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North's DiMercurio commits to UGA

North Gwinnett senior Nicole DiMercurio has made a commitment to continue her cross country and track and field careers at Georgia. She is the daughter of Debbie and Sam DiMercurio.

DiMercurio holds the school 5K record at 18 minutes, 17 seconds. She finished fourth in the Class AAAAA state meet this season. She also is a two-time all-state and three-time all-county selection.

German signs with UAB baseball

Mill Creek senior Jacob German has signed a baseball scholarship with the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He is the son of Darryl and Beth German.

German hit .363 as a junior with two home runs and 27 RBIs, earning second-team All-County honors by the Daily Post and first team All-Region 7-AAAAA honors.

Bulldogs' Martin commits to Columbus State softball

North Gwinnett senior Kacey Martin has made a commitment to continue her fastpitch softball career at Columbus State. She is the daughter of Phil and Robin Martin.

Martin hit .372 with 13 RBIs this past season for a North team that made the state tournament.

Bulldog Classic schedule adjusted

The Bulldog Classic basketball tournament at North Gwinnett has adjusted its game schedule for Saturday, moving the North boys game against Alpharetta to 4:30 p.m. The Shiloh boys now will play Roswell at 7:30 p.m.

Devils' Kent featured on 'Prep Rally'

"Gwinnett Prep Rally," a Gwinnett County high school sports TV program, airs football highlights from Parkview-Norcross, Brookwood-North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge-Dacula and Grayson-Collins Hill on this week's show.

Norcross' Prince Kent is the featured athlete. Grayson's Ean Pemberton, North's Mikey Tamburo and Norcross' D.J. Adams are also featured.

"Gwinnett Prep Rally," hosted by Daily Post editor Todd Cline and sports editor Will Hammock, airs at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tuesdays on GCPS-TV and at 7:30 a.m., 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. each Wednesday through Saturday on GCPS-TV.

Check www.gwinnettpreprally.com for more information.

Rams' Conn on 'Coaches Corner'

Grayson head football coach Mickey Conn is this week's guest on "Coaches Corner," a local high school sports TV show.

The show also features North quarterback Mikey Tamburo as player of the week and the Brookwood boys basketball team. "Coaches Corner" airs at 7 and 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays on Charter channel 19 and at 7 p.m. Wednesday and at 8:30 p.m. Thursday on Comcast channel 25.

GPB to feature Buford, Wesleyan

"Prep Sports Plus," Georgia Public Broadcasting's weekly high school sports TV show, will feature the Buford football team and the Wesleyan girls basketball team on this week's show.

Highlights from the state cross country championships also will be in the broadcast. "Prep Sports Plus" airs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, at 11 a.m. Saturday and at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

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Red Sox Pedroia wins AL MVP

NEW YORK - Boston little man Dustin Pedroia won the AL MVP award Tuesday, becoming the first second baseman to earn the honor in nearly a half-century.

Pedroia easily beat out Minnesota slugger Justin Morneau and added to his ever-expanding trophy case. Generously listed at 5-foot-9, the Red Sox star was the top AL rookie last year while winning a World Series ring.

'I'm not the biggest guy in the world. I don't have that many tools,' Pedroia said on a conference call from his home in Arizona. 'If you saw me walking down the street, you wouldn't think I'm a baseball player.'

Nellie Fox was the previous second baseman to become AL MVP, in 1959 with the White Sox. No position has produced fewer MVPs overall - just 10 overall since the AL and NL awards were first presented in 1931.

Pedroia drew 16 of the 28 first-place votes cast by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America and finished with 317 points.

Dempster, Cubs agree to $52 million, 4-year deal

CHICAGO - Pitcher Ryan Dempster and the Chicago Cubs agreed Tuesday on a $52 million, four-year contract that includes a player option to 2012.

He gets a $4 million signing bonus, $8 million next year, $12.5 million in 2010 and $13.5 million in 2011. Dempster has a 2012 option for $14 million.

Muschamp to take over at Texas when Brown retires

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp has been designated as the head-coach-in-waiting by the university, expected to take over the Longhorns when Mack Brown retires.

Muschamp is in his first year with Texas, but athletic director DeLoss Dodds said Tuesday he and Brown know they want to keep him at Texas. To do that, they will more than double his salary from $425,000 to $900,000 in January. He will remain defensive coordinator.

Dodds said he wants the 57-year-old Brown to coach for a long time but said he wanted to line up Muschamp now to avoid the 'trauma' of a coaching search when the day comes that Brown steps down.

- From staff, wire reports