Originally created 04/16/04


Horse Racing

Jockey chosen for Dogwood Stable colt

Jose Santos will ride Dogwood Stable's Limehouse in the Kentucky Derby.

"Jose rode him to his third-place finish in the Blue Grass, he knows the horse now, and is enthused about riding him," Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell said. "We are most happy to have the services of the guy who won the (Kentucky) Derby last year."

Limehouse heads to the Kentucky Derby with career earnings of $575,435 and five wins in nine starts.


Lady Jaguars oust Pacers in tourney

Augusta State defeated USC Aiken 5-3 in the first round of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament on Thursday in Spartanburg, S.C.

The eighth-seeded Lady Jaguars (15-7) jumped out to an early lead with two wins in three doubles matches to down the ninth-seeded Lady Pacers (11-11).

Augusta State advanced to play No. 1 seed Armstrong Atlantic State. USC Aiken will play for ninth place at 4:30 p.m. today.

l The USC Aiken men's team also was defeated in the first round of the Peach Belt tournament.

No. 9 Francis Marion (11-10), which was winless in league play, upset the No. 8 Pacers 5-3.


Coble reaches final match play pairing

In Carrollton, Ga., defending champion Laura Coble, of Augusta, reached the final of the Georgia Women's Match Play Championship.

Coble, who will be vying for her fourth-consecutive match play title, defeated fellow Augustan Elaine Montano 4 and 3 before winning her semifinal match with Claudeen Lindberg 4 and 2.

Coble will play Lee Burton in the championship today.

  • USC Aiken moved up in two golf polls this week.
  • The Pacers climbed three spots in the latest Precept/GCAA Top 25 Coaches poll, moving up from from 10th to 7th spot.

    The team also moved up one notch in the NCAA Southeast Region poll to second. They trail Armstrong Atlantic State.

    The Pacers remained fourth in the Golfstat.com Top 10 poll.


    U.S. officials meet with security chiefs

    A delegation of senior U.S. intelligence officials met with Athens security chiefs Thursday to review Olympic preparations.

    The United States is advising Greece on Olympic security, along with six other countries, and leading a globally coordinated effort to provide Athens with potential threat information.

    The delegation, led by House Intelligence Chairman Porter Goss of Florida, met with Public Order Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis as well as Greece's police and intelligence service chiefs, Fotis Nasiakos and Pavlos Apostolidis.

    Athens is spending more than $800 million on security for the Aug. 13-29 games. It has committed more than 50,000 police and soldiers to the effort that is expected to receive support from NATO and the European Union.

    l In Sydney, Australia, the president of the Australian Olympic Committee expects swimmer Craig Stevens to yield his spot in the 400-meter freestyle to Ian Thorpe at the Athens Games.

    Thorpe, the world and Olympic champion in the 400, was disqualified for a false start during heats at the national Olympic trials, allowing Stevens to get an unexpected slot. Stevens has hinted he will sacrifice his spot in the 400 to concentrate on the 1,500.

    Auto Racing

    Brazilian fastest on first day of practice

    In Motegi, Japan, Brazil's Tony Kanaan drove the fastest lap Thursday on the first day of practice for the Indy Japan 300.

    Kanaan, riding in a Dallara-Honda, went 203.907 mph on the 1.5-mile Twin Ring Motegi Circuit.

    The Indy Japan is the third event of the 16-race IRL series and the only race held outside the United States.


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