News for Thursday, April 8, 2010

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Like outdoor MMA fights in the Middle East? Then UFC 112 has you covered

In an effort to reach a global audience, the UFC has put together a star-studded fight card in Abu Dhabi for Saturday night.

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North Daktoa done with Fighting Sioux mascot

North Dakota has officially given up its Fighting Sioux mascot after a four-year battle.

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Butler coach locked in until 2022

Butler coach Brad Stevens, who led his team on a Cinderell run to the NCAA title game and almost beat Duke, was rewarded handsomely Thursday with a massive extension.

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WNBA DRAFT: UConn's Charles taken No. 1 by Sun; two UGA stars, one Tech, FSU star picked as well

National Player of the Year, Tina Charles of UConn, is taken No. 1 by the WNBA's Connecticut Sun, while UGA's Ashley Houts is drafted No. 16 overall by New York, teammate Angel Robinson is taken No. 20 by Los Angeles and FSU's Jacinta Monroe is selected No. 6 overall by

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Tifton's Veazey to throw out first pitch at UGA-Ole Miss baseball game

Tifton native and UGA freshman Chance Veazey was paralyzed in a scooter accident on campus before ever getting the chance to play for the Bulldogs.

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Americus' Sellars enjoying great year at GSW

Former Southland star Jody Sellars not only leads GSW in wins this year, but has helped propel the Hurricanes to their best season since joining Division II.

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Tiger wants you to forgive -- and then buy his new Nikes

Associated Press columnist Tim Dahlberg lets Tiger Woods have it over the release of his commerical by Nike during his first tournament back after such an embarrassing sex scandal.

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ESPN treads lightly in coverage of Woods' post-scandal return

The self-proclaimed worldwide leader in sports, ESPN, seems to go out of its way in the first round to feature Tiger Woods at every point, but then shies away from the reason why: his sex scandal.

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MASTERS NOTEBOOK: Lookie, lookie, here --- Yang in the hunt

Y.E. Yang, the player who won the Tour's last big tournament in 2009, the PGA Championship, is in the hunt after Day 1.

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For most part, Masters reaction toward Woods' return positive

Outside of a plane that flew overhead towing a banner with not-so-flattering messages, Tiger Woods' return to golf Thursday at the Masters goes off without incident.

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Fred hot

Coming into this week's Masters, no golfer was hotter than Fred Couples, who had already won three straight Champions Tour events before ending Day 1 at Augusta in the lead and on pace for his fourth victory in a row -- but with Tiger Woods nipping at his heels.

Accused rapist's attorney talks about cases, bail

James Finkelstein, defense attorney for Devonta Covin in an armed robbery case, issues statement on Covin's innocence in that case and a rape charge.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

Lee faces challenges

Lee County leaders discuss a possible plan of attack for concern areas in the city of Leesburg.- Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

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Two trucks collide; one man dies in Baconton

Georgia State Troopers are investigating a fatal crash in Baconton at the intersection of U.S. 19 and East Lester Road.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

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Realtors to participate in nationwide open house

Roughly 50 houses in the Albany and Lee county area will be open to the public Saturday and Sunday.- Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

APD questions nine in separate burglary cases

Albany Police officers arrest one, place two juveniles in custody and question six others at two addresses in connection with city burglaries.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

Lee census response tops state

Dougherty County's census participation has already surpassed its rate from 2000.- Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

ADICA renews chamber membership, prepares for tour

The board voted to keep payments from former businessman Tim Washington the same, despite his request to lower them.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

Police/Fire/EMS - Apr. 9, 2010

Albany police respond to at least 44 incidents.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

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Confederate observance scheduled for Saturday

The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Sons of Confederate Veterans will host a memorial observance.- Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

Barnes, Oxendine lead race for cash in governor bid

- Democrat Roy Barnes and Republican John Oxendine emerge as money leaders in Georgia's race for governor.- Shannon McCaffrey, The Associated Press

Congressman asks for HUD extension for Albany repayment

U.S. Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr., D- Albany, on Wednesday responded to a request from the Albany mayor's office to appeal to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for a 60-day deferment for the city to repay more than $374,000 to HUD due Friday.

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