Originally created 01/18/06


High School Basketball

Prep statistics call goes out to teams

The Augusta Chronicle will begin running area leaders in the following statistical categories on Friday: Points per game, rebounds, assists, steals, blocked shots, 3-point percentage and free-throw percentage.

Player of the week nominations will also be accepted at this time. The evaluation period for player of the week will begin on Friday and run through Tuesday night's games.

Deadlines for stats and player of the week nominations will be Wednesdays at 3 p.m. No exceptions.

Player nominations and team statistics can be faxed to (706) 823-3408. Statistics and player nominations can also be e-mailed to preps sports editor Jeff Sentell at jeff. sentell@augustachronicle.com

High School Football

Washington-Wilkes lineman is honored

Washington-Wilkes two-way lineman Casey Nickels has been named as a College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete.

Nickels, who has turned down college football scholarship offers for a chance to walk on at Georgia, was one of 40 scholar-athletes named in Georgia.

The honorees were selected for their exceptional records in academics, athletics and civic leadership and received a $1,000 scholarship for their college education.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Nickels is the president of his senior class. He is also the president of student government, president of the National Honors Society and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Future Farmers of America.

College Football

Clemson sophomore kicked off team

Clemson defensive end Xavier Littleberry was kicked off the team after he violated unspecified team rules, coach Tommy Bowden said Tuesday.

Littleberry, a redshirt freshman who played just three games last season and had one sack, is a suspect in an assault and indecent exposure incident Dec. 26 at an Orlando, Fla., hotel where the team was staying, The (Charleston) Post and Courier reported.

Danielle Tavernier, a spokeswoman for the state attorney's office, said Littleberry has not been charged with a crime, but the office will review the case and make a decision.

Clemson athletics department spokesman Tim Bourret said Littleberry was accepted into a pre-trial intervention program to expunge the charge from his record.

- Two members of Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey's staff have resigned.

David Wilson, the special teams coach and recruiting coordinator the last four years, stepped down, as did tight ends coach Tommie Robinson

"They have been a big part of four winning seasons and four bowl games," Gailey said .

Gailey and his other assistants are focused on recruiting and the coach said he will not fill the open positions until after national signing day on Feb. 1.


Lofty road is taken by flame in Venice

A ride in a gondola up the famed Grand Canal helped torchbearers of the Turin Olympics avoid protesters.

A small group protesting a plan to save the sinking city from high tides was held back by police as the flame entered Venice, Italy.

Twelve gondolas were provided for 12 torchbearers, including track athlete Manuela Levorato and 1960 Olympic heavyweight boxing champion Francesco De Piccoli.


World Cup party is back on in Germany

The World Cup will get an opening party after all.

Tournament organizers last week canceled a gala at Munich's Olympic Stadium, citing the risk of damage to the field.

Berlin, however, will hold celebrations on June 7, two days before the soccer showcase's opening game in Munich, Mayor Klaus Wowereit said.


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