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SSA's Nyhof an All-American

• Jill Nyhof, a member of the Suwanee Sports Academy's Juniors 18s volleyball team, has been named a PrepVolleyball.com All-American. The site honors the top 150 players in the country and Nyhof, a senior at Northview, made the list.

Nyhof, a Birmingham Southern signee, led Northview to the Class AAAAA state title last year.

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West Georgia picks Wolves as new mascot

• CARROLLTON - West Georgia University has deposited its Braves nickname in the same bin with such former monikers as Aggies, Bull Pups and Goats.

On Thursday, West Georgia's new mascot - Wolves - was announced as the school moved away from its Native American nickname that was frowned upon by the NCAA.

West Georgia president Beheruz N. Sethna accepted the recommendation of a task force that chose Wolves over two other finalists: Patriots and RedHawks.

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Miller apologizes for comments on drinking, skiing

• WENGEN, Switzerland - Bode Miller is backing down, for once.

The overall World Cup champion apologized Thursday for his comments about skiing and drinking during a televised interview, regretting the ''confusion and pain'' he caused.

The apology, while out of character for the usually obstinate and defiant Miller, was not unexpected given the concern the comments caused within the sport's hierarchy.

Shaw replaces Stirling as coach of Islanders

• UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Not only do the New York Islanders have a new coach, they're going to get a new general manager, too.

A shake-up in the making finally occurred Thursday when assistant Brad Shaw replaced fired coach Steve Stirling, and GM Mike

Milbury said he'll step aside after helping owner Charles Wang pick a successor.

''It is clear that changes need to be made with the Islanders and I am taking the responsibility of delivering the message firsthand,'' Wang said at a news conference at Nassau Coliseum.

''We have underperformed this season. We have a very talented team. Our fans have every right to be disappointed - so am I and so is everyone in the Islanders family.''

McCarthy hired as Packers coach

• GREEN BAY, Wis. - Mike McCarthy was hired Thursday as coach of the Green Bay Packers, who hope the San Francisco 49ers' offensive coordinator can revive a team coming off its worst season in 15 years.

McCarthy, a former Packers assistant, received a three-year deal. He replaces Mike Sherman, who was fired Jan. 2 after a 4-12 season.

General manager Ted Thompson touted McCarthy as someone who could return the franchise to a championship level.

The 42-year-old McCarthy spent last season as the San Francisco 49ers' offensive coordinator and was the Packers' quarterbacks coach in 1999 - a forgettable 8-8 season under Ray Rhodes.

- From staff, wire reports