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AT&T Classic gets early commitments

The field for the 2008 AT&T Classic is beginning to take shape with the commitment of nine PGA Tour players on Monday.

Among those who are scheduled to appear at this year's event, which will take place May 15-18 at the TPC at Sugarloaf in Duluth, are Sugarloaf resident Stewart Cink and three-time major runner-up Chris DiMarco.

Other players who have committed to playing are several with ties to Georgia, including Augusta native Charles Howell III, Atlanta native D.J. Trahan - who won the 2008 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic last month - and former Georgia Tech golfer Troy Matteson.

3 more local players sign scholarships

Three more Gwinnett County seniors have signed football scholarship offers, or will do so in the next week.

Two of the new signees - North Gwinnett defensive tackle Darrius Wilborn and Grayson tight end Randy Sides - are headed to the University of West Georgia.

Wilborn had 28 total tackles - including four for losses - 1/2 a sack and three quarterback hurries in helping the Bulldogs to a school-record 13 wins and a Class AAAAA state runner-up finish as a senior last fall.

Sides, meanwhile, had five receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown and was a part of a solid offensive line that helped the Rams average 24.8 points per game in a season that saw them set a school record with 10 wins, plus a berth in the Class AAAAA state quarterfinals.

The other recent Gwinnett signee is former Peachtree Ridge defensive back/punt returner Cameron Demps, who signed a national letter of intent to play at Winston-Salem (N.C.) State.

Collins Hill wrestling ranked nationally

Collins Hill's varsity wrestling team was included in the most recent top-40 rankings by the Amateur Wrestling News, which was released Monday.

The Eagles, who were crowned the Class AAAAA state dual meet champions late last month, were ranked No. 30 in the nation and were the only team from Georgia to be included in the rankings.

St. Paris Graham of Ohio was the top-ranked team in the country.

Wesleyan swimmers break five school records at state

Rich McMurry set two records to lead the way as Wesleyan swimmers broke five school records at last weekend's state championships.

McMurry lowered marks he already held in the 50 freestyle (22.28 seconds) and the 100 freestyle (48.42). He finished fifth and seventh in those two events.

Teammate Grant Smith lowered his 200 free (1:46.91) and 500 free (4:46.63) school marks at the meet, while he and McMurry were on a 400 free relay that broke the school mark at 3:22.20 and finished sixth.

Hawks claim 11 school marks at state

Mill Creek's swimming and diving team placed second overall in total points at this past weekend's state championship meet, breaking 11 school records in the process.

The individual records broken were by: Zach Tillman (200 free, 500 free), Matt Turnblom (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke), Kevin Doran (200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke), Jordan Evans (100 fly) and John Petronaci (100 free). The Hawks also established new school marks in the girls 200 medley relay and in the boys 200 free and 400 free relays.

Lions win again in lacrosse

Nick Lombardo scored five goals and Jarred Harper added four as Peachtree Ridge's club lacrosse team improved to 2-0 with a 19-4 rout of Tucker this past weekend.

Cory Hall chipped in two goals and four assists and Gary Huesel also scored twice for Peachtree Ridge, which also got a strong defensive effort from goaltenders Hunter Strickland and Jake Sandlin, plus defenders Jordan Boatright, Chris Sawdey, Kyle Boyd, J.J. Harry and Tyler Botts.

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UGA proposes to name complex after Dooley

ATHENS - Georgia approved a plan Monday that would honor former football coach Vince Dooley by putting his name on a complex that includes many of the school's athletic facilities, though not the stadium where the Bulldogs' most prominent team plays.

The executive board of the Georgia Athletic Association voted in favor of the Vince Dooley Athletic Complex at a special meeting. The university cabinet, which includes most of the school's top administrators, followed suit.

The proposal is expected to be finalized when the state board of regents meets in Atlanta today and Wednesday.

The complex on the southwest end of campus most notably includes Butts-Mehre Athletic Heritage Hall, the main headquarters of Georgia athletics, and Stegeman Coliseum, home of the basketball and women's gymnastics teams.

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Panthers Zednick stable after carotid artery cut by teammates' skate

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Florida Panthers forward Richard Zednik lost five units of blood, but doctors never considered his life in jeopardy after the player had his carotid artery nearly severed by a teammate's skate in a freak and frightening accident.

Zednik underwent an hour of surgery to reconnect the artery Sunday night and was listed in stable condition in the intensive care unit at Buffalo General Hospital on Monday. He was awake and cooperative with the medical staff, doctors said.

Attending surgeon Sonya Noor said there were no initial signs of brain damage, which is a fear whenever the carotid artery is clamped. She said clamps were in place for about 15 to 20 minutes during surgery, which she considers a short time.

Zednik was sliced across the right side of the throat by teammate Olli Jokinen's skate midway through the third period of Buffalo's 5-3 victory. Doctors said the skate blade just missed cutting the jugular vein.

Zednik was circling the net behind the play and skating into the corner when Jokinen was upended by Sabres forward Clarke MacArthur. Jokinen fell headfirst to the ice, and his right leg and skate flew up and struck Zednik directly on the side of the neck.

O'Neal winded, but otherwise fine in first practice with Suns

PHOENIX - Shaquille O'Neal practiced with the Phoenix Suns for the first time Monday, showing no sign of the hip injury that has sidelined him since Jan. 21.

'It was different. It was very intense,' he said after the one-hour workout. 'I learned a lot. Now I can see why they can go at the pace they play at. When you just do short bursts like this, then you can save it all for the game.'

Just when he will play in a game remained undecided.

Phoenix has two games before the All-Star break - at Golden State on Wednesday night and at home against Dallas on Thursday. The first game after the break is at home against Shaq's old team, the Los Angeles Lakers, his former coach Phil Jackson and his old teammate Kobe Bryant.