News for Thursday, February 25, 2010


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Villegas leads at Phoenix Open

Camillo Villegas fires 9-under to take the early lead at the Phoenix Open on Thursday in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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With matchup vs. U.S.A. looming in World Cup opener, English soccer star Bridge quits team after teammate has affair with his girl

Wayne Bridge apparently isn't happy that fellow English soccer star is being allowed to stay on the team after it was revealed Terry had an affair with the mother of Bridge's child.

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THURSDAY'S OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: South Korean figure skater wins gold, country's first medal in sport; U.S.A. women take silver in hockey

Kim Yu-na wins the women's figure skating competition late Thursday night at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, while the U.S.A. women's hockey team has to settle for silver behind the Canadian women.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: UGA settles lawsuit with former player; Auburn backup QB transferring

Decory Bryant gets $400,000 from UGA as a 2003 lawsuit is finally settled that stemmed from an injury Bryant suffered during his playing days.

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Auburn's Chizik happy to have Westover's Savage back

Recently granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, Westover's Aairon Savage is ready to return to the field -- and coach Gene Chizik is ready to have him back.

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'Everyone came for Cleve'

More than 200 people attend the 2nd annual E. Cleve Wester Scholarship Dinner at Stonebridge Golf & Country Club on Thursday.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Blazers rout Trojans, 13-0, in five innings; Westover soccer, Worth baseball also win Thursday

Baconton's baseball team improves to 2-0 on the young season with a shutout win against Dougherty on Thursday in Albany.

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Trojans blank Patriots to open season

Three Lee County pitchers combine to throw a three-hit shutout Thursday night against Westover, which now is 0-2 to start the season, while Lee begins 1-0.

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Randolph-Clay girls jump to No. 2 in latest GSWA state poll (includes complete boys, girls polls)

The Randolph-Clay girls basketball team jumps from No. 5 in Class A to No. 2 in the latest Georgia Sportswriters Association state basketball poll.

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GHSA boys state tournament basketball capsules (includes today's schedule)

Here's a breakdown of today's GHSA boys state tournament openers for Monroe, Westover, Dougherty, Mitchell County, Calhoun County, Miller County and Terrell County.

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Winners of 17 straight, red-hot Bearcats open state tonight

After going into the Christmas break 7-4, the state No. 5-ranked Bearcats went on a tear, winning 17 in a row and capturing the Region 1-AAAA title for the second year in a row.

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Leaps & bounds

After starting its GISA Class A state championship defense season off well below .500, the same Terrell Academy girls team that struggled to beat everyone in the early going is not the same squad that enters today's Final Four looking for a chance to repeat.

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Back again

After two straight seasons of disappointment, the DWS boys basketball team is back for a third consecutive AAA title game after beating George Walton, 63-61, on Thursday.

Police/Fire/EMS - Feb. 26, 2010

Albany police respond to at least 29 incidents.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

Agencies share gang info at task force meeting

Officials with police and court agencies say their communications are steadily improving on gang problems.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

Doctor indicted on second assault claim

Dr. Kalpesh Patel was released from the Dougherty County Jail earlier this month on $10,000 bond.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

Bush sought follower as leader

In a December 2009 e-mail, Dougherty County School Board Vice Chair James Bush indicates the desire for a chief system executive who will follow dictates.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

Heritage buying five south Georgia bank branches

The acquisition of five branches from PAB Bankshares will allow the Heritage Bank of the South to expand its presence.- Ricki Barker, staff writer

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Marietta: More watch programs needed

Surveys handed out at the event could result in grant money for neighborhoods, officials say.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

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Palmyra recognizes local humanitarians

Each of the winners from the Albany hospital will be eligible to win the national Frist Humanitarian Award.- Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

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Multimodal transit meetings draw small crowds

An environmental impact report related to a planned Albany transit center will likely be released in the coming weeks.- J.D Sumner, staff writer

Albany Chorale to present 'Treasure' trove of Music

Sunday's concert will perform a variety of tunes by American composers.