Brookwood grad Bowles takes South Cobb job

Brookwood grad Daniel Bowles has been named the new head boys basketball coach at South Cobb High School, replacing the outgoing Tommy McWhorter. McWhorter is now the head boys coach at Berkmar.

Bowles, 26, was an assistant coach at Chattahoochee last season and previously spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Southern Polytechnic State University, helping the team to two NAIA national tournament appearances. He also taught at Brookwood during his time at Southern Poly.

He inherits a South Cobb team that was 53-6 the previous two seasons and has won three straight region titles.

Norcross' Godwin to sign with Augusta State

Jasmine Godwin, a 2006 Norcross grad, has committed to Augusta State University. She will sign with the Jaguars next week. The daughter of Carrie Lawrence, she was a two-year varsity starter at Norcross.

Central's Funderburke commits to Palm Beach CC

Central Gwinnett's Lonnie Funderburke has accepted a scholarship to Palm Beach Community College in Lake Worth, Fla. The 6-foot-8 Funderburke averaged 6.1 rebounds as a senior for the Black Knights.

Stancil, Howard make All-Star game rosters

Gwinnett grads Hans Stancil and Matt Howard, both rising seniors on the Georgia College and State University baseball team, recently were named All-Stars in their respective summer leagues.

Stancil, who graduated from Parkwood Christian Academy in Lilburn, was named to the Coastal Plain League All-Star Game. The second baseman is hitting .307 with two home runs, 26 RBIs and 20 stolen bases in 32 games for the Martinsville Mustangs.

Howard, a North Gwinnett grad, made the Northwoods League All-Star Game. The pitcher has a 3-2 record with a 2.25 ERA for the Thunder Bay Border Cats from Ontario.


Auburn star Shirley leads Georgia Women's Open by 5 shots

NEWNAN - Margaret Shirley, set for her junior season at Auburn, post an 8-under-par 64 in the opening round and bolted to a 5-shot lead halfway through the 36-hole Yamaha Georgia Women's Open on Tuesday.

Shirley's 64 set a tournament record, beating by a shot the mark set by her former Auburn teammate and the defending champion, Diana Ramage of Fayetteville. Ramage, currently on the LPGA Tour, was tied for fifth place after shooting 72 despite two double bogeys.

Shirley, an amateur from Roswell, held her 5-shot lead over two other amateurs, Laura Coble of Augusta and Kyu Ri Ban of Duluth, both with 69s.


Barbaro's trainer encouraged by signs of stability

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. - Barbaro trainer Michael Matz was encouraged Tuesday by the colt's recent stability in his health, though he noted the Kentucky Derby winner's condition could still turn any time.

''He could take a turn for the worse or get an infection again, you just don't know,'' Matz said in a telephone interview. ''It's just a slow road now. If he keeps having days like he's having now, then hopefully everything will be fine.''

Matz said Barbaro vet Dean Richardson told him the colt had another restful night and his vital signs were normal.

Smith fired as Islanders GM, replaced by goalie Garth Snow

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Neil Smith was abruptly fired after less than a month as general manager of the Islanders and replaced Tuesday by New York goalie Garth Snow, who retired to take over the position.

Islanders owner Charles Wang said Smith told him he had difficulty working within the team's revamped front office.

''In light of our differences, I felt that I had no choice but to make this decision,'' Wang said in a statement.

Red Bulls hire former U.S. national team coach Arena

SECAUCUS, N.J. - Bruce Arena didn't have to wait long to find a new job.

The former U.S. national team coach was hired by Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls on Tuesday. Last Friday, the U.S. Soccer Federation opted not to renew Arena's contract with the national team.

Arena will replace interim coach Richie Williams, who was elevated to the top spot when head coach Mo Johnston was fired on June 27. In five games under Williams, New York was 1-3-1.

The Red Bulls are 3-6-8 this season - the fewest wins in the league - and are last in the Eastern Conference with 17 points. Only the Western Conference's Real Salt Lake has fewer points.

Tennessee replaces UCF with La.-Lafayette in '07

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee has accepted a game buyout from Central Florida and replaced them on the 2007 home schedule with Louisiana-Lafayette.

Central Florida, which was set to play in Knoxville on Sept. 29, exercised its option and paid Tennessee $10,000 to cancel the game, Tennessee announced Tuesday.

Tennessee then signed Louisiana-Lafayette for a game Nov. 3, and turned the Sept. 29 spot into an open date. That gives the Vounteers another week to prepare for SEC Eastern Division rival Georgia, which comes to Knoxville on Oct. 6, 2007.

The Vols only previous meeting with Louisiana-Lafayette was in 1992, when the school was known as Southwestern Louisiana. UT won 38-3.

- From staff, wire reports