Dogs sign prep star from South Carolina
Kwame Geathers , a high school All-American from Georgetown, S.C., has signed a letter-of-intent to play for Georgia, according to coach Mark Richt .
Geathers, the brother of former Bulldog defensive end and current Cincinnati Bengal Robert Geathers , was recently named the defensive MVP of the Offense-Defense All-American Game. He had eight tackles and two sacks. in the game.
- The Clemson Tigers' nonconference schedule next season just got a lot tougher.
The Tigers added a Sept. 26 home game against Texas Christian University on Friday.
The Horned Frogs finished 11-2 and ranked seventh in the country last season, with their only losses coming against No. 2 Utah and No. 5 Oklahoma.
Clemson finished 7-6 in 2008.
The game is a one-year deal between the teams. It completes TCU's nonconference schedule and replaces Central Michigan on the Tigers' schedule.
- When Notre Dame asks you to coach, you don't say no, so Lou Holtz will fly to Tokyo in July to coach the Fighting Irish legends team against Japan's national American football team.
The former Notre Dame and South Carolina coach was in Tokyo on Friday to promote the Notre Dame Japan Bowl on July 25 at Tokyo Dome.
Holtz said that more than 100 former Notre Dame players volunteered to make the trip, so he and his coaching staff will hold tryouts to narrow the team down for the trip. The final roster will be announced in April.
Holtz listed several players who were sure to make the team, including quarterback Tony Rice, running back Travis Thomas and center Tim Ruddy .
- Former Kansas State football coach Ron Prince is rejoining the University of Virginia's staff as an assistant.
Virginia coach Al Groh says Prince will coordinate special teams.
Prince was fired from the Kansas State job in November after 21/2 seasons during which he went 16-18.
Dubai tournament is fined $300,000
The WTA has fined Dubai Tennis Championships organizers a record $300,000 after Israeli player Shahar Peer was denied a visa by the United Arab Emirates.
The Women's Tennis Association also took steps Friday to compensate Peer and ensure she and other Israeli players won't be shut out of future tournaments in the federation.
Organizers said at the time that they feared fan anger over Israel's recent military offensive in the Gaza Strip would spill into riots in the Persian Gulf country if Peer were to play.
Part of the fine will go to Peer and doubles partner Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany to make up for the prize money they could have won at the lucrative tournament.
- In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Venus Williams defeated her sister Serena 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (3) to advance to the finals of the Dubai Tennis Championship.
Venus will take on Virginie Razzino , who stopped Kaia Kanepi 6-1, 6-2 in the other semifinal.
- In Marseille, France, Novak Djokovic advanced to the semifinals of the Open 13 by beating Mischa Zverev 6-3, 6-3.
Michael Llodra of France also advanced to the semifinals, edging Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3).
Rogge: Phelps has failed as example
IOC president Jacques Rogge said that Michael Phelps failed in his duty as a role model but deserves a second chance after being photographed in Columbia with a marijuana pipe.
Rogge said Phelps' apology and promise not to do it again earned him the benefit of the doubt.
Rogge acknowledged that Phelps has to dig himself out of a deep hole.
"Michael Phelps had a duty to be a role model. It is not just enough to win eight medals," he said. "He has a role to play for youth. He has to be an example. He failed in that."
Phelps was suspended by the U.S. swimming federation for three months.