High School Football
Douglas, Parker are All-Staters
Brendan Douglas of Aquinas and Burke County coach Eric Parker led the way among local All-State selections.
Douglas, a bruising running back, was named offensive player of the year in Class A, and also made the team as a defensive back.
Parker, who led the Bears to the state title, was named the Class AAA coach of the year.
Burke County’s Malcolm Aldridge made the team as an offensive lineman.
Joining Douglas on the Class A team was Irish place-kicker Connor Tierney.
Lincoln County had two players on the Class A team: offensive lineman Dalton Wetherington and defensive back Craig Jones.
In Class AAAA, Evans’ punter Jacob Rizner made the team.
And in Class AA, Jefferson County punter Thomas Pritchard was selected.
The selections were made by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Associated Press.
Venezuela hands down suspension
In Caracas, Venezuela, Texas Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba has been suspended from Venezuela’s professional baseball league for 66 games for striking an umpire.
Torrealba was arguing with the home-plate umpire Friday after striking out. He angrily put a hand on the umpire’s mask and shoved him. He was then ejected.
League President Jose Grasso Vecchio called Torrealba’s behavior unacceptable and a violation of league rules.
Torrealba plays for the Caracas Lions when not playing in the majors.
His agent, Melvin Roman, said Torrealba acknowledges he got carried away in the heat of the moment.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels could not be reached for comment. Daniels said over the weekend that the club was aware of the incident and gathering information before determining any possible course of action.
Torrealba, 33, hit .273 with seven home runs and 37 RBI in 2011, his first year with the Rangers.
• The Chicago Cubs have agreed to one-year contracts with right-handers Andy Sonnanstine and Manny Corpas.
The deals were announced Monday.
Sonnanstine, who turns 29 in March, was 28-31 with a 5.26 ERA in five seasons with Tampa Bay. He made 80 starts in 132 appearances.
The 29-year-old Corpas spent five seasons with Colorado but did not pitch in the majors last year after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow in September 2010.
Baylor employee shadows Griffin
Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III is getting help in dealing with his new fame.
The Baylor quarterback confirmed Monday that he’s sometimes shadowed by security since being honored earlier this month as the nation’s best player.
Griffin said he understands that “people are going to want a piece of you when you’re doing great things.” He added it was a good problem to have and downplayed the new part of his celebrity.
Baylor spokesman Heath Nielsen later clarified that the school isn’t paying for private bodyguards.
He said an athletic department employee follows Griffin in public to minimize demands for autographs and pictures.
Nielsen said the only time he recalled police escorting Griffin was at a home basketball game.
Baylor plays Washington in the Alamo Bowl on Thursday.