Sports Briefs April 17, 2009

Itawamba Indians remain
No. 6 in NJCAA rankings
– For the third straight week, Itawamba Community College is ranked No. 6 in the weekly NJCAA baseball poll.
The Indians (34-8, 17-1 MACJC North) return to the field at noon Saturday when they host East Mississippi in division play at Crubaugh Field in Fulton.
ICC suffered its first division loss Wednesday when it lost an 8-5 road decision to Mississippi Delta in the first game of a doubleheader. The Indians recovered to win the nightcap, 12-1.
Saturday’s doubleheader will be broadcast on WAFM-FM (95.7) along with the College Web site, beginning at 11:40 a.m.
SEC championship play
tees off this morning
– The Southeastern Conference will crown golf champions this weekend.
The 54-hole men’s and women’s tournaments start his morning, the men at Frederica Golf Club at St. Simons Island, Ga., and the women at the Cobblestone Park Golf Club in Blytheood, S.C.
Ole Miss’ men are ranked 29th nationally by The SEC has five top 15 teams – No. 1 Georgia, No. 7 Alabama, No. 10 Florida, No. 11 Arkansas and No. 14 South Carolina.
Mississippi State is ranked 66th.
Freshman Joe David leads the Rebels with a 72.72-stroke average, followed by freshman Sean Dale (73.03). Carlos Sainz Jr. leads Mississippi State with a 73.38 average.
Alabama (sixth) is the highest-ranked women’s team among SEC schools, followed by No. 7 Auburn, LSU (8), Georgia (14), Arkansas (17) and Vanderbilt (18). Ole Miss is ranked No. 38, Misssissippi State No. 79.
For the women, Ole Miss senior Dori Carter is ranked third among SEC golfers in stroke average (72.45). She finished fourth in last year’s SEC tournament.
Duke’s Paulus gets offer
to quarterback Michigan
– ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The ball, whichever one he wants, is in Greg Paulus’ court. Paulus, the former Duke point guard who is weighing his career options and visited Michigan’s spring practice Tuesday, said Thursday that coach Rich Rodriguez has extended him an offer to join the Wolverines.
“There is an opportunity at Michigan to continue my academic education in the graduate program there and compete in football,” Paulus said on the Dan Patrick radio show.
His fascination with Michigan and the chance to revive the football career that had him as the national player of the year in 2005 at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, N.Y., arose over a few conversations.
Paulus, who would have one year of eligibility, said he has been contacted by schools in the Big East, Big Ten and other conferences.
Stabler won’t be back
in Alabama’s radio booth
– TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Ken Stabler won’t return as the football color analyst for Alabama radio broadcasts.
The former Crimson Tide and NFL quarterback had been on leave from his duties since his arrest on a drunken-driving charge last June. He was found not guilty by a judge in Robertsdale, Ala.
No replacement has been named. Former Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage is handling color duties for Saturday’s spring game.
State, Saints’ owner talk about office tower deal
– NEW ORLEANS — Saints owner Tom Benson intends to buy a high-rise office tower next to the Louisiana Superdome, and the state has pledged to lease much of the building back as an incentive for Benson to keep his NFL club in New Orleans long-term.
The state and Saints are in the midst of sensitive negotiations aimed at extending the club’s lease of the Superdome until 2025.
Currently, the Saints’ lease runs through 2018, but a 10-year, $186 million package of escalating cash payments from the state to the team runs out after the 2010 season. At that time, the Saints could break their lease by paying a $15 million penalty.
Daily Journal, wire reports


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