SPORTS IN BRIEF: Dacula resident Botchway to sign with Penn soccer

Dacula resident Robert Botchway, a student at Marist, has made a commitment to play college soccer at the University of Pennsylvania.

Botchway, who plays club soccer with the Concorde Fire, was recently called up to the U.S. Under-18 National Team. He previously played on the U.S. Under-15 National Team, was a two-time participant in the Adidas ESP Camp and was selected to the Disney All-Star Team that trained with Chelsea.

Shanteau, Weir named to World Championships swim team

Gwinnett products and past Olympians Eric Shanteau and Amanda Weir were named Thursday to the United States’ 2011 FINA World Championships team, which will compete July 24-31 in Shanghai, China. The event is the last major international competition before the 2012 Olympic Games.

Shanteau will swim the 200 breaststroke and Weir will swim the 50 freestyle and the 400 free relay.

Dacula senior/alumni wrestling night rescheduled

The Dacula wrestling team’s senior/alumni night has been rescheduled for Jan. 28 at 5:30 p.m. All wrestling alumni are invited and will be admitted free. Anyone with a ticket for the original Jan. 12 date, which was cancelled because of the snow and ice, will also be admitted.

Glads’ Forney reassigned to AHL Chicago

Gwinnett Gladiators’ point leader Michael Forney was reassigned to AHL Chicago on Thursday after Atlanta called up Nigel Dawes and Tim Stapleton from the Wolves.

The ECHL all-star selection will be gone for an indeterminate length of time. Forney, 22, leads Gwinnett and is fifth in the league with 28 assists. The Thrashers’ prospect has played four games in Chicago already this season.


Davis Love III picked as US Ryder Cup captain

MEDINAH, Ill. — Davis Love III’s plan for winning the Ryder Cup back is simple: Do the work, and then get out of the way.

An emotional and enthusiastic Love was introduced Thursday as the next American captain of the Ryder Cup, an honor he said he’s been thinking about for years. The 2012 matches are still some 18 months away, but Love has already started thinking about the little details that could reverse the Americans’ recent Ryder Cup woes. Europe has won six of the last eight matchups, including last October in Wales.