News for Thursday, November 19, 2009

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Ortiz returns to UFC ring after 18-month layoff, feud with owner

After a nearly two-year war of words with UFC founder Dana White. one time MMA superstar Tito Ortiz makes his much-anticipated return to the octagon Saturday against fellow one-time star Forrest Griffin.

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Balancing act

Even as the offers begin to pile up for DWS running back Tony Zenon, his focus remains steadfast on one thing: winning another state championship.

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Eagles' state title defense continues tonight

With eight wins in a row coming into tonight's GISA Class A Final Four game against Briarwood, Terrell Academy just needs No. 9 and No. 10 to repeat as state champs.

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Uga VII dies unexpectedly

After less than two seasons, a heart ailment claims the life of Georgia's new mascot, Uga VII, late Thursday afternoon in Atlanta.

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UGA baseball player paralyzed after crash

Tifton native and rising Georgia baseball player Chance Veazey is told by doctors that he is paralyzed from the waist down following a scooter accident late last month.

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***LOCAL GHSA, GISA STATE PLAYOFF CAPSULES ***

Here's a breakdown of tonight's remaining four GHSA and GISA state playoff games featuring local Southwest Georgia teams.

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King, Ealey have Dogs on the run

Georgia may still rank 11th in rushing in the SEC, but thanks to Caleb King, Washaun Ealey and the offensive line, the future is looking brighter.

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Mean-gino?

From 2007 National Coach of the Year two years ago to possibly being out of a job, that's the situation facing Kansas coach Mark Mangino after allegations surface this week that he has been both physically and verbally abusive to past and present players.

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Will the real Josh Nesbitt please stand up?

Georgia Tech's Josh Nesbitt does so many things well on offense, it's hard to put his talent in any type of box as the Yellow Jackets are enjoying arguably their best season under their junior signal caller.

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Ireland to FIFA: 'We got robbed'

One day after Ireland's dreams of a World Cup berth were cut short by a missed hand ball by the refs on a France player, the Irish national team appeals to FIFA, hoping to have the game replayed.

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Vegas already betting on Mayweather-Pacquiao; fight remains in question

Sportsbooks in Las Vegas are already handicapping the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight, despite the fact the two sides haven't agreed to step into the ring.

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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: No. 21 Georgia Tech falls; No. 6 UNC tops No. 15 OSU

No. 21 Georgia Tech loses the opening game of the Puerto Rico Tip Off, while late Thursday, while No. 6 UNC survives scares from No. 165Ohio State.

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Empty food boxes bring disappointed students

Students have faith, but no food for needy.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

Town hall meeting to cover the 2010 census

County officials plan to speak on the importance of being counted in the 2010 census.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

Judge offers stunning talk on juveniles and gangs

Judge Richard Brooker shares his experiences at the gang task force's monthly meeting.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

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Marine Corps Exchange reopens

The renovations to the facility were worth $6.4 million, officials say.- Jennifer Maddox-Parks, staff writer

Rental agreement angers local contractors

The city of Albany is set to approve the Albany Housing Authority to manage and maintain city-owned rental property.- Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

Georgia unemployment is up

The Albany area has lost 2,900 jobs over the year, a change of 4.5 percent from October 2008.- Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

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Albany native featured in 'The Blind Side' film

Beau Turpin worked both in front of and behind the camera of the Warner Bros. project that was filmed in Atlanta this summer.- Cathy Higgins, features writer

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ADDU Commander talks drugs with civic group

Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit Commander Bill Berry told members of a local civic club Thursday about the war on drugs and how dealers are getting smarter every day.

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