Originally created 09/23/05



Johnson is dead from fight injuries

Leavander Johnson died Thursday in Las Vegas from injuries sustained five days earlier in a lightweight title fight with Jesus Chavez.

The 35-year-old died at University Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized since being injured in the fight Saturday night at the MGM Grand hotel-casino.

A hospital spokeswoman said Johnson was pronounced dead at 4:23 p.m.

Johnson was put in a medically induced coma after undergoing brain surgery less than an hour after his fight with Chavez.

Doctors were initially unsure he would make it through the night, but the next day expressed cautious optimism after tests showed improvement in brain function.

Johnson was defending the IBF title he won in June against Chavez, but took a beating in the fight before finally being stopped by a flurry of punches in the 11th round.

After the fight, he was rushed to UMC, where neurosurgeon William Smith operated on him to relieve pressure from a subdural hematoma, or bleeding on the brain.


Millarville stays among unbeaten

Millarville joined Skeeterville are the only unbeaten teams in the U.S. Polo Association's Gold Cup tournament in Aiken.

Millarville beat Chukkarage 14-6 on Thursday to improve to 2-0, matching Skeeterville, which won its second game Wednesday.

Chukkarage and Detroit Blues are 0-2 and Bendabout and New Bridge are 1-1. Teams are eliminated after they suffer a third loss.

In Thursday's game, Magoo LaPrida scored six goals for Millarville, which led 13-4 after five chukkers. Antonio Galvan had three of Chukkarage's goals.

There will be only two games Sunday instead of the scheduled three. The 12:30 p.m. game between New Bridge and Millarville will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday. The Sunday games pit Chukkarage against Bendabout at 10 a.m., and Detroit Blues vs. Skeeterville at 5 p.m.

Minor League Hockey

Lynx preseason opener is Oct. 13

The Augusta Lynx will open their preseason schedule at 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 at Augusta Ice Sports Center.

Tickets go on sale at Augusta Ice Sports Center on Oct. 1 and are $5 each, with proceeds benefitting the Augusta Youth Ice Hockey Association.

The regular season opener is at home Oct. 21 against the Stingrays.

College Soccer

USC Aiken women fall to Buccaneers

In Aiken, Division I Charleston Southern handed the USC Aiken women a 4-1 loss in the first meeting between the schools.

USC Aiken (3-3-0) scored its goal at the 77:00 mark in the second half, on a shot by Andrea Lloyd to make it 3-1.

USC Aiken plays host to Clayton State at 2:30 p.m.

- In Aiken, a comeback by the USC Aiken men fell short in a 3-2 loss to Savannah College of Art Design.

Savannah College of Art Design scored the first three goals of the game before USC Aiken roared back.

The Pacers (1-5-0) scored at the 84:35 mark on a goal by Adam Lambert and at the 86:17 mark on Emmanuel Maduka's goal.


Burk will change her NCWO position

Martha Burk, who challenged Augusta National Golf Club's membership policies, is changing positions at the National Council of Women's Organizations.

In November, Burk, the chair of the group for the past five years, will direct the NCWO's Corporate Accountability Project.

The project, which grew out of the Augusta National effort, spotlights unfair corporate practices and highlights enlightened policies in the workplace.

Susan Scanlan will succeed Burk as the chair.


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