Originally created 11/24/03

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Boxing

Eight Augustans take home titles

Eight Augusta Boxing Club members were winners in the Georgia USA Boxing Championship Finals in Carrollton.

Six of the Augusta winners were in the Junior Olympic Division; the others were in the Open Division.

The Open Division winners - Ray Whitfield and Fred Hall - advance to the Southeast

Coast Region USA Boxing Championship in Davie, Fla., on Dec. 5-7. In the 152-pound class, Hall won a decision over Marco Serrano of Paul Murphy Boxing Club of Doraville. Whitfield, in the 106-pound class, was unopposed.

Augusta's Junior Olympic Division winners were Austin Overton, Deondra Walker, Divante Jones, John Stoval, Terry Roscoe and Matt Diaz.

College basketball

Tusculum rallies past USC Aiken

In Greenville, Tenn., USC Aiken dropped to 0-2 this season as Tusculum College staged a furious second-half rally Sunday.

Tusculum, down 30-21 at halftime, hit 74 percent of its shots in the second half (17 of 23) to pull away for an 80-66 victory. USC Aiken shot 39 percent in the second half (12 of 31).

Senior forward Minda Stakus led the Pacers with 17 points, four rebounds and four steals in 20 minutes of playing time. Todd Williams added 13 for USC Aiken, and Lee Burton and Bryant Latimer had 11 each.

USC Aiken's next game is Friday in the Peach Belt/South Atlantic Conference Classic at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C. The Pacers will take on Presbyterian at 6 p.m.

Skiing

Defending champ wins season opener

In Park City, Utah, defending World Cup slalom champion Kalle Palander of Finland won the season-opening race, and American Bode Miller retained his overall lead despite being disqualified after falling on his first run.

Miller, coming off a victory in the giant slalom Saturday, fell at the end of the first run. He still leads the World Cup overall standings with wins in both GS events this season.

Tennis

French downs U.S. in Fed Cup finals

A victory by Martina Navratilova came too late to rescue the Americans, who were beaten by France in the Fed Cup finals in Moscow.

The French won the women's version of the Davis Cup 4-1, getting a clinching victory from Amelie Mauresmo to win the title for a second time.

Mauresmo routed Meghann Shaughnessy 6-2, 6-1 to put France ahead 3-0 in the best-of-five series.

France's Emilie Loit then downed Alexandra Stevenson 6-4, 6-2 in a match between substitutes. The U.S. team, captained by Billie Jean King, salvaged a doubles victory to avoid a sweep.

Navratilova, 47, extended her Fed Cup record to 39-0, teaming with Lisa Raymond to beat Loit and Stephanie Cohen-Aloro 6-4, 6-0.

The U.S. team was without its top players for the semifinals and finals. Serena Williams and Venus Williams were sidelined by injuries and Lindsay Davenport was recovering from surgery.

Prep football

Late field goal eliminates Butler

In LaGrange, Ga., on Saturday night, Troup's Jody Sellers kicked a 25-yard field goal with 22 seconds to play, lifting the Tigers to a 9-7 win over Butler in the first round of the GHSA Class AAAA playoffs.

Butler (8-3) led 7-0 at halftime after forcing a fumble in Troup territory and capping a scoring drive with a 2-yard run from Rodgerick Nabors.

However, Troup used an 82-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter to pull within one, setting up Sellers' heroics in the final minute. He had missed two field goals and an extra point before the winning kick.