Originally created 06/02/04

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Golf

Former Jaguar tied in British Amateur

James Heath, who played one year at Augusta State, fired a course-record 63 at Jubilee at St. Andrews, Scotland, to tie for first place after two rounds of medal play in the British Amateur Championship on Tuesday.

The winner receives an invitation to the 2005 Masters Tournament.

Heath, who played the 2003 spring and fall seasons for the Jaguars before returning to his home in Surrey, England, tied with Kevin McAlpine at 9-under-par 135. Heath opened with 72 at the Old Course at St. Andrews.

Starting today, 80 players at 143 or better will begin match play. Augusta State's Wallace Booth (70-74) and USC Aiken's James McGhee (74-70) failed to advance.

  • USC Aiken is reaping the rewards of winning its first national championship as Scott Brown, Dane Burkhart, Clint Smith and McGhee and were each named to the Ping/NCAA Division II Men's Golf All-America honorable mention team Monday.
  • Eight players each were named to the first three All-America teams, while 26 players earned honorable mention status. CSU Chico's J.J. Jakovac, the 2004 NCAA individual champion, won the Arnold Palmer Player of the Year award.

    Minor League Baseball

    Jackets pitcher is player of the month

    Augusta GreenJackets starting pitcher Jarrett Gardner was named Topps South Atlantic League Player of the Month for May. He went 4-0 with a 0.90 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 30 innings.

    Gardner (6-1, 1.72) currently is tied for first in the league in wins and second in ERA.

    Cutting horses

    Cat Ichi, Ferguson win spring season

    Cat Ichi and Scott Ferguson won their respective divisions in the spring season of the National Cutting Horse Association's Western Horseman Cup competition, which ended last week.

    Cat Ichi, ridden by Guy Woods for Bill Ellard and Jo Ellard's EE Ranches of Texas, earned 310 points to win the Open division. The top five horses in each of the three seasons advance to the Western Horseman Cup finals, which will be held during the 2005 Augusta Futurity.

    One Smart Lookin Cat finished second in the Open division, followed by Athena Puddy Cat, Reys Dual Badger and Miss Woody Two Shoes.

    Ferguson, on Laredo Blue and Gay Bar Memories, collected 285 to edge out Dustin Adams. Wesley Galyean, Mary Ann Rapp and Craig Crumpler all qualified for the finals.

    Pro football

    Warner closes book on days in St. Louis

    Kurt Warner's storybook stay with the St. Louis Rams ended Tuesday, but he's unlikely to be out of work for long.

    The release of the two-time NFL MVP, who led the Rams to two Super Bowls, leaves Marc Bulger as the team's No. 1 quarterback.

    Bulger took over as the starter for good after Warner fumbled six times in last year's season opener. Warner has not started and won a regular-season game since 2001, going 0-6 in 2002 .

    "Teams are calling all the time," said Mark Bartelstein, Warner's agent. Warner, who turns 33 on June 22, led the Rams to Super Bowls in 1999 and 2001, but has been plagued by injuries since.

  • Vinny Testaverde's six-year stay with the New York Jets is over. The Jets released the 17-year veteran quarterback in a salary-cap move. By cutting him, the Jets will save $1.5 million on this year's cap. In 2005, Testaverde will count for $4 million.
  • College Basketball

    Nevada promotes Fox to head coach

    Mark Fox was hired as Nevada's basketball coach after working for four years as an assistant under Trent Johnson.

    Johnson, who led Nevada to a 25-9 season and its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16, resigned a week ago to coach Stanford.