Central's Fraser changes commitment to Louisville

January 30, 2013 

Central High offensive lineman Cameron Fraser switched his commitment to the University of Louisville this week, according to various recruitment services.

Previously committed to the University of South Florida, Fraser never closed his recruitment and decided only recently that he would sign with the Cardinals on Tuesday's national signing day.

Fraser, a first-team All Bi-City selection last December, graded out at 84 percent on blocks in 2012. At 6-foot-5, 285 pounds, he was a two year starter for the Red Devils, who went 7-4 and lost in the first round of the Alabama state 6A playoffs.

In an interview published yesterday in the Louisville Courier-Journal, Central coach Woodrow Lowe said that, while Fraser could play as an interior lineman, he thinks he projects as a tackle.

Fraser also claimed offers from Arkansas, Memphis, South Alabama, South Florida and the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

The news of Fraser's commitment comes on the heels of another Bi-City area player, Jay Ellison, making his college decision. Ellison, who recorded 86 tackles and 11.5 sacks in 2012, chose to attend Georgia Southern.

Ellison (Harris County) had a handful of offers from schools in the Southeastern Conference, including Auburn, Tennessee and South Carolina.

-- David Mitchell


Pa. judge nixes Sandusky'sbid for new abuse trial

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Jerry Sandusky lost a bid for a new trial Wednesday when a judge rejected his argument that his lawyers were not given enough time to prepare for the three-week proceeding that ended with a 45-count guilty verdict on child sex abuse charges.

Judge John Cleland's 27-page order said lawyers for the former Penn State assistant football coach conceded that their post-trial review turned up no material that would have changed their trial strategy.

"I do not think it can be said that either of the defendant's trial counsel failed to test the prosecution's case in a meaningful manner," Cleland wrote. "The defendant's attorneys subjected the commonwealth's witnesses to meaningful and effective cross-examination, presented evidence for the defense and presented both a comprehensive opening statement and a clearly developed closing argument."


Grizzlies send Rudy Gay to Toronto

Rudy Gay is on his way to Toronto in the latest and most dramatic move in the Memphis Grizzlies makeover, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.

The Grizzlies agreed to trade their star swingman to the Raptors on Wednesday, parting with the leading scorer on a team that has aspirations of making a run in the powerful Western Conference. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity.


Smothers leads Marion County to win

BUENA VISTA, Ga. -- Lorenzo Smothers scored 22 points to lead Marion County to a 66-64 win over Hawkinsville on Tuesday night.Tuesday at Marion County

Hawkinsville 18 10 16 20--64

Marion County 20 8 20 18--66

Hawkinsville (64)

Lawson 3, Collins 6, McDonald 2, D. Williams 12, Porter 8, R. Griggs 15, T. Atles13 , Singletary 4

Marion County (66)

Trae Swanson 14, Jalen Brown 17, Lorenzo Smothers 22, Bridges 9, Ragland 4

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