Tucker wins Class AAAA title 15-3
ATLANTA - Chris Beck threw for 125 yards and rushed for 40 yards to help Tucker beat Marist 15-3 in the Georgia High School Association state championship in Class AAAA on Friday night.
The Tigers (14-1), who reached the title game for the first time since 1963, won their first championship in the school's history.
It was the 18th time in history that a Georgia state championship game featured two teams who played each other earlier in the season. Tucker lost to Marist 38-0 on Sept. 26 in the regular season.
This time, the Tigers played strong defensively and used a solid running game, controlling the clock for more than 35 minutes on offense. Devin Scott led Tucker with 75 yards rushing, Jonathan Davis rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown and Drayton Calhoun added 47 yards on the ground.
Buford wins Class AA title 45-21
ATLANTA - Cody Getz ran for 239 yards on 21 carries and four touchdowns to lead defending champion Buford to a 45-21 victory over Calhoun in the Georgia High School Association state championship in Class AA on Friday night.
Storm Johnson added 86 rushing yards and a score for the Wolves (15-0), who claimed their second crown in a row and sixth title overall. They had previously won championships in Class A (1978 and 2001) and won consecutive titles in Class AA (2002 and 2003) before adding a title last year.
Burnett, Yankees reach deal
NEW YORK - The New York Yankees reeled in another pitcher with a rich offer, reaching agreement with free agent A.J. Burnett on $82.5 million, five-year contract Friday.
CC Sabathia and the Yankees made a deal for $161 million over seven years on Wednesday during the winter meetings. After missing the playoffs following a 13-year run, the Yankees again showed they were more than willing to shell out big bucks for pitching.
Burnett's agreement, which averages $16.5 million annually, was confirmed by the office of his agent, Darek Braunecker. The pitcher still needs to take a physical before the deal is completed.
'I can sense the excitement and the confidence that's spreading around the entire organization about what we're getting done and what we may get done still,' Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner said earlier Friday, before Burnett's decision became known. 'A rising tide lifts all boats, and the confidence and the excitement right now among the team and the organization is contagious.'
Burnett joins a rotation that also includes holders Chien-Ming Wang and Joba Chamberlain. New York is hoping to re-sign Andy Pettitte and has looked at Ben Sheets as an alternative.
Dartnell leads Australian Open
SYDNEY, Australia - Australia's Stephen Dartnell had a two-stroke lead in the Australian Open on Saturday after the completion of the rain-suspended second round.
Dartnell had an 11-under 133 total at Royal Sydney. He shot a 4-under 68 on Friday before heavy rain made the course unplayable.
Australia's Mathew Goggin (70) and Chris Gaunt (65) were tied for second with Zealand's David Smail (68). Gaunt and Smail finished the round Saturday.
John Daly completed an even-par 72 to miss the cut for the third consecutive week on his three-tournament tour to Australia. He opened with a 78 on Thursday, making headlines when he smashed a spectator's camera into a tree.
Maryland-N. Carolina in soccer final
FRISCO, Texas - Graham Zusi scored on a free kick with six minutes left in extra time to put Maryland in the College Cup final with a 1-0 win over St. John's on Friday night.
The Terrapins (22-3-0) will meet 13th-seeded North Carolina (15-7-1) for the NCAA title on Sunday.
Maryland dominated play in the second half but couldn't cash in on a number of chances.
Zusi curled a shot into the top left corner from 25 yards, out of the reach of St. John's goalkeeper Neal Kitson, to put the Terrapins one win away from a second title in four years.
Chizik candidate for Auburn job
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State coach Gene Chizik is in the running for the Auburn job, Cyclones athletic director Jamie Pollard said Friday.
Pollard acknowledged that Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs recently contacted him to speak with Chizik about the Tigers vacancy. Pollard said in a statement released Friday that his understanding is that Chizik - the Tigers defensive coordinator from 2002-04 - has met with Auburn officials and is a serious candidate for the job.
'Auburn's interest in Gene speaks to his (Chizik's) reputation,' Pollard said in a statement. 'We saw that same potential in Gene two years ago. He is an outstanding football coach, tremendous recruiter and inspiring leader. When your organization has talented staff members, other schools express interest in their services.'
Chizik was unavailable for further comment Friday.
Pollard declined to comment to The Associated Press when approached at the Iowa State-Iowa basketball game on Friday night.