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Auburn's Irons gets SEC Player of the Week honor

• Auburn running back Kenny Irons was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after leading the Tigers to a 31-30 win over Georgia this past weekend. Irons rushed for 179 yards, including 125 in the first half, and two touchdowns in the victory.

The Dacula grad has topped the 100-yard rushing mark in five straight games, the first Tiger to accomplish that feat since current Cincinnati Bengals running back Rudi Johnson did it in 2000. Irons, who also took the SEC honor after the Arkansas game, has 1,102 rushing yards and 12 TDs this season.

South's Roberts commits to Auburn

• South Gwinnett senior Emily Roberts, who swims with the Summit Chase Aquatics Club, has accepted a scholarship offer to swim for Auburn. The daughter of Lem and Lori Roberts, she will be honored with a Nov. 21 signing party at 7:30 p.m. at Summit Chase.

Roberts has won the Class AAAAA state championship in the 100 breaststroke for two straight seasons after finishing second in that event as a freshman. She also has made the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials cut in the 100 breast.

Shiloh's Oates to sign with Anderson

• Shiloh senior Jordan Oates will sign a baseball scholarship today with Anderson College (S.C.) in a 2:30 p.m. ceremony at the school. Oates, the son of Billy and Gwyn Oates, plays first base and pitches for the Generals. He was a Gwinnett Dugout Club Academic All-County selection last season.

CSS picks up Parkview-Stephenson football game

• Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) has selected Friday night's football game between Parkview and Stephenson for its live broadcast. The 7:30 p.m. game at DeKalb's Hallford Stadium is a quarterfinal matchup in the Class AAAAA state playoffs.

The CSS broadcast can be seen on Comcast channel 45 or Charter channel 32. Matt Stewart and Chuck Oliver handle the CSS play-by-play and color duties on the broadcast.

Final cross country rankings, all-state teams announced

• The Collins Hill girls and Parkview boys squads finished the cross country season ranked first in the gatfxc.com all-classification rankings. Collins Hill's Jackie Drouin and Erin Guglielmo made the first team All-State team and teammate Alexis Nichols was on the second team, where she was joined by Grayson's Abby Self.

The boys' All-State team included first-teamers Nathan Frasier of Collins Hill and Michael Winston of Parkview. Ty Shelton of Greater Atlanta Christian was on the second team.

Gainey wins U.S. Pro Golf Tour Championship

• Tommy Gainey, a Bishopville, S.C., resident, won this past weekend's U.S. Pro Golf Tour Championship at Bear's Best Golf Club. Gainey, nicknamed "Two Gloves" because he wears gloves on both hands, posted a three-day total of 13-under-par 202 to beat PGA and Nationwide Tour veteran Kelly Grunewald by a stroke. Gainey shot 68, 64 and 70 to collect the $50,000 first prize.

Braselton's Tim Conley and Stone Mountain's R.L. Miller were the top local finishers, tying for 14th place. South Gwinnett grad Jonathan Fricke tied for 19th after rounds of 73, 70 and 70.

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Kovalchuk named NHL's top offensive player for week

• ATLANTA - Atlanta Thrashers left wing Ilya Kovalchuk was named the NHL's offensive player of the week Monday. He scored six goals - including four in one game - and had two assists in three games last week.

Thrashers center Marc Savard, who had 10 points with a goal and nine assists, was a runner-up for the honor.

Kovalchuk had two assists in the Thrashers' 5-0 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday. He tied a franchise record with a career-high four goals in a 5-2 victory against Tampa Bay Friday and added two goals in a 9-0 victory at Carolina Saturday.

Kovalchuk's total of six goals in two games set a franchise record. Kovalchuk, in his fourth season, ranks third on the team with 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 14 games.

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Devil Rays hire Angels bench coach Joe Maddon as manager

• ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Devil Rays have hired Los Angeles Angels bench coach Joe Maddon as manager, six weeks after beginning their search to replace Lou Piniella.

The team confirmed Maddon's hiring Monday. The St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Tribune reported in Monday editions that the team selected Maddon over incumbent Devil Rays bench coach John McLaren the day before.

Kings fined $30,000 for Detroit-bashing pictures

• NEW YORK - The Sacramento Kings were fined $30,000 by the NBA on Monday for showing derogatory images of Detroit on video screens prior to their home opener against the Pistons.

When the Pistons were introduced Nov. 8, the Arco Arena scoreboard flashed pictures of abandoned buildings, burned-out cars, piles of rubble and other negative images of Detroit. The Pistons won the game 102-88.

The Kings apologized that night and owners Joe and Gavin Maloof bought full-page ads that ran in The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, expressing ''great respect for Detroit's long and rich tradition as a landmark American city and the incredibly positive impact the Motor City has made over the course of our country's history.''

- From staff, wire reports