Richt, Gailey on TD Club of Atlanta schedule

The Touchdown Club of Atlanta, which annually brings top college football speakers to the area, has another solid schedule planned for 2007.

The first speaker is journalist Tony Barnhart on Sept. 10, followed by Alabama-Birmingham coach Neil Callaway on Sept. 17 and Marshall coach Mark Snyder on Sept. 24. Paul Johnson of Navy (Oct. 1) and Pat Sullivan of Samford (Oct. 8) start off an impressive October schedule that also features Georgia coach Mark Richt on Oct. 15, Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey on Oct. 22 and ESPN analyst and former Georgia coach Jim Donnan on Oct. 29.

Those speakers are followed by TV analysts Bill Curry (Nov. 5) and Terry Bowden (Nov. 12), Georgia Tech and Atlanta Falcons play-by-play announcer Wes Durham (Nov. 19) and Central Florida coach George O'Leary (Nov. 26).

Along with the featured speakers, the club will honor two high school players and a coach at each meeting. For more information on the events or about joining the club, visit www.touchdownatlanta.com or e-mail lb@vba2000.com.


Quinn ends holdout, agrees to 5-year deal

BEREA, Ohio - Brady Quinn has some catching up to do.

The quarterback agreed to a five-year contract Tuesday with the Cleveland Browns, ending an 11-day holdout that essentially eliminated his chances to begin the season as the team's starter.

Quinn was to fly to Browns' headquarters to sign the deal, Browns general manager Phil Savage said. The contract's language was still being finalized.

Browns coach Romeo Crennel noted that Quinn looked lost when he practiced with the team in May and has a long way to go.

'He'll get here early and he'll stay late. I know if you put those kind of hours in and study, you'll have a chance. Plus, I believe he's a smart kid also - on reports by some people I know,' a grinning Crennel said, referring to Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis. The two worked together as assistants with the New England Patriots.

The deal, worth $20.2 million, with $7.75 million guaranteed, could reach $30 million over five years with incentives.

Robby Gordon fined, put on probation

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Robby Gordon avoided a lengthy suspension Tuesday when NASCAR fined him $35,000 and placed him on probation through the end of the year for his misconduct during the Busch Series race in Montreal.

The penalties came with the stipulation that Gordon will be suspended indefinitely if he disrupts another event this season or NASCAR deems his actions inappropriate.

Hours later, in a gesture he called a 'peace offering,' Gordon said he would field a car for Marcos Ambrose in this weekend's Nextel Cup event at Watkins Glen. Gordon wrecked Ambrose in the closing laps of Saturday's race to deny him his first NASCAR victory.

'It's unfortunate that Marcos got put in a position in Montreal where I was thinking, 'OK, if I'm not going to win, he's not going to win,' Gordon said in a statement.