Originally created 11/12/03

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Golf

Augusta team wins match play title

In Columbus, Ben Lown, C.J. Blackman and Daniel Mobley led the Augusta Area Junior Golf Association to victory in the Georgia Junior Cup Match Play Championship at Maple Ridge Golf Club.

Lown had 8 points and Blackman and Mobley 7 1/2 each out of a possible nine. Augusta recorded42 1/2 points, Columbus Junior Golf Association 39 1/2 , Atlanta Junior Golf Association 37 and Savannah Junior Golf Association 25.

In addition to Lown, Blackman and Mobley, MacGregor Thompson and Ryan McNeal had 6 points, Traci Bodner had 5, Julia Fountain had 2 and Jacob Tilton had a half-point.

It was the second time in the 10-year history of the championship that Augusta won.

Baseball

Cuba disappointed champs won't play

Cuba is going back to the Olympics, and wishing the United States was there as well.

"We regret the elimination of the U.S. team because we will not be able to test ourselves against them," Olympic Committee president Jose Ramon Fernandez said.

Cuba was hoping to avenge its gold-medal loss at the 2000 Olympics to the United States. But the United States will not be going to Athens in 2004, following its 2-1 quarterfinal defeat to Mexico in Panama.

Cuba beat Canada 5-0 on Monday night to win the region's pre-Olympic tournament.

Cuba won the baseball gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Games and 1996 Atlanta Games before being beaten by the United States in Sydney.

Marathon

Four events balk at ranking system

Four of the world's top marathons will not participate in a world-ranking system proposed by the main sponsor of the New York City Marathon.

Directors of the London, Chicago, Boston and Berlin races said Tuesday the plan devised by Netherlands-based bank ING would create problems with their sponsors. Race directors also said the company did not consult them.

"But most importantly, we feel any ranking of this type really should be administered and promoted by an independent, noncommercial group," said Guy Morse, executive director of the Boston Athletic Association, which runs the Boston Marathon.

The plan was announced more than a week ago and calls for a ranking system based on results over two years in 16 selected marathons. Final rankings would be based on the best three results.

The top-ranked marathoner over the two-year span will win $1 million, with $700,000 divided among the next nine finishers.

The first eligible race is the Tokyo International Women's Marathon on Sunday and the final is the 2005 NYC Marathon.

Several marathons already are interested in replacing the four that withdrew.

Soccer

Manchester books U.S. summer tour

Manchester United is coming back to the United States for another preseason tour next summer.

Coach Alex Ferguson announced that the English Premier League champion will play three games in the United States.

Two of the games will be at Giants Stadium and Chicago's Soldier Field. The site of the third game has not been finalized.

Ferguson said Manchester United's 9-2-1 start made him decide to return.

Opponents have not been selected. Among the teams that have been contacted are Spain's Real Madrid - the team of former Manchester United star David Beckham - and the top clubs in the Italian League.



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