South Carolina offers Charlotte use of stadium

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September 13, 1993

South Carolina athletic director Mike McGee said that if an NFL team comes to Charlotte, N.C., it can play its first season in 1995 in Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.

Mike McCormack, general manager for the team that would be based in Charlotte, is weighing South Carolina's offer against a bid from Clemson, McGee said yesterday.

A deal has not been made with South Carolina because Clemson's bid is considerably lower, The Columbia State newspaper reported, citing unidentified sources. McGee would not say what South Carolina's bid is.

McGee had indicated last week that he had reservations about the Charlotte team playing its first-year games in Columbia while waiting for its stadium to be built. He said he was concerned NFL games might draw football fans and media coverage from the Gamecocks.

McCormack, who has said all along that Columbia is his first choice, planned to make an announcement by tomorrow or Wednesday.

Charlotte is competing with Baltimore, St. Louis, Memphis, Tenn., and Jacksonville, Fla., for two expansion franchises that will be awarded late next month.

Baseball

Granville "Granny" Hamner, a Philadelphia Phillies shortstop as skilled at bat as he was with his glove in the 1940s and 1950s, died in his hotel room, a team spokesman said. He was 66. A spokesman for the city Medical Examiner's office told WPVI-TV of Philadelphia that Hamner apparently suffered a heart attack. An autopsy was planned for today. Hamner, a member of the Phillies' Hall of Fame, is sixth in club history in doubles, 11th in RBI and 12th in extra-base hits and total bases. He was a three-time All-Star, starting at shortstop in 1952 and at second base in 1954. In 1949, he led the National League in at-bats with 662 and led NL shortstops in assists and double plays. In the 1950 World Series, he batted .429 with six hits in 14 at-bats.

Tennis

Eight Bosnians with Olympic dreams arrived in Chantilly, Va., on their way to training camps in Florida and South Carolina. The players are the first to reach America since the United States and 11 other countries extended invitations to help them train outside their war-ravaged country.

Soccer

Uruguay kept its World Cup hopes alive with a 2-1 victory against Bolivia in a South American qualifying game in Montevideo. With one round remaining in South American Group B, neither of the two berths is settled. Bolivia, Brazil and Uruguay all have 10 points with next Sunday's two games to decide the issue. The field for the World Cup is one-quarter complete: United States (host), Germany (defending champion), Mexico, Greece, Russia and Colombia.

College volleyball

Led by junior setter Connie Blades, an all-tournament selection, Towson State (9-1) won the Bucknell Invitational by beating St. Francis of Pa., Iona College, Bucknell and Cleveland State, all in three games, in Lewisburg, Pa.

Auto racing

Bryan Herta led wire-to-wire in Lexington in the Mid-Ohio round of the Firestone Indy Lights series, capturing his fifth victory of the season and wrapping up the series championship with two races remaining. Herta, 23, started from the pole for the sixth time this season and was never passed as he beat Englishman Steve Robertson to the finish line at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course by .698 of a second. Herta has won six of his 22 Indy Lights starts over two seasons.

* Mike McLaughlin overtook Charlie Pasteryak to win the Thompson (Conn.) Sunoco 300. It was McLaughlin's third victory at Thompson International Speedway, the longest on the NASCAR Winston Modified Tour.

Motorcycling

John Kocinski of the United States won the U.S. Grand Prix after Australia's Michael Doohan crashed while leading late in the race at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif.

Women's rhythmic gymnastics

Four women, including Tamara Levinson of Silver Spring, qualified at Emory University in Atlanta for the U.S. team that will compete in the Rhythmic World Championships to be held Nov. 4-7 in Alicante, Spain. She was joined by Jessica Davis of Anselmo, Calif., Brooke Bushnell of San Rafael, Calif., and Caroline Hunt of Winnetka, Ill.

Hockey

Mike Gartner scored the game-winning goal to lift the New York Rangers over the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-1, to win the NHL's British preseason challenge in Wembley.

Golf

Gordon Brand Jr. of Scotland won the European Open by seven strokes in Uckfield, England. Northern Ireland's Ronan Rafferty and Welshman Philip Price shared second place.

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