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A proud day for golf, Billy Payne

Billy Payne finally clears up his "biggest" personal disappointment with the admission of women members to the Augusta National Golf Club.

In Aiken, USC Aiken's men's soccer team had its home opener spoiled in a 4-0 loss to Palm Beach Atlantic.
Golfers will go for gold in 2016

COPENHAGEN --- Golf has a tee time for 2016, and Tiger Woods can hardly wait.
Golf | Augusta National Golf Club
Council on tax reform seeks input

The Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians brings a fact-finding session to Augusta today.
Government | Metro
Southern Democrats should reconsider

Do Democrats seriously think that if Howard Dean is their nominee, he will win a majority of the Southern states and be elected president?
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Overtime: Thurmond's Hillary to sign with Catawba

Strom Thurmond quarterback Antwaun Hillary will sign to play with Catawba College of Salisbury, N.C., today. Hillary, a first-team all-area player, picked Catawba over Mars Hill and Carson-Newman. Last season Catawba won a school-record 11 games and advanced to the NCAA Division II quarterfinals. BASEBALL: Augusta State is ranked 12th in the country among Division II schools, according to the latest Collegiate Baseball Magazine. Seven Peach Belt Conference teams are ranked, led by No. 2 Kennesaw State and No. 3 North Florida.
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Post-Olympic Atlanta has different look

ATLANTA -- The Olympic stadium is still here, albeit with a new name and a much-altered appearance. Looking for the spot where gold-shoed Michael Johnson crossed the finish line with his record in the 200 meters? It now lies somewhere between third base and the left-field fence. Centennial Olympic Park is actually a park these days, a 21-acre oasis of grass, flags and fountains in the heart of downtown, with nary a Budweiser tent and scant memories of the fatal bombing that rocked the Atlanta Games.
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Across the area: Barnes wants age to drive to be 17

ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes said he supports raising Georgia's minimum driving age to 17.
Overtime: Police drop charges against Rodman, wife

Battery charges filed against Dennis Rodman and actress Carmen Electra after a night of partying in South Beach clubs ended in a fight at a hotel, have been dropped. Attorney Roy Black said Monday that the fight was a disagreement "typical of what happens between a married couple." "This simply wasn't a crime ... but because of their celebrity, everyone took notice," he said. Rodman and Electra were charged with simple battery, a misdemeanor, after the fight Nov. 5 in which both received minor injuries.
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Sydney ticket offer opens at home

SYDNEY, Australia -- Tickets go on sale in Australia Sunday for the 2000 Summer Games and organizers should know quickly if the Olympic bribery scandal has dampened public interest. Fans will have 48 days to return order forms for 5 million of 9.6 million tickets to be sold for the games. Full payments must accompany all orders. Sandy Hollway, chief executive of the Sydney Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, hinted this month that less than 50 percent of the local tickets would be sold by the time the initial offer ends July 16.
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