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Parkview's Baker named state's top player

Parkview senior Ashley Baker was named the Gatorade Georgia Girls Soccer Player of the Year on Thursday.

Baker, a Georgia signee, had 17 shutouts for a team that allowed only six goals all season. Parkview finished the season 22-0 and as the Class AAAAA state champion.

Brookwood honors college-bound swimmers

Brookwood held a ceremony Thursday to honor five seniors who will continue their swimming careers at the college level.

Stephen Swan (Georgia), Zach Lopez (Darton College) and Kyle Nackers (Carroll College in Wisc.) are the boys swimmers headed to college programs, while the girls signees are Abby Wilhelm (Savannah College of Art and Design) and Jennifer Galloway (Wingate College in N.C.).

Buford baseball players sign

Buford senior baseball players Ian Quinn and Will Bowers were honored with a signing ceremony Thursday at the high school. Both will play baseball at the college level, Quinn at Harding University (Ark.) and Bowers at Shorter College.

Steinmann named to W-League Best 11

Atlanta Silverbacks women forward Sarah Steinmann, a Providence Christian grad, was named to the W-League Best 11 as one of the top players from the previous week.

Steinmann had two goals and hit the post with another effort in the Silverbacks' season-opening win over the Hampton Roads Piranhas.

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Barkley says he'll pay huge gambling debt

LAS VEGAS - Charles Barkley acknowledged he owes a $400,000 gambling debt to a Las Vegas Strip casino and promised Thursday to repay it after a prosecutor said the retired NBA star faced criminal charges.

'My mistake,' Barkley said in an interview at a pro-am golf tournament in Hoover, Ala. 'I'm not broke, and I'm going to take care of it.'

Barkley was responding to comments by Clark County District Attorney David Roger, who said prosecutors would file a criminal complaint if he did not pay the debt cited by the Wynn Las Vegas resort.

'He'll have an opportunity like anybody else to make restitution to the hotel,' Roger said.

Paterno taken to hospital

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State coach Joe Paterno is back home after spending several hours at a hospital being treated for dehydration.

Penn State spokesman Jeff Nelson says the 81-year-old coach was released Thursday from Mount Nittany Medical Center after being taken by ambulance from his home after feeling nauseous.

He underwent tests at the hospital but was not admitted.

Paterno has had a busy schedule of late, traveling to Philadelphia last weekend and meeting with fellow Big Ten football coaches earlier this week.

- From staff, wire reports