LOCAL

Gladiators get defenseman Denny

Defenseman Chad Denny was assigned to the Gwinnett Gladiators from their American Hockey League affiliate in Chicago on Friday.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Denny was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the second round of the 2005 draft and subsequently signed.

Denny collected 147 points in 215 career games playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League before turning pro this year. He finished third in points for Lewiston with 65 last year while posting a combined plus-33.

The 20-year-old from Nova Scotia has not appeared in any games yet this season with the Chicago Wolves. He is expected to be available for the Gladiators 7:35 p.m. home game today against the Augusta Lynx at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

STATE

Felton kicks top scorer Brown off Georgia basketball team

ATHENS - Senior Takais Brown, Georgia's leading scorer last season who already was suspended for the first nine games this season, was dismissed from the team on Friday by coach Dennis Felton.

Felton said Brown was kicked off the team for a violation of team policies but can remain at Georgia as a student.

'I'm both disappointed and sad today to release Takais from the team,' Felton said in a statement released by the school. 'He can continue as a student here at Georgia and will remain on scholarship. It is my hope that Takais continues his work toward earning his degree, which is certainly within his reach this summer.'

Brown, a forward from Flint, Mich., led Georgia with 14.2 points per game last season.

Brown and two other Georgia players were suspended earlier this month for violations of the school's new class attendance policy for student-athletes.

The violation of team policy that led to Friday's dismissal of Brown apparently was different than the problems that led to the Oct. 11 suspensions of Brown, South Gwinnett grad Mike Mercer for 15 games and Albert Jackson for six games.

Grant joins Georgia Tech's injury list

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech, already making plans to be without ACC leading rusher Tashard Choice for at least one game, now must adjust to the loss of another tailback.

Senior Rashaun Grant, who was expected to start as Choice's replacement on Thursday night against Virginia Tech, may miss the rest of the regular season with a lower leg injury.

Grant missed the fourth quarter of last Saturday's win over Army after taking a hit above his right ankle. Georgia Tech announced Friday that tests showed the injury is more serious than first believed.

Grant rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown before leaving with the injury.

Choice had arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday for a right knee injury. Georgia Tech is off this weekend.