Originally created 03/15/04

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Grant to be honored by city on Tuesday

Former Josey football star and current Jacksonville Jaguar Deon Grant will be honored by the city of Augusta on "Deon Grant Day" on Tuesday.Grant will travel to Levi White Elementary, Murphey Middle and Josey High schools in the morning before going to the Augusta Commission chambers in the afternoon. There will be a news conference and autograph session at 3:30 p.m. in Doughty Park.

For more information, call Robert Howard , of Augusta Parks & Recreation , at 796-5025.

Horse Racing

Limehouse captures Tampa Bay Derby

Limehouse won the Tampa Bay Derby on Sunday by a neck, an encouraging finish in Dogwood Stableís hopes for a horse in their quest to race in the Kentucky Derby.

Limehouse missed the stakes record by 0 .1 seconds, but hung on with jockey Pat Day for the Grade 3 victory. Dogwood president Cot Campbell said in a news release that the horse will run again April 10 in one of three major Derby prep races: the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, the Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland or the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn.

Auto Racing

Parker Jr. released after hospital stay

In Hampton, Ga., NASCAR truck series driver Hank Parker Jr. was released from a hospital, a day after he was injured in a wreck at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Parker has back injuries, the track said. Tina Gordon (broken right leg) and Rick Crawford (broken left foot), the two other drivers involved, were released from the hospital Saturday.

On lap 41, Gordon, one of two women in the race, spun off Turn 2 and slid into the path of Crawford and Parker on the backstretch. Both hit her and then slammed into the wall.

Iditarod

Norwegian leads despite dogís death

In Unalakleet, Alaska, Norway's Kjetil Backen kept the slimmest of leads, arriving just a minute ahead of Mitch Seavey after stopping outside the Unalakleet checkpoint because one of his dogs collapsed and died.

Backen, who was between a quarter-mile and a half-mile from the checkpoint when he stopped his sled, said the dog sat down and died. Backen beckoned for help from a reporter and photographer who were on a snowmobile outside the checkpoint. He said his dog had died and asked them to go get race marshal Mark Nordman because he didnít want to carry the dead dog in his sled bag into the checkpoint.When asked what happened, Backen said, "He sat down. I can't speak about it anymore," as he cradled the dead dogís muzzle in his hand. Backen said heíd never had a dog die before.

College Baseball

Close wins push Jaguars' run to 15

No. 12 Augusta State made a late push to beat No. 10 Armstrong Atlantic State in Game 1 of a Sunday doubleheader, then held off a late rally by the Pirates in Game 2 for a sweep and its 15th straight victory.

After the Pirates tied Game 1 at 6-6 in the sixth inning, Chris Demons' home run in the bottom of the frame gave the Jaguars (20-3, 9-3 Peach Belt) the lead for good in a 9-8 victory. Kevin Kelley went 2-for-3 with three RBI for Augusta State.

In Game 2, the Jaguars built a six-run lead through six innings of the seven-inning contest, but the Pirates scored four in the seventh to put a scare into Augusta State in an 11-9 game. Dustin Taylor went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and four RBI.

  • USC Aiken scored first, but Lander scored most and beat the Pacers 4-1 in the rubber game of a Peach Belt series.
  • Wes McColl took the complete game loss for USC Aiken (11-12, 5-7), allowing eight hits in eight innings. Bradley Key extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

  • Josh Smith hit for the cycle to lead Georgia over UNC-Wilmington 5-1 Sunday to split a two-game series.
  • Matt Campbell struck out 11 to lead South Carolina to a 16-3 win against Delaware State.
  • Scott Headd hit an RBI double in a four-run 10th inning as Virginia beat Georgia Tech, 8-5.
  • Headd and Josh Darby both drove in two runs on three hits to finish a three-game sweep of the Yellow Jackets.