SPORTS IN BRIEF: Buford's Eck signs with Wofford


Buford's Eck signs with Wofford

Buford senior Eric Eck has signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. A pitcher, he is the son of Keith and Lisa Eck.

Gladiators' Sullivan suspended

Gwinnett Gladiators forward Dan Sullivan was given a one-game suspension by the ECHL on Tuesday.

It's an automatic suspension for getting an instigation penalty in the last five minutes of a game, which Sullivan did in the Gladiators painful 11-3 loss to Elmira on Saturday.

Sullivan will miss Gwinnett's game at South Carolina on Friday.

'Prep Rally' features Central greats

"Gwinnett Prep Rally," a Gwinnett County high school sports TV program, airs football highlights from South Gwinnett-Etowah, Peachtree Ridge-Kell, Brookwood-McEachern, North Gwinnett-Centennial, Collins Hill-Roswell, Grayson-Marietta and Dacula-Woodstock on this week's show.

The Gwinnett Greats feature looks back at the Central Gwinnett Black Knights football history.

"Gwinnett Prep Rally," hosted by Daily Post editor Todd Cline and sports editor Will Hammock, airs Tuesdays at 7 and 10:30 p.m. on GCPS-TV and each Wednesday through Friday at 7:30 a.m. and 7 and 10:30 p.m. on GCPS-TV. Check www.gwinnettpreprally.com for more information.

USA FIT Gwinnett runners shine

Five USA FIT Gwinnett team members earned age group honors at the recent Skylar's Run 5K in Suwanee.

Buford's Robbie Scott (21 minutes), Sugar Hill's Joanna Huett (26:08) and Buford's Christine Maynard (26:30) were first in their age groups. Christy Lee of Woodstock (23:31) was second in her age group, followed by group organizer Laura Koller of Suwanee (24:20). Lawrenceville's Tina Sullivan finished in 26:41 and Auburn's Edna Grosskopf had a personal best of 33:19.

The team also had three Marine Corps Marathon finishers, led by Buford's Jim Auten, who ran a personal best of 4:06:43. Suwanee's Scott Kelley ran 4:37:57 and Jan Kelley ran 4:43:37.

Santa's Toy Run organized

Road Atlanta in Braselton is hosting Santa's Toy Run, a three-day benefit for local children, from Dec. 4-6. It features an eight-hour endurance race on Dec. 4, a car show on Dec. 5 and a Toy Run Race on Sunday that features all cars from all divisions racing at the same time.

The event is designed to gather holiday gifts for needy children in the Gwinnett area at places like Haven House, Noah's Ark and the Gwinnett Children's Shelter. A donation of a toy valued at more than $10 is good for admission.

For other ways to donate to the cause, visit www.santastoyrun.org.

Norcross hoops to host fundraiser

Norcross' basketball program will host a Casino Night fundraiser Saturday at the Marriott Atlanta Norcross at 475 Technology Parkway. A $25 donation includes heavy Hor D'oeuvres, 250 Blue Devil Bucks for gaming, a cash bar, door prizes and dancing.

The event begins at 8 p.m. and finishes at 2 a.m. For more information, visit www.NorcrossBasketball.com.


K.C.'s Greinke wins AL Cy Young

NEW YORK -- Zack Greinke won the American League Cy Young Award on Tuesday, easily beating out Felix Hernandez after a spectacular season short on wins but long on domination.

Greinke went 16-8 with a major league-low 2.16 ERA for the Kansas City Royals. Hernandez was 19-5 with a 2.49 ERA for the Seattle Mariners.

Greinke received 25 of 28 first-place votes and three seconds for 134 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Hernandez drew two firsts, 23 seconds and one third for 80 points.

''I thought it was going to be real close between the two of us,'' Greinke said.

Detroit's Justin Verlander was third with the remaining first-place vote and nine thirds for 14 points. He was followed by the Yankees' CC Sabathia with 13 points and Toronto's Roy Halladay with 11 points.

The NL winner will be announced Thursday.

Naturally shy, Greinke quit baseball for six weeks in 2006 because of what was diagnosed as a social anxiety disorder. He welcomed the award, mostly.

''There's a lot of positive to it and a lot of negative to it -- not a lot but some,'' he said during a telephone conference call. ''I really don't like having a bunch of attention.''

Glanville resigns from Portland St.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Jerry Glanville has resigned after three years as head coach of the Portland State Vikings. This past season, Portland State went 2-9 overall and 1-7 in the Big Sky Conference. Over Glanville's tenure the Vikings went 9-24.

Shanahan retires after 21 seasons

NEW YORK -- Brendan Shanahan is retiring from the NHL after 21 seasons and an almost certain Hall of Fame career.

The 40-year-old forward announced Tuesday that he wouldn't play again. After going through training camp with the New Jersey Devils, the team he spent his final season with, he and the club mutually parted unexpectedly shortly before opening night of the season.

Shanahan, who scored 656 career goals, decided to leave the Devils in October one day after he was told there was no spot for him on New Jersey's top three lines. He has not played this season.