Jordan Vocation High School Athletic Hall of Fame to induct new class Aug. 1
The Jordan Vocational High School Athletic Hall of Fame will hold the induction ceremony for the Class of 2015 on Aug. 1 at St. Luke Methodist Church.
The inductees are Bobby Howard (Class of 1969, baseball, football and basketball), Fred Dean (1957, football), James Rutland (1961, track, football and basketball), Patrick Donahue (1965, baseball and football) and Douglas Stanley Taylor (1967, football and basketball).
Tickets to the ceremony and dinner are $30 each.
For more information, call George Casion at 706-326-4012 or email Sharon Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lions' QB Kacz named PIFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year
Columbus Lions quarterback Casey Kacz was named the PIFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year on Monday.
Kacz, who led the Lions to the PIFL's championship, led the Lions to the No. 1 offense in the league. The Lions averaged more than 55 points per game as Kacz completed 58 percent of his passes for 2,361 yards and 52 touchdowns.
Bellomy makes hole-in-one
Samuel Bellomy made a hole-in-one on July 12 on No. 4 of the Marshall Course at Fort Benning Golf Course.
He used a 7-iron on the 160yard hole. The witness was Jordan Bell.
-- From staff reports
Kromer's arrest stems from beach chair argument
A day after former Bears offensive coordinator and current Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer was arrested in Florida on a misdemeanor battery charge, the Walton County Sheriff's Office released a redacted version of the arrest report.
In the report, made public Monday, Kromer's arrest just before 2 a.m. Sunday is detailed as stemming from an argument over beach chairs near his home on Inlet Beach in Florida.
Kromer was taken into custody, jailed and ultimately released early Sunday morning after he was accused of throwing a boy into the ground and punching him in the face.
David Sanders, the officer called to the scene to investigate, noted in the formal arrest report that Kromer's accuser and two friends were fishing on the beach when the football coach and his son, Zachery, confronted them.
According to the arrest report, the accuser stated that "Aaron was yelling at the boys about using their beach chairs that they left by the beach access. Aaron grabbed their fishing pole from them and threw their pole into the water. Aaron then pushed (the accuser) to the ground and punched him in the face. Aaron then told the boys to return the chairs to where they found them. (The accuser) stated Aaron told him that if he reported him to the police that he would kill his family."
At that point, the report indicates that Kromer returned to his home while his son stayed behind to talk to the three other boys while also trying to help them retrieve their fishing pole.
"It was determined," the report says, "that Kromer did willfully and intentionally strike (the accuser) against his will and causing bodily harm to his left eye."
The accuser's name is redacted from the released version of the arrest report because he is a juvenile. Statements from two other witnesses are also redacted.
Kromer was fired by the Bears in December after spending two seasons as offensive coordinator. He landed a new job with the Buffalo Bills as an offensive line coach shortly after.
Whether he will keep that job or face harsh discipline from the Bills or the NFL in connection with Sunday morning's incident remains to be seen. The league's updated personal conduct policy aims to crack down hard against league employees who are involved in violent transgressions.
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TOUR DE FRANCE
Basso's withdrawal with tumor hits Contador's hopes
PAU, France -- Stunning the Tour de France on its first rest day, doctors diagnosed a tumor in the left testicle of two-time Giro d'Italia winner Ivan Basso on Monday, forcing him out of the showcase race.
His former rival Lance Armstrong, who survived testicular cancer that spread to his lungs and brain, immediately tweeted his support.
At age 37, Basso wasn't a contender to win the race, as the Italian was in his heyday before he was banned for doping. But his experience and pedigree -- Basso finished second at the 2005 Tour and third in 2004 -- meant his withdrawal was keenly felt by his team leader Alberto Contador.
The 2007 and 2009 champion must now tackle the most arduous two weeks of the Tour, with decisive climbs in the Pyrenees and Alps, without the assistance and moral support of his veteran teammate and training partner.
On what is often an uneventful day of rest and relaxation when riders recharge their batteries before the high mountains, a visibly shaken Basso appeared with Contador at a news conference and announced that just two hours earlier, doctors diagnosed a tumor in his left testicle that had been painful since he crashed on Stage 5.
Contador put his arm around Basso and vowed, his voice cracking with emotion, to do his best to win the race to honor his teammate.
Basso said he has cancer.
"I have a small cancer in the left testicle," he said. "I have to stop and go back to Italy."
But his Tinkoff-Saxo team said more tests are needed to be certain the tumor is cancerous.
"Probabilities are very high," Pierre Orphanidis, a team spokesman, said in an Associated Press interview. "We still need the further analysis to be 100 percent sure."
Tumors can be benign, meaning they're not cancerous and don't spread to other parts of the body, or malignant, which means they are cancerous and can spread.
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He and Basso had memorable battles on the Tour's roads when both were in their prime, long before Armstrong eventually confessed to doping. Basso served a two-year ban for his involvement in a blood-doping ring.
In what he called "a moment of weakness," Basso said at the time that he "attempted doping" but never actually went through with it. His wins at the Giro, one of cycling's three biggest stage races along with the tours of France and Spain, came on either side of that suspension, in 2006 and 2010.
Now dedicated at this 102nd Tour to helping Contador win, Basso was in 158th place -- out of 185 remaining competitors -- and trailing race leader Chris Froome by more than 50 minutes after nine stages.
His team said Basso will have surgery to remove the tumor and that other treatment will depend on the findings of more checkups.
"It has been a blow to all of us," said Contador. "The entire team will give its best in order to get the yellow jersey and enjoy it in Paris with him."
Contador, who won his second Giro d'Italia this May, is attempting to become the first rider since Marco Pantani in 1998 to win that race and the Tour in the same year. But he heads into the Pyrenees already trailing Froome by 1 minute, 3 seconds.
The time gaps will force Froome's main rivals to attack him in the mountains. Unlike last year, when the-then defending champion had to pull out injured on Stage 5, he safely negotiated bone-breaking crashes, peloton-splitting winds and, on Stage 4, teeth-rattling cobblestones on this Tour's opening swing from Utrecht in the Netherlands, through Belgium and across northern France.
"If nobody attacks, we've won the race," the manager of Froome's Sky team, Dave Brailsford, said Monday.
Tuesday's 15-kilometer (9-mile) final ascent to the Stage 10 finish at La-Pierre-Saint-Martin is sufficiently long and arduous to provide the first acid test of which riders are genuine contenders for victory in Paris. The ski station perched high in the Pyrenees is known for its underground network of caves. The climb up there, with leg-burning 10-percent gradients in parts, could swallow the podium ambitions of contenders who struggle.
It's the first big chance for lithe, lean climbers to shine. Froome, a human toothpick in Lycra, looks to be the strongest of them and seemed to actually be looking forward to the pain. His closest challenger, Tejay van Garderen of the BMC team, is 12 seconds back.
"This is the heart of the race," Froome said Monday. "All the action is going to be happening. We are going to see who has done their homework, who has got what in the mountains. This is where the real race for yellow truly starts.
Jamey Keaten in Pau contributed to this report."
Study attributes concussions to rough play, not heading
CHICAGO -- Heading takes the heat in youth soccer, but a study says limiting rough play might be a better way to prevent concussions and other injuries.
The nine-year look at U.S. high school games found that over 1 in 4 concussions occurred when players used their head to hit the ball. But more than half of these heading-related concussions were caused by collisions with another player rather than with the ball. These included head-to-head, elbow-to-head and shoulder-to-head contact.
Dawn Comstock is a University of Colorado public health researcher who led the study. She says soccer rules prohibit most player-to-player contact and notes that rough play has become more common at all levels of the game.
The study was published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.
Guard Jeremy Lin looks for stability with Hornets
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Point guard Jeremy Lin is in search of some stability with the Charlotte Hornets.
Lin said he has no regrets about leaving the New York Knicks after the 2012 season to sign with the Houston Rockets during his introductory press conference Monday. But the 26-year-old, one-year sensation made it pretty clear he's eager to find the right fit.
Three teams removed from "Linsanity" fame, Lin believes he may have found it with the Hornets.
Lin said he walked away excited after an in-depth conversation with Hornets coach Steve Clifford about how the team plans to use him -- talks that the five-year NBA veteran said were few and far between with previous organizations.
"Just having that open line of communication early and being proactive about it was very big for me," said Lin, who signed a two-year, $4.37 million contract last week.
The 6-foot-3 Lin said he believes Clifford will give him an opportunity to do the things he did in the second half of the 2011-12 season with the New York Knicks, where he turned from a waiver-wire pickup to a late season phenomenon with a knack for big shots and solid production, averaging 14.4 points per game.
Lin left New York to sign a three-year, $25 million with Houston after that season, but his playing time and production decreased during his two seasons with the Rockets and was later traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.
He never quite fit in there, either.
"I want to get back to what makes me what I am as a player, which is being aggressive, being on the attack and always charging toward the rim," Lin said. "I think that will help create easier shots for this team."
That's what Clifford is counting on.
The Hornets were last in the NBA in 3-point shooting in 2014-15 and the team has made three pre-draft trades with that in mind.
Lin also fills that need.
"One, Jeremy has the ability to make the 3, but two, he is a playmaker and has the ability to create offense for himself and his teammates," Clifford said.
Lin is also excited about the idea of playing for the Hornets and living in Charlotte, one of his favorite NBA cities and one he refers to as the East Coast version of his hometown Palo Alto, California.
Lin said the "Linsanity" era "feels like a decade ago" and he's a much improved player now.
He remembers hearing plenty of criticism for his lack of defense, tendency for turnovers, poor shooting and inability to drive left. Despite reduced playing time in Houston and Los Angeles, he believes he's shown improvement in those areas.
"I do believe I am a more refined player, a more all-around player," Lin said. "I do think the work I have put in has made me better. I just don't think I have had the same fit or opportunity."
That could change in Charlotte where he'll work as the second-team point guard behind Kemba Walker and possibly see some action at the two-guard spot, Clifford said.
"I don't know what my limit is or how could I can be, but my goal is to find out," Lin said.
Said Clifford: "He's hungry to continue to improve. As you know that is not always the case in any pro league. So I'm confident he will continue to get better."
The Hornets didn't make the playoffs last year.
Lin sees that changing next season following the additions of Nicolas Batum, Spencer Hawes and Jeremy Lamb this offseason via trades, and the selection of Frank Kaminsky from Wisconsin in the NBA draft.
"We want to make the playoffs and we don't just want to sneak in at the eighth spot," Lin said.
-- From wire reports