SEC title game to stay at Georgia Dome through 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Southeastern Conference championship game will remain at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta at least through 2015.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said Monday the league has agreed on a five-year extension to keep the game at the Dome.

The game has sold out every year except for 1995, the year after its move to the dome.

Last year's matchup between Alabama and Florida drew nearly 76,000 fans, the most to attend a sporting event in the Georgia Dome.

The 2009 championship game will be Dec. 5.

Hudson pitches four scoreless innings for Gwinnett Braves

LAWRENCEVILLE - Tim Hudson has pitched four scoreless innings for Triple-A Gwinnett, another step toward returning to the Atlanta Braves after having elbow ligament-replacement surgery.

The Braves will have a difficult roster decision to make when Hudson is ready.

Third in the majors with a 3.72 ERA, the Braves already have a deep rotation with Derek Lowe, Javier Vazquez, Jair Jurrjens, Kenshin Kawakami and Tommy Hanson.

Hudson, who has been out nearly a year, gave up one hit in each of his four innings against Leigh Valley on Monday. He did not walk a batter in his third injury rehabilitation appearance and could be ready for the majors by mid-August.