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Norcross' Snider headed to 'Bama as preferred walk-on

• Norcross senior Sam Snider has accepted a spot as a preferred walk-on with the University of Alabama's football team. He is the son of Harvey and Scarlett Snider.

Snider, Norcross' Touchdown Club of Gwinnett Scholar-Athlete, played wide receiver and punted for the Blue Devils.

He had 15 catches for 198 yards and three touchdowns in 2006, and also averaged 39.6 yards on 50 punts.

Three local divers qualify for All-American honors

• Shiloh's Jacob Tzegaegbe and Chris Cruz, along with Central Gwinnett's Patrick Brady,

qualified for All-American honors based on their performance at last week's state diving meet.

Tzegaegbe scored 517.15 at state, followed by Cruz (392.65) and Brady (391). To qualify as an All-American, a diver must complete an 11-dive meet with a minimum score of 375 and submit the results, along with video of their dives, to the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association.

Winder-Barrow's Cole signs with Memphis soccer

• Winder-Barrow soccer player Valfred Cole recently signed a letter of intent to continue his soccer career at Memphis University.

Cole was a member of the 2006 All Region

8-AAAA team and was also an honorable mention selection for the All-Northeast Georgia squad.

His father, Manford Cole, played professionally for the Blackpool Soccer Club in West Africa. Peachtree Ridge's Trip commits to Mississippi

• Five days after National Signing Day, Peachtree Ridge defensive lineman Harold Trip has found a home.

The Lions' senior committed on Monday to Ole Miss University, which is the same school quarterback Zach Graham signed a basketball scholarship with in November. Trip will start his career in Oxford as a preferred walk-on.

Trip, who played defensive tackle for much of the year and helped lead the Lions to the 2006 co-state championship, finished the season with 60 tackles and two sacks.

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Reid taking a leave of absence

• PHILADELPHIA - Andy Reid is facing a crisis far tougher than a quarterback controversy or a disruptive player.

The Philadelphia Eagles coach will leave the team for a month to deal with developments that have rocked his family the past two weeks - one son tested positive for heroin, another was arraigned on drug and weapons charges.

The team said the leave will last until mid-March.

''He's not going to come into the office. His priorities will be his family for that period of time, but he will be available to have a couple of calls with us and collaborate and if he needed to be here for a visit of a free agent,'' Eagles president Joe Banner said Monday. ''He will retain final say over whatever we do.''

- From staff, wire reports