Ticket prices raised for Georgia football

Georgia football fans hope to watch a run to a national title next season. They will have to pay more for tickets to do that.

The Athletic Association board of directors on Thursday raised the price of season and individual game tickets.

Season ticket holders will pay $8 more per ticket from $32 to $40. That's after paying a minimum $250 each season for the right to purchase those tickets.

Prices for individual game tickets will go up for the second consecutive year from an average of $40 to $45. The highest-priced ticket is $55 for the Alabama game.

- Florida State's sports teams will be on self-imposed probation for two years and some will lose scholarships because of an academic cheating scandal, the university said.

About 60 student-athletes also have or will suffer some loss of eligibility. Two staffers, a tutor and learning specialist, already had been fired. No additional dismissals were listed.

The cheating occurred mainly through online testing for a single course in the fall of 2006 and the spring and summer semesters last year.


Ernie Harwell Day planned for today

Legendary baseball announcer Ernie Harwell will be honored in his hometown of Washington, Ga., with a reception and program today to celebrate his induction into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

The event, featuring a book signing and memorabilia auction, will begin at noon.

- Southeastern Conference coaches have picked Vanderbilt to win the league's title this season.

Mississippi was picked to finish second in the preseason poll. South Carolina, Mississippi State and Kentucky rounded out the top five.


Linebacker Thomas no longer a Dolphin

Zach Thomas , a seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker and one of the most popular and productive players ever to wear a Dolphins uniform, was released, the biggest move yet in Miami's massive rebuilding project.

The 34-year-old linebacker said he plans to play with another team next season. There's always a chance he could re-sign with Miami, although that seems doubtful.

- The NFL is asking federal court to vacate a judge's ruling allowing suspended quarterback Michael Vick to keep $16.5 million in bonuses.

The NFL also wants to disqualify U.S. District Judge David Doty , who ruled earlier this month that the Atlanta Falcons would violate the NFL collective bargaining agreement if it tried to recover the roster bonus Vick already received. The league argues that Doty's public comments show he is biased against them.

- The Carolina Panthers solidified two key positions by re-signing left tackle Travelle Wharton and strong safety Chris Harris .


Former Grand Slam champ Seles retires

Monica Seles officially retired from tennis, five years after she played the last match of a career that included nine Grand Slam singles titles and was interrupted at its height when she was stabbed in the back during a match.

"I have for some time considered a return to professional play, but I have now decided not to pursue that," the 34-year-old Seles said in a statement released by her agent. "I will continue to play exhibitions, participate in charity events, promote the sport, but will no longer plan my schedule around the tour."


Injury might put end to Ronaldo's career

Ronaldo arrived in Paris on Thursday for an operation to repair the ruptured tendon in his left knee, an injury that could end his career.

The three-time FIFA world player of the year was injured in AC Milan's 1-1 draw with Livorno in the Serie A on Wednesday.



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