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North's Broome commits to Ole Miss

North Gwinnett junior Brittany Broome has made a commitment to play fastpitch softball at Ole Miss. A pitcher and outfielder, Broome holds the Bulldogs' season record for stolen bases.

Lions' Cole selects Louisville

Peachtree Ridge senior Aileen Cole has accepted an offer to swim in college at Louisville. Cole, a two-time All-American and All-State selection, was the Class AAAAA state champion in the 50 freestyle as a junior and as a sophomore.

Collins Hill's Squeglia headed to Georgia State

Collins Hill senior pitcher Nick Squeglia has made a commitment to play baseball for Georgia State. The son of Dominick and Cynthia Squeglia, he had a 4-2 record with a 2.50 ERA as a junior with 28 strikeouts in 332/3 innings.

Parkview's Hartry commits to Valdosta State

Parkview senior Sczeny Hartry has accepted an offer to continue her basketball career at Valdosta State. Hartry averaged a team-high 16.3 points as a junior for the Panthers.

Eagles' Tarvin to sign with Kennesaw State

Collins Hill senior Cat Tarvin will continue her fastpitch softball career at Kennesaw State. Tarvin led the Eagles to the Class AAAAA North Sectional as a senior.

Peachtree Ridge, Mill Creek lead 7-AAAAA softball honors

Peachtree Ridge and Mill Creek took the top awards in the All-Region 7-AAAAA fastpitch softball postseason honors released on Tuesday.

Peachtree Ridge coach Bubba Wilson was named coach of the year while his team was named team of the year. Mill Creek's Amberlie Saxton and Morgan Bullock took the top individual awards as player and pitcher of the year, respectively.

First-team all-region selections included: Bullock, Saxton, Alex Rogers and Hannah Graham of Mill Creek, Krysten Connelly and Gabby Bedard of Peachtree Ridge, Mary Beth O'Rouke, Emily Whitaker and Brittany Broome of North Gwinnett, Catherine Palmer and Lindsay Ellenburg of Collins Hill and Heidi Shape of Norcross.

The second-team featured Collins Hill's Kim Mason, Erin Collins, Caroline Cooper and Alexa Lewis, Mill Creek's Devin Dossman and North's Samantha Rao.

Stembridge wins AJGA event

John Stembridge of Norcross shot 70 and 72 to win the boys 15- to 18-year-old division of the PineIsle Winter Challenge, an Atlanta Junior Golf Association tournament in Buford.

In boys 13- and 14-year-old competition, Dacula's Emerson Newsome was third with a pair of 82s. Kendall Wright of Duluth shot 80 and 85 to finish second in the girls 7- to 18-year-old division.

Prep Rally honors Norcross' Adams

Gwinnett Prep Rally, a Gwinnett County high school sports TV program, airs football highlights from Brookwood-Parkview, South Gwinnett-Meadowcreek, Grayson-Berkmar and North Gwinnett-Norcross on this week's show. Featured athletes include Norcross' D.J. Adams and GAC's Bobby Petrino and Stephen Atwater.

Gwinnett Prep Rally, hosted by Daily Post editor Todd Cline and sports editor Will Hammock, airs each Wednesday and Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on Comcast Channel 25 and each Wednesday and Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on Charter Cable 19. It also airs on GCPS each Thursday at 10:30 p.m. and Friday at 6 p.m.

Denny assigned to Gladiators

Defenseman Chad Denny has been reassigned to the Gwinnett Gladiators by their American Hockey League affiliate in Chicago on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old has already made one trip to Gwinnett this season, playing three games with the Gladiators from Oct. 27-30. Denny had an assist in those three games and Gwinnett head coach Jeff Pyle was expecting him to arrive in town today.

The Gladiators play one game this week, Friday at home against South Carolina.

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Big 12 slaps Leach with largest fine in conference history

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Big 12 fined Texas Tech coach Mike Leach $10,000, the largest fine in conference history, for comments he made about officiating Saturday.

The fine was twice the previous high and announced Tuesday.

After No. 12 Texas beat the Red Raiders 59-43 Saturday, Leach condemned the officiating crew in Austin, calling their work during the game 'a complete travesty.'

The eighth-year coach was upset officials disallowed two Texas Tech touchdowns in the third quarter, the first on an overrule after reviewing video that showed the receiver let the ball hit the ground. A TD pass on the next play was negated by a holding penalty.

Pia Sundhage replaces Greg Ryan as U.S. women's soccer coach

Former Swedish star Pia Sundhage was hired Tuesday to lead the U.S. women's soccer team through the 2008 Olympics, as American officials turn to a foreign coach for the first time.

Sundhage, an assistant for China during this year's World Cup, is familiar with many of the U.S. players after coaching in WUSA during the league's three years of existence.

The 47-year-old Sundhage replaces Greg Ryan, whose contract was not renewed after the Americans finished third at the World Cup. His departure followed a contentious decision to switch goalies before the U.S. team's lopsided semifinal loss.