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Armstrong earns SI honor

Wesleyan three-sport star Anne Marie Armstrong is used to notoriety over the last two years.

The 6-foot-3 senior is also starting to raise eyebrows on the national level after being listed among Sports Illustrated's "Faces In The Crowd" for the month of August.

Armstrong, who has verbally committed to sign a basketball scholarship to Georgia, has been a part of seven state championships - three with the Wolves' volleyball team, two as a member of the basketball team and two individual Class AA state high jump titles in track and field - during her career at Wesleyan.

She was also named Miss Basketball by the Georgia Sports Writers Association this past spring after leading Gwinnett County in scoring at 19.2 points per game and adding 8.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game as a juinor for Wesleyan's title team.

Rudnik, three other locals head up top 100 invites to Adidas camp

Four Gwinnett underclassmen fastpitch softball players are among 100 players nationwide to be invited to Adidas Futures Top 10 National Camp scheduled this weekend in St. George, Utah.

Heading up the list is Buford junior catcher/third baseman Alysha Rudnik, a Daily Post preseason Super Six selection after hitting .380 with five home runs and 43 RBIs in helping the Wolves to the Class AA state title last fall.

Joining Rudnik among the invitees to the two-day camp are fellow juniors Gabby Bedard, an outfielder from defending Class AAAAA state runner-up Peachtree Ridge, Sammy Lenahan, a catcher from Collins Hill, and Norcross shortstop Heidi Shape.

Werhnyak gets playoff victory in Senior Women's Championship

Lawrenceville's Darlene Werhnyak sank a 6-foot put on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to capture the 11th annual GSGA Senior Women's Championship on Wednesday at Arrowhead Pointe Golf Club in Elberton.

Werhnyak started the day two strokes off the lead, but played mostly steady golf to card a 77 to force a playoff, where she defeated runner-up Mary Riley of Perry.

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Silverbacks fall to Impact 3-1

MONTREAL - A second road match in Canada this month set Atlanta back again as the Silverbacks fell to the Montreal Impact 3-1 on Wednesday.

The Impact put two goals on the board in the first half, one by Mauro Biello and another by Tony Donatelli. Tony McManus scored for Atlanta in the 64th minute with an assist from David Hayes, but Montreal's Roberto Brown put the Impact back on top by two goals just five minutes later.

Atlanta has now played four straight games without a victory - two losses, two ties - after winning three games in a row. The Silverbacks will next take on the Rochester Raging Rhinos on Saturday in Rochester, N.Y.

8 Georgia Southern players suspended for Georgia game

STATESBORO - Eight Georgia Southern players, included two projected starters, were suspended for the season opener against No. 1 Georgia for undisclosed violations of school rules.

Projected starting linebacker Terrione Benefield will miss one game and defensive back Ronnie Wiggins will miss two games. Coach Chris Hatcher said in a statement Wednesday that the suspensions are the result of a 'violation of institutional rules.'

Benefield, Raja Andrews, Charwell Brown, Brandavious Mann, and Damon Suggs will miss the Aug. 30 game against Georgia. Wiggins, Zeke Rozier and Buford grad Garryon Taylor were suspended for two games, and will miss the Sept. 6 home game against Austin Peay.

Hatcher said he is 'disappointed' about the suspensions.

'When the institution's rules are not followed, then I will take immediate and appropriate action,' Hatcher said.

He added that he expects the players 'all to learn from not doing right and make positive contributions to our program this season.'

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Rams RB Steven Jackson signs 6-year, $44 million deal

ST. LOUIS - Steven Jackson signed a six-year, $44 million contract, ended a 27-day holdout, and was on the field for practice with the St. Louis Rams on Thursday.

And all was forgiven.

Coach Scott Linehan, who conducted a month of practices without the centerpiece of the offense, joked that he gave Jackson 'a big hug' and then asked for a loan. Offensive tackle Orlando Pace, no stranger to holdouts, said he was happy 'big time, big time' to see the bruising runner. Defensive tackle La'Roi Glover said simply, 'Things are pretty good at Rams Park right now.'

The 235-pound running back had been entering the final season of a five-year, $7 million deal he signed as a first-round pick in 2004. Linehan said he understood the business end of the game after Jackson got a deal that includes more than $20 million in bonuses and puts him third on the salary scale on the team, trailing only quarterback Marc Bulger and Pace and fifth among NFL running backs.