Originally created 08/24/04



Coble qualifies for U.S. Mid-Amateur

In Savannah, Ga., Augusta's Laura Coble qualified for the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship, shooting 76 at the Landings Club on Monday.

The Mid-Amateur will be at Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn., September 10-15. Marci Kornegay, of Columbia shot 73 to also qualify.

College Baseball

Jackets' Owings transferring away

Georgia Tech coach Danny Hall said in a statement Monday that all-conference performer Micah Owings has been granted a release from his scholarship and he will transfer.

Owings has yet to enroll at another school. Once he does, he will be eligible to play next spring. NCAA rules do not require baseball players who transfer to sit out a year like those who play football and basketball.

A two-time All-ACC player, Owings hit. 318 with a team-high 15 home runs and 64 RBI last season. As a pitcher, he posted a 9-3 record with a 3.89 earned run average.


Wrist injury forces No. 4 Davenport out

In New Haven, Conn., Lindsay Davenport dropped out of the Pilot Pen tournament with a wrist injury. Tournament officials said Davenport, winner of her past four events, has tendinitis.

The world's fourth-ranked player beat Vera Zvonareva in Sunday's final at the Western and Southern Women's Open in Mason, Ohio. Marissa Irvin, a first-round loser in Ohio last week, replaces Davenport in the draw.

Jelena Kostanic outlasted Magdalena Maleeva on long rallies and took advantage of her opponent's mistakes to score an upset in the opening round of the event.

The unseeded Kostanic of Croatia defeated sixth-seeded Maleeva, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Also advancing were No. 8 seed Nathalie Dechy of France, American Lisa Raymond and two qualifiers - Marta Marrero of Spain and Akiko Morigami of Japan.

Women's Basketball

USC Aiken releases season schedule

The Lady Pacers announced their season schedule, which features 14 home games and a return trip to the Disney Division II Tip-Off Classic.

USC Aiken and third-year head coach Mike Brandt will also play host to a pair of November tournaments. The team has scheduled 10 games against teams who participated in the NCAA Tournament last year.

Men's Basketball

Giannini named new La Salle coach

In Philadelphia, John Giannini was introduced as La Salle's new men's basketball coach, taking over for a coach who resigned after two former players were charged with rape.

Former coach Billy Hahn resigned in July after two of his former players were charged with raping a 19-year-old woman who had been working at a youth basketball camp run by John Miller, the coach of La Salle's women's basketball team. Miller also resigned.

Giannini went 125-111 in eight seasons at Maine.

Little League World Series

McIntyer pitches one-hitter in win

In South Williamsport, Pa., after putting on a hitting display in their Little League World Series opener, Conejo Valley Little League of Thousand Oaks, Calif., showed it has defense and pitching, too.

Sean McIntyre struck out eight and had a pair of RBI hits as California (2-0) routed Davenport (Iowa) Northwest, 10-0 in five innings, in pool play. The loss eliminated Iowa (0-3) from playoff consideration.

Jacob Gibson got Iowa's only hit, a line drive to left field in the fourth.

In other games, Guadalupe, Mexico beat Saipan 6-3; Dhahran, Saudi Arabia met Willemstad, Curacao; Lincoln, R.I. faced Morganton, N.C.; and Ottawa played Kaohsiung, Taiwan.


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