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GAC to honor college signees May 2

Greater Atlanta Christian will host a college signing ceremony on May 2 at 3:30 p.m. for its athletes headed to compete at the next level.

The group to be honored features: Ali Slack (Harvard swimming), Justin Schneider (Notre Dame track), Taylor Wood (Georgia Tech baseball), Sam Arthur (South Carolina soccer), Devin Swirk (Faulkner football), Jonathan Dunagan (Birmingham Southern football), Nick Biggee (Wheaton football), Bria Smith (Mars Hill basketball), Ashley Agin (Milligan College volleyball) and Kristen Crute (Milligan College soccer).

In February, the Spartans also honored football signees Lee Chapple (Georgia Southern), T-Bob Hebert (LSU), Caleb King (Georgia), Landon Bennett (Wofford) and Meko McCray (Princeton).

Ceremony to be Wednesday for Bronco football signees

Brookwood will host a ceremony on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in the commons area to honor its 14 football players going on to play at the college level.

The Broncos' football signees are: Rennie Curran (Georgia), Josh Turner (Brevard), Briley Hale (Bethel), Patrick Moran (Georgia Southern), Joe Moore (Georgia Southern), Mitchell King (Georgia Southern), Will Gross (West Georgia), Demetre Ledlum (West Georgia), Drew Freeman (West Georgia), Trey Rogers (West Georgia), Andrew Geschke (West Georgia), David Kelley (Birmingham Southern), Jared Reine (Appalachian State) and Buddy Marietta (LaGrange).

Norcross-St. Pius baseball at Turner field Tuesday

Norcross and St. Pius will play a baseball game at Turner Field Tuesday as part of the 2007 Spring Baseball Classic to benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. The 3:30 p.m. matchup will precede a 7 p.m. game between Georgia Tech and Georgia.

The event last season, which featured Wesleyan and Greater Atlanta Christian, raised $220,000. Admission is $10. For more information, go to www.choa.org/springclassic or call 404-785-7315.

Tennis pro Ginepri to appear in Duluth Monday

ATP touring tennis professional Robby Ginepri, an Atlanta native, will make an appearance Monday at the PGA Superstore in Duluth. His appearance begins at 4 p.m. and features a presentation with the Atlanta Youth Tennis Foundation and Blaze Sports.

Bulldog football players to sign today

Seven former Georgia football players will be signing autographs today from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Mall of Georgia. The players will appear in the Nordstrom wing of the mall.

The group signing will be Quentin Moses, Tra Battle, Danny Ware, Des Williams, Mario Raley, Daniel Inman and Ray Gant.

Morrison sets national marks

Former Collins Hill swimmer Marin Morrison, now living in Washington, set two national records last weekend at the Greater Toledo Aquatic Club Disability Open/National Deaf Games. Morrison, a former Junior National swimmer who was affected by a brain tumor, set multi-disability marks in the 50-meter backstroke and 50-meter butterfly despite suffering paralysis on one side of her body.

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Oden to leave Ohio State after freshman year

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Greg Oden is through with school.

The 7-foot freshman said Friday he will leave Ohio State after leading the Buckeyes to the national championship game and enter the NBA draft, where he figures to be one of the top two picks along with Texas freshman forward Kevin Durant.

Freshman teammates Mike Conley Jr. and Daequan Cook also said they will make themselves available for the draft. Unlike Oden, they have opted not to hire an agent for now - meaning they will retain the option of returning to school in the fall.

''This is a very tough decision for me,'' Oden said in a statement released by Ohio State. ''I love OSU and love being a Buckeye, but I also have a great opportunity to take my game to the next level and compete with the best players in the world. I've discussed this with family, friends and coach (Thad) Matta, and I feel the time is right.''

Kings fire Musselman after one season

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento Kings fired coach Eric Musselman on Friday after just one tumultuous season.

The Kings went 33-49 and missed the playoffs this spring after reaching the postseason eight consecutive times under Rick Adelman.

''There is no particular joy in making this decision,'' said Geoff Petrie, the Kings' president of basketball operations. ''However, I feel it is in the best interest of everyone going forward.''

Adelman was dropped by Sacramento owners Joe and Gavin Maloof last summer against the apparent wishes of Petrie. The Maloofs then chose Musselman, a longtime NBA assistant coach who presided over two decent seasons with the Golden State Warriors from 2002-04.

- From staff, wire reports