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All-Area Banquet is set for Jan. 17

The All-Area Football Banquet honoring the Georgia, South Carolina and Independent football teams, the 2012 Deon Grant Award winner, the 2013 American Football Kicking Hall of Fame inductees and the 2012 Ray Guy Award winner will be held Thursday, Jan. 17 at The Legends Club, 2701 Washington Road.

Registration is from 6 to 7 p.m. The dinner and awards program begins at 7. Tickets are $30 and dress is business attire.

For more information, call (706) 722-8326, ext. 231 or e-mail carly@augustasportscouncil.org.

Major League Baseball

Jones accused of dragging wife

The wife of former Atlanta Braves star Andruw Jones accused him of dragging her down a staircase, grabbing her neck and saying wanted to kill her, according to police records.

A police report obtained by The Associated Press said the fight happened around 1:30 a.m. on Christmas Day, after Nicole Jones asked her husband to help her prepare their suburban Atlanta home for Christmas morning.

Andruw Jones was free on bond after his arrest on a battery charge, according to Gwinnett County Jail records. It wasn’t known Wednesday whether he has an attorney.

Nicole Jones told officers that she tried to escape upstairs, but her husband grabbed her by the ankle and dragged her down some stairs, got on top of her and said, “I want to kill you,” according to the report.

“Due to Andruw’s level of intoxication, Nicole said that she was able to push him back and move away from him,” the report states. Nicole Jones then went to her parents’ house.

Police said they found injuries on her neck, which they photographed for evidence.

When officers arrived at the Jones residence in the Sugarloaf Country Club in Duluth, they said he appeared confused about what had happened.

“We entered into the bedroom and announced ‘Gwinnett County police,’” an officer wrote in the report.

“Andruw did not respond and it appeared as though he was passed out in his clothes,” the officer wrote. “I touched Andruw on the arm and said ‘Gwinnett County police, Andruw, we need to speak with you.’ Andruw woke up and appeared dazed. He appeared heavily intoxicated and confused about why officers were standing in his bedroom.”

• The Red Sox acquired All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a six-player deal.

Boston completed the trade Wednesday, also receiving infielder Brock Holt. The Red Sox gave up right-handers Mark Melancon and Stolmy Pimentel, infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr. and first baseman-outfielder Jerry Sands.

• The Texas Rangers completed a one-year contract with free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

Terms of the deal weren’t released.

• The Seattle Mariners officially announced their $2.75 million, one-year deal with outfielder Raul Ibanez, returning the veteran to where he began his major league career in 1996.

Soccer

Rooney sidelined with knee injury

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will miss up to three weeks with a knee injury.

Manager Alex Ferguson says he strained a ligament behind the knee when he tried to hit a volley late in practice Tuesday.

• American goalkeeper Brad Friedel signed up for another season with Premier League club Tottenham at age 41.


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