LOCAL

North's Buffington commits to Tennessee Tech football

North Gwinnett senior Steve Buffington made a commitment over the weekend to continue his football career at Tennessee Tech University.

Buffington, a two-year starter at defensive tackle, is expected to play offensive line at the college level. The 6-foot-4, 285-pounder is North's second college commitment this season along with teammate Robert Pritchard, who committed to Central Florida.

Eagles' Collins commits to GSU softball

Collins Hill senior Erin Collins has accepted a fastpitch softball scholarship from Georgia State. She is the daughter of Laura and Shawn Collins.

Collins was a key pitcher on last year's Class AAAAA runner-up team, as well as on this season's AAAAA Sectional team.

Dacula's McClay, Shiloh's Coleman take running honors

Mike McClay of Dacula and Donye Coleman of Shiloh were named runners of the week by the Gwinnett County cross country coaches.

McClay placed fourth in the boys Class AAAA Varsity Race at the Last Chance Invitational with a time of 16 minutes, 26 seconds. Coleman was the runner-up in the girls AAAAA Varsity Race with a time of 19:27.

Grissom to host fundraiser on Sunday

Former Atlanta Brave Marquis Grissom will hold his annual "Get in the game" fundraiser on Sunday in the 755 Club at Turner Field. The fundraiser supports the Grissom Foundation, which helps inner-city youths.

There will be autograph signings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. followed by a dinner at 6 p.m. John Smoltz is the keynote speaker at the dinner, which costs $250 per person. There will also be an auction, with autographed items featuring the likes of Cal Ripken Jr., Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.

Autograph fees vary, with Dontrelle Willis and Cecil Fielder expected to sign along with former Braves Terry Pendleton and Brian Jordan and many others.

For more info call Doug Reid at 770-622-9344 or Trinderlyn Alexander at 770-745-1244.

Georgia Force win 26th straight, title

The Georgia Force home-school football team defeated the NCA Lions 28-18 this past weekend to earn the Georgia Football League regular-season championship for the fourth straight year. It also was the team's 26th straight victory.

Edward Jackson threw early touchdown passes to Blake Bowers and Blake Coughlin to start the scoring against NCA, and Nick Mauney added a 23-yard TD run.

The Force's final home game is Friday at George Pierce Park in Suwanee.

Hawks defeat Walton in ice hockey

Adam Pecht scored three goals on Sunday as Mill Creek's ice hockey team defeated Walton 3-1. The Hawks are now 2-0 on the season.

Dacula's season ends vs. Starr's Mill

Dacula's volleyball team won its first two matches this past Saturday at the Class AAAA North Sectional before falling to No. 1 Starr's Mill.

Starr's Mill (48-3) eliminated Dacula 25-10, 25-15, 25-15 in the Elite Eight. The Falcons (33-7) defeated Alexander 25-6, 25-13, 25-7 and East Paulding 23-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-20 in its first two sectional matches.

STATE

Georgia-Auburn game on CBS

ATHENS - The Nov. 10 football game between Georgia and Auburn in Athens will be televised by CBS. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

GSU AD McElroy earns new contract

ATLANTA - Georgia State University Director of Athletics Mary McElroy signed a new four-year contract that runs through June 30, 2011, Athletic Association Chairman Jim Stark announced on Monday.

Hired by President Carl Patton in July 2005, McElroy is in her third year at Georgia State. This new four-year deal replaces the final two years of her original four-year deal.

NATIONAL

Perrilloux expected to miss Alabama game after nightclub scuffle

BATON ROUGE, La. - Ryan Perrilloux's off-field troubles have taken him out of LSU's quarterback rotation again, this time for at least a week.

Perrilloux and reserve linebacker Derrick Odom are being punished for their involvement in a nightclub brawl over the weekend, LSU head coach Les Miles said Monday.

They sat out practice Monday while the third-ranked Tigers prepared for a highly anticipated showdown against former coach Nick Saban at No. 17 Alabama, and Miles said he didn't expect the two to play on Saturday.

Chopra hangs on to win delayed Ginn sur Mer Classic

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Daniel Chopra was born in Sweden, raised in India by grandparents and had to fly overseas just to buy golf balls. He spent time on about every pro tour imaginable, and those stops flashed through his mind as he stood over the final putt.

'You never know how you're going to react,' Chopra said.

He reacted just fine - and got his first PGA Tour victory.

Chopra reclaimed the outright lead with a birdie at the par-5 16th hole Monday morning and held on to win the oft-delayed Ginn sur Mer Classic, edging Fredrik Jacobsen and Shigeki Maruyama by one shot at Tesoro Club.

Romo gets new deal with Cowboys

IRVING, Texas - Tony Romo didn't have to wait until the offseason to get his big payday from the Dallas Cowboys after all. Romo has agreed to a six-year, $67 million deal that will be announced today, according to a person familiar with the deal who requested anonymity because the contact has not been announced.