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Former UGA Basketball Coach John Guthrie Dies

ATHENS, GA -- John Guthrie, who coached basketball at the University of Georgia for nine seasons during the 1970s, has died at the age of 70.

According to a statement released Wednesday by UGA, Guthrie  died Tuesday night. He was hired as an assistant coach at Georgia for the 1969-1970 season and was named head coach in 1973.

Guthrie played a primary role in the integration of Georgia's basketball team and is largely credited with the recruitment of UGA's first black basketball player.

A native of Atlanta, Guthrie was a 1962 graduate of Oglethorpe University. He returned to coach Oglethorpe basketball, baseball and tennis in 1965.

He is survived by his wife Angela and son David. A memorial service will be held Friday at First United Methodist Church in Duluth.

University of Georgia Student Bitten By Bat

ATHENS, GA -- University of Georgia police say Athens-Clarke County Animal Control officers are awaiting test results to learn if a bat that bit a student had rabies.

Police say the student saw the bat crawling on a sidewalk outside the Student Learning Center Sunday evening, and the bat bit him when he picked it up.

Police report that the bite didn't break the student's skin, but animal control officials consider the bite to be a potential rabies exposure and ordered testing.

Athens #2 College Town, Chomped by #1

ATHENS, Ga --Livability.com has ranked Athens the #2 college town in the country, but some residents are steaming over the #1 choice.

The web site lists its top ten college towns, calling them "cultural hubs, artistic centers, intellectual meccas and economic drivers offering students and residents some of the best places to live, study, play and launch a career in America."

"Entertainment, education, health care, proximity to a major city, proximity to the country, the Botanical Gardens, it's all that combined," said Athens Chamber of Commerce President Doc Eldridge.

Athens finished just ahead of Boulder, Colorado, Nashville, Tennessee,and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Among the reasons for the high ranking, Livability.com mentioned the home of the University of Georgia's music scene, a vibrant downtown and active night spots like the 40 Watt Club.

Many Kids Need 2 Doses of Flu Vaccine

ATLANTA -- While most people will need only one flu shot or spray to guard against H1N1 and the seasonal flu, this year, many children will need two, according to the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of 2010-11 flu vaccine for children 6 months through 8 years of age unless they received at least one dose of 2009 H1N1 vaccine last flu season and at least one dose of seasonal vaccine prior to the 2009-2010 flu season or two doses of seasonal flu vaccine last flu season.

The first dose "primes" the immune system, while the second dose provides immune protection, according to the CDC. The second dose should be given 28 or more days after the first dose.

North Atlanta Pediatrics explains it this way on its website:

Police Investigating UGA Sexual Assaults

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Athens-Clarke County Police are investigating whether the rapes of two University of Georgia students that took place a year apart are connected.

The two attacks took place on Sept. 4, 2009 and around midnight Sept. 4, 2010.

Authorities said that in each attack a UGA student hailed what she thought was a taxi and got into a dark-colored van driven by a man who took the woman elsewhere and assaulted her.

Sexual assault experts say that there could also be other
attacks that were not reported.

Mendenhall's TD in OT leads Steelers over Falcons

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Rashard Mendenhall broke off a 50-yard game-
winning touchdown run on the Steelers' first play of overtime as Pittsburgh
persevered for a 15-9 win over Atlanta in a defensive battle at Heinz Field.

After the Falcons faltered on the first possession of OT, Michael Koenen's
poor 36-yard punt from the 14-yard-line gave the Steelers prime field

Mendenhall wasted little time in making it count, bursting through a hole off
right tackle sealed off by a textbook block from tight end David Johnson on
his way to the end zone.

Mendenhall ended with 120 yards on 22 carries while Hines Ward came up huge
for Dennis Dixon with six catches for 108 yards.

UGA Receiver AJ Green Suspended 4 Games

ATHENS, GA -- UGA star wide receiver AJ Green will miss four games for a violation of NCAA agent benefit rules, according to a release from the NCAA's national offices on Wednesday.

The release says Green sold his game jersey from last year's Independence Bowl to someone the NCAA said was an agent. The NCAA says anyone who markets or promotes themselves as an agent is considered an agent. Green has repaid the $1,000 value of the benefits they said he received to charity.

"I want to apologize to my coaches, teammates, and the Georgia fans for the mistake in judgment. I very much regret all that has taken place and the distraction that's been caused. I've learned a valuable lesson and hope others can learn from my mistake. I can only focus my attention now on practicing and looking ahead to getting back with my teammates as quickly as possible," Greene said in an apology statement released in conjunction with the NCAA release.