SPORTS BRIEFS: Shanahan qualifies for U.S. Girls Junior

Shanahan qualifies for U.S. Girls Junior

Sloan Shanahan of Suwanee emerged from a three-way playoff for the last of five qualifying spots Thursday, earning a trip to the U.S. Girls Junior Championship July 19-24 at The Country Club of North Carolina.

Shanahan shot 78 to tie Norcross' Bailey Tardy and Statham's Dylan Kim. The three-way playoff ended with Shanahan's par on the fourth playoff hole. Tardy is the first alternate from qualifying and Kim, who fell out on the third playoff hole, is the second alternate.

Wright wins collegiate tour event

Suwanee resident Kendall Wright, a rising sophomore on Georgia's women's golf team, won the Collegiate Players Tour's Lagoon Park Collegiate Open on Wednesday in Montgomery, Ala.

Wright shot a final-round 70 to overcome a five-stroke deficit, edging fellow Suwanee resident Brooke Braun by a stroke for medalist honors. Wright's three-day total was 223.

Titans' top pick Morgan charged

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Titans' top draft pick Derrick Morgan faces charges of driving with a suspended license and speeding after an interstate traffic stop in northwest Georgia.

Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston said in a statement Friday that Morgan was traveling 91 mph in a 70-mph zone when stopped Wednesday in Resaca. Morgan was also charged with driving with a suspended license. He was jailed and released on a $2,108 bond.

Morgan, a defensive end, is from Atlanta and played for Georgia Tech. He has a July 26 court date.

Blake retires after 20-year career

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose Sharks captain Rob Blake has retired after a 20-year career as one of the league's top defensemen.

Blake announced his decision at a news conference Friday in San Jose.

The 40-year-old Blake won a Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2001, the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman for Los Angeles in 1998, and an Olympic gold medal for Canada in 2002.