Inaugural game scheduled today
Some of the area’s best senior football players will have new teammates, at least today.
Players from throughout the area on both sides of the Savannah River will suit up for the inaugural CSRA Senior Bowl at 2 p.m. today at Augusta Christian.
Laney’s Shaquille Hale, Greenbrier’s Jahvon Hardrick, Jefferson County’s Dontavious Kitchens and Fox Creek’s C.J. Williams are expected to compete.
Butler’s Ashley Harden and South Aiken’s Jeremy West are the head coaches.
• Both Burke County and Lincoln County have filed appeals to the Georgia High School Association for lateral transfers.
The appeals will be heard by the GHSA’s Reclassification Committee at 10 a.m. on Monday.
The Bears have requested to move from Subregion A to Subregion B in Region 3-AAAA. Butler, Cross Creek, Glenn Hills, Hephzibah and Richmond Academy are in Subregion B.
In Class A, Lincoln County wants to leave Region 7, Subregion A for Region 8, Subregion B.
Some proposed regions in Class A as part of the reclassification alignment could be jeopardized by the possibility some schools may leave the GHSA.
Group in Augusta receives grant
Augusta’s Walton Foundation for Independence is one of 16 wheelchair tennis programs across the country that will receive a $50,000 USTA Grassroots Wheelchair Program grant.
Recipients can use the award to fund various needs, including coaching, court time, equipment, recreation and events such as tournaments and camps.
Tigers reliever to miss first half
Detroit reliever Al Alburquerque is likely to be sidelined for the first half of next season after surgery on his pitching elbow.
The right-hander had a screw inserted during an operation by Dr. James Andrews.
Alburquerque is expected to start a throwing progression toward the end of spring training and potentially return to game action by the All-Star break.
• Jose Reyes says he hasn’t heard from new teammate and former Augusta GreenJacket Hanley Ramirez since signing a $106 million, six-year deal last week with the Miami Marlins.
There has been no phone call, text message or Christmas card from his pal and fellow Dominican.
• Cleveland has acquired outfielder Aaron Cunningham in a trade with San Diego.
Cleveland sent minor league reliever Cory Burns to the Padres for Cunningham, adding more depth to the Indians’ outfield.
The 25-year-old Cunningham can play right or left field.
Canadian doctor won’t go to jail
A Canadian sports doctor sought out by superstar athletes for help in healing from injuries avoided prison Friday for bringing unapproved and mislabeled drugs into the United States for house calls.
Dr. Anthony Galea of Toronto was sentenced to time served Friday in U.S. District Court in Buffalo. The sentence amounted to a single day, that of Galea’s arrest.
The healing specialist, who has helped Tiger Woods and other big-name athletes come back from injuries, pleaded guilty to the federal charge in July.
Prosecutors have not publicly identified the athletes.