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College Football

Tickets now on sale for the City Classic

Tickets are on sale now for the Augusta City Classic, formerly the CSRA Classic, which will be held Saturday at Laney Stadium.

A pee wee football game begins the festivities at 8 a.m. The Battle of the Bands follows at 10. Benedict will face Clark Atlanta at 2 p.m.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets purchased the day of the game are $20 for adults and $15 for students.

For more information, call Clasper Smith at (706) 829-6442.

Boxing

Aiken fighter finds foe for Dec. 5 bout

Aiken's Paul Williams finally has an opponent for his next bout, choosing Sergio Martinez to replace injured Kelly Pavlik .

Heavyweight Chris Arreola also will fight on the card at the Boardwalk Hall Ballroom in Atlantic City on Dec. 5.

Williams spent the fall preparing for a showdown with Pavlik, but the middleweight champion backed out of two dates because of an infection in his left hand. The bout finally was canceled in October.

Williams (37-1, 27 KOs) is a two-time welterweight champion who can fight in several weight classes. He hasn't been in the ring since his one-sided victory over Winky Wright last April.

Martinez (44-1-2, 24 KOs) is the WBC 154-pound champion, but he will move up to 160 pounds to face Williams.

Golf

Taylor, Booth set to play in Thomas Cup

Vaughn Taylor and Wallace Booth are among the former Augusta State players who will play in this weekend's Alumni Challenge for the Henry Thomas Cup at Forest Hills Golf Club.

The event is part of the Augusta Birdie Club's Jaguar Golf Jamboree weekend.

Today, a Texas Scramble fundraiser will be held, featuring a current Augusta State player or coach in each foursome.

The Henry Thomas Cup, played in honor of the former assistant coach, will be Sunday. In addition to Taylor and Booth, other former Jaguars in the field are Doug Weiss, Jeff Keck, Jamie Felder and Keith Guest .

Basketball

Aiken Tech to meet top team in country

Aiken Tech will open its reg-ular season tonight in the annual Tip-Off Classic on the school's campus in Graniteville.

The Knights will play host to Gulf Coast Community College at 8 tonight and Central Florida Community College at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Central Florida is the top-ranked team in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I poll.

Admission is free.

- The Minnesota Lynx will have the top pick in next year's WNBA Draft.

The Sacramento Monarchs, who finished with a league-low 12 wins this year, received the second pick in the draft lottery Thursday.

The Atlanta Dream will have the No. 10 pick.

The draft date has not been announced.

Tennis

Emotional Agassi seeks compassion

Andre Agassi is responding to criticism of his crystal meth use with a plea for compassion, telling 60 Minutes he needed help when he took the drug while depressed in 1997.

Discussing his new autobiography, Open , the former No. 1-ranked player became emotional when reacting to comments by Martina Navratilova , who compared him to Roger Clemens.

CBS released excerpts from the interview Thursday and will broadcast it Sunday night.

- A Belgian anti-doping tribunal has suspended U.S. Open semifinalist Yanina Wickmayer for one year for allegedly failing to report her whereabouts to anti-doping officials three times.

Flemish regional tribunal spokesman Koen Uman said the suspension takes immediate effect, but it can be appealed by Wickmayer.


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