North's Jones picks Gordon College
North Gwinnett senior Nick Jones has made a commitment to play baseball at Gordon College in Barnesville. He is the son of Jerome and Kristen Jones.
Jones hit .326 last season with six home runs and 25 RBIs, in addition to sporting a 3.80 ERA as a pitcher with 44 strikeouts in 421/3 innings. He was an All-Region 7-AAAAA honorable mention selection as a junior.
Jones has a career batting average of .352 with 15 homers and 65 RBIs.
Arthur, Maurer named to soccer All-Conference USA team
Gwinnett products Sam Arthur and Jimmy Maurer, junior soccer players at South Carolina, were named to the All-Conference USA preseason team on Wednesday.
Arthur, a Greater Atlanta Christian grad, led the Gamecocks with a conference-best 12 goals and three assists for 27 points last season. He was a first-team all-conference selection as a sophomore.
Maurer, a Lawrenceville native who attended St. Pius, was a second-team all-conference pick last season. The goalkeeper had a 0.80 goals against average with nine shutouts, earning Conference USA defensive player of the week honors four times.
Norcross' Jones headed to Hillsborough College
Ariel Jones, a 2009 Norcross grad, recently accepted a basketball scholarship to Hillsborough College in Tampa. He helped the Blue Devils to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs last season.
NCAA throws out Memphis' Final Four run
INDIANAPOLIS - Memphis has been stripped by the NCAA of every victory in its 38-win season under coach John Calipari that ended in the national title game last year. The reason: an ineligible player believed to be Derrick Rose.
The announcement Thursday came 16 months after the Tigers lost to Kansas in the championship game following the 2007-08 season. Memphis president Shirley Raines said the school would appeal the ruling.
It is the second time both Memphis and Calipari had to vacate Final Four seasons. The Tigers were stripped of their 1985 appearance and Calipari's Massachusetts team lost its 1996 berth.
Calipari is now the basketball coach at Kentucky, where officials have voiced support for him despite the Memphis scandal.
Bolt gets gold, another record
BERLIN - Usain Bolt startled the world again.
The Jamaican sprinting great captured the 200-meter gold medal in 19.19 seconds Thursday, yet another world record.
His time in the 200 slashed 0.11 seconds off the mark he set last year at the Beijing Olympics and came four days after he broke his 100 record by the same margin.
'I am on my way to being a legend,' said Bolt, who gritted his teeth and pointed to the clock as soon as his time flashed.
No one among the near capacity crowd at the 70,000-seat Olympic Stadium disagreed.
'If Queen Elizabeth knighthooded me and I would get the title Sir Usain Bolt, that would be very nice,' Bolt said.
Bolt is now 5-for-5 in major sprint events. He won the gold in the 100, 200 and sprint relay in Beijing's Bird Nest, each time with a world record. Now he is one race away from doing likewise in Berlin.