Originally created 01/07/01


New Georgia coach Mark Richt hired two more assistants Saturday, picking Brian VanGorder as defensive coordinator/linebackers coach and John Eason as wide receivers coach.

VanGorder joins the Bulldogs after spending one year as defensive coordinator at Western Illinois. A former head coach at Wayne, Mich., he served as defensive coordinator at Central Michigan from 1998-99.

Eason was the offensive coordinator and associate head coach of the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. He worked with Richt at Florida State, coaching the wide receivers from 1986-94.

Ronney Daniels, who led Auburn in receiving the past two seasons, will make himself eligible for the NFL Draft.

Daniels, a 24-year-old sophomore who spent three years playing minor league baseball, said Saturday, that his age factored into the decision.

He was the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year in 1999 after one of the most prolific receiving years in Auburn history. He set a single-season mark with 1,068 receiving yards and caught nine touchdown passes.

Missouri defensive end Justin Smith said Saturday that he will pass up his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.

Smith, who set the Missouri sack record with 22« in three seasons, said an NFL evaluation that projected him as a first- or second-round draft pick helped him make the decision to leave Missouri, rather than play for new coach Gary Pinkel.


Single-game tickets for the Atlanta Braves' 16-game spring training season at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex near Orlando, Fla., are on sale. The Braves open their fourth season of spring training at the Disney complex Feb. 15. The first preseason game is scheduled March 1 against Georgia Tech. The Cleveland Indians play the Braves on Friday, March 2, at the complex.

Single-game tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster at (407) 839-3900 or at Disney's Wide World of Sports box office. For more information, go to www.disneyworldsports.com


The Augusta Prep School boys and girls soccer teams have been awarded the Adidas Academic Team award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.


Jim McKay, who broadcasts races for ABC and also owns and breeds horses, is the winner of the Eclipse Award of Merit for lifetime achievement in thoroughbred racing.

McKay was a unanimous selection by a committee that included representatives from of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers Association.

Jockeys Jean-Luc Samyn and Janice Blake were suspended Saturday for careless riding at Aqueduct.

Samyn was suspended by the stewards for a week and Blake for 10 days. Blake appealed the ruling.

Samyn was cited for his ride Thursday aboard Salty Countessa, who finished first in the sixth race. The horse was disqualified and placed third.

His suspension will run from Sunday through Jan. 13.

Blake was disciplined for her ride in the second race Thursday in which Heroiss came in fifth. The horse's place did not change in the order of finish.

The suspension was to have run from Saturday through Jan. 15 but has been stayed pending appeal.


Hossam Hassan of Egypt played in his 150th soccer game for his country Saturday, matching the international record set by retired German star Lothar Matthaeus.

The 34-year-old Egyptian equaled the mark during a 2-1 victory over United Arab Emirates. Hassan is expected to break the record when Egypt faces Zambia on Tuesday in another tuneup for World Cup qualifying play.

Matthaeus set the record against Portugal in last year's European Championship.


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