Parkview grad to start Shorter track, cross country programs

• Parkview grad Jay Stephenson, a three-time NAIA All-American runner at Berry College, has been named the first head track and cross country coach at Shorter College in Rome. The team will begin competition this fall.

Stephenson, a 2003 Berry grad, was an assistant coach with Berry's men's and women's running programs for 21⁄2 years. He is currently pursuing his master's degree in Exercise Science from Georgia State and working on USA Track and Field Level II Coaching Certification.

Peachtree Ridge's Peterson, GAC's Warren win Deep South honors

• Lisa Warren of Greater Atlanta Christian and Erik Peterson of Peachtree Ridge were selected as the Deep South Classic's Student-Athlete Award winners at last week's local basketball tournament. Each team in the 32-team event nominated one senior boy and one senior girl for the award, and each nominee then submitted an essay along with his or her academic accomplishments.

For winning the award, both Warren and Peterson were given an IBM ThinkPad laptop computer donated by IBM.

Dacula's Young on Coaches Corner

• Dacula girls basketball coach Travis Young is this week's guest on Coaches Corner, a local high school sports TV show. The North Gwinnett girls basketball squad is Team of the Week, the Wesleyan girls basketball team is the Team to Watch and Parkview's Yaw Gyawu is the Player of the Week. Norcross is the Cheerleading Team of the Week and North grad Jake Green, now at Piedmont, is featured on the "Where are they now?" segment.

Coaches Corner airs at 7 and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays on Charter channel 19 and on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast channel 25.

Children's Healthcare to hold opening for Gwinnett sports medicine facility

• Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is hosting a grand opening on Saturday for its new sports medicine facility on Wisteria Drive in Snellville. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature games, prizes, music and other activities.

The 2,800-square foot facility will be CHOA's first stand-alone sports medicine facility and the seventh in the Atlanta area. For more information, go to www.choa.org.


Raiders fire coach Norv Turner

• ALAMEDA, Calif. - The Oakland Raiders fired coach Norv Turner on Tuesday following consecutive losing seasons in which the team managed only one victory in its division.

The 53-year-old Turner, who had a year remaining on his contract worth about $1.75 million, had known his job was in jeopardy for the last two months after struggling to get the most out of star receiver Randy Moss and an offense that also included quarterback Kerry Collins, receiver Jerry Porter and running back LaMont Jordan.

Oakland lost its final six games and eight of nine to finish 4-12 and with one fewer victory than Turner produced in his first season a year ago. The Raiders have strung together three straight losing seasons for the first time since Al Davis came aboard in 1963 to coach and eventually own the team.

''I don't think this was a surprise to anyone. It was speculated over the last two months,'' Turner said in a conference call after meeting with Davis earlier in the day.

Turner grew up in nearby Martinez rooting for the Raiders. His firing leaves eight coaching vacancies in the NFL.

Tech 'embarrassed' by Vick's conduct

• RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver said Tuesday that his administration was embarrassed by Marcus Vick's unsportsmanlike conduct in the Gator Bowl on Monday and that the incident will be reviewed and dealt with.

Vick, the Hokies junior quarterback, stomped on the left calf of NCAA sacks leader Elvis Dumervil of Louisville when Dumervil lay prone on the ground after tackling Vick in the second quarter of the game in Jacksonville, Fla. Vick said later it was an accident, but his version was not supported by video replays shown widely since.

After the play, Vick seems to pause before walking across Dumervil's leg.

Vick was not penalized on the play, but was rebuked at halftime by quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers, who said he even considered pulling Vick from the lineup.

- From staff, wire reports