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Colleges

Veal leads Paine past Morehouse

Toby Veal had 18 points, his biggest scoring output since returning to Paine, and the Lions knocked off Morehouse 72-63 at the HEAL Complex on Monday night.

Kenny Fluellen added 18 points and Kedric Taylor had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds as the Lions (9-9, 5-4 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) won their second in a row following a three-game losing streak.

Darrius Williams and Joshua Simmons had 16 points apiece for Morehouse (5-11, 2-7).

• Georgia Regents senior Victor Cabellos was named to the Peach Belt Conference’s men’s tennis preseason All-Conference team.

Cabellos was selected to PBC All-Conference team in doubles last season.

High School Football

Workshop to be held for recruits

The Wilson Family Y will host a free Next Level Recruit workshop Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-10.

The workshop will be open to high school football recruits, specifically from the class of 2014 and 2015, as they prepare for National Signing Day on Feb. 5th.

The Wilson Family Y is located at 3570 Wheeler Rd.

Golf

Lefty’s status for Phoenix in doubt

Phil Mickelson flew to Georgia on Monday to see a doctor about his lower back pain, hoping to defend his Phoenix Open title.

Mickelson withdrew after making the cut at Torrey Pines because of his back injury.

He says joints had locked up and specialist Tom Boers restored his mobility. Mickelson says he still has some inflammation that will take a week or two to subside. He plans to fly to Arizona on Wednesday with hopes of playing the Phoenix Open.

Mickelson says he would sit out this week if it were any other tournament. But the Arizona State alum considers Scottsdale a second home and he wants to play. He will have a light practice session, and if everything feels good, he’ll consider playing.

Auto Racing

Busch considers running Indy 500

Kurt Busch puts his chances at “70 percent” at running the Indianapolis 500 this year because of recent developments that have pushed a potential program along.

He’s got the blessing of Stewart-Haas Racing co-owners Gene Haas and Tony Stewart, and Haas said he’d be interested in being involved in Busch’s program if the driver inquired.

Busch says he has figure out if he’s doing it for fun, or if running both the Indy 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 on the same day is a business decision.

Swimming

Safety program to be bolstered

An independent review of USA Swimming’s safe sport program is recommending that 39 changes be made to better protect underage athletes from predatory coaches.

USA Swimming’s safe sport program started in 2010 after numerous reports of coaches having inappropriate relationships with underage athletes.

Among the recommendations: require all coaches, officials or adult members of USA Swimming to report abuse of any kind; allow reliable hearsay if a victim is unwilling or unable to testify; conduct a baseline study to uncover the extent of abuse in USA Swimming; and establish a victim’s assistance fund to cover counseling and other expenses.


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