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Local Roundup: GSU ranked No. 6 in final poll

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The Eastern Washington Eagles finished the 2010 football season as the No. 1 team in the Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll following a 20-19 come-from-behind win in the National Championship game. The Eagles were a unanimous choice for the top spot, receiving 25 first-place votes and 625 points overall.
    Georgia Southern, which finished the regular seaosn ranked No. 22, came in at No. 6 after a run to the national semifinals.

Claxton shocks Calvary Day
    CLAXTON — The Calvary Day Cavaliers led Claxton 37-27 at halftime, but the Tigers stormed back, finishing with a 72-66 win Tuesday in region action.
    Rashod Lovett led Claxton (8-3, 2-0 Region 3E-A) with 20 points. LaBron Glover added 18 and Chandler Jenkins finished with 12.
    Claxton takes its unbeaten subregion record on the road Friday as it travels to Savannah Christian for a 7:30 p.m. tip.

Benedictine edges SHS in air rifle
    SAVANNAH — Benedictine out-shott Statesboro 1077-1028 Tuesday in the second air rifle match of the seaosn.
    The Blue Devils (1-1) were led by Lucas Frink (271), Andrew Dollar (262), Kristian Oren (256) and Robert Mixson (239).
    The Devils return to action Friday at Ware County.

Hawks postponed
    ATLANTA (AP) — Tuesday night's game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks has been postponed due to the winter storm that has locked down much of north Georgia.
    The game has been rescheduled for March 15.
    Ice and snow from a winter storm that hit north Georgia on Sunday night are making travel difficult around Atlanta. Portions of some roads are closed.
    Hawks spokesman Arthur Triche says one concern for Tuesday night was having enough staff at Philips Arena to work the game.
    The Bucks arrived in Atlanta on Monday.
    Each team's new challenge is leaving Atlanta for games today. The Hawks are scheduled to play at Toronto and Milwaukee has a home game against San Antonio.

Former NC State assistant in at Elon
    ELON, N.C. (AP) — Elon has hired North Carolina State assistant Jason Swepson as its head football coach.
    Elon officials on Monday named Swepson as the replacement for Pete Lembo.
    Swepson joins the Phoenix after four seasons coaching the Wolfpack's running backs. The former Boston College running back and wide receiver was on Tom O'Brien's staff with the Eagles from 1999-2006 and followed him when he took over at N.C. State before the 2007 season.
    Elon athletic director Dave Blank says Swepson "convinced me that he was the right person for the job."
    Lembo left Elon to take over at Ball State on Dec. 19.

Michigan hire a surprise to some
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Brady Hoke has a few things in common with the late Bo Schembechler.
    He is from Ohio, he didn't attend Michigan, he's climbing the coaching ladder — and he's about to take over the football program that Schembechler built into a national power.
    Michigan hired Hoke away from San Diego State, with athletic director Dave Brandon announcing the move Tuesday at a previously scheduled team meeting not long after LSU said Les Miles was staying in the Bayou instead of going to coach at the Big House.
    "We thought it was going to be a meeting about classes and the weight room," tight end Kevin Koger said. "Mr. Brandon came in and dropped the news on us."
    Brandon insisted Hoke was always Plan A. What about Miles or Jim Harbaugh, who left Stanford for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers?
    "The job was never offered to them," Brandon said in an interview with The Associated Press. "We did have different discussions with them that were helpful and positive."
    College football's winningest team got a Michigan man, just not the one most of their fans were clamoring for after Brandon fired Rich Rodriguez a week ago.

Graham talks big game at Pitt
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Once Todd Graham started talking, and he didn't stop for nearly a half-hour, he soon made it evident that Pitt football won't be the same as it was last month. Or even last week.
    Graham, the former Tulsa coach who becomes Pittsburgh's third head coach in a month, guaranteed Tuesday he would field major college football's most productive offense. He all but said he will win soon and win big.
    Graham also predicted Pitt fans would be so excited by their new offense, they won't want to sit down in the Heinz Field seats that are normally filled only for Steelers games.

Rivera ready for shot with Carolina
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — After eight failed interviews, Ron Rivera is finally getting his first shot as a head coach with the woeful Carolina Panthers.
    It was as if he realized the immense challenge in replacing John Fox and in charge of the NFL's worst team.
    Just don't expect a wild celebration despite the windy, bumpy road to get there and the significance of being just the second Latino to be handed control of an NFL team.
    Rivera has too much work to do and is expected to turn it all around.

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