Originally created 12/24/06



Young Jaguars hope to build on fall play

Augusta State competed in just three tournaments during the fall season, but the young squad gained valuable knowledge that fifth-year coach Josh Gregory is sure will pay dividends.

"The fall was very beneficial from the standpoint that we played some different lineups and got to see how the team responded to a variety of situations," Gregory said. "We had some nice rounds and got ourselves on the leaderboard a couple times, and that was good for the guys to go through. We played a tough schedule against most of the top teams in the nation, and that's only going to make you better."

Seven different golfers cracked the lineup during the fall.

Junior Jamie Miller had the Jags' best individual finish, a tie for ninth, at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic at Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind., on Oct. 10.

Augusta State's best team finish was a sixth-place showing in the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic.

The Jags' 2007 spring schedule includes seven regular-season events. Augusta State opens its spring schedule Feb. 18 in the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.


Rangers, White Sox make 5-player deal

Not optimistic about their pursuit of free agent pitcher Barry Zito, the Texas Rangers acquired right-hander Brandon McCarthy from the Chicago White Sox in a five-player deal.

The Rangers gave up 2003 first-round pick John Danks, a 21-year left-hander who hasn't yet pitched in the major leagues, and right-handers Nick Masset and Jacob Rasner in exchange for McCarthy and 18-year-old outfielder David Paisano.

McCarthy has 65 major league appearances, and is 7-9 with a 4.39 ERA. The Rangers plan to use him as a starter.


Lawyers want court to jail two reporters

In San Francisco, government lawyers urged a federal appeals court to jail two newspaper reporters who have refused to testify about who leaked them secret grand jury testimony from a steroids investigation.

In written arguments, federal prosecutors told the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that San Francisco Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams should be imprisoned for up to 18 months for not revealing the source of the transcripts.

The prosecutors asked the San Francisco-based court to uphold a judge's contempt orders against Fainaru-Wada and Williams, arguing that reporters do not have special privileges that allow them to keep evidence from a grand jury.

The government filing came a day after Yahoo.com reported that Troy Ellerman, a lawyer who worked for BALCO founder Victor Conte and co-defendant James Valente, is being investigated by the FBI as the source of the leaked testimony.

In a series of articles published in 2004, Fainaru-Wada and Williams quoted from grand jury transcripts in which baseball player Jason Giambi and track star Tim Montgomery admitted taking steroids. San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds, who is being investigated by a grand jury for possible perjury, testified that he thought the substances he was using were legal.


Ex-champ charged in child abduction

In Baltimore, former Olympic biathlon champion Myriam Bedard was in police custody in Maryland on Saturday on a child abduction charge after U.S. marshals found the athlete and her daughter at a hotel on the girl's 12th birthday.

The 37-year-old Bedard was taken into custody Friday night. She is to appear Tuesday in federal court in Baltimore.

Quebec City police spokeswoman Sandra Dion told The Canadian Press the daughter will be reunited soon in Quebec City with her father, Jean Pacquet.

Quebec City police swore out an arrest warrant against Bedard on Dec. 8 after her former husband said she had taken their daughter from Quebec City without his permission.


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