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Augusta's Coble is GSGA player of year

For the second consecutive year, Augusta's Laura Coble has been named the Georgia State Golf Association's Women's Player of the Year. It is the 12th time she has won the award.

Coble won the Georgia Women's Match Play Championship last April and finished runner-up at the Georgia Top 60 Women's Classic. She also qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship and the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship last year.

Major League Baseball

Detroit's Galarraga shipped to Arizona

The Detroit Tigers traded right-handed pitcher Armando Galarraga to the Arizona Diamondbacks for right-hander Kevin Eichhorn and left-hander Ryan Robowski .

Galarraga gained fame last season when umpire Jim Joyce acknowledged blowing a call with two outs in the ninth inning that cost him a perfect game.

He was 4-9 with a 4.49 ERA in 24 starts and one relief appearance last season in Detroit.

- Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre says he's leaning toward accepting a job with Commissioner Bud Selig that would allow him to stay in Los Angeles.

Torre says he's still resolving some questions and that he expects to decide in the next two to three weeks.

- Jason Hammel 's two-year contract with the Colorado Rockies is worth $7.75 million.

- Pitcher Jeff Suppan is headed to spring training with the San Francisco Giants with a chance to win a job. San Francisco has agreed to a minor league contract with the 36-year-old right-hander.

- The Oakland Athletics traded right-hander Clayton Mortensen to the Colorado Rockies for minor league righty Ethan Hollingsworth .

- Right-handed reliever Todd Coffey agreed to a one-year contract with the Washington Nationals.

Auto Racing

Hornish moving to Nationwide series

Sam Hornish Jr. says he hopes to run a minimum of 11 Nationwide Series races this season for Penske Racing.

Hornish admitted Monday that it's a step back, but he said sponsorship woes forced his team to give up his seat in the elite Sprint Cup Series.

Hornish has spent the past three years racing full-time in the Sprint Cup Series.

Soccer

Asian exec believes Blatter needs to go

A top Asian soccer executive says Sepp Blatter has been at FIFA too long and needs to be replaced as president of the sport's governing body.

Fewer than two months ago, Mohamed bin Hammam helped Qatar surprisingly land the 2022 World Cup after a voting process marred by accusations of bribery.

Bin Hammam, the president of Asia's soccer federation, said Monday that Blatter's longevity in office has contributed to an unhealthy perception of the organization.

"Everybody is going to accuse us today as corrupted people because maybe people see Mr. Blatter has stayed a long time in FIFA," bin Hammam said.

"If the NFC championship game were a gunfight, Jay Cutler never got his pistol out of his holster. Aaron Rodgers staggered the Bears before they knew what hit them. The duel went to Rodgers. The game went to the Packers."

-- Dan Pompei in the Chicago Tribune


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