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Lions' Graham earns MVP honors at North-South game

Peachtree Ridge senior Zach Graham was named MVP on Sunday as the North defeated the South 87-75 in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game.

Graham led the North with 23 points and six dunks, sparking second-half runs of 12-0 and 14-2 to put the game away. Norcross' Jordan DeMercy (eight points) and Tony Neysmith (five points) also were on the winning team, as was Buford's John Overton (two points). Longtime Duluth coach Joe Marelle, now the head coach at Mt. Pisgah, was the boys head coach and one of his assistants was Norcross' Eddie Martin.

The North also won the girls game, 93-84 in overtime. South Gwinnett's Alex Winchell scored seven of her game-high 20 points in overtime to seal the victory. Mill Creek's Shelbie Pool scored 11 points for the victors and Greater Atlanta Christian's D'Nay Daniels added 10 points. Brookwood's Chioma Okoli (four points) and Wesleyan's Sarah Delk (two points) also scored for the North.

Irons brothers, Williams to sign autographs Saturday at Mall of Georgia

NFL Draft prospects David Irons, Kenny Irons, Des Williams and Danny Ware will sign autographs Saturday at the Mall of Georgia from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Irons brothers, both Dacula grads, recently finished their careers at Auburn while Williams, also a Dacula grad, and Ware both went to Georgia. Kenny Irons is projected by many to be a first-round pick in next month's draft.

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Paige-Cordell team wins at GSGA Four-Ball

Don Paige of Lawrenceville and Ed Cordell of Norcross teamed up to win Flight Three at the Georgia State Golf Association Four-Ball Tournament this past weekend in Albany. Paige and Cordell shot 73, 69 and 72 to win their flight by a stroke.

In Flight Seven, Steve Mann of Duluth and Roland Sorel of Dunwoody placed first with rounds of 77, 74 and 77. Pete Malcolm of Duluth, teamed with Jack Benson of Dunwoody, was the top local finisher overall in fourth place (66, 73, 70).

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Marshall Faulk officially announces retirement

PHOENIX - Marshall Faulk's decision was easy after spending last year working for the NFL Network: At 34, his body is more suited for a television studio than for the rigors of playing running back.

After sitting out last season because of a knee injury, Faulk officially announced his retirement Monday. He's ninth on the NFL's career rushing list, 33 yards behind Jim Brown, who at one time was the standard for the position.

Faulk is fourth in combined yards from scrimmage with 19,154 yards and his 6,875 yards receiving are the most ever among running backs.

''Just being around the game last year, I realized how much I love it,'' Faulk said. ''But my health is everything. And I didn't want to return if I couldn't get through a full season. It all came together when a close friend asked me 'How many 34-year-old running backs are there?''

Faulk starred at San Diego State, where he rushed for 386 yards and seven touchdowns in his first game, and led the nation in rushing as a freshman.

He was the second pick overall in the 1994 draft by Indianapolis and was offensive rookie of the year that season.

Heath fired as Arkansas basketball coach

LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas fired Stan Heath on Monday after five seasons as the Razorbacks' basketball coach.

Arkansas made the NCAA tournament thanks to a late-season run, but that was not enough to save Heath's job. The Razorbacks (21-14) lost 77-60 to Southern California in the first round.

''The decision to make a coaching change was difficult due to the respect I have for Stan Heath,'' athletic director Frank Broyles said in a release. ''He represented the University of Arkansas with professionalism and integrity. ... However, in my professional judgment, it is best that the program move forward under new leadership in our efforts to return Razorback basketball to national prominence.''

Las Vegas police to seek charges against 'Pacman' Jones

LAS VEGAS - Tennessee Titans star Adam ''Pacman'' Jones could face felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from a triple shooting at a strip club in February.

Jones would face a felony charge of coercion and misdemeanor threat and battery charges in the 5 a.m. shooting at Minxx, police Lt. George Castro said Monday.

Castro said detectives haven't determined who fired the shots that wounded three people, one critically, outside the club on the weekend of the NBA All-Star game.

Castro said police will submit the request for charges to Clark County district attorney David Roger no later than the end of the week. Roger will be asked to consider charges against the 23-year-old Jones and Robert Reid, 37, and Sadia Morrison, 24, whom Castro described as friends of Jones.

AT&T seeks immediate permission to put logo on Burton's car

Telecommunications giant AT&T filed a motion Monday, asking that its logo be added to Jeff Burton's car immediately.

The motion was filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, where the company also filed its lawsuit against NASCAR. A hearing on the motion has not yet been scheduled.

Burton is sponsored by cell phone service provider Cingular. AT&T recently took full ownership of Cingular as part of its recent merger with BellSouth and intends to eliminate the brand name.

AT&T sued NASCAR on March 16 after racing series officials refused to allow AT&T to put its logo on Burton's car because of NASCAR's deal with Nextel, which sponsors NASCAR's top series - the Nextel Cup.

- From staff, wire reports