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September 27, 2013

Sports Briefs for Thursday, Sept. 26

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---- — Braves shut Beachy down for season

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday that the Braves have shut pitcher Brandon Beachy down for the remainder of the season.

Beachy underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012 and returned to the Braves mid-season, where he went 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA before experiencing discomfort in his surgically-repaired elbow in late August. A subsequent MRI showed no structural damage to the elbow, and Beachy was scheduled to resume throwing activities early last week, but was unable to do so due to recurring inflammation in the elbow, manager Fredi Gonzalez told the Journal-Constitution.

Beachy had hoped to return to the squad and pitch in some capacity, whether starting our out of the bullpen, for the National League East-champion Braves as they entered the playoffs.

Locals fare well in martial arts

MUNCIE — Several local competitors took top honors at the Muncie Mayhem Martial Arts Tournament over the weekend.

Competing for Donnie Michaels Karate, Eric Swain took first place in each of the demonstration, weapons, chanbara, kata and fighting disciplines of the 7-8 Intermediate division.

Drew Swain finished first in weapons, chanbara, kata and fighting in the 9-10 Advanced division. Sydney Murphy took first in demonstration, kata and fighting in the 13-17 Advanced Girls division. And Connor Swain took top honors in weapons in the 6-Under division.

Competing fro San Lum Kung-Fu Academy, Michelle Kirby took top honors in kenjutsu and kata in the Black Belt Women’s division. Eric Binder was tops in kenjutsu and kata in the 7-8 Novice Boys Division, and Susan Jones placed first in kata in the Women’s Intermediate division.

A full rundown of results can be found on the scoreboard on this page.

Ex-NFL player commits suicide

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Former San Diego Chargers and University of Georgia defensive back Paul Oliver committed suicide at his Atlanta-area home, a medical examiner said Wednesday.

The 29-year-old Oliver was found dead Tuesday night in Marietta, about 20 miles northwest of Atlanta, Cobb County Medical Examiner’s investigator Tim Weaver said.

Oliver died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Cobb County police Sgt. Dana Pierce said.

Oliver was a 2007 fourth-round supplemental draft pick from Georgia after he was ruled academically ineligible his senior year. He played four seasons with the Chargers; his best year was 2010, when he started eight games and had 62 tackles along with an interception.

Oliver moved to the New Orleans Saints in 2011 but was released after training camp. He returned to San Diego for one more season.

Oliver, a native of suburban Atlanta, also was remembered for his career at Georgia, where he played from 2004-06. He started all 13 games his final season and finished with seven interceptions and five forced fumbles in his college career.

One of Oliver’s best games at Georgia was holding Detroit Lions star Calvin Johnson, then at Georgia Tech, to just two catches for 13 yards in 2006. The defensive back had an interception in the game’s final minute to preserve a 15-12 victory over the Yellow Jackets.

“It’s heartbreaking for me personally, for our staff, for the Bulldog Nation I’m sure, and obviously for his family,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “I was crushed this morning when I heard it, quite frankly. I really haven’t been able to keep it off my mind to be honest with you. We’ve got to find a way to reach out and help in any way we can. If there’s some way that the Bulldog Nation can rally around that family, I hope everybody would be encouraged to do so.”