Hardenne, the defending champion who is seeded second, rallied past Slovakia's Ludmila Cervanova 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

    Among the men, Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic downed Olivier Mutis of France 6-2, 6-4 in the second round. Novak faces compatriot Jan Vacek in the quarterfinals. Vacek upset fifth-seeded Sebastien Grosjean of France 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.


    Challenger's not in awe of Lewis

    Vitali Klitschko speaks four languages, has an advanced degree and travels widely to help further the education of children in poor countries. With all that brainpower, you wouldn't think he would be too eager to fight Lennox Lewis.

    Then again, Klitschko is no dummy in the ring, either.

    "I am not a god and nobody's perfect," Klitschko said. "But I am really confident to go in the ring and fight against Lennox Lewis."

    A giant of a heavyweight at 6-foot-7, Klitschko takes a huge step up in class Saturday night when he meets Lewis for the WBC heavyweight championship in Los Angeles.


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