Originally created 11/22/06



Ex-GreenJackets on S.F.'s 40-man roster

Infielder Eugenio Velez and right-handed pitcher Osiris Matos, who starred for the Aug-usta GreenJackets this past season, have been added to the 40-man roster of the San Francisco Giants.

The Giants purchased the contracts of Velez from low Class A Augusta and Matos from Double-A Connecticut, club senior vice president and general manager Brian Sabean announced Tuesday.

San Francisco now has 33 players on its 40-man roster.

Velez, a switch-hitting middle infielder, earned the South Atlan-tic League Most Valuable Player award in 2006 while helping Augusta to a minor league-best 92-47 record.

The 24-year-old Dominican finished second in the SAL batting race with a .318 mark and also had 90 RBI, which led all Giants minor leaguers.

The 6-foot-1, 163-pounder scored an organizational-best 90 runs and set a SAL record with 20 triples, while also leading the league with 63 extra-base hits. Selected by the Giants from Toronto in last year's minor league Rule 5 Draft, Velez finished second in the Giants chain with 64 stolen bases.

Matos, 22, went 7-3 with 13 saves and a 1.76 ERA in 44 games for Augusta, before closing out the season at Connecticut.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Domin-ican limited SAL hitters to a .193 average, while striking out 81 hitters in 61 1/3 innings. Originally signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2002, Matos registered two saves at the Double-A level in six appearances. He logged a 3.72 ERA for Connecticut.

Women's Basketball

Lady Jags holding canned food drive

The Augusta State women's basketball team will sponsor a canned good drive to benefit the less fortunate when they host a pair of non-conference opponents this weekend in Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Augusta State faces Morris College on Friday at 5:30 p.m., then meets Voorhees College on Saturday at 2 p.m.

A collection bin will be available in the main entrance of Christenberry Fieldhouse for all donations.

There will be no admission charge to Friday's and Saturday's games.

The Lady Jags are 1-1 after splitting two games last weekend.

Men's Soccer

Two Pacers named to all-region squad

USC Aiken men's soccer players Wacey Benjamin and Reuben Ojeyinka have been selected to the 2006 Daktronics Division II Southeast Region men's soccer team.

Benjamin, a senior defender from Couva, Trinidad, was named to the 11-member first team. Ojeyinka, a junior forward from Houston, Texas, was named to the second team.

The honor adds to PBC All-Conference selections they received earlier this fall.

Benjamin scored two goals on the season despite taking only six shots. His greatest value to the team came on defense, however, where the center defender led a unit to six shutouts and a 1.11 goals against average.

Ojeyinka led the team in goals (5), assists (7), and points (17).

Women's Tennis

WTA changes likely for the 2009 season

The WTA Tour wants to shorten its season, reduce the number of mandatory tournaments and give the top women more of a break after Grand Slam events.

The tour said it hopes to implement the changes for the 2009 season. The WTA board is expected to approve them in March.

The proposals also call for more competition between elite players, the creation of four events that coincide with ATP tournaments and a simplified ranking system.

WTA Tour chief executive Larry Scott acknowledged the season is "simply too long and grueling," adding the changes will "deliver to fans the stars and rivalries they want to see."

Under the new system, the season would end in October. The 2006 season ended Nov. 13 at the WTA Championships in Spain.


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