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Snellville's Ohrn second in Georgia Open qualifying

Curtis Ohrn of Snellville shot 69 in qualifying on Tuesday at Orchard Hills Golf Club to earn a spot in The Community Phone Book Georgia Open, scheduled for Aug. 4 to 7 at The Legends at Chateau Elan. Tucker's David Potts shot 68 to earn medalist honors.

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Thrashers GM to serve on '06 Olympic team

Don Waddell, the only general manager in Atlanta Thrashers history, was selected as GM of the 2006 U.S. Olympic hockey team on Tuesday.

Waddell was chosen just four days after NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced that the league will send its players to the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy, and the 2010 games in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The use of NHL players for the third straight Olympics was not secured until the league reached agreement with the union on a new collective bargaining agreement. That deal was ratified by the players on Thursday and by the league's board of governors on Friday.

Valdosta state picked to finish first in Gulf South

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Defending NCAA Division II national champion Valdosta State was picked Monday by Gulf South Conference coaches to win the league's football title in 2005.

Valdosta received 10 out of 11 first-place votes in balloting by the coaches, who gathered in Hot Springs for the league's Media Day. It's the fourth year in a row that Valdosta was picked to win the league.

Delta State was picked to finish second while Arkansas Tech, which hosted and won its first playoff game in school history last year, was picked third. Central Arkansas was picked fourth.

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Brown closer to becoming Knicks head coach

NEW YORK - With the last ''obstacle'' no longer an issue, Larry Brown and the New York Knicks moved closer Tuesday to finalizing a deal that would make the much-traveled 64-year-old the franchise's 22nd head coach.

Brown, reached by telephone, would not disclose whether he has told the Knicks he definitely wants the job.

Team president Isiah Thomas, also reached on the phone Tuesday morning, said he was in a meeting with team owner James Dolan and Madison Square Garden president Steve Mills and could not immediately comment on whether Brown had given the team a firm ''Yes.''

Michaels to stay with Monday Night Football

NEW YORK - Al Michaels is staying with Monday Night Football when it moves from ABC to ESPN for the 2006 NFL season, parting with John Madden after four seasons in the booth together.

Michaels has been the play-by-play man on Monday Night Football since 1986, the last three with Madden as analyst. After this season, Madden is moving to NBC, which is taking over the Sunday night time slot in 2006.

- From staff, wire reports