Steinmann, Davis among nominees for 2009 Atlanta Sports Award

Three Gwinnett nominees were among the ones announced on Wednesday by the Atlanta Sports Council for its upcoming 2009 Atlanta Sports Awards.

The council also announced that Greater Atlanta Christian football player Luke Davis was the High School Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award winner. He will be honored, along with the other nominees, at the Feb. 2 award ceremony at the Fox Theatre.

Providence Christian grad Sarah Steinmann, a high-scoring forward for the Atlanta Silverbacks Women, is one of three candidates along with swimmer Kara Lynn Joyce and track star Angelo Taylor for Amateur Athlete of the Year.

The Team of the Year award featured two Gwinnett nominees among the three - Buford football and Norcross boys basketball. The other team finalist is University of Georgia gymnastics.

Braves AutographFest is Saturday at Turner Field

The Atlanta Braves will host AutographFest on Saturday at Turner Field from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For a $20 donation to the Atlanta Braves Foundation - which goes to community programs - fans can meet and get autographs from Braves players and coaches.

Current players scheduled to attend include Gwinnett products Jeff Francoeur and Brian McCann, highly touted prospects Jason Heyward and Tommy Hanson, manager Bobby Cox and his coaches and Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro.


Crosby set for All-Star game despite injuries

PITTSBURGH - Penguins captain Sidney Crosby expects to play in the NHL All-Star game on Sunday in Montreal despite having a sore left knee.

Crosby sat out a game Friday because of the knee injury, and was struck twice on the left arm by pucks during a 2-1 loss to Carolina on Tuesday night. He played nearly 26 minutes before being checked by a doctor to make sure there he wasn't injured.

The 21-year-old Crosby set a record by drawing 1,713,021 votes in All-Star fan balloting. A high ankle sprain that sidelined him for two months kept him out of last season's All-Star game in Atlanta.

Kent to retire

LOS ANGELES - Jeff Kent plans to announce his retirement from baseball today at Dodger Stadium.

Kent spent 17 years in the major leagues and leaves as the career home-run leader among second basemen with 351, 74 more than Ryne Sandberg.

He spent the last four seasons with the Dodgers, hitting .291 with 122 doubles, 75 homers and 311 RBIs.

- From staff, wire reports