Originally created 01/05/02



Paine-Kennesaw game canceled

Paine College's men's basketball game at Kennesaw State, scheduled for Friday, has been canceled because of adverse weather conditions.

The game will not be rescheduled. Paine's next game is Monday at home against Morehouse at 7:30 p.m., preceded by the Paine women playing host to Spelman College at 5:30 p.m.

In high school basketball, tonight's game between Statesboro and Butler has been postponed.

Football Gailey brings in three new aides New Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey hired three assistants Friday: Duke offensive line coach Joe D'Allesandris, Oklahoma State running backs coach Tommie Robinson, and Mississippi State coordinator of football operations David Wilson.

Gailey is keeping three assistants from former coach George O'Leary's staff - Bill O'Brien stays on as offensive coordinator, while Ted Roof and Glenn Spencer will coach defense.

  • Western Carolina hired former Catamounts quarterback Kent Briggs as its head coach Friday, two weeks after firing Bill Bleil in the wake of criminal charges against some players.
  • Briggs, also a former assistant coach at Western Carolina, returned to Cullowhee after one year as defensive coordinator at Connecticut.

    "Kent has all the qualities I was looking for in our next head coach," athletic director Jeff Compher said. "He is a man of integrity, a proven coach and someone who cares deeply about the student-athlete experience."

    The 44-year-old Briggs spent eight years as an assistant at Western Carolina and 11 more at North Carolina State before taking the Connecticut post.

  • University of Florida defensive end Kennard Ellis Jr. was charged with drug possession after deputies found him smoking marijuana in a car.
  • Ellis was charged late Thursday with a single felony count of possession of marijuana. He was booked, jailed and later released.

    No one answered the phone at Florida's sports information office after hours.

    Hockey Leafs' Quinn named all-star coach

    Toronto Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn will direct the North America team in the NHL All-Star game on Feb. 2 in Los Angeles.

    Quinn, also the coach of the Canadian Olympic team, earned the spot in the Feb. 3 game in Los Angeles by leading Toronto to the best record in the Eastern Conference through Friday night's games.

    Boston's Robbie Ftorek will assist Quinn.

    Detroit's Scotty Bowman will coach the World team, with Chicago's Brian Sutter serving as the assistant.

    Baseball Hall of Fame induction set While baseball still hasn't set its schedule because of contraction, the Hall of Fame said Friday inductions for players elected next week will take place July 28.

    The 56th Hall of Fame Game will be played at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y., the following day. But because of the uncertainty over the schedule, the commissioner's office hasn't selected the teams.

    The Baseball Writers' Association of America will announce the results of its annual voting on Tuesday.

  • David Wells had his physical for the New York Yankees on Friday in Tampa, Fla., and the team is likely to finalize his $7 million, two-year contract next week.
  • The deal is likely to be announced at a news conference at Yankee Stadium on Monday, a baseball official said.

    Wells agreed to the deal with owner George Steinbrenner on Christmas Day, backing out of an oral agreement with Arizona on a $1 million, one-year contract.

    The 38-year-old Wells was 5-7 with a 4.47 ERA in 16 starts for the Chicago White Sox last year, missing the second half of the season due to back surgery.


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