SPORTS IN BRIEF: Eagles' Smith commits to ASU wrestling


Eagles' Smith commits to ASU wrestling

Collins Hill wrestler Joel Smith committed to the Arizona State wrestling program on Tuesday, becoming the third Eagle senior to commit to a college.

Smith was 54-1 last season and was a Class AAAAA state champion. He is ranked No. 9 in the country at 140 pounds by Intermat.

Smith joins teammates T.J. Mitchell (Virginia Tech) and C.J. Collins (Fort Hays State) as Collins Hill wrestlers to commit to college programs this year.

Mill Creek's Huckeba headed to Augusta State

Mill Creek senior Shane Huckeba has accepted a cross country scholarship to Augusta State. He is the son of Mike and Susan Huckeba.

A four-year letterman, he has a personal best 5K time of 16 minutes, 41 seconds. He helped the Mill Creek boys to a sixth-place finish, the best in school history, at this year's state meet.

Wesleyan to honor fall signees

Wesleyan will honor its college signees from the early signing period today at 12:30 p.m. in the Yancey Gymnasium.

The signing group features eight seniors: Erin Hall (Wake Forest, basketball), Logan Morris (Wofford, basketball), Aysia McKenzie (King College, basketball), Chris Duvall (Wake Forest, soccer), Conor Welton (Georgia, baseball), Devin Stanton (Georgia Tech, baseball), Kevin O'Leary (Furman, baseball) and Daniel Cardwell (Mercer, baseball).

Prep Rally features Shiloh's top player

Gwinnett Prep Rally, a Gwinnett County high school sports TV program, airs football highlights from North Gwinnett-Peachtree Ridge, Brookwood-Parkview, Norcross-Collins Hill, Grayson-Central Gwinnett and Dacula-Meadowcreek on this week's show.

Featured athletes include Brookwood's Julian Suber, North Gwinnett's Joe Jones and Delino DeShields from Norcross. The Gwinnett Greats feature looks back at the Shiloh Generals football history.

Gwinnett Prep Rally, hosted by Daily Post editor Todd Cline and sports editor Will Hammock, airs Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on GCPS-TV and each Wednesday-Friday at 7:30 a.m., 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on GCPS-TV.

Check www.gwinnettpreprally.com for more information.

GPB features state cross country

Prep Sports Plus, Georgia Public Broadcasting's weekly high school sports TV show, features state cross country highlights on this week's edition. The North Gwinnett girls, Brookwood boys and Wesleyan boys won state titels at the meet.

Prep Sports Plus airs today at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m on GPB.


Kovalchuk could return to ice against Rangers

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Thrashers star Ilya Kovalchuk may return to action less than three weeks after suffering a broken bone in his right foot.

Kovalchuk practiced Wednesday but left early. Coach John Anderson says Kovalchuk's availability will be a game-time decision tonight at the New York Rangers.

Kovalchuk, the Thrashers' captain, was expected to miss three to five weeks after suffering the injury on Oct. 24. He was tied for second in the league with nine goals when he was struck on the foot by a puck against the San Jose Sharks.

Forward Evander Kane's status also is uncertain because of a foot injury.

Falcons WR Finneran skips practice

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Atlanta Falcons receiver Brian Finneran, who injured his left knee in last week's victory over Washington, did some light running but skipped practice Wednesday.

The Falcons also were without starting tackle Sam Baker, who did not practice after hurting his left ankle against the Redskins. It's not known if either will be able to play when Atlanta (5-3) travels to Carolina on Sunday.

Running back Jerious Norwood, who already has missed four games with a concussion and a hip injury, missed practice to be at the birth of his child. But another running back, Jason Snelling, was back on the field for limited work after missing the last two games with an ailing hamstring.


Jordan taps Wade to wear25th anniversary shoe

MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade pleaded for years to join the Jordan Brand family, wanting to wear the shoe his idol made famous.

His persistence is being rewarded.

When Jordan Brand makes its long-awaited release of the Air Jordan 2010 in February to commemorate the popular line's 25th anniversary, Wade will debut the shoe. Hand-picked for the role by Michael Jordan himself, the Miami Heat guard called it ''a huge honor.''

The shoe will be launched nationwide Feb. 13 and will carry a retail price of $170. That coincides with All-Star weekend near Dallas and is four days before Jordan's 47th birthday. It's unknown if Wade will wear the shoe beforehand, say in Miami's marquee Christmas Day game at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks.