Mifsud returns, Gladiators release trio

• The Gwinnett Gladiators got their second leading scorer back on Monday when Scott Mifsud was reassigned from his first American Hockey League callup to Worcester.

The Gladiators also on Monday released Scott Pearson, Brad Fraser and Alex Sawruk, who all live in the Atlanta area and were signed when injuries and callups depleted Gwinnett's roster last week.

Mifsud played in one game with Worcester, a 3-1 win over Lowell on Friday. The second-year pro didn't register any points in the game, but is second among ECHL players with 59 points for the Gladiators this season.

GAC's Hebert, Peachtree Ridge's Heyward honored by TD Club

• Seniors T-Bob Hebert of Greater Atlanta Christian and Cameron Heyward of Peachtree Ridge were selected to receive top individual honors by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta.

Hebert was named Prep Offensive Lineman of the Year for metro Atlanta and Heyward was chosen as Prep Defensive Lineman of the Year.

Kell's Jonathan Dwyer and North Clayton's Morgan Burnett also were selected for individual prep awards, while the top honors went to Creekside's Eric Berry as the Bobby Dodd National High School Back of the Year and Washington (D.C.) Ballou's Marvin Austin as the Bobby Dodd National High School Lineman of the Year.

Peachtree Ridge head coach Blair Armstrong shared Coach of the Year honors in Class AAAAA with Roswell's Tim McFarlin.

The TD Club will honor the award winners on Feb. 10 in a banquet at the Fox Sports Grill at Atlantic Station.


Atlanta's Smith fined for gestures

• NEW YORK - Atlanta forward Josh Smith was fined $25,000 by the NBA for making obscene gestures to the crowd as he left for the locker room following a second-quarter ejection Saturday night in the Hawks' loss at Charlotte.

Smith raised both middle fingers to the crowd as he was about halfway through the tunnel, apparently reacting to being heckled by fans.


Steelers hire Tomlin as head coach

• PITTSBURGH - Mike Tomlin didn't realistically expect to become the Pittsburgh Steelers' coach so early in his career, with so little experience as an NFL coordinator and at such a young age.

He knew it, too, although the 34-year-old Vikings defensive coordinator was excited when the Steelers called two weeks ago and offered an interview. In Tomlin's mind, jobs like this go to Hall of Fame-caliber coaches, the kind of men he has looked up to since he became a coach 12 years ago.

- From staff, wire reports