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Stats for basketball must be in today

Individual player statistics are due today at 4 p.m., no exceptions.

The Augusta Chronicle will publish a listing of area leaders in the following basketball categories: scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, three-point percentage and blocked shots.

Nominations for area player of the week for both boys and girls sports will also be due at this time. The weekly stats and area players of the week will run each Friday.

Stats can be faxed to (706) 823-3408 or e-mailed to Prep Sports Writer Jeff Sentell at jeff.sentell@augustachronicle.com. Please call (706) 823-3425 with any questions.

Powerlifting

Augusta Open event scheduled Saturday

The Python Power League's 2007 Augusta Open Powerlifting Championships are scheduled for Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m., at the Crossrhodes Christian Center on Gordon Highway.

Powerlifters from Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Alabama, ranging in age from 10-70, are expected to compete.

Divisions include squat, bench press, dead lift and pose down.

Admission is $5.

The Crossrhodes Christian Center is located at 1850 Gordon Highway.

For more information, contact Tee Meyers at (706) 790-3806.

Soccer

Westminster players earn honors, awards

Four Westminster School players were named to the Georgia Independent School Association All-State team.

Anthony Lehn, Beckett Johnson, Jared Tebbs and Julian Allgeier made all-state.

Lehn, Johnson, Tebbs, All-geier, Thomas Rogers and Victor Guttierez were named all-region by the GISA.

Rogers was also named to the National Soccer Coaches Assoc-iation of America/adidas Scholar All-South Region team.

Both the girls and boys teams were honored with NSCAA Scho-lar All-America Team awards.

- David Beckham was belittled by Real Madrid's president on Tuesday as a Hollywood movie-star hopeful spurned by most of the world's top soccer teams.

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon, in comments expected to further sour relations between Beckham and the Spanish club, said the English midfielder joined the Los Angeles Galaxy because there were no other takers.

"The proof that our technical staff was correct not to retain him has been borne out by every other technical staff in the world not wanting him even though he was out of contract," Calderon said.

He added: "David Beckham is going to be some sort of film actor living in Hollywood."

Beckham's jump to the Galaxy prompted a spike in tickets sales for several Major League Soccer teams.

The Galaxy said its sold 5,000 season tickets since Thursday's announcement.

Beckham's decision "has generated more interest in Major League Soccer than any other event in league history," MLS commissioner Don Garber said. "We didn't sign David to sell tickets and jerseys. He was signed because he's a world-class soccer player."

Horse Racing

Barbaro much better after recent surgery

Barbaro has "improved considerably" after weekend surgery to remove a section of his laminitis-stricken left rear hoof.

The Kentucky Derby winner was "stable and comfortable," said Dean Richardson, chief surgeon at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, where Barbaro has been recovering since shattering his right rear leg in the Preakness Stakes on May 20.

"Barbaro's comfort improved considerably following the procedure on Saturday morning," Richardson said in an update released by the center.

"He has been standing and moving around his stall well enough that sling support has not been added since."

Richardson said the 4-year-colt's appetite has improved and that his vital signs are stable.

"We are pleased with his progress,'' Richardson said.


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