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Prep Wrestling

Spartans ousted in state tourney

In Macon, Ga., Glenn Hills was eliminated in the GHSA Class AAAA Team Dual Wrestling State Tournament on Friday.

The Spartans, who were in the losers’ bracket after falling to Chestatee on Thursday, beat Crisp County, 54-21 in their first match on Friday, but then lost to Perry 39-31.

Auto Racing

Kyle Busch will remain with JGR

Kyle Busch has signed a multiyear deal with Joe Gibbs Racing in December, according to USA Today.

The newspaper reported the deal during Friday’s testing at Daytona International Speedway.

Busch, involved in a 12-car wreck during Friday afternoon’s session, side-stepped questions when asked about the deal by USA Today.

“Everybody will find out (at the team’s) media day what’s coming down,” Busch told the newspaper.

The Sprint Cup media tour runs from Jan. 21-24.

JGR president J.D. Gibbs told ESPN.com late last season that he was optimistic Busch, who had one win last season, would re-sign with the team and made it clear he wanted a new deal “sooner rather than later.”

NHL

Buffalo goalie blames owners

Sabres goalie Ryan Miller is back in Buffalo to rejoin his teammates, eagerly awaiting the start of the regular season, and still upset over the four-month NHL lockout.

Miller, who played a role in labor talks, called the dispute “stupid” and “a useless waste of time.” He blamed owners, and singled out NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, for prolonging the lockout into January.

Miller spoke after completing his first on-ice session with Sabres players at a suburban arena Friday.

They’re preparing for training camp to open Sunday, and the season to begin a week later.

Scott Niedermayer is ready to teach the Anaheim Ducks a few more things about winning.

The former Ducks captain and four-time Stanley Cup champion defenseman will be an assistant to Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau this season, the Ducks announced Friday.

Niedermayer won’t make every road trip with the club, and he won’t stand behind the Ducks’ bench during most games.

But the former Canadian Olympic captain and Norris Trophy-winning defenseman will take a more active role with the Ducks.

He spent the previous two seasons in player development for Anaheim.

Tennis

India won’t have ‘rebel’ players

Leander Paes is the only prominent player in a depleted Davis Cup squad announced Friday by the All India Tennis Association for the match against South Korea after an impasse with other players over their demands.

The AITA selected little-known VM Ranjith, Vijayant Malik and Purav Raja as the other members of the squad for the best-of-five series from Feb. 1-3.

The group of eight rebel players, including Somdev Devvarman, Rohan Bopanna and doubles specialist Mahesh Bhupathi, failed to confirm their availability in time for a selection committee meeting after threatening to sit out if their demands were not met.

• In Hobart, Australia, unseeded Elena Vesnina defeated teenager Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-2 to reach the Hobart International final against titleholder Mona Barthel.

Barthel beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-4, 6-4 in the other semifinal.


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Pedestrian killed on Mike Padgett Highway

A pedestrian was struck and killed Thursday night on Mike Padgett Highway. The victim is the fifth pedestrian to be hit - and third to die - on Richmond County roads since April 10.
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