Ray Guy Award finalists named
The Augusta Sports Council announced three first-time finalists for the 2013 Ray Guy Award.
Memphis senior Tom Hornsey, sophomore Drew Kaser, of Texas A&M, and Purdue senior Cody Webster are up for the award that will be announced on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards airing from Walt Disney World Resort on Dec. 12.
The finalists were selected by a national voting body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) coaches, sports information directors, national media, and former Ray Guy Award winners.
Raceway to hold annual Turkey 100
Swainsboro Raceway will play host to the 13th annual Turkey 100 on beginning on Thursday.
The three-day event will have local race divisions and Mud Bogging Dixie Style where racers and boggers can win a share of the $66,000 total purse. The weekend caps with the $20,000 Zaxby’s Crate Late Model event.
For more information, go www.swainsbororaceway.com.
Raiders, A’s reach new lease deal
Oakland’s Athletics and Raiders have new lease agreements to remain at the stadium they share.
Officials overseeing the O.co Coliseum approved short term leases Monday.
The Raiders’ lease was extended through the end of the 2014-15 season. The A’s were signed up through December 2015.
• Some collectors are bringing the Metrodome’s old right field wall home after paying a combined $3,025 for pieces of the “Baggie.”
A pair of 16-feet-high, 190-feet-long sections of the famed fence sold during an online auction that concluded Monday. One went for $2,025 and the other for $1,000. Together, the items drew 190 bids.
• The new spring training stadium for the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Ariz., is being called Cubs Park, for the time being.
The Cubs have naming rights for the new ballpark with the option of selling the name to a sponsor.
The inaugural game at the park will be held Feb. 27 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
• Prince Fielder was introduced by the Texas Rangers, and will sport a new number: No. 84. It represents the year he was born.
Muscle condition hampers Oudin
Surprise 2009 U.S. Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin says she has a muscle-damaging condition that might be caused by intense exertion.
Oudin has written on her Twitter feed that her “off season is a little paused at the moment” because of the ailment, called rhabdomyolysis, and she is “doing everything possible for a speedy” recovery.
Heavy exertion can cause muscle cells to leak enzymes and protein into the blood. Symptoms can include muscle pain and severe cases can lead to kidney damage.
Colorado’s Powers named top rookie
Colorado midfielder Dillon Powers, 22, has been voted Major League Soccer’s Rookie of the Year.
He started 29 games and had five goals and six assists this season.
The Los Angeles Galaxy won the team Fair Play Award and Portland midfielder Darlington Nagbe won the individual Fair Play Award.