Originally created 05/24/05

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High School Football

Hephzibah names Bowen new coach

John Bowen was named the new head football coach for Hephzibah High School by the Richmond County Public School System on Monday.

Bowen was the offensive coordinator for Butler (5-5), which narrowly missed going to the playoffs this past season.

The Rebels were 4-6 last year and 2-4 in Region 3-AAA.

Minor League Baseball

Sanders, Jackets rally for third in row

Marcus Sanders' two-out home run in the top of the ninth inning capped a four-run rally as the Augusta GreenJackets won their third straight game Monday, a 6-5 victory at Greensboro.

Nick Conte's three-run homer in the seventh tied the game for Augusta, and Aaron Hornostaj homered in the fifth. It was the first of the season for both.

Brian Wilson got his seventh save of the season for Augusta, which goes for the four-game sweep today.

Horse Racing

Dogwood surpasses $1 million plateau

Aiken's Dogwood Stable surpassed the $1 million mark in earnings over the weekend.

United's second place finish at the Woodlawn Stakes at Pimlico pushed the stable's purse over the mark.

Dogwood currently ranks 11th in earnings among North American Thoroughbred racing stables.

"We are quite pleased to have hit the $1 million mark so early. Our goal is $2 million. When the horses have earned that, it's been a good year," Dogwood president Cot Campbell said.

Golf

Parel qualifies for Open sectionals

Augusta's Scott Parel advanced to sectional qualifying for the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

Parel shot 69 at Planterra Ridge in Peachtree City, Ga., to be one of nine golfers to advance from the local qualifying venue.

East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta will hold sectional qualifying, which consists of 36 holes of stroke play, on June 6th.

- Highlights of USC Aiken's NCAA Division II national championship victory will air on The Golf Channel this week.

The broadcast can be seen on the channel's College Central,which airs Thursday at 11:30 p.m.

This will mark the third time in the past 19 months that the Pacers will be featured on The Golf Channel.

- In St. Augustine, Fla., Ayako Okamoto, who won 62 times around the world and became the only Japanese player to win the LPGA Tour money title, has been elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Okamoto was elected on the International ballot, the Hall of Fame announced. She earned 52 percent of votes cast by writers, Hall of Fame members and golf officials, and joins Vijay Singh in this year's class.

Jumbo Ozaki received 48 percent of the vote and two-time major winner Sandy Lyle got 29 percent. Rounding out the top five were Kel Nagle (25 percent) and Ian Woosnam (25 percent).

College Basketball

Recruit won't play for Gamecocks

In Columbia, South Carolina coach Dave Odom has announced that Alassane Savadogo has been released from his National Letter of Intent to play for the school that he signed in November 2004.

"It is unfortunate that Alassane will not be attending Carolina this fall," Odom said.

College Football

Two Huskies have charges dismissed

In Danielson, Conn., a Superior Court judge dismissed charges against Connecticut football players Daniel Davis and Daniel Lansanah, who were arrested earlier this month after a shot was fired from a pellet gun into a car at a convenience store parking lot.

- In Columbus, Ohio, Ohio State defensive lineman Tim Schafer was charged with disorderly conduct for fighting with a man outside a bar.