College football Georgia Tech accepts Seattle Bowl...

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November 29, 2001

College football

Georgia Tech accepts Seattle Bowl berth, will play Stanford

Georgia Tech began the season with hopes of playing in the Bowl Championship Series. Instead, the Yellow Jackets settled for a spot yesterday in the inaugural Seattle Bowl.

The Yellow Jackets (7-4) will meet Stanford (8-2), ranked No. 12 but only fourth in the Pacific-10, at Safeco Field on Dec. 27.

The bowl guarantees $750,000 to each school, but the Atlantic Coast Conference will boost Georgia Tech's share to $1.1 million to help handle the cost of a West Coast trip.

MORE BOWLS: Boston College (7-4) accepted an invitation to face a team from the Southeastern Conference in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn., on Dec. 28. The most likely opponent for the Eagles is Alabama (5-5, 4-4) if the Crimson Tide becomes bowl eligible. Also, Colorado State accepted an invitation to play Sun Belt champion North Texas in the first New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 18.

OHIO STATE: Quarterback Steve Bellisari pleaded no contest to a drunken driving charge and will serve three days in jail after the Buckeyes play in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1. He also was sentenced to three days in an alcohol diversion program.

Baseball

Ex-Oriole exec Lucchino joins bid to buy Red Sox

As a Thursday deadline to bid for the Boston Red Sox approached, prospective owners of the storied but luckless franchise hurried to round off their investment groups with wealthy backers, one of whom included former Orioles executive Larry Lucchino.

The group led by former San Diego Padres owner Tom Werner and Maine ski resort developer Les Otten, said it had brought Lucchino on board as an investor. Lucchino ran the Padres until last summer, and the Orioles from 1988-1993.

The Yawkey Trust has asked for final bids by today for its 53 percent stake in the team. Experts expect the controlling interest in the team to fetch up to $400 million.

TWINS: The team's landlord and the Minnesota attorney general asked the state's Supreme Court to deny a quick appeal of a judge's order that would likely keep the team alive for one more season.

In New York, players and owners agreed to start hearings Tuesday on the union's grievance to stop owners from eliminating two teams before next season.

Lawyers for commissioner Bud Selig and the Twins last week asked the court to schedule an emergency hearing by Dec. 7 on the injunction that disrupted baseball's contraction plans by forcing the Twins to play home games next season in the Metrodome.

Et cetera

Seven are tied for lead in PGA qualifying event

Jaxon Brigman, whose scorecard error two years ago kept him from getting his tour card, shot a 66 and was among seven players tied for the lead after the first round of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Ty Tryon, the 17-year-old who is trying to become the youngest player to earn his PGA Tour card, was only four strokes back after opening with a 70.

SAILING: The navigator aboard the leading yacht in the Volvo Ocean Race left the boat near Australia because of the death of a family member.

Marcel van Triest headed to the Netherlands on Tuesday after leaving the Team SEB yacht at Eclipse Island, off the coast of Western Australia. He was taken to Perth and then flew to Europe.

SOCCER: Past champions Brazil, Italy, Argentina and Germany were given seedings for the World Cup draw, while England was not. The setup for Saturday's draw, which creates eight groups of four teams, ensures the United States will not play an African country in the opening round of next year's tournament, which begins in May.

WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Cammi Granato's second power-play goal of the game gave the United States a 4-3 win over Canada's Olympic team in the TSN Challenge in ontreal. The victory gave the U.S. a 2-0 lead in the three-game series which winds up tomorrow night in Hamilton.

The quiz

Off and kicking

Maryland's Ralph Friedgen (10-1) will at least tie for the best record by a first-year football coach in Atlantic Coast Conference history. Who took Clemson to a 10-2 mark in 1990? (Answer below)

Quiz answer

Ken Hatfield. From wire reports

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