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Tech’s Jerrard Tarrant arrested, indefinitely suspended from Yellow Jackets

According to a news report by Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Georgia Tech football player Jerrard Tarrant was arrested Friday and charged with rape and sodomy stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred in late April on the Tech campus.
Yellow Jacket football coach, Paul Johnson released a statement saying, “These charges filed against Jerrard are something that we take very seriously. He has been suspended from the team indefinitely, pending the outcome of the legal proceedings.”
Tarrant, 19, who was a redshirt freshman last season and a strong candidate to start at cornerback this season, was released Saturday on $40,000 bond.
According to the news report, the alleged victim reported the incident that she said occurred April 25 at the Undergraduate Living Center, an on-campus dormitory.
Tarrant was a first-team all-state honoree in Class AAA at both defensive back and return specialist at Carrollton High School he was rated as the No. 43 prospect in Georgia by Rivals and No. 47 by
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Macon Telegraph selected Tarrant in the Top 50 in Georgia selection.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Tarrant’s page was updated on Monday to say “Jerrard Tarrant is truly MISUNDERSTOOD, when will they see the real me????”

Williams sisters in Wimbledon semifinals
Associated Press
WIMBLEDON, England- The Williams sisters moved closer to another Wimbledon final Tuesday, using their power tennis to cruise into the semifinals in straight sets.
Defending champion and four-time winner Venus Williams beat Thailand’s Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-4, 6-3, and two-time champ Serena swept 19-year-old Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-4, 6-0.
The Williams sisters are in opposite halves of the draw and could meet in Saturday’s final. The two have played twice before in the Wimbledon final, with Serena Williams winning both in 2002 and ‘03
“That would be amazing if we both were in the final,” seventh-seeded Venus said. “I have to take it one more step and keep playing power tennis.”
Venus will next face No. 5 Elena Dementieva, who wasted a 5-1 lead and two match points in the second set before beating fellow Russian Nadia Petrova 6-1, 6-7 (6), 6-3 to reach her first Wimbledon semifinal.
Sixth-seeded Serena will play Zheng Jie, who became the first Chinese player to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam by beating Nicole Vaidisova 6-2, 5-7, 6-1. The 133rd-ranked Zheng is also the first wild-card entrant to reach the women’s semis at Wimbledon and second at any Grand Slam.
The Williams sisters will be heavy favorites to set up their sixth Grand Slam final showdown. Serena leads 5-1 in Slam finals and 8-7 in overall matches.
Neither of the sisters has dropped a set so far in the tournament, and their big serves and punishing ground strokes have put them a class above the rest of the field.
The men’s quarterfinals are set for Wednesday, with five-time champion Roger Federer and two-time runner-up Rafael Nadal seemingly headed toward a third straight championship showdown.
Federer has cruised into the quarterfinals without dropping a set and extended his winning streak on grass to 63 matches and 38 in a row at Wimbledon. He next faces Mario Ancic, the last player to beat Federer on grass - in the first round of Wimbledon in 2002.
No. 2 Nadal required treatment behind his right knee after slipping in the opening set of his fourth-round win over Mikhail Youzhny. He next faces Andy Murray, who has reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal and is carrying the hopes of the nation for Britain’s first male Wimbledon champion in 72 years.
The other men’s quarterfinal matchups are Marat Safin vs. Feliciano Lopez, and Rainer Schuettler vs. Arnaud Clement.

Investigation launched into death of Celtics fan
Associated Press
BOSTON- Authorities are investigating the death of a man taken into police custody after the Celtics' NBA Finals win earlier this month, police said.
Police allege David Woodman, 22, was drinking from an open container of what they believed was alcohol following the Celtic's June 18 victory.
Police said Woodman fled when they approached him and struggled as they tried to handcuff him. Police said they realized Woodman was in medical distress and began administering CPR and called for an ambulance.
Woodman was taken to Beth Israel Medical Center and listed in critical condition. He died Sunday.
Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, the Boston Police Homicide Unit and the Boston Police Internal Affairs Division are investigating the circumstances of Woodman's death, police said. Investigators are awaiting the results of Woodman's autopsy to determine the cause and manner of his death.

Yoculan Named Recipient Of Atlanta Athletic Club's W.R. McGriff Award
ATHENS- Georgia gymnastics coach Suzanne Yoculan was honored by the Atlanta Athletic Club recently as the recipient of the 2008 W.R. McGriff Award. Yoculan is just the second female to receive the award since its inception in 1976. Professional golfer Nancy Lopez became the first female to be honored in 2003.
The W.R. McGriff Award, named for former Atlanta Athletic Club Athletic Director Buz McGriff, honors recipients who exemplify excellence in sports while demonstrating characteristics of an upstanding citizen and role model. Past Georgia winners include Fran Tarkenton (1976), Dan Magill (1982), Pat Dye (1984), Erk Russell (1986), Hugh Durham (1987), Dominique Wilkins (1988), Vince Dooley (1990), Ray Goff (1990), Billy Payne (1991), Herschel Walker (1995) and Larry Munson (2004).
Yoculan has led the Gym Dogs to nine national championships including titles in each of the last four seasons. The five-time national coach of the year has led Georgia to 16 SEC titles and 20 NCAA Regional titles in 25 years at the helm of the Gym Dogs. Her teams have finished in the top three in 20 of the last 22 seasons.

Woods on crutches recovering from rebuilt knee
Associated Press
BETHESDA- Tiger Woods does not know when he can play golf again, but he said Monday his rebuilt left knee has been sore his entire PGA Tour career and he looks forward to playing on two good legs.
Woods said doctors in Utah used a tendon from his right hamstring to rebuild the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, which he said had always been weak and finally snapped while jogging on a golf course last July.
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