Evans begins to shake up Georgia
Moving quickly to streamline the department he inherited from Vince Dooley, new Georgia athletic director Damon Evans eliminated the jobs of three longtime employees Friday.
Evans dismissed associate athletic directors Avery McLean, who was in charge of marketing and promotion, and Freddy Jones, who ran ticket operations. Evans also released Hoke Wilder, an assistant AD for standards and new sports programs.
"These are changes that are part of our overall restructuring process," Evans said in a statement. "The athletic association is deeply grateful for the service of all those who have held these positions and they have all made significant contributions to our association."
McLean had worked for the athletic association for 23 years, Jones 21 and Wilder 16. Another department official, associate athletic director for development Kit Trensch, announced her retirement this week.
Metress brings in assistant coach
Head coach Dip Metress announced Jay Newberrry as an assistant coach for Augusta State. Newberry spent the past two seasons with Metress at Belmont Abbey as an assistant at the North Carolina school.
A native of Madeira, Ohio, Newberry was a two-year captain at Rollins College in Florida and graduated in 2000.
Fans plan ride to support Armstrong
Local cyclists will hold a 28-mile ride Monday in support of Lance Armstrong's quest for a sixth consecutive Tour de France title.
The ride will begin at 6:15 p.m. at Outspokin Bicycles at 1904 Walton Way, traveling down Eve Street to Broad Street, then heading to Beech Island before returning to town.
Riders are encouraged to wear yellow jerseys in support of Armstrong. For more information, call Brett Ardrey at 736-2486.
Former No. 1 Rios ends pro career
In Santiago, Chile, former world No. 1 Marcelo Rios retired from tennis because of a recurring back injury, ending a career that included 18 singles titles.
Rios, ranked No. 1 for six weeks in 1998, has been mostly inactive for about a year due to back pain. He underwent surgery in Miami and in Santiago, but the problem was not solved.
"It is very sad for me to accept that I must leave tennis," said Rios, the first South American to reach No. 1 in ATP rankings history.
"Tennis has been the passion of my life. I am 28, and I have dedicated almost 20 years to tennis. Tennis has been a way of life to me."
Rios became No. 1 in the world in March 1998, soon after reaching his first and only grand slam final at the Australian Open, where he lost to Petr Korda of the Czech Republic.
He led the ATP that year with seven titles in eight finals and remains the only man to reach No. 1 without winning a grand slam title.
Rice steams past field for top spot
In Gladeville, Tenn., Buddy Rice nipped teammate Vitor Meira once again at the end.
Rice grabbed his second consecutive pole and fourth this year with a lap of 201.231 mph at Nashville Superspeedway, edging Meira by an even-smaller margin than he needed to beat his teammate at Kansas on July 4 in the second-closest finish in IRL history.
That victory by 0.0051 seconds measured about seven inches, and Rice said someone else can calculate this distance. He plans to enjoy starting on the pole for tonight's Firestone Indy 200 in search of his third victory this year.
"We're starting Nashville exactly how we finished Kansas, so it's super close again, and I think tomorrow night's going to be a really exciting race," Rice said.