Originally created 07/04/06



Nuggets, Nene are joined in marriage

In Denver, power forward Nene made two big commitments over the weekend.

On Saturday, he got married in Rio de Janeiro. On Sunday, he agreed to a six-year, $60 million deal to stay with the Denver Nuggets.

Nene, who has career averages of 10.7 points and 6.2 rebounds, played just three minutes last season before blowing out his right knee on opening night. He is still recovering from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and isn't expected to return to full-court activity for another two months.

- The New Orleans Hornets agreed to terms Sunday with free-agent guard Bobby Jackson, adding another veteran presence to an improving team.

Jackson's agent, Andy Miller, said Jackson had agreed to a multiyear deal with the Hornets but wouldn't disclose the terms.

- The Milwaukee Bucks signed second-round draft pick David Noel to a multiyear contract Monday.

College Football

Bulldogs' opener not like Jackets'

Georgia Tech opens its football season against powerhouse Notre Dame, the type of team that will make opposing coaches disappear into dark film rooms for hours on the sunniest of summer days.

Offensive coordinator Patrick Nix said he's watched footage of the Irish's entire last season at least four times. OK, maybe he's exaggerating just a bit.

"I've seen certain games about that much," Nix said. "Certain games I've watched once or twice to get a feel."

ESPN's College GameDay will be in Atlanta for the Sept. 2 match-up, the same day that Georgia opens its season against Western Kentucky in Sanford Stadium.

The state's two I-A programs are beginning their 2006 seasons against opponents on completely opposite ends of the spectrum.

Notre Dame is ranked No. 1 by The Sporting News and Lindy's. Western Kentucky can be found "among others receiving votes" in one preseason Division I-AA Top 25 poll.

College Basketball

Duke plans to govern Krzyzewskiville

In Durham, N.C., a crackdown on the behavior by students awaiting basketball tickets might be one side effect of allegations against the Duke University lacrosse team.

Krzyzewskiville, named after Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, is a tent city where students wait in line for weeks to obtain good seats in the adjacent Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Even before the March 13 party at which an exotic dancer said she was raped, Duke officials say they had begun efforts to cut down on misbehavior.

Horse Racing

First woman jockey is dead at age 85

In Montrose, Colo., Anna Lee Aldred, the first woman in the United States to receive a jockey's license and a member of the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, has died. She was 85.

Aldred died June 12 at Valley Manor Nursing Home, the nursing home said.

- In Kennett Square, Pa., the cast on Barbaro's shattered hind leg was replaced for the second time - six weeks after the Kentucky Derby winner sustained a life-threatening injury at the Preakness.

"Barbaro is back in his stall and is doing well," said surgeon Dean Richardson, who replaced the cast he had put on Barbaro on June 13. Two bent screws were replaced and three new ones were added across the horse's pastern joint, Richardson said.


Aiken Fire in regional semifinals

The Aiken Fire will face the Dallas Texans at 12:30 p.m. today in Little Rock, Ark., in the semifinals of a regional U-19 tournament run by the U.S. Soccer Association.

The Fire, comprised of 14 players from the Aiken-Augusta area and one from Atlanta, are facing the U-18 national champions from a year ago, in Region 3.


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