Originally created 12/15/03

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Football

Red Devils take to road for title game

The schedule has been set for next weekend's five Georgia High School Association state championship football games.

Following its 28-24 semifinal win over Trion, Lincoln County will visit Hawkinsville in the Class A final Saturday at 6 p.m. Hawkinsville advanced with a 25-7 win over Clinch County.

The Class A, Class AA, Class AAA and Class AAAAA championship games will be played Saturday night, and the Class AAAA final is scheduled for Friday night.

In the Class AAAAA championship game, undefeated and top-ranked Camden County will play at Valdosta next Saturday night at 7:30.

Valdosta beat Westside-Macon 21-6 in the last semifinal game at the Georgia Dome late Saturday night. Camden beat Newnan 20-10 in the first AAAAA semifinal at the Georgia Dome Friday night.

Statesboro, which survived the semifinal round with a 27-24 overtime win over Tucker, will visit Marist in the AAAA final Friday night at 7:30. Marist advanced with a 35-21 win over Thomas County Central.

In the AAA championship game, Peach County will visit LaGrange Saturday night at 8. LaGrange edged Washington County 20-17 and Peach County topped Spalding 28-3 in the semifinals.

Buford will play in its fourth straight state championship game and put its 44-game winning streak on the line when it plays host to Charlton County in the Class AA final Saturday at 7 p.m. Buford defeated Decatur 42-13 and Charlton County beat Vidalia 22-9 in the AA semifinals.

Boxing

Augusta brings four medals home

Augusta Boxing Club had three gold-medal winners at the 2003 Chief's Cup on Saturday night in Atlanta.

Davante Jones (114 pounds), Terry Roscoe (130 pounds) won titles in the male divisions and Ashley Ardis took the 125-pound girls title. All three won their bouts via decisions.

Augusta's Deondre Walker took a silver medal with a decision loss.

Figure skating

ISU president says no monopoly exists

International Skating Union president Ottavio Cinquanta dismissed the notion his organ-ization has been monopolistic in how it runs figure skating.

In responding to a lawsuit filed by the fledgling World Skating Federation, Cinquanta said Saturday he has never heard such a charge before.

"For 70 years, the ISU has conducted world champion-ships in figure skating," he said. "We were founded 112 years ago, and never have we been accused of a monopoly by anyone worldwide. No national Olympic committees, no feder-ations, nobody."

In its lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in New York, the WSF cites the ISU and Cinquanta with improperly maintaining "a monopoly over the sport of international fig-ure skating."

Cinquanta responded by noting there are many made-for-television skating events in the United States that have no ISU involvement.

The WSF also complained about blacklisting or banishing of anyone in the sport who assists or supports the new organization, which is challenging the ISU's role as the international governing body for figure skating.

Swimming

Dutch relay team sets world record

Pieter van den Hoogenband led the Dutch 200-meter free-style relay team to a world re-cord Sunday at the European Short Course Swimming Championships.

The four-man team of Hoogenband, Mark Veens, Johan Kenkhuis and Gijs Damen finished in 1 minute, 25.55 seconds. That broke the short-course record of 1:25.87 set on Oct. 20, 2001, by a U.S. team.

Hoogenband was timed in his anchor leg in 20.73.