LOCAL

Grayson wins sportsmanship award

Walton Electric Membership Corp. has selected Grayson to receive the 2006-07 Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award for showing good sportsmanship at athletic events. The Rams will be presented with the award at tonight's home football game against Central Gwinnett.

Six golfers from Hamilton Mill make Nike Cup

Six junior golfers from Hamilton Mill Country Club played their way onto the Canongate Junior Tour's Nike Cup team.

Ryan Monroe, Andrew Sterritt, Lauren Court, Ricky Moore and Murray Flint make up part of the 20-person team of junior golfers from North and Central Georgia. The Canongate team will take on a team of 20 from the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama beginning Oct. 27 at SummerGrove in Newnan. The event is played Ryder Cup style.

NATIONAL

Gordon earns 7th pole of year

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Jeff Gordon won't have to pass Jimmie Johnson this time.

The points leader failed for 53 laps at the end of the Nextel Cup spring race at Martinsville Speedway to get around his Hendrick Motorsports teammate and wound up second as Johnson took the checkered flag on NASCAR's shortest circuit.

The pole is the 63rd of Gordon's career, his seventh this season and the sixth of his career at Martinsville.