Football rules meeting set for Wednesday

The annual Division I football rules meeting for officials and coaches will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1 at the Tupelo High School cafeteria.

Virus affecting vision

of Colts' Manning

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has a virus that is affecting the vision in his right eye.

The virus, which Manning said could have been contracted by shaking someone's hand and then rubbing his eye, has forced him to wear a dark visor underneath his facemask the last two days at the Colts' training camp in Terre Haute.

"The doctors said it should be about seven to 10 days before it clears up," Manning said Monday. "There's nothing you can do about it, hopefully it will get better."

Manning also has been wearing dark sunglasses after practice to reduce his sensitivity to light.

Coach Jim Mora, who said Sunday that Manning was suffering from allergies, said he has not seen any change in Manning's playing ability.

"He's fine," Mora said. "I haven't noticed him performing any different with it than without it. If it got worse it might."

Georgia football fans

will pay next season

Georgia football fans can expect to reach deeper in their wallets to buy tickets after this season, athletic director Vince Dooley said Monday.

Dooley predicted a "pretty significant increase" in the $27-per-game ticket price for 2002.

"Our price is very, very low compared with other schools," he said during an Associated Press sportswriters meeting held at the Athens Banner-Herald. "We've got to meet our obligations."

Dooley projects the increase will need to be at least $5 per ticket to meet his department's increasing budget demands. Football accounts for the bulk of the revenue generated by the athletic program.

Bucs' Sapp has eyes on Gastineau's sack mark

Warren Sapp isn't content to be one of the best pass rushers in the NFL. He wants Mark Gastineau's single-season sack record, too.

The four-time Pro Bowl tackle had a franchise-best 161-2 sacks for Tampa Bay last season. He reported to training camp this week than more than 30 pounds lighter and determined to top Gastineau's mark of 22 in 1984.

"I don't think a convicted felon should be the all-time leader," the Bucs All-Pro said Monday. "I don't think a guy sitting on Rikers Island should have his name on top of an NFL record book, and I'm going to take it down."


Baseball prospects

killed in car accident

San Diego Padres minor league pitcher Gerik Baxter and Oakland A's draft pick Mark Hilde died in a car accident in the Southern California desert.

The two were in Baxter's Ford F-350 pickup Sunday evening on Interstate 10 near Indio when a rear tire blew out, causing the truck to swerve into another car and roll several times.

Baxter, 21, had been with the Lake Elsinore Storm of the Class-A California League while recovering from an injury. He was on his way Lake Elsinore at the time of the crash.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to Gerik's family and friends," Padres general manager Kevin Towers said. "Gerik was a special young man and he and his family will remain in our thoughts and prayers."


Lee Trevino records

$1 million golf shot

Lee Trevino holed a $1 million shot in the Par-3 Shootout on Monday, acing the 138-yard seventh hole in the two-day skins competition.

"I got my best hug in a long time," said Paul Azinger, one of four players in the event at the Treetops course. "It was a pretty special moment."

The 61-year-old Trevino had just let a $40,000 skin slip away on the sixth hole when he stepped up to the seventh tee.

The hole, nicknamed "High Five," includes a 90-foot vertical drop that makes club selection a bit tricky. Trevino decided on a pitching wedge, but thought he'd hit it too hard. The ball sailed directly at the flag, landed pin high about a foot onto the fringe and spun back, rolling 20 feet into the cup.

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