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UGA Countdown to Kickoff set for Saturday

Countdown to Kickoff, a charity event organized by a group of former University of Georgia football players, will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. in Athens at the Bulldogs' Woodruff Practice Fields. Parkview grads and brothers Matt and Jon Stinchcomb are among the organizers, as is South Gwinnett grad David Greene.

Youngsters at the event will be able to get autographs, take photos and mingle with current and former Georgia football players. Activities and games will be available and lunch is provided with admission by Chick-Fil-A. Proceeds from the event benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the Georgia Transplant Foundation and The Arch Foundation.

The Stinchcomb brothers will be joined at the event by Charles Grant, Jermaine Phillips, Buck Belue, Thomas Davis, Will Witherspoon, Verron Haynes, Randy McMichael, Garrison Hearst and other former Bulldog players, along with current members of the team. Greene, who is on his honeymoon, will be unable to attend.

Tickets are $30 each and a family pack of four tickets, a football and four Chick-fil-A meals is $100. For more information, go to www.ugakickoff.com.

Cingular brings in Mexican soccer star for appearance in Duluth

Former Mexican soccer star Luis Garcia Postigo will make an appearance on Saturday at the Cingular Wireless store at 2131 Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth as a part of the celebration unveiling bilingual stores in the area.

The soccer festival event features photo opportunities with the Mexican star, who played in two World Cups and now is the vice president of Monarcas Morelia. It also includes a photo booth, video games, free phone calls to Latin America and the Caribbean, radio DJs from VIVA and prizes for the soccer fans in the craziest attire.

Saturday's event is from 2 to 4 p.m. in Suite 101.

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Crumpler recovering from surgery

ATLANTA - Atlanta Falcons tight end Alge Crumpler, a three-time Pro Bowl pick, could be limited in the preseason as he recovers from shoulder surgery, general manager Rich McKay said Tuesday.

Crumpler had the surgery in late February, but the arthroscopic procedure was not made public until Tuesday.

The Falcons open training camp on July 27.

McKay did not say why the surgery was kept private for so long.

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Immigration hearing again postponed for N.C. State's Grant

RALEIGH, N.C. - An immigration hearing for North Carolina State basketball player Gavin Grant - in a case that could ultimately end in his deportation to Jamaica - was postponed Tuesday until September, a federal spokeswoman said.

Federal officials contend Grant, 21, illegally came to the United States from Jamaica 12 years ago. An immigration court was to hold a preliminary hearing in the case on Tuesday in Atlanta.

China's Liu Xiang sets world record in 110-meter hurdles

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Liu Xiang of China set a world record in the 110-meter hurdles on Tuesday, breaking the record he shared with Britain's Colin Jackson.

Liu's time of 12.88 seconds at the Athletissima Grand Prix meeting was .03 better than the record he matched in winning gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Jackson ran 12.91 in Stuttgart, Germany, in August 1993.

Dominique Arnold of the United States was second in 12.90, also faster than the previous record.

Prosecutors reject assault claim against Kwame Brown

LOS ANGELES - Prosecutors rejected a sexual assault claim against Los Angeles Lakers center Kwame Brown on Tuesday because of a lack of evidence.

The allegation was made during the Lakers' first-round Western Conference playoff series with Phoenix and had been under investigation since. Brown, from Brunswick, Ga., had denied any wrongdoing and was never arrested.

Deputy District Attorney Darci Johnson wrote in an evaluation of the case that the decision not to prosecute was made after ''a medical exam of the victim was reviewed and revealed no signs of forcible sexual assault.'' There was also no corroborating forensic evidence found and Brown's attorney refused to allow him to talk to police.

Williams asks for release from Miami

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Willie Williams has asked Miami to release him from his scholarship, and is beginning the process of finding a new team.

The linebacker - who was allowed to enroll at Miami two years ago despite having 11 entries on his arrest record - was touted as one of the nation's best defensive players coming out of college, but never became a starter with the Hurricanes.

''Whatever is best for Willie, I will be in favor of,'' Miami coach Larry Coker said in a statement released by the school.

Timberwolves agree to terms with PG

MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Timberwolves and free agent point guard Mike James have reached an agreement on a four-year deal, James' agent told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Bill Duffy said James, who is coming off a career year for the Toronto Raptors, will get the Timberwolves' full mid-level exception, which is worth about $5 million in 2006-07.

The veteran averaged a career-high 20.3 points and 5.8 assists for the Raptors last year and instantly solidifies the Timberwolves' shaky point guard situation.

Forsberg could return for start of season

PHILADELPHIA - Peter Forsberg doesn't need surgery on his left ankle and could be ready for the start of the NHL season, more than four months earlier than the Philadelphia Flyers forward was expected to return.

- From staff, wire reports