UGA's Westphal named SEC Pitcher of the Week

Central Gwinnett grad Mickey Westphal, a senior on Georgia's baseball team, was named SEC Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday.

The left-hander pitched a complete-game, six-hit shutout last week in a 7-0 victory over Florida. He finished the effort with six strikeouts and no walks. His first career shutout and second complete game made him the first Bulldog since 1991 to pitch a complete game shutout in SEC play.

Westphal is 4-0 with a 3.49 ERA this season.

Dacula's Icaza picks Bridgewater College

Dacula senior Austin Icaza will continue his football career at Bridgewater College, a Division III school in Bridgewater, Va. The program has been to the playoffs for six straight seasons and finished the 2005 season ranked ninth nationally.

Icaza made 83 tackles as a senior, helping the Falcons to the Class AAAAA semifinals.

"We are excited to get another good player out of a top notch Georgia program," said Bridgewater head coach Michael Clark, who currently has Keat Culver, another Dacula grad, on his roster. "Austin has the strength to potentially have quick impact at the college level."

Prep Rally honors Brisson, Ugarte

This week's Gwinnett Prep Rally includes highlights from Duluth-Parkview boys soccer along with Brookwood-Parkview and Collins Hill-Mill Creek baseball. Featured athletes are Parkview's Craig Brisson, baseball player of the week, and Duluth's Chris Ugarte, soccer player of the week.

Gwinnett Prep Rally airs each Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Comcast Channel 25 and each Wednesday and Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on Charter Cable 19. It also airs on GCPS each Thursday at 10:30 p.m. and Friday at 6 p.m.


Tech to face Penn State in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

nATLANTA - Georgia Tech will play host to Penn State in the 2006 ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 28.

The 8 p.m. game at Alexander Memorial Coliseum will be only the second time Tech has played Penn State. The Nittany Lions beat the Yellow Jackets in the 1998 National Invitation Tournament.

Tech's full 2006-07 schedule will be announced in August.

The Yellow Jackets are 3-4 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, including an 88-86 loss at Michigan State last year. Tech has won its only two previous home games in the Challenge - 99-68 over Michigan in 2004 and 62-61 over Wisconsin in 2001.


Schwarzenegger wants two NFL teams in Los Angeles area

GRAPEVINE, Texas - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday he wants the NFL to return to the Los Angeles area - with two teams.

After meeting with a group of NFL owners, Schwarzenegger said he was there to make sure ''we're getting not only one NFL team to the Los Angeles area, Southern California, but to actually get two teams. That's why I came. Why limit it?''

NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and a committee of 11 owners met to hear proposals from Los Angeles and Anaheim. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle were there to make separate presentations but joined the governor for a joint


Magarity succeeds Maggie Dixon at Army

WEST POINT, N.Y. - A month after Maggie Dixon collapsed and died from a heart problem, Dave Magarity was hired Tuesday to succeed her as Army's women's basketball coach.

Magarity, who coached the Marist men's team in nearby Poughkeepsie for 18 years, was hired last fall by Dixon to help steady an Army program in flux. He was associate head coach during Army's run to its first Patriot League championship and the academy's first berth in the NCAA tournament.

- From staff, wire reports