Star Tracking …
April 9, 2001
AUGUSTA, Ga. Tiger Woods removed his cap and covered his face so he could flick away his tears, a rare moment when he wasn't in complete control. "I've never had that feeling before," Woods said. Professional golf hasn't seen anything like this before, either. Slam or not, Woods was simply grand on Sunday, claiming the greatest feat in modern golf with a thrilling victory at the Masters that gave him a clean sweep of the four professional majors in a span of 294 days.
The Meridian Community College baseball team took a three-run decision over Jones County Junior College Sunday afternoon thanks to a couple of big hits late in the ballgame. The Eagles used 13 hits to overcome eight errors and win the game 7-4 in 11 innings. Michael Goodson took the win on the mound for MCC and Adam Smith picked up his first save of the season.
COLLINSVILLE Perhaps there's something to be said for the home field advantage in baseball after all. After losing a 5-4 heart-breaker at Northeast Jones in the bottom of the seventh nearly four weeks ago, West Lauderdale wasn't about to let something like that happen again Tuesday night, erupting for five runs in the second inning and five more in the fifth to score an 11-1 mercy rule victory over the Tigers. Thurman Lewis and J.D. Harbour had three hits each for the West Lauderdale (9-9). Or perhaps the home cooking had nothing to do with it. Junior right-hander Daniel Stewart was thoroughly dominating for the Knights, allowing just three singles and striking out 11. The lone Northeast Jones run was unearned.
The Meridian Wildcats just had to put the ball in play Tuesday afternoon against visiting Jackson-Provine, and the Rams took care of the rest. Provine committed six errors and misplayed three rundowns in the Wildcats' 11-1 victory at John Moss Field. The Rams made three errors, walked four hitters botched a rundown involving Meridian's Brian Cole in the Cats seven-run second inning.
April 9, 1992
NEW YORK Suddenly and sadly, AIDS has struck the sports community again. Six months after Magic Johnson announced he had tested positive for the HIV virus that causes AIDS, Arthur Ashe revealed he has the disease. Ashe, the first black man to win Grand Slam tennis titles, on Wednesday said he believes he became infected with the virus through a tainted blood transfusion following his second open heart surgery in June 1983. At the time, AIDS was not yet viewed as a mainstream disease, one that could be transmitted through tainted blood. So there was no reason for Ashe to think twice about it when doctors offered two units of blood to him after the retired tennis star complained of feeling badly following surgery.
Sports Faces …
One reason why the Northeast Lauderdale Trojans are still alive for a post-season baseball berth from Division 5-4A is senior pitcher Will Matlock.
Matlock generally draws the top district game assignment. He is 4-5 on the season. He can frustrate opponents by using a side-arm motion.
Matlock's best mound achievement this season was gaining the win against defending 3A champion West Lauderdale.