Tech's Johnson to skip senior season

ATLANTA - James Johnson has decided to give up football and bypass his senior season at Georgia Tech.

Spokesman Dean Buchan confirmed Wednesday night that Johnson has given up football but will remain enrolled in school.

Johnson missed Saturday's scrimmage with tendinitis in his knee after struggling with the injury during his junior season.

Johnson's decision comes after receivers Colin Peek and D.J. Donley announced plans to transfer and another receiver, Greg Smith, was moved to A-back in spring drills.

Georgia Tech is expected to place less emphasis on its passing game in new coach Paul Johnson's option offense.

Cyclist's perjury trial concludes

SAN FRANCISCO - The first trial connected to the Northern California performance-enhancing drug ring that has ensnared slugger Barry Bonds ended Wednesday with prosecutors airing a list of medical oddities they say showed former cyclist Tammy Thomas lied when she denied taking steroids.

The slender, former member of the U.S. Olympic cycling team sat quietly and primly in court at the defense table with her lawyer while assistant U.S. attorney Jeff Nedrow told the federal jury that Thomas' medical records showed that she once grew a beard, suffered from male pattern baldness and underwent a dramatic voice change.

Nedrow said those side effects overwhelmingly showed Thomas used steroids and that her denials before a grand jury investigating sports doping on Nov. 6, 2003, to the contrary were not only false, but hindered the probe.

Former NY Giants All-Pro dies at 86

JACKSON, Miss. - Ray Smith Poole, a former New York Giants All-Pro end and three-sport star at the University of Mississippi, died Wednesday. He was 86.

Ole Miss officials said he died of cancer.

Poole played baseball and basketball at Ole Miss, where his football career was interrupted by three years of service with the Marines in World War II. After his pro career he returned to Oxford as a football coach, working for longtime Ole Miss coach Johnny Vaught.

Yankees ticket average revised

CHICAGO - The average price of a New York Yankees' ticket this season was revised to $41.40 on Wednesday by the Team Marketing Report, an increase from $36.58 in the initial figures the company issued last week.

While the TMR said last week that the Yankees' average went up a big league high 26.1 percent, it revised the increase to 18.1 percent.