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Patriot, Warrior players get QB Club scholarships

Published Oct. 16, 2005

Pinellas Park High offensive tackle George Paul and Osceola High running back Chad Nixon were awarded $4,000 scholarships by the St. Petersburg Quarterback Club at its mid-winter banquet Tuesday night. Nixon is planning to attend Florida State and Paul is scheduled to go Florida. The scholarships were presented by former Florida coach Ray Graves. New UF coach Steve Spurrier was the guest speaker at the banquet.Waltrip surpasses

$10-million for career

Darrell Waltrip became the first driver in motorsports history to surpass $10-million in career winnings with his 14th-place finish Sunday in the Daytona 500. Waltrip, of Franklin, Tenn., won $49,340 in Sunday's 500-mile NASCAR Winston Cup stock car race, pushing his career winnings to $10,036,481. Dale Earnhardt is second in career winnings with $9,808,903 and Bill Elliott is third with $9,177,639.

Holyfield turns down

lucrative three-fight deal

Evander Holyfield on Tuesday turned down a $40-million, three-fight deal offered by Steve Wynn, owner of the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. The package offered by Wynn included fights with 42-year-old contender George Foreman and Mike Tyson, who lost the title to Buster Douglas this month. Meanwhile, Foreman attempted to move his massive frame into the heavyweight title picture Tuesday, declaring himself ready to fight Douglas if negotiations break down for a fight between Douglas and Holyfield.

Collinsworth to be roasted

at All Children's benefit

Cris Collinsworth, former University of Florida and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver, will be roasted Saturday night at the Tradewinds Resort on St. Petersburg Beach, and event chairman Bob Hewko said Tuesday that a few tickets ($75 each) for the All Children's Hospital benefit are still available. Among the roasters are Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason, Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino, Green Bay coach Lindy Infante, former Gators coach Charley Pell, Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan, former Tampa Bay and UF linebacker Scot Brantley, sportscasters Dick Crippen and Gayle Gardner, and sports columnists Larry Guest and Hubert Mizell. For information, call 874-9926.

Also worth

mentioning Gasparilla Distance Classic T-shirts still are available, race officials said Tuesday. To get one, runners should fill out the T-shirt redemption card in their registration packet and send to the Gasparilla Distance Classic, PO Box 1881, Tampa, FL 33601. Gary Painter and Mike Brady combined on a six-hit shutout to help lead Florida State to a 5-0 college baseball win Tuesday over Florida International in Tallahassee. St. Petersburg Junior College (18-9) defeated the Eckerd College "B" squad 23-1 in college baseball Tuesday. Daren Engelmeier was 5-for-7 with two triples, four RBI and four runs.

Underclassmen shouldn't

lose eligibility _ Schultz

Underclassmen who enter the NFL and NBA drafts should be allowed to maintain their college eligibility if they change their mind and decide to stay in school, NCAA executive director Dick Schultz said Tuesday. Schultz said college football and basketball players should be permitted to use the draft to determine their worth in the pros.

A. J. Kitt and Krista Schmidinger claimed super giant slalom titles Tuesday at the U.S. Alpine Ski Championships in Crested Butte, Colo. It was the first national title for both skiers. Gary Painter and IOC's Samaranch says

S. Africa boycott remains

Juan Antonio Samaranch, president of the International Olympic Committee, Tuesday dismissed announced reforms in South Africa as cosmetic and said a sports ban against the country will not be relaxed. "The ingredients for eradicating apartheid have not been lifted, therefore the international sanctions should be maintained to pressure South Africa to lift its policy of apartheid," or racial separation, Samaranch told a news conference in Kuwait.

Ex-Brandon star Lynn

scores 25 against 1 team

Former Brandon High star Missy Lynn, now a senior at the University of New Orleans, scored a career-high 25 points in a 98-60 loss Tuesday night to Louisiana Tech, the nation's top-ranked women's team, in Ruston, La. It was the most points scored against Louisiana Tech this season. She also set a school record with four three-pointers.

_ Compiled by John Peel.