Originally created 08/04/06

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GOLF

Augustan captures SJGT Championship

In Sylacauga, Ala., Augusta's Chase Parker won the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour Championship in the 14-15-year-old division on Wednesday.

Parker's three-round 215 total actually tied Thomas Looney, but Parker won on the first playoff hole. Augusta's William Sigg tied for 6th in the division with 224.

Augusta's Franklin Dolan tied for third in the 16-18 division with a 213 total. He was tied for second after a first-day 69. Martinez's John Faulkner placed 37th with 235.

North Augusta's Meechai Padung tied for third in the 12-13 division with 219. Davis Parker, of Augusta, finished fifth with 233.

SOCCER

Pope says he is retiring from team

In Chicago, U.S. star Eddie Pope is retiring from international competition, ending a career in which he played in three World Cups and the 1996 Olympics.

Pope is playing for Real Salt Lake this season in Major League Soccer, but has missed the past two games because of a bruised right foot.

The 32-year-old defender was replaced on the MLS all-star team Thursday by D.C. United defender Facundo Erpen. The MLS stars play English Premier League champion Chelsea FC on Saturday.

"After having the opportunity to play in my third World Cup and taking some time to reflect with my family, I felt like it was the right moment to say goodbye to the national team," Pope said.

"I'll miss all my teammates, and I will always appreciate the successes we had together. I really never imagined that my international career would last this long, and I am very grateful for the opportunities over the last 11 years," he said.

BASKETBALL

Trail Blazers owner removes sale tag

In Portland, Ore., Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen has pulled out of negotiations to sell the team.

Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, and Portland Arena Management (PAM), which runs the Rose Garden arena, had been working together to sell the team and the arena as a package.

"As a result of the process, multiple bids were received, a number of which were in a range which PAM found acceptable, and PAM confirmed that it wanted the sale process to continue to pursue negotiations with certain of the bidders," the arena management group said Thursday.

"However, Mr. Allen has advised PAM that he does not wish to pursue a sale of the team at this time, and the sale process has been terminated."

TENNIS

Top seed advances despite struggling

In Sopot, Poland, top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko beat Juan Monaco of Argentina 7-5, 6-7 (7), 6-1 in the second round of the Prokom Open on Thursday.

Trying to finish off a match suspended by rain from the night before at 7-5, 3-2, Davydenko squandered four match points in the second-set tiebreaker, and needed four more in the final game before closing out the win.

Second-seeded Tommy Robredo, winner of the inaugural Sopot title in 2001, lost to Florian Mayer of Germany, last year's runner-up, 6-2, 6-4. Eighth-seeded Agustin Calleri, who won the Kitzbuehel title on Sunday, beat Raemon Sluiter of the Netherlands 6-4, 6-4.

Juan Ignacio Chela, whom Calleri beat in Kitzbuehel's all-Argentine final, defeated Argentine qualifier Martin Vassallo Arguello 6-2, 6-1.

Chela meets Mayer in the quarterfinals, and Calleri faces Polish wild card Michal Przysiezny, who defeated Jiri Vanek of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-1.

FOOTBALL

NAFL's Ragin' Bulls to play home game

The Georgia Ragin' Bulls (2-0) will take on the Carolina Timberwolves at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Glenn Hills.

Tickets are $5 and can be acquired in advance by calling (706) 284-9108.