Augusta State star is first-round leader
In Villa Rica, Ga., two golfers with Augusta connections dominated the first round of the Greater Atlanta Women's Amateur Championship on Wednesday.
Augusta State golfer Garrett Phillips leads with 5-under-par 67, followed by Augustan Laura Coble, the defending champion, who had 71 on the Canongate-On-Mirror Lake golf club. The next closest golfer in the 54-hole tournament is Kyuri Ban, of Duluth, with 75.
Earlier in the day, Phillips, who just completed her freshman year with the Lady Jaguars, was named NCAA All-Independent Co-Player of the Year. She shared the honor with Stephanie Hicks of Longwood University of Farmville, Va.
Phillips, of St. Simons Island, Ga., also was named to the All-Independent first team, along with teammate Patti Hogeboom, a sophomore.
Phillips had two victories and averaged 76.11 last season. Hogeboom had a stroke average of 78.88.
The No. 4-ranked Jaguars leave Sunday for the NCAA Champ¤ionships at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md.
The 72-hole event begins Wednesday.
Augusta State is seeded No. 2 in the NCAA Championships, based on its victory last week in the NCAA Central Regional in South Bend, Ind.
Liverpool prevails with record rally
In Istanbul, Turkey, Liverpool won the European Champions Cup for the first time since 1984, overcoming a three-goal deficit to beat AC Milan 3-2 on penalty kicks following a 3-3 tie in the greatest comeback in the tournament's history.
No team had ever come back from a three-goal deficit in the final.
During a news conference at the NFL's spring meetings to announce that Tampa, Fla., will host the 2009 Super Bowl, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' owner declined to answer questions about his takeover of the world's richest soccer club.
A special anti-terrorism center in Berlin will be equipped with up-to-date technology to monitor developments, along with a national information and cooperation center, he said.
Blair, Beckham will lobby for London
In London, the head of Paris' bid for the 2012 Olympics came to the heart of rival territory to underline how the French capital is revving up its campaign in the final weeks of the race.
But the Paris message was over¤shadowed by the news from the London camp that Prime Minister Tony Blair and soccer star David Beckham will go to Singapore in July to lobby for the British bid.
Paris bid chairman Philippe Baudillon traveled to London in an effort to quash the idea that the French city - long viewed as the front-runner - is "paralyzed by fear" as depicted in some of the British media.
Paris, London, New York, Madrid and Moscow are competing for the 2012 Games. The winner will be selected by the International Olympic Committee in Singapore on July 6.
That will be followed by a "skills workshop" at 5 p.m. at Pa¤triots Park. The workshop is limited to the first 100 fans who make reservations (call (706) 306-6235) and are requested to bring two can ned goods to benefit Golden Harvest Food Bank.
The Augusta Fireball is a members of the United Soccer League Premier Development League and will play in the East Coast League. The only national development league for men's soccer, it is for players 23 and younger.