Originally created 01/16/04

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High School Football

Egekeze in final 10 for Riddell team

Westside Obi Egekeze is one of 10 finalists at place-kicker for the 2004 Riddell All-American team.

Egekeze, who has committed to Maryland, made eight of 12 field goals in his senior year and went 26-for-28 on extra-point conversions. An Augusta Chronicle All-Area selection, he also sent 75 percent of his kickoffs for touchbacks.

The team will be announced Monday.

Boxing

Whitfield wins preliminary fight

Augusta's Rayonta Whitfield won his preliminary match Thursday at the U.S. Amateur Boxing Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Whitfield, fighting in the 106-pound division, was declared the winner when the referee stopped the contest in the second round of his fight against Jose Canchola of Elkhart, Ind.

A member of the Augusta Boxing Club, Whitfield hopes to qualify for the Olympic Games this summer in Athens, Greece.

  • The trainer for Lennox Lewis believes the heavyweight champion will fight Vitali Klitschko in a rematch that could occur as early as April 24.
  • Emanuel Steward said Thursday that he has told members of his training staff to be ready to get into camp should Lewis decide to fight again.

    "He has not made a commitment but I've told everybody in our camp to be prepared for an April or May fight," Steward said.

    Klitschko said he's also preparing as if Lewis will fight. But he, too, has heard nothing from the champion about a rematch.

    "Right now, everything depends on Lennox Lewis. That's why I'm waiting for confirmation from Lennox," Klitschko said on the phone from Germany.

    Tennis

    McEnroe says he took steroids unwittingly

    John McEnroe unwittingly took steroids given to him by doctors during his playing career to deal with injuries.

    McEnroe took what he thought were anti-inflammatories or painkillers - but he later learned they were steroids, his manager said.

    "Twenty years ago, he was given medicine, drugs or whatever, by a doctor, as were many other tennis players. There was no testing. The rules were different, the knowledge was different," Gary Swain told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

    "He found out later they were steroids. If he knew what he knows now, he wouldn't have taken the stuff."

    McEnroe won seven Grand Slam titles during his career; his last major tournament was the 1992 U.S. Open.

    In a wide-ranging interview with the London Daily Telegraph, McEnroe acknowledged using "a form of steroid" and called for the ATP to deal severely with players accused of using performance-enhancing drugs.

    Auto racing

    IROC lands new sponsor, tracks

    The International Race of Champions has secured series-saving sponsorship from Crown Royal and will race on three new tracks this year.

    During a conference call Thursday, IROC President Jay Signore said the series came "pretty close" to folding this year before Crown Royal, a whiskey producer, agreed to a three-year contract as sponsor.

    "We just figured a way to get it done," Signore said, noting that discussions had been going on with Crown Royal for about three years.

    The IROC schedule will again begin at Daytona two days before the Daytona 500 kicks off the NASCAR Nextel Cup schedule, then will race at Texas, Richmond and Atlanta. Last season, IROC's last with sponsorship from True Value, it raced at Talladega, Indianapolis and Chicago.