LOCAL

Force picks up former Georgia standout Thompson via trade

The Georgia Force traded fullback/linebacker Kevin Aldridge to Cleveland in exchange for defensive lineman Will Thompson, who played his college football at Georgia. He played in high school at Northside-Warner Robins.

Thompson, 6-foot-2, 261 pounds, joins the Force after spending his rookie campaign with the Las Vegas Gladiators, where he saw action in 14 contests with six starts. Thompson had 291⁄2 tackles, two sacks, two passes defensed, two fumble recoveries, one blocked kick and a team-high five tackles for losses.

He played his college ball at Georgia, where he was a member of two SEC Championship teams (2002 and 2005) and was a freshman on the team that won the 2002 Nokia Sugar Bowl. While at Georgia he started 37 games and collared 104 tackles, 14.5 sacks and 24.5 tackles for losses.

Swanson transferring to Liberty

Former Buford baseball standout Mark Swanson is transferring to Liberty University after playing at Young Harris last season.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Swanson pitched in 17 games last year and compiled a 7-2 record. He had a 2.65 ERA and struck out 59 batters.

A 2006 Buford grad, Swanson led the Wolves to the Final Four his senior year.

'Prep Rally' honors Norcross' Butler

"Gwinnett Prep Rally," a Gwinnett County high school sports TV program, airs football highlights from Brookwood-South Gwinnett, Parkview-Berkmar, Norcross-Mill Creek and Grayson-Central Gwinnett on this week's show. Featured athletes include Grayson's Tristan Strong, team leader, and Norcross' Brice Butler, player of the week.

Gwinnett Prep Rally, hosted by Daily Post editor Todd Cline and sports editor Will Hammock, airs each Wednesday and Thursday at 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 at 10:30 p.m. Thursday and at 6 p.m. Friday.

Brookwood's Crews is 'Coaches Corner' guest

Brookwood head football coach Mark Crews is this week's guest on "Coaches Corner," a locally produced high school sports TV show.

The show also honors Greater Atlanta Christian football as its team of the week, Grayson's Ean Pemberton as its player of the week and the Collins Hill 10-year-old football team as its team to watch.

"Coaches Corner" airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast Channel 25 and Thursdays at 7 and 8 p.m. on Charter Channel 19.

Play-by-Play Advertising also will air a tape-delay broadcast of Grayson at Brookwood as its North Atlanta game of the week. The game will be shown Monday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. on Comcast 25 and Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. on Charter 19.

Mill Creek softball featured on 'Prep Sports Plus'

The Mill Creek fastpitch softball team will be featured on this week's edition of "Prep Sports Plus," Georgia Public Broadcasting's weekly high school sports TV show.

The show airs Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on GPB.

Mill Creek ice hockey's inaugural game today

Mill Creek High School will play its first varsity ice hockey game at 9:20 p.m. today at the Duluth Ice Forum. The Hawks play Kennesaw Mountain in the opener.

STATE

Falcons place Foster on injured reserve, sign Pennington

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons' offensive line struggles continued on Tuesday when the team placed starting tackle Renardo Foster on injured reserve.

Foster, a rookie from Louisville, moved into the starting lineup when the team lost starting tackles Wayne Gandy for the season with a knee injury and Todd Weiner for two to six weeks on Oct. 7.

In only his second start, Foster tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to New Orleans.

The Falcons signed free agent offensive lineman Terrance Pennington (6-7, 325) on Tuesday.

Pennington was a seventh-round draft pick by Buffalo in 2006. He played in 11 games, including nine starts, as a rookie but was released following training camp this year.

NATIONAL

N.C. State coach Yow resumes chemotherapy treatment

GREENSBORO, N.C. - North Carolina State women's basketball coach Kay Yow said Tuesday that she has resumed chemotherapy treatments in her fight against breast cancer.

The Hall of Fame coach who inspired the Wolfpack and countless others with her graceful fight against cancer stopped chemotherapy for five months during the offseason in favor of hormonal treatments that were far less physically demanding.

Yow's well-publicized fight with cancer began when she was first diagnosed in 1987. It recurred during the 2004-05 season.