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Kennesaw State’s Pentecost chosen nation’s top catcher

Catcher Max Pentecost of Kennesaw State won the Johnny Bench Award from the Greater Wichita (Kan.) Area Sports Commission banquet. The award goes to the top Division I catcher.

Pentecost became the first KSU player to win the award and the first from Georgia.

Indiana’s Kyle Schwarber and Ole Miss’ Will Allen were the other finalists.

Other winners include Florida State’s Buster Posey and Cal State Fullerton’s Kurt Suzuki.

During the 2014 season, Pentecost led the nation in hits with 113 and ranked second in batting average at .422. Both set new Atlantic Sun Conference and Kennesaw State single-season records.

Pentecost had 24 doubles, 61 RBIs, nine home runs and two. Pentecost also drew 30 walks while striking out a miniscule 26 times in 268 at-bats.

Pentecost became the school’s highest MLB draft pick when he was chosen at No. 11 by the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this month.

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Report: Pistons could trade Josh Smith

Former Hawk Josh Smith may have worn out his welcome after one season in Detroit.

ESPN, citing sources, reported that Detroit has swapped trade proposals with Sacramento in an attempt to trade Smith. The network reported that Jason Thompson and Derrick Williams are players the Kings may trade for Smith.

The report included this paragraph: “Skeptics will inevitably question whether the Kings should indeed take the gamble of trying to fit Smith in alongside (DeMarcus) Cousins and (Rudy) Gay, especially with three years and $40.5 million remaining on Smith’s contract from the Pistons last summer and in the wake of his struggles playing alongside Detroit big men Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.”

Smith averaged 16.4 points and 6.8 rebounds last season. As during his nine seasons with the Hawks, Smith continued to struggle with 3-point shots, making only 26.4 percent of the ones he tried.

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Tech selects Roddy Jones as radio broadcast analyst

Georgia Tech selected one of the Yellow Jackets more popular football players to fill its opening for a color analyst on football radio broadcasts.

Roddy Jones will join Brandon Gaudin, who himself will be the Jackets’ second-year radio play-by-play announcer, in the booth for games in the coming season.

“I am honored and incredibly excited to be a part of the Georgia Tech radio team in the fall,” Jones said in a release. “… Georgia Tech certainly has a special place in my heart, and the games can’t start soon enough!”

Jones’ debut comes Aug. 30 when Tech plays host to Wofford, but he has gained lots of broadcasting experience. It includes extensive analyst work (with Gaudin) on ESPN3 online telecasts, including Tech’s Pro Day and spring football game as well as numerous baseball and softball broadcasts. In 2012, Jones had a featured weekly segment on the football radio pregame show.

While a Tech undergrad, Jones hosted “This Week in Tech Athletics” on and …

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Report: Soccer star Solo jailed after altercation

U.S. women’s soccer star Hope Solo was being held in South King County, Wash., misdemeanor jail on two counts of investigation of domestic-violence assault, according to the Seattle Times and other news outlets.

Solo, who is the goalie for Seattle Reign FC, allegedly struck her sister and her nephew at Solo’s Kirkland, Wash., home overnight. Solo, 32, is listed as Hope Amelia Stevens on the jail registry, the Times reported, and is married to former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens.

Police told the Times that officers arrived after a call about an assault and noise. Police described it as “a big party” and an “out-of-control situation” and that “visible  injuries” occurred.

Solo has appeared on TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” and played on two Olympic women’s teams that won gold medals.

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Who’s the next Johnny Manziel?

While it’s true that being the “next Johnny Manziel” is not the same as simply being the guy who replaces Manziel in Texas A&M’s lineup, but someone will indeed emerge as the next Aggies starting quarterback.

The first round of elimination came in April, after spring practice, when Matt Joeckel decided to transfer to TCU. He graduated from A&M and will have one season to play for the Horned Frogs. That move left sophomore Kenny Hill and freshman Kyle Allen in the running to take the mantle from Manziel.

Allen (6-3, 205) was a five-star recruit who signed in February, enrolled early and took part in spring practice. Hill (6-1, 215) was a four-star recruit in 2013 and played in four games for the Aggies last season. They competed in the spring, though Hill’s time was cut short when he was suspended in late March after he was arrested and charged with public intoxication. As with most offseason suspensions, it likely will end in time for preseason camp.

Manziel won a Heisman …

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Stafford, Ryan, Johnson among locals in Forbes top 50

Floyd Mayweather is America’s highest-paid athlete, and LeBron James is getting an estimated $38 million this year from corporate America just to hawk products.

That’s the word from Fortune magazine and Sports Illustrated, which released their list of the 50 athletes who are making the most money. The list cites salaries from each players most recent season, which endorsement estimates are from “agents and a stable of experts and marketing executives.”

Mayweather’s salary is listed at $105 million, with no endorsement money. James’ $38 million tops the endorsement figures, with Phil Mickelson ($33 million) and Tiger Woods ($31 million) not far behind. Kobe Bryant was fourth in endorsements at $20 millon.

Behind Mayweather in salary was Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, at $40 million. Former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford’s $31.5 million salary with the Detroit Lions ranked second.

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal heads the list of international …

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The good and bad of the U.S. win over Ghana

Three points.

That’s all the U.S. wanted to get out of last night’s game against Ghana in its World Cup opener.

That’s what the red, white and blue got in a 2-1 win.

It doesn’t matter that the U.S. was outplayed for 93 ½ of the 95 minutes and ceded 60 percent of the possession to Ghana.

The U.S. made the two plays it needed to make – Clint Dempsey’s brilliant opening goal within the first minute and John Brooks’ powerful header in the 86th – to beat the team that had knocked them out of the two previous World Cups.

One more point against Portugal on Sunday  will likely secure passage into the knockout stages of the tournament.

Here’s a look back at the game:

More of the good

Juergen Klinsmann’s super subs

Brooks came on at halftime to replace defender Matt Besler, who suffered a strained hamstring in the first half. Graham Zusi came on to replace a worn-out Alejandro Bedoya, who worked tirelessly to keep Ghana at bay.

After right back Fabian Johnson – in a brilliant play — …

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Fisher: Coker better than any of Saban’s Bama QBs

The way Jimbo Fisher sees it, Jacob Coker will be Alabama’s best quarterback in a long time.

Coker graduated in May from FSU and has transferred to Alabama. Coker wasn’t your typical backup, playing behind Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.

Fisher has coached three quarterbacks chosen in the first round of the NFL draft (Jamarcus Russell, Christian Ponder and E.J. Manuel), so he can spot a talented signal-caller. He ranks Coker closer to those three than to any of the three QBs who have started for Saban at Alabama: A.J. McCarron, Greg McElroy and John Parker Wilson. (McCarron was the highest drafted player of the three, in the fifth round.)

In an interview with, Fisher was told that some people believe that a program of Alabama’s stature shouldn’t have to play someone else’s backup quarterback. His reply: “Including what they’ve had, he’s much more talented than anything they’ve had. I don’t mean to discredit the previous guys, they were all great. But this …

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Braves players are soccer fans

The World Cup match between the Netherlands and Spain was playing on televisions in the Braves’ clubhouse and shortstop Andrelton Simmons was the most interested observer.

Simmons is a native of Curacao, which is a constituent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. He twice celebrated scores by the Netherlands by running through the clubhouse shouting “Gooooal!”

The Netherlands went on to defeat Spain 5-1 in a group play match.

Braves right-hander Julio Tehran also was showing his World Cup pride. He had the soccer jersey of his native Colombia displayed prominently in his locker stall.

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Joker Phillips leaves Florida staff

Joker Phillips has resigned as Florida’s wide receivers coach, the Gators announced Wednesday.

Chris Leak will assume the responsibility of coaching wide receivers, coach Will Muschamp announced.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity that the University of Florida and Will Muschamp provided to me and my family, but at this time I have decided to step down from my position on the UF coaching staff for personal reasons,” Phillips said in a statement.

“I appreciate Joker’s contributions to our program and wish him and his wife, Leslie, nothing but the best in the future,” Muschamp said in the same statement.

Phillips, a 26-year coaching veteran, spent one season on the Gators’ staff after he was hired in December 2012. Before arriving in Gainesville, Phillips was the head coach at Kentucky for three seasons (2010-12).

Leak, quarterback of Florida’s 2006 BCS championship team, has been a Gators graduate assistant since May 2013.

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