Originally created 04/08/06

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College Softball

Dumas' big game not enough for Jags

Augusta State's Amy Dumas had 16 strikeouts and gave up only two hits, but it wasn't enough as the Jaguars lost to Carson-Newman, 4-1, in Game 1 of a doubleheader Friday. The Jaguars were beaten, 7-6, in Game 2.

Hillary Howard had the big hit off Dumas, a three-run home run in Carson-Newman's four-run sixth inning. Dumas (14-4) also surrendered six walks and had three wild pitches.

Augusta State (24-9) pounded out 15 hits in Game 1, but Carson-Newman (36-8) plated the winning run in the seventh.

NFL

Favre will make his decision today

In Milwaukee, Brett Favre has scheduled a morning news conference for today, where he is expected to announce whether he'll return to play for the Green Bay Packers this season.

Becky Stuart, a personal assistant to the Favre family, confirmed that the news conference would be held at Favre's charity golf tournament in Tunica, Miss.

In a story in Friday's Green Bay Press-Gazette, Favre said that he told general manager Ted Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy earlier this week that he might have a decision by the weekend or early next week.

"I want to do what's best, obviously, for me and my family," he said. "But regardless of what people might think, I don't want to jeopardize the future of the team. I don't want to do that. I think that the people that know me, including those in the organization, know that."

Favre, who spoke with the Press-Gazette reporter at his golf tournament, said he wouldn't want to play for anyone but the Packers, who finished 4-12 last season, Favre's only losing one in Green Bay.

- In San Diego, wide receiver Eric Parker agreed to a new five-year contract with the San Diego Chargers.

Parker had been under contract through this season, but that deal was torn up as part of the new pact that runs through 2010.

Parker was the team's third-leading receiver last season with 57 catches for 725 yards and three touchdowns.

- In Greensboro, N.C., Jim Clack, a guard on two Super Bowl-winning Pittsburgh Steelers teams in the 1970s, died of heart failure. He was 58.

Horse Racing

Chin High upsets Transylvania field

In Lexington, Ky., Chin High, a 68-to-1 long shot, shocked the field to win the Transylvania Stakes, the feature race on the opening day of Keeneland's spring meet.

It was the second win in five career starts for Chin High, ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan and trained by Neil Pessin. Chin High edged Le Plaix and Wherethewestbegins at the finish during a light rain.

Chin High won $93,000 of the $150,000 purse for the one-mile Grade III turf race for 3-year-olds.

- In New York, New York Hero fended off a pair of determined closers to earn victory in the $58,000 allowance feature at Aqueduct.

New York Hero, with Ramon Dominguez aboard for trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., took charge early in the one-mile race. In the stretch, both Kennel Up and Bahama John made strong late runs. New York Hero held on by a head for his sixth career victory with a time of 1:36.70.

Skiing

Sponsor will not renew Miller deal

In Geneva, one of Bode Miller's top sponsors said it decided not to renew its contract with the 2005 World Cup overall skiing champion.

Italian pasta maker Barilla, which signed Miller in 2003, declined to pick up an option to renew the deal by the March 31 deadline.

"The program with Bode was done," Barilla spokeswoman Fabio Fortina said. "Last week we wrote to Bode's agent, Lowell Taub, and said we would not pick up the option."

Fortina did not give a reason why the company chose not to extend Miller's contract, but said Barilla generally struck three-year deals and that they only rarely were extended.