Dacula's Ragan signs with Darton

Dacula senior Jenni Ragan has signed a swimming scholarship with Darton College in Albany. A four-year member of the Falcons' team, she also competed for SwimAtlanta.

North's Lane signs with Young Harris

North Gwinnett senior goalkeeper Karl Lane will continue his career playing junior college soccer at Young Harris.

The four-year member of the varsity squad plans to major in exercise science at the two-year school. Lane also was on North's swimming and diving team for two years and is a member of the North orchestra.

Bradford gets Atlanta Tipoff Club award

Duluth resident Jackie Bradford, formerly basketball coach at Greater Atlanta Christian, has been named winner of this year's Steve Schmidt Outstanding Contribution to Georgia Women's Basketball award. The honor is presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, which is now operated by the Atlanta Sports Council.

Bradford, who had a 253-82 record with three state titles at GAC, developed the Atlanta Tipoff Club and helped establish the Naismith Female Player of the Year Award in 1983 as well as Mr. and Miss Georgia Basketball in 1984. He has been involved with the Atlanta Tipoff Club for 36 years.

He will be honored at an April 5 banquet along with these other award winners announced on Tuesday: Georgia's Tasha Humphrey (state women's college player of the year), Augusta State's A.J. Bowman (state men's college player of the year), Georgia Tech's MaChelle Joseph (state women's college coach of the year), Clayton State's Gordon Gibbons (state men's college coach of the year) and Athens native Bob Chambers (outstanding contribution to Georgia men's basketball).

Howell to play in AT&T Classic

Augusta native Charles Howell, currently ranked third on the 2007 PGA Tour earnings list, has committed to play in the upcoming AT&T Classic, scheduled for May 17-20 at the TPC at Sugarloaf.

Howell won the Nissan Open at Riviera earlier this year and has banked $2,427,478 this season.

Prep Rally previews baseball, soccer seasons

"Gwinnett Prep Rally," the county's high school sports program, previews the baseball and soccer seasons along with the key players in those sports.

Gwinnett Prep Rally airs each Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Comcast Channel 25 and each Wednesday and Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on Charter Cable 19. It also airs on GCPS each Thursday at 10:30 p.m. and Friday at 6 p.m.

North's Vashaw on Coaches Corner

North Gwinnett baseball coach Frank Vashaw is this week's guest on "Coaches Corner," a local high school sports TV show.

Brookwood boys track is the Team of the Week, Grayson runner Taren White is Player of the Week and Dacula's competition squad is Cheerleading Team of the Week. The team to watch is Brookwood baseball. The show airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast channel 25 as well as on Charter channel 19 at 7 and 8 p.m.


Tennessee coach Pearl says he's not interested in Iowa job

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Bruce Pearl says he's happy at Tennessee and won't consider leaving now.

The men's basketball coach was contacted Tuesday by Iowa athletic director Gary Barta, who got clearance the night before from Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton to talk to Pearl, a former Iowa assistant.

Pearl told Barta he was not leaving Tennessee, and then he wanted fans to know.

''I'm putting it out there just as fast as I can because I don't want it to be a concern of our fans, and I want to demonstrate my loyalty and my commitment to this program. I appreciate very much being here, so I don't want them to worry about me going anywhere,'' Pearl told The Associated Press on Tuesday. ''This is where I want to be. I want to be here as long as they'll be happy with me here.''

Pacman Jones to meet with NFL commissioner

PHOENIX - Adam ''Pacman'' Jones will meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on April 3 to discuss the Tennessee Titans cornerback's run-ins with the law.

A person within the league familiar with Jones' situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday that a hearing will occur next Tuesday. That person requested anonymity because the hearing has not been announced.

Goodell is unlikely to make any decision on a suspension or fine at that time, because the commissioner's new, stricter player conduct policy has not been completed.

The hearing was first reported by the NFL Network.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher said Tuesday he has not spoken with Jones since just after Las Vegas incident Vegas ''when we helped facilitate the first meeting with police.''

Vickers suffers 2nd degree burns at Bristol

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Brian Vickers suffered second degree burns to his feet when an exhaust pipe broke midway through the 500-mile race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

He was walking gingerly Tuesday during an appearance at Team Red Bull headquarters, but team officials said he would be prepared to race this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

''We think that a piece of the tail pipe came off halfway through the race, so heat was blowing directly onto the floor board,'' Vickers said. ''The guys tried to put some lining in the car to protect my feet, but it didn't really help that much. I basically had to run the whole race with my feet burning and that was just painful.''

- From staff, wire reports