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Sports briefs for Dec. 31, 2008
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Ludowici’s Dustin McGowan was the No. 3 pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays’ rotation last year behind No. 1 Ray Halladay and No. 2 A.J. Burnette. A story in Sunday’s Sports section misidentified McGowan’s place in the order.
This season, McGowan is pro-
jected to be Toronto’s No. 2 starter
behind Halladay after Burnette
joined the New York Yankees.


Savannah Senate TNBA Bowling Association

The ninth annual mixed teams and mixed doubles tournament is set for Jan. 10-11,17-18 and 24-25 at AMF Savannah Lanes. The cost is $30 per event.

Call 507-2551, 925-0320 or e-mail


Free clinic
features McGowan


Major League Baseball pitcher Dustin McGowan of Ludowici will conduct a free clinic at 1 p.m. this Friday at Chain Baseball Academy in Savannah.

The 26-year-old right-hander for the Toronto Blue Jays is preparing for his fifth season in the majors. On July 31, he had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He started throwing again last week.

Last season, McGowan went 6-7 with a 4.37 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 19 starts.

Chain Baseball is located at 5501 Abercorn St. For more information, call 352-8466 or visit

Relay for Life
tournament set


The Relay for Life nine-pin no-tap bowling tournament will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, at Marne Lanes on Fort Stewart.

Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

The entry fee is $20, and three games will be bowled.

Prizes awarded will include first-place team, first-place doubles and best individual score.

For more information, call 767-4866.


basketball camp


The Lady Hornets basketball team will host a spring camp for girls ages 7-15 on March 14-15. The camp will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. both days at the Liberty County YMCA, 201 Mary Lou Drive, Hinesville. The campers will be drilled in basketball fundamentals, take part in daily games, listen to lectures and go over strategy.

For more information, call Kara Reddick at 228-9600. You can register online at The registration fee is $50 for YMCA members, $60 for non-members.


Ga. extends shrimping off coast; rivers

to close


BRUNSWICK — The state Department of Natural Resources is extending the recreational and commercial food shrimp season in Georgia's coastal waters by two weeks.

The extension ends Jan. 15 and does not include most creeks and rivers, which will close to shrimping Thursday. Georgia's territorial waters stretch three miles offshore.

Spud Woodward of DNR said the agency decided to extend the season based on data from biologists monitoring the shrimp population. Officials said the partial closure will protect shrimp in local waters through the winter.

By state law, the recreational and commercial food shrimp season closes Dec. 31 each year unless DNR extends it, as it has done for 30 years.

Shrimping is Georgia's largest seafood industry.


Hockey Classic Jan. 16-17


The Savannah Hockey Classic returns to the Savannah Civic Center on Jan. 16-17. This year’s tournament will again feature teams from the University of Georgia, University of Florida, Georgia Tech and Florida State.

On Friday, Jan. 16, Georgia Tech will take on FSU at 6 p.m. and Georgia will meet Florida at 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Jan. 17, FSU will take on Florida at 5:30 p.m., while Georgia and Georgia Tech will meet at 8:30 p.m.

Get your tickets today by visiting
a Savannah Civic Center ticket outlet, or by calling the box office at 912-651-6556. Tickets are $15 and $10.

Group discounts are available. For more information, contact Melissa Yao at 912-644-6431 or



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