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Florida, Wichita State, Arizona, Virginia grab top seeds for NCAA Tournament

Virginia joined Florida, Wichita State and Arizona as a No. 1 seed Sunday when the selection committee announced the pairings for the NCAA Tournament.
New choice is not up to committee

When the U.S. men's gymnastics team lost its second participant on the eve of the Olympics' opening ceremonies on Thursday, the job of choosing a replacement was no longer in the hands of the national selection committee.
Five questions with David Jameson

David Jameson is president of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce.
Henson to stay on at New Mexico State

Lou Henson will have a chance to cross a few more milestones in his coaching career. The former Illinois coach who has spent this season as interim coach at New Mexico State was hired for the job permanently Thursday. Henson said he expects to sign a four-year contract soon that will have a base salary of about $140,000 a year.
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Applicants filling list for federal judgeship

By next month, Georgia's U.S. senators could have a short list of names for the president to use to select a new federal judge for the Southern District of Georgia.
Teams 64 and 65 can be from any conference

NEW YORK -- The opening round game of the NCAA tournament will be between what the selection committee considers the two weakest teams, regardless of conference affiliation. Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese, the chairman of the selection committee, said Wednesday that unlike in years when play-in games were needed, the conferences involved will not be identified ahead of time.
College basketball
U.S. roster lacks big-name pros

LOS ANGELES -- No baseball Dream Team in Sydney. The United States has assembled a collection of up-and-coming minor leaguers and journeymen, including former University of South Carolina All-American Adam Everett, to represent it next month in the first Olympic baseball tournament open to professionals. Pat Borders, a 37-year-old catcher who was a major league journeyman and now is in the Tampa Bay farm system, was one of the few recognizable names on the U.S. Olympic team announced Wednesday.
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Metro and region briefs

Owners informed of gas settlement Letters are being mailed today to owners of about 350 parcels of downtown property affected by coal tar contamination at the former Atlanta Gas Light plant on Eighth Street. The notices specify details of an out-of-court settlement - signed Tuesday by Superior Court Judge Penn McWhorter - to a class action lawsuit brought by residents seeking damages for devalued property adjacent to the site.