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College Baseball

- Former USC Aiken and Aiken Foxhounds catcher Josh Eachues has signed a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Eachues, who transferred to USC Aiken from Coastal Carolina for his senior season, was signed by the Foxhounds in July before being traded to South Coast League champion South Georgia in August, where he played a part in the Peanuts winning the inaugural league championship.

College Softball

Camp among four to sign with Lady Jags

Augusta State coach Melissa Mullin s announced the signing of four high school players for the 2008 season on Friday, including Harlem's Kacee Camp .

Camp, a four-year starter, played both shortstop and catcher for the Lady Bulldogs. She was a first-team All Columbia County catcher.

Other signees include Sara Demuth , a pitcher/shortstop from Durant High in Plant City, Fla.; Kristen Jones , a teammate of Demuth's who played catcher and outfielder and Jessica Thornton , a pitcher/utility player from Pierce County High in Blackshear, Ga.

A four-year starter and two-time All-Western Conference selection, Demuth had a 0.49 ERA and .514 batting average.

Jones was a three-year starter and All-Western Conference pick. She was the team's defensive player of the year last season.

Thornton was named her region's pitcher of the year. She was also named best offensive player on her team after batting .565.

Athletes of Year

Brady, Ochoa easily earn top AP awards

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was selected as The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year, while LPGA golfer Lorena Ochoa was selected AP Female Athlete of the Year.

Brady received 51 votes from members of The AP, 18 more than runner-up Roger Federer . They were followed by Tiger Woods , Peyton Manning , Barry Bonds and Josh Beckett .

Ochoa was the runaway choice as top female athlete for the second consecutive year. She received 71 votes.

Justine Henin was a distant second with 17 votes. Rounding out the top five were New York Marathon winner Paula Radcliffe , Tennessee basketball player Candace Parker and Allyson Felix , the second woman in history to win three gold medals at the World Track and Field Championships.

Boxing

Nephew convicted in Berbick's killing

In Kingston, Jamaica, a nephew of Trevor Berbick has been convicted along with another man of killing the 54-year-old former heavyweight champion.

A jury found 21-year-old Harold Berbick guilty of murder and 19-year-old Kenton Gordon guilty of manslaughter in the death of the former boxer. The judge ordered both men jailed pending their Jan. 11 sentencing.

Authorities said the nephew and Gordon beat Berbick to death in October 2006.

Skiing

American posts win after leaving course

In St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria, Lindsey Vonn won a women's World Cup downhill despite skiing off the course in the first part of the race.

The American overcame her error to race down the Karel Schranz course in 1 minute, 32 seconds.

"I don't know what happened. I had so many mistakes early on and never thought I would post the fastest time," Vonn said. "I can't believe this. After five gates I really thought it was all over. But I stayed cool and just tried to go down full speed."


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