Originally created 06/11/04


College Golf

O'Connell, GMC lead national event

Augusta's Brendan O'Connell and Georgia Military College carry a 10-shot lead into today's final round of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III National Championship in Chautauqua, N.Y.

O'Connell, a sophomore, is the individual leader after rounds of 72-69-74 at Chautauqua Institution Golf Club. He has a three-shot lead over Todd Czepiel of SUNY Cobleskill, who had 73 on Thursday.

Georgia Military has shot rounds of 302-295-305 to lead Madison Area Technical College by 10 shots. Montgomery College is third, 20 shots back of GMC.

For Georgia Military, Anthony Scott matched O'Connell's 74 on Thursday. Kyle Dickey had 78 and Andy Keel 79. Ballard Shearer, who opened with rounds of 74, shot a non-counting 82 on Thursday.

College Football

Clemson announces times for kickoff

Clemson has announced kickoff times for its first two games of the season, which will be broadcast on ABC.

The Tigers will open the season at Memorial Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 4 against Wake Forest.

Clemson's second game, on Sept. 11, against Georgia Tech will start at 8 p.m.

It will be the first time the Tigers have played in prime time on ABC.

Three other kickoff times are known. Clemson goes to Texas A&M on Sept. 18 for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Then the Tigers go to Virginia for a Thursday night game at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7. The Oct. 16 homecoming game against Utah State will start at 1 p.m.

Auto Racing

Car owner Moody dies at age 86

In Mooresville, N.C., Ralph Moody, a racing pioneer and Hall of Famer who won 93 races as a car owner on NASCAR's top circuit, died at age 86.

He died Wednesday at his home after a long illness.

Between 1958 and 1972, Moody was a partner with John Holman in the Holman-Moody Racing shop that consistently put drivers in the winner's circle and helped make Charlotte, N.C., a motorsports center. Moody also won five races as a driver in 1956-57.

One of the many racers who benefited greatly from Moody's expertise in building fast cars was David Pearson. Thirty of Pearson's 105 Cup victories were in Holman-Moody Fords. He won 16 times in 1968 and 11 times in 1969 on his way to the championship in each year.

Moody was inducted last year into the N.C. Auto Racing Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame in 1990 and into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1994.

  • In Talladega, Ala., Rusty Wallace got a chance to run his NASCAR Nextel Cup Dodge at Talladega Superspeedway without a horsepower-sapping carburetor restrictor plate.
  • The result was an eye-popping lap at more than 216 mph.

    "We hit 228 at the end of the straightaway," an excited Wallace said of his run Wednesday on the 2.66-mile oval.

    "It was a deal that I certainly will remember for the rest of my life."

    But the longtime Cup star and former series champion isn't expecting NASCAR to abandon the plates anytime soon.

    "I'll tell you this: there's no way we could be out there racing at those speeds," Wallace said.

    "It was neat to be out there running that fast by myself, but it would be insane to think we could have a pack of cars out there doing that."


    Armstrong places fifth in time trial

    In Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux, France, Lance Armstrong finished an unimpressive fifth Thursday in a time trial in the Dauphine Libere race - a key mountain test before the Tour de France.

    Armstrong will be seeking a record sixth straight title in the Tour de France, which begins in three weeks.

    "I'm not pulling the fire alarm just yet," he said.


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