'Chronicle' honored at state banquet
In Jekyll Island, Ga., The Augusta Chronicle won 11 awards in Division I on Saturday night at the Georgia Sports Writers Association convention.
The 2004 Masters Tournament was the backdrop for three awards: David Westin's story from the final round won for professional sports event story on deadline. Scott Michaux took third in the columns category for his story from that day, while The Chronicle's special section from the beginning of the week won first place in its category.
Jeff Sentell won first place for best high school feature or series on his story about the second chance for Laney's Robert Dunn and second in the amateur, non-scholastic feature category for his story on home-schooled baseball player Ty McTier.
Kristy Shonka won third place in the professional sports event story on deadline on the Augusta Lynx's post-game practice after a humbling defeat. Former staff writer Travis Haney won three awards, for high school event coverage, college news story (Steve Spurrier comes to South Carolina) and college feature or series (Looking Back at Eddie Lee Ivery).
The Chronicle also placed second in the best sports section and best Sunday sports section categories.
Federer grills Safin for 3rd Weber in row
In Halle, Germany, Roger Federer beat a racket-slamming Marat Safin 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-4 on Sunday to win the Gerry Weber Open for the third year in a row. The top-ranked Swiss captured his 20th straight ATP final and 29th straight match on grass courts.
In defeating the Australian Open champion, Federer recorded his 29th career title. He will be going for his third straight crown at Wimbledon, which starts June 20.
- In Birmingham, England, Maria Sharapova struggled on a cold day to defeat Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 to capture the DFS Classic and win this Wimbledon warmup for the second straight year.
- In London, Andy Roddick won his third consecutive title at Queen's, defeating 6-foot-10 Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4) to join Lleyton Hewitt and John McEnroe as the only players to win this Wimbledon tuneup three straight times.
Obleton grabs gold in Junior Classic
Augusta's A.J. Obleton boxed his way to a gold medal in the Junior National Summer Boxing Classic at May Park Community Center on Saturday.
Obleton, 10, defeated Parris Chisholm III, from Washington D.C., in the boys bantam 90 pound division.
Raikkonen holds on for third win of year
In Montreal, Kimi Raikkonen nursed his car home for his third victory of the Formula One season, ending Michael Schumacher's dominance in Canada.
Raikkonen also narrowed the gap to 22 points on world championship points leader Fernando Alonso, who failed to finish for the first time this season.
- In Gladeville, Tenn., Clint Bowyer raced to his first NASCAR Busch Series victory Sunday, beating Kenny Wallace by 2.386 seconds in the rain-delayed Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway.