News for Friday, March 26, 2010

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NCAA TOURNEY ROUNDUP: Duke, Baylor, Michigan State and Tennessee all reach Elite 8

Tennessee reaches the Elite 8 for the first time in school history with an upset win against Ohio State on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16.

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Reigning Herald POY Boyd named to Brooks Wallace Watch List at Mercer

Evan Boyd is named to the Brooks Wallace Shortstop Watch List on Friday as he enjoys a stellar freshman season at Mercer.

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Finally ... they meet

Two of the most recognizable coaches in women's college basketball -- Stanford's Tara VanDerveer and Georgia's Andy Landers -- face off tonight with a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight on the line.

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Debate is on over autistic Iowa teen going 48-for-48 in NCAA bracket

An autistic Illinois teenager is the subject of debate across the Internet message boards after he went 48-for-48 in his NCAA Tournament bracket on CBSsports.com, which says it cannot verify that Alex Hermann didn't change his picks after the games were over.

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FRIDAY'S HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL ROUNDUP: After getting hit in the face by a baseball, SCA's Hood returns, comes up big in win

Sherwood's Zane Hoods gets back on the field eight days after getting beaned in the face by a baseball as he strikes out 10 Windsor batters in an 11-7 win.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Dungy visits Dogs in Athens; Ga. Tech's Drummond suspended; UF players applaud Meye's attack on reporter

NFL coaching legend Tony Dungy visits the Bulldogs in practice Friday, offering some motivational words on the eve of Georgia's first spring scrimmage.

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Starry night

For the third straight year, Columbus' Herman Porter has assembled the finest high school basketball players in Southwest Georgia for the Deep South All-Star High School Classic, which tips off tonight at Darton College.

Emory research center accepting grant applications

Four agencies in the region will be selected for grants up to $8,ooo each, officials say.- Jennifer Maddox-Parks, staff writer

Local leaders: Communication between agencies key to growth

Leaders from business, economic development, political and religious organizations meet to discuss growth.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

Exchange Club donates to Special Olympics

Special Olympics for Dougherty County is scheduled to begin May 14.- Ricki Barker, staff writer

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Agents seize $224K in pot

The drugs were believed to have been part of a shipment from Texas or Mexico, officials say.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

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Prescription drug abuse popular, deadly

Easy access to pills makes prescriptions drugs popular among teens, officials say.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

Merger bill read in Senate

The consolidation bill has been assigned to the Committee for State and Local Government Operations.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

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ASU recognizes top students, faculty during Honors Day

Albany State honors its teacher, researcher and employee of the year winners, as well as many others during its Honors Day Convocation.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

Drug officials seize more than $225,000 worth of marijuana early Friday morning

A tip from the GBI led to the seizure of a large quantity of pot.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Mexican drug traffickers headed to federal prison


Two Mexican citizens have been sentenced to federal prison following guilty pleas to trafficking cocaine through Southwest Georgia, officials say.

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