Originally created 11/23/04

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High School Football

Brown, Lyon to play in All-Star game

Augusta Christian's Toby Brown and William Lyon have been selected to play in the second annual SCISA/GISA All-Star game.

Brown, a linebacker, and Lyon, a senior defensive lineman, will represent their school in Macon for the Dec. 4 contest.

Lyon also will join freshman linebacker Jay Harmon on the All-State Football team.

Both standouts tallied nine sacks in 2004 for Augusta Chris­tian.

NASCAR

Chase provides best ratings in history

In New York, NASCAR's Chase for the Championship paid off in high TV ratings for the season-ending race.

NBC's coverage of the title-deciding Ford 400 earned a 5.6 overnight rating, the best in the race's six-year history and the best performance ever for a NASCAR race against NFL football on Sunday.

The rating was 47 percent higher than last year's 3.8 and up 24 percent from the previous high of 4.5 in 2002.

The previous high for a race going up against Sunday NFL action was a 4.7 overnight for last year's EA Sports 500 at Talladega.

Kurt Busch overcame a broken wheel Sunday to finish fifth and clinch the closest championship in NASCAR history. He won the Nextel Cup title by just eight points over Jimmie Johnson and 16 over Jeff Gordon.

This was the first year that NASCAR used the Chase for the Championship format, in which the top 10 drivers with 10 races to go went into essentially a playoff for the remainder of the season.

College Golf

Blackmon named to Golf Coaches hall

South Carolina men's golf coach Puggy Blackmon has been selected to be inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame.

The Ridgeland, S.C., native has coached the Gamecocks since 1995 and began his coaching career at Georgia Tech in 1983.

Blackmon's teams have earned 20 consecutive postseason appearances. He coached future PGA players David Duval, Stewart Cink, Briny Baird, Tripp Isenhour, Charlie Rymer and others.

Baseball

Sheffield will have shoulder surgery

In New York, Yankees outfielder Gary Sheffield will have arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Tuesday.

Sheffield, who finished second to Anaheim's Vladimir Guerrero in American League MVP voting, was examined Nov. 3 by Dr. James Andrews, who advised him to follow a rehabilitation routine for two weeks.

Sheffield, 36, could not raise his left arm for much of the season. Even with the injury, Sheffield hit.290 with 36 homers and a team-high 121 RBI.

Racquetball

North Augustan wins U.S. Open division

In Memphis, Tenn., North Augus­ta's Bob Miller won the men's 75- and- over division in the U.S. Open Ra c quetball Champion­ships.

Sez Ozden, of Grovetown, was second in the 55- and- over B division, and Martinez's Scott Rollins took second in the 50- and- over open division.

Haley Rollins, also of Martinez, claimed third in the women's 24 -and- under C division.

Tennis

Man acquitted in Price murder case

In Compton, Calif., a judge dismissed the murder case against one of two men charged in the fatal shooting of the half-sister of Venus and Serena Williams.

A jury deadlocked 9-3 this month in favor of acquitting Aaron Michael Hammer of murder. Hammer was accused of shooting at Yetunde Price with a.22-caliber handgun, but prosecutors said the shot that killed her wasn't from that weapon.

Hammer was sentenced to three years in prison on a separate charge of being an ex-felon in possession of a gun.