Originally created 05/21/05



FireBall secure first win in road shutout

In New Orleans, Ryan Roushandel scored the inaugural goal for the Augusta FireBall in their 1-0 victory over the New Orleans ShellShockers on Friday night.

Roushandel scored the goal 15 minutes into the first half off an assist from Karl Dix. Augusta's Justin Papadakis had nine saves.

Minor League Baseball

Rome finishes off sweep of Augusta

In Rome, the Rome Braves pounded Augusta GreenJackets starter Jonathan Sanchez early and often Friday night on their way to a 7-2 victory and a sweep of the four-game series.

The lone highlight for Augusta was a solo home run by Brad Vericker. The GreenJackets head north to Greensboro, opening a four-game set tonight.

College Baseball

South Carolina gets two late for victory

In Columbia, South Carolina scored broke a tie with two runs in the eighth inning in a 9-7 victory over Kentucky.

The Gamecocks got three RBI apiece from Steven Tolleson and Neil Gissler to improve to 35-19 and 14-14 in the Southeastern Conference.

- In Knoxville, Tenn., Tennessee scored in each of the first five innings and Luke Hochevar cruised to his 13th win in a 16-3 victory over Georgia on Friday night.


Third committee is looking into drugs

In Washington, a third congressional committee opened an investigation into steroids in U.S. sports, asking Major League Baseball, the NBA, NFL, NHL and their unions to turn over documents about their drug programs.

House Judiciary Committee chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., and ranking Democrat John Conyers, of Michigan, sent 13 letters Friday asking for "any and all policies, protocols, guidance, instructions, standards, methods, e-mail messages, and memoranda explaining or describing (your) anti-doping efforts."

In addition to the four major U.S. sports leagues and their unions, the Judiciary Committee's letters went to the NCAA, the WNBA, the U.S. Soccer Federation, the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.


NHL, union promise more negotiations

In New York, the NHL and players' union made some progress Friday and promised further negotiations after 22 hours of talks over two days.

Negotiators for players and owners held discussions for eight hours Friday, and plan to get together again sometime next week, although that hasn't been worked out yet between NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and players' association executive director Bob Goodenow.

Auto Racing

Super Late Model race will run today

The Modoc Speedway will hold its Super Late Model race tonight.

Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. for the $3,000 race. The race is set to begin at 8. For more information call (864) 333-5900 or log on to www.modocspeedway.com.


Hephzibah to name Bowen new coach

Hephzibah High School will announce its new football coach at 10 a.m. Monday.

Former coach Todd Booker is being replaced by Butler offensive coordinator John Bowen.

The announcement is being made at 864 Broad Street.

- Former University of Georgia quarterback Eric Zeier will conduct a clinic Monday at Fort Gordon. The clinic will be from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Youth Services Building. Zeier will then speak to the youths and be available to sign autographs and take pictures from 1-3 p.m. For information call (706) 791-5139 or (706) 791-6001.


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