Originally created 03/16/05



Local route in place for Tour de Georgia

The Greater Augusta Sports Council has announced the official Dodge Tour de Georgia Stage One race route.

The first stage will be a relatively flat 136-mile stretch beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the Broad Street side of Augusta Common and ending in Macon, Ga.

Several downtown streets will be closed during this competition.

For more information on the race visit www.augustasports council.org.


Crew chiefs receive fines, suspensions

In Charlotte, N.C., NASCAR suspended the crew chiefs for Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick in a swift crackdown on cheating committed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Todd Berrier was suspended for four weeks and fined $25,000 for rigging Harvick's fuel tank to appear full during qualifying.

Chad Knaus and Alan Gustafson were suspended for two weeks and fined when Johnson's and Busch's cars failed to meet the height requirements in post-race inspection.

In addition to the suspensions, the drivers were also docked 25 points, knocking Johnson from atop the series points lead.


Sorlie nears second win in three years

In Unalakleet, Alaska, Nor¤wegian Robert Sorlie kept his lead Tuesday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race as he entered the final stretch of the 1,100-mile race.

Sorlie, the 2003 champion, was the first musher to leave the Elim checkpoint, 123 miles from the finish. He is trying to win his second Iditarod in only three tries.

John Baker was about three hours behind Sorlie, followed by three-time winner Jeff King, defending champion Mitch Seavey and four-time winner Martin Buser.

Figure Skating

Scoring error mars first day of Worlds

In Moscow, just what the Inter¤national Skating Union needed ñ a scoring mistake on the first day of the World Figure Skating Championships.

Monday was the first time the Worlds had used the scoring system that the ISU developed after the 2002 Olympics scoring scandal, and the men's qualifying competition showed it's already vulnerable to error.

In qualifying , American Johnny Weir initially was placed third, giving him a slot in the last six-man group to skate in Tuesday night's short program, a potential advantage over an earlier slot. But that was before an anomaly was noticed in the numbers for China's Li Chengjiang.

Li's final spin was incorrectly given zero points, which a statement from referee Gale Tanger said was "due to a human input error." When the score was recalculated, Li got a 1.3. nudging his score just past Weir's 128.78 and bumping Li into the short program's final group and Weir down to the next-to-last group.

College Softball

Jaguars run record to 19-5 on season

Sophomore Jessica Matta hit.438 during the tournament, with three RBI as the Augusta State softball team improved to 19-5, winning 4 of 5 games at the FMU Invitational in Florence, S.C.

Freshman pitcher Amy Dumas was 2-0 for the Jaguars over the weekend that included a no-hitter vs. Coker on Sunday.

College Baseball

Gamecocks' Friddle leads team to win

In Spartanburg, S.C., Joey Friddle had one hit and two RBI to lead South Carolina to a 6-2 win over Wofford.

Conor Lalor (1-0) pitched 1Q innings in relief and allowed just one hit to get the win for the Gamecocks (16-1).

  • In Aiken, Robert Davis homered and singled, knocking in four runs to lead No. 27 USC Aiken over Barton College 11-7.
  • Mark Yarbrough (3-0) pitched two innings of relief for the win.


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