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Bostic scores career-high

in loss to UGA

Norcross grad Bryan Bostic, a junior at Presbyterian College, scored a career-high 21 points on Sunday in his team's 68-58 loss to Georgia in Athens.

Bostic scored all 21 of his points - on 6 of 13 shooting, including five 3-pointers - in the second half as the Blue Hose rallied from a 45-22 halftime deficit.

Presbyterian got within 66-58 with 1:12 remaining, but the Bulldogs' Billy Humphrey, a Dacula grad, sealed the win with two free throws. Humphrey scored 12 in the

victory.

Eagles' Brown now coaching

at Georgia Southern

Collins Hill grad Nicole Brown, Georgia Southern's only track and field athlete to reach the NCAA Championships, has accepted a job as an assistant track and field coach with her college program.

Brown will coach sprints and jumps, in addition to recruiting and other administrative duties. She was the 2007 Southern Conference Field Performer of the Year for indoor track and the SoCon Track Athlete of the Year for the outdoor season, when she won the NCAA East Regional triple jump title.

Brown, also a four-year member of the SoCon All-Academic Team, holds 11 Georgia Southern records as well as conference marks in the 60-meter indoor and outdoor long jump events.

Collins Hill's Pace wins Deep

South Classic academic award

Collins Hill senior basketball player Lauren Pace was selected as one of two Deep South Classic Scholar-Athlete Award winners by the local tournament, co-hosted by Brookwood and South Gwinnett.

Pace receives a laptop computer for the award, which is given based on academic information, honors and a short essay on "What competing in high school sports has meant to me." Each squad in the 32-team event is allowed to nominate one scholar-athlete and two winners are chosen.

This year's boys winner was Etowah's Ben Stone.

Wesleyan wins Christmas Classic

FAYETEVILLE - Wesleyan had two wrestlers win individual titles and the Wolves won the team championship at the Fayette County Christmas Classic on Saturday.

Colin Genthert (152 pounds) and Kelby Smith (215) were Wesleyan's two champions among nine placers.

Josh Jeng (125), Kyle Hagenau (171) and Michael Douglas (189) were second, Brooks Spraetz (103) and Cole Watson (160) were third, Tyler Hediger (135) was fourth and Drew Carroll (145) was sixth.

Wesleyan, the No. 2 team in Class AA, won the 30-team tournament by beating Stockbridge, the No. 3 team in Class AAAA, and Kennesaw Mountain, which is No. 7 in Class AAAAA.

Parkview, North place in top 10 at Oviedo

OVIEDO, Fla. - North Gwinnett placed ninth and Parkview tied for 10th at the Zac Jarzynka Tournament in Oviedo, Fla., on Saturday.

The Bulldogs' Travis Sheehy and Steve Buffington were the team's two champions as North had five placers. Sheehy won the 152-pound weight class and Buffington took first at 285.

Alex Reffett (171) was fourth and Jamal Shelton (130) and Michael Hagen (160) were seventh.

"It was an incredibly tough tournament with teams from all over the country," North coach Steve Hassenger said.

Parkview had five wrestlers place at the tournament.

Carson Fields took second, Brent McFall was fourth, Brian Farris fifth, Jason Hail was sixth and Clint Jones was eighth.

The tournament featured teams from Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and

California.

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Dolphins GM Mueller fired as Parcells begins shakeup

DAVIE, Fla. - Bill Parcells' shakeup of the Miami Dolphins began Monday with the firing of general manager Randy Mueller.

Assistant director of player personnel Mike Baugh and college scouting coordinator Rick Thompson also departed.

Also at risk of being fired was coach Cam Cameron, who said he would discuss his future with Parcells this week. On Sunday, the Dolphins became only the eighth team to finish 1-15.

Parcells began work Thursday as executive vice president of football operations.

Mueller was the Dolphins' general manager for three seasons but was in charge of personnel decisions only since coach Nick Saban left a year ago.

Billick fired after nine seasons in Baltimore

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Brian Billick was fired as coach of the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, less than a day after his team concluded a disappointing 5-11 season.

Players were told of the dismissal as they packed up their lockers at the team's practice facility.

Billick won the 2001 Super Bowl in his second season with the Ravens, and led the team to a franchise-best 13-3 record in 2006. But Baltimore lost a team-record nine consecutive games this season before ending the skid Sunday with a 27-21 win over Pittsburgh.

Levy steps down as Buffalo Bills' GM

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Marv Levy stepped down as the Buffalo Bills general manager Monday, confident he has the team headed in the right direction despite a second consecutive 7-9 finish.

'It has been an experience that I have enjoyed immensely,' Levy said in a statement released by the Bills. 'Despite an unprecedented number of season-ending injuries, Dick Jauron, his coaching staff and an admirable core of high-character players are heading in the right direction.'

The announcement came hours after the 82-year-old Hall of Fame coach opened the Buffalo's final team meeting by informing the players of his decision to move on.