Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Vols land 13-year-old

James Berry’s kids always have been precocious. But committing to a college football program in middle school?

Evan Berry, the 13-year-old brother of Tennessee All-America safety Eric Berry, told he has committed to the Volunteers. Schools can’t offer scholarships until a prospect’s junior year of high school, but that didn’t stop Evan, who will be an eighth-grader this fall at Bear Creek Middle School in Fairburn.

“He loves being at Tennessee [for practices and games],” said James Berry, who played running back for the Vols in the late 1970s. “It’s not the first time I’ve heard him say he’s going to Tennessee.”

Evan Berry plays safety and quarterback. LARRY HARTSTEIN

Trivia challenge

New Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has worn No. 88 in his NFL career. But what number did he wear in college?

No Heatley, Hossa

Don’t look for Dany Heatley or Marian Hossa to be wearing Thrashers uniforms again.

Heatley has requested a trade from the Senators. Hossa becomes a free agent from the Red Wings today.

When asked Tuesday about the possibility of either returning to the Thrashers, general manager Don Waddell said he couldn’t speak specifically about either player because they are under contract with other teams.

However, Waddell added: “It probably doesn’t make a lot of sense for us.” CHRIS VIVLAMORE

News of the day

The NCAA rejected an appeal from former Indiana basketball coach Kelvin Sampson, who was slapped with five years of potential penalties for taking part in more than 100 impermissible calls to recruits while coaching the Hoosiers.

Sampson, now an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks, is essentially barred from coaching in college until 2013.

Remember me?

Want to see how last year’s No. 1 pick in the baseball draft is doing? All it requires this week is a drive to Rome.

Former Griffin High star shortstop Tim Beckham will be in Georgia through Friday playing for the Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods. Game times each day are 7 p.m.

Before Tuesday night’s game against the R-Braves, Beckham was hitting .282 with three homers and 38 RBIs, but he has committed 24 errors.

Trivia answer

Gonzalez (below), who also played basketball at California, wore No. 44 in football for the Golden Bears from 1994-96.

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