Jags ranked No. 7 in new coaches poll

The Augusta State men's basketball team climbed back into the top 10 after a one-week absence. The Jaguars (20-2) moved up five spots in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II poll, which was released Tuesday.

Augusta State will next play host to No. 14 Georgia College & State at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

- Augusta State baseball's Cole Payne was named the Peach Belt Conference's Freshman of the Week.

Payne hit .500 with a double, a home run and five RBI in his first four collegiate games. In the final game of the Carson-Newman series, he went 2 for 3, including a home run, and drove in four runs as Augusta State rallied to win 5-3.

The Jaguars play host to Coker at 2 p.m. today.

College Football

McCollum selected for Jackets' staff

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson plans to add Marietta, Ga., native Andy McCollum to his staff as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator, pending administration approval.

McCollum will replace Giff Smith as recruiting coordinator.

He has been North Carolina State's linebackers coach the past three seasons, and was an advance scout for the Tennessee Titans in 2006 after seven seasons as Middle Tennessee State's head coach.


Peppers won't sign long-term contract

Julius Peppers says he no longer wants a long-term contract with Carolina, saying the Panthers have ignored him this offseason.

In an interview aired Tuesday morning on Charlotte radio station WFNZ-AM, the five-time Pro Bowl defensive end indicated he's irritated by the team's "silence." The Panthers have declined to comment on their plans for Peppers. Carolina paid him an NFL-high $18.2 million last season under the franchise tag.


Autopsy is disputed by Kerrigan family

An attorney for the family of Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan calls a medical examiner's finding that Daniel Kerrigan died of a heart rhythm problem after a fight with his son both "premature and inaccurate."

The autopsy report found Kerrigan suffered a damaged windpipe before he died. The findings could prompt new charges against Nancy's brother, Mark Kerrigan , who has pleaded not guilty to assault.

The family says 70-year-old Daniel Kerrigan had a pre-existing heart condition and they do "not blame anyone" for his death.


Wind foils practice in America's Cup

Strong wind and rough seas on Tuesday kept Alinghi and BMW Oracle from training the day before the first race of their America's Cup showdown pitting the fastest, most powerful sailboats ever built.

Cup holder Alinghi decided against launching its catamaran, while American challenger BMW Oracle got its trimaran on the water -- with president Larry Ellison aboard -- but eventually decided to abandon a planned practice. The first race was called off on Monday because of light, unsteady wind, pushing the start of the three-race series to today.

Horse Racing

New trainer picked for Belmont winner

Tim Ice is out and Tim Ritchey in as the new trainer of Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird .

Ice was fired as trainer of the 3-year-old champion colt and 24 other horses owned by Drs. K.K. and Vilasini Jayaraman .

The owners cited "lack of communication" as the reason for the change. Summer Bird is recovering from leg surgery and expected to return to training in six weeks. Ritchey trained 2005 Preakness Stakes and Belmont winner Afleet Alex .