Wild Bill's hosts Fistic Carnival boxing

• Wild Bill's in Duluth will host "Fistic Carnival - Boxing at its Best," a 10-fight, 60-round boxing event this Friday night. Doors open at 7 p.m. and fights begin at 8 p.m.

The first main event of the night is Atlanta's "King" Lawrence Chapman vs. "African Spice" Jaffa Ballogou in a 10-round, light heavyweight battle. Ballagou, a former WBC International super middleweight champion, is 44-6 with 39 knockouts, including 34 in the first two rounds.

Alex "Ali" Baba, now a Doraville resident, fights in the second main event, a 10-rounder vs. Ruben "Yiyo" Sanchez.

Tickets to the event are as follows: $800 for eight-person VIP table, $75 for ringside, $40 for TKO table seat and $25 for general admission ($30 on fight night). Call 404-249-6400 for tickers and for more information, check www.danapitcher.com or www.wildbillsatlanta.com.

Locals play All-Star softball today at Kennesaw State

• Five Gwinnett grads are on the rosters for today's Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Fastpitch All-Star Games, held at Kennesaw State. The doubleheader begins at 4 p.m.

The North roster features Buford's Shannon Wilson, Collins Hill's Jessica Martin and Sam Peters and South Gwinnett's Jenny Side and Samantha Russo.

Venture Sports to participate in National Trading Card Day

• Each person who attends the Saturday show at Venture Sports Shows in Duluth will receive a free pack of cards (while supplies last) as part of National Trading Card Day. The cards are only available through a special promotion by Topps and Upper Deck.

On Tuesday, June 20, Alex Rios of the Toronto Blue Jays will sign at the store from noon until 1 p.m. Fees are $20 for balls and flats and $25 for premium items. For more info call 770-622-9344.


Duke's Redick charged with DWI

• DURHAM, N.C. - Duke basketball star J.J. Redick was arrested early Tuesday on charges of drunken driving, another blow to a school shaken by a lacrosse scandal.

Redick, The Associated Press Player of the Year, also was charged with unlawful use of highways for making an illegal U-turn.

Redick, who has a Virginia driver's license, lost his driving privileges in North Carolina for 30 days, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.

The 21-year-old Redick was released on $1,000 bond shortly after being taken before a Durham County magistrate. He is to appear in court July 17. The arresting officer wrote in his report that Redick had ''very glassy eyes, strong odor of alcohol coming from breath.''

Redick had a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 percent. The legal limit for drivers in North Carolina is 0.08.

''I regret what happened last night and want to apologize to my family and the Duke community for the incident,'' Redick said in a statement issued by the university.

Devils hire Julien as head coach

• EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Lou Lamoriello has again looked to Montreal for a coach.

The New Jersey Devils' president and general manager hired former Canadiens coach Claude Julien as the team's new coach Tuesday, the third time the club has tapped a former Montreal coach for the job.

Both Jacques Lemaire and Pat Burns coached the Canadiens before coming to New Jersey. And Larry Robinson, who stepped down as the Devils' coach in December, was a star player for Montreal.

''It's just the way it's worked out,'' Lamoriello said after a news conference announcing Julien's appointment. ''It was nothing planned. We're delighted to have Claude here.''

New Jersey court to decide if Williams retrial will see cover-up evidence

• NEWARK, N.J. - The New Jersey Supreme Court said Tuesday it would consider whether the manslaughter retrial of former NBA star Jayson Williams can include evidence of what he did after the shotgun death of a hired driver.

In a related ruling, the court rejected Williams' bid to appeal a ruling allowing his retrial on a charge of reckless manslaughter.

- From staff, wire reports