All-Area banquet set for tonight
The All-Area Football Banquet will be held tonight at The Legends Club, 2701 Washington Road.
The banquet honors 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.
Registration is from 6 to 7 p.m. The dinner and awards program begin at 7. Tickets are $30 and dress is business attire.
For more information, call (706) 722-8326, ext. 231 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dufner: Players should have role
Jason Dufner wants American players to have more input in choosing the Ryder Cup captain.
Paul McGinley was chosen this week as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain for the 2014 tournament after vocal support from players, including top-ranked Rory McIlroy.
Dufner said he thinks the American golfers should have a say as well.
The PGA of America chooses the Ryder Cup captain. While Dufner said he supported the choice of Tom Watson for 2014, he said many players would like to be more involved in the process since they are “familiar with a lot of the guys that could be up for a nomination.”
The 11th-ranked Dufner, playing in this week’s Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, said Europe is “going to come together” because of the role players had in choosing McGinley.
• The Nike Golf commercial that debuted Wednesday featuring McIlroy and Tiger Woods was shot last year in Southern California with neither player there at the same time, according to ESPN.com.
Because of scheduling issues, McIlroy and Woods could not be present on the same day to shoot the commercial, which has them hitting balls on a driving range while taking good-natured shots at each other.
McIlroy, 23, calls Woods an “old man” for example, while Woods, 37, makes fun of McIlroy’s hair. Woods has been endorsing Nike products since he turned pro in 1996.
McIlroy’s part was filmed first, with Woods following a few days later, reacting to an actor who attempted to follow McIlroy’s script. Both players spent several hours on their respective days, with the final product being unveiled for the first time earlier this week in Abu Dhabi, where McIlroy was announced as a company spokesman.
A-Rod will miss first half of year
Alex Rodriguez, 37, had surgery on his left hip Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined until after the All-Star break.
The New York Yankees said Dr. Bryan Kelly repaired a torn labrum and impingement and the operation at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York “went as planned and without complication.”
The former All-Star third baseman is expected to be released from the hospital today
and the anticipated time for a full recovery is six months.
• The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a new five-year, $55 million contract with All-Star pitcher Matt Harrison, who passed a physical on Wednesday.
• The Blue Jays exercised 42-year-old left-hander Darren Oliver $3 million option in October but he had not made a final decision until now whether to return for 2013.
• The Mariners have reacquired outfielder Michael Morse from the Nationals in a three-way deal that sends catcher John Jaso to the A’s and A.J. Cole to the Nationals.