Annual McIntyre event this weekend
The third annual Ed McIntyre Amateur Golf Classic will be held Saturday and Sunday at Augusta Municipal Golf Course. Entry fee is $100 with scholarships available to youth ages 8-17 based on financial need.
Final registration will be today from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday starting at 8 a.m. For more information, call Climent Gardner at (706) 798-5798 or e-mail climentgardner@ yahoo.com.
Whitfield signs deal for first pro fight
Augusta's Ray Whitfield will have his first professinal fight in May.
Whitfield signed to fight Jorge Luers at Sam's Town Casino in Tunica, Miss. Prize Fight, which put together the June 2002 fight between Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson, is promoting the fight.
"Ray has all the skills, desire and focus to be a world champion," Prize Fight's Brian Young said. "We are extremely excited about his future."
Whitfield's longtime trainer, Tom Moraetes of the Augusta Boxing Club, is also excited.
"We are very pleased for Ray and his future," Moraetes said. "He is a great young role model for our kids."
GreenJackets can't overcome slow start
Hickory pounded Augusta for five early runs, then held off the GreenJackets for a 12-7 victory in the South Atlantic League on Thursday night.
Heriberto Guzman had a two-run homer for Augusta (3-11), while Brandon Moss had three hits and three RBI for the GreenJackets, who send Gary Galvez to the mound tonight to try avoiding a series sweep.
Jordan, a 33rd round draft pick, spent last season at Lowell. He batted .263 in 63 games and had 22 RBI and 24 stolen bases.
Hilaro was in the Gulf Coast League last year. He went 3-3 with a 3.76 ERA.
They are taking the place of Robert Evans (disabled list) and Jarrett Gardner (demotion to Lowell).
Women's College Basketball
Fortner replaces Ciampi at Auburn
Former WNBA and Olympic coach Nell Fortner was hired as the coach at Auburn.
Fortner replaces Joe Ciampi, who retired after his 25th season with a school-record 568 victories and 16 NCAA Tournament appearances.
"Joe had a tremendous career at Auburn and I am honored to follow in his footsteps," Fortner said. "I can't wait to get started."
She is Auburn's second major hire this month, joining new men's coach Jeff Lebo.
Fortner spent the past three seasons as coach and general manager of the WNBA's Indiana Fever, compiling a 42-56 record before resigning in September after failing to make the playoffs.
Fortner led the U.S. women's national team to a 101-14 record from 1997-00, including gold medals at the 1998 world championships and the Olympics two years later.
Fortner led a Purdue team that returned just four players to a Big Ten regular-season title in 1997 and was named coach of the year.
She has served as a TV analyst since 2001 during the off-season, including the past four NCAA tournaments.
Hewitt loses despite 3-0 lead in third set
Lleyton Hewitt wasted a 3-0 lead in the third set and lost to struggling Rainer Schuettler 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters.
Schuettler will meet sixth-seeded Tim Henman, a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 winner against Nicolas Massu.
The other quarterfinal matchups: Guillermo Coria vs. David Nalbandian, Marat Safin vs. Alberto Martin, and Nikolay Davydenko vs. Carlos Moya.
NASCAR founder's son elected to Hall
The Motorsports Hall of Fame Class of 2004 includes Bill France Jr., Charles "Red" Farmer, Shirley Muldowney, Bill Muncey and Bobby Rahal.