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Local Roundup: BA winning streak ends at 28

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Nobody in Georgia seems to be able to beat the Bulloch Academy Lady Gators, but on Saturday at the Carolina Invitational, they played a team from Maryland.

December 27, 2014 | From staff and wire reports | Prep Sports 360


Time to do or die

ATLANTA - The Panthers-Falcons winner-take-all game for the NFC South title is a strange affair.

December 27, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Bowls: Penn State wins 1st bowl since scandal

NEW YORK - Christian Hackenberg hit Kyle Carter for a 10-yard touchdown pass in overtime and Penn State kicked the extra point that Boston College could not, lifting the Nittany Lions to a 31-30 win in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night.

December 27, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Death penalty states unmoved by botched execution

McALESTER, Okla. - Oklahoma's last execution went so badly that the state tried to cancel it before it was over. With the inmate writhing while the lethal drugs seeped into his body, his executioners drew the viewing gallery curtains, concealing what the warden later described as "a bloody mess."

December 27, 2014 | By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press | Associated Press


Police boss: Less rhetoric, more dialogue needed

NEW YORK - A day after the funeral of one of two police officers gunned down in their patrol car, the city's police commissioner called Sunday for a "lot less rhetoric and a lot more dialogue" to defuse the tension between police officers and the population they protect.

December 27, 2014 | By JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press | Local


Moving on: number of students being held back plunges over past decade

The numbers of students being "held back" a grade, known as "grade retention," have tumbled in recent years, according to a new study by the American Educational Research Association.

December 27, 2014 | By ERIC SCHULZKE Deseret News National | Hot topics


4 in 10 new marriages multiracial in America, study shows

An influx of immigrants has sparked diversity and more multiracial marriages in America, according to a Brookings Institution article that notes whites are the most likely partner.

December 27, 2014 | By LOIS M. COLLINS Deseret News National | Hot topics


Scientists target Christmas tree needles

NEW YORK - The presents are unwrapped. The children's shrieks of delight are just a memory. Now it's time for another Yuletide tradition: cleaning up the needles that are falling off your Christmas tree.

December 27, 2014 | By MALCOLM RITTER Associated Press | Associated Press


AP-Times Square poll: Most feeling good about 2015

WASHINGTON - Americans are closing out 2014 on an optimistic note, according to a new Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll. Nearly half predict that 2015 will be a better year for them than 2014 was, while only 1 in 10 think it will be worse. There's room for improvement: Americans give the year gone by a resounding 'meh.'

December 27, 2014 | By EMILY SWANSON and JENNIFER AGIESTA Associated Press | Associated Press


Rutland knocks off Blue Devils at Gentlemen's Classic

Two seasons ago, Statesboro shattered the dreams of Rutland by barging into the Hurricanes' home gym and scoring in the final seconds to claim a state quarterfinal win.

December 26, 2014 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Georgia's Richt: RB Todd Gurley heading to NFL

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Georgia running back Todd Gurley has informed coach Mark Richt that he plans to enter the NFL draft.

December 26, 2014 | By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer | UGA


Vidalia survives SEB

PORTAL - In the past three weeks, Southeast Bulloch has taken on elite teams from all around Georgia.

December 26, 2014 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports 360


Bowls: Louisiana Tech hammers Illinois

DALLAS - Kenneth Dixon scored one of his two touchdowns on an 80-yard reception and Xavier Woods scored on a 69-yard interception return to help Louisiana Tech beat Illinois 35-18 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Friday.

December 26, 2014 | The Associated Press | Sports


Games to Remember from 2014

They kept us on the edge of our seats and brought us to our feet.

December 26, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP National Writer | Sports


Indian Ocean tsunami: 10 years later

PERELIYA, Sri Lanka - A packed train in Sri Lanka was swept off the tracks by waves as big as elephants. A boat patrolling off Thailand's shore was hurled more than a mile inland. Streets in Indonesia turned into roaring rivers that carried people to their deaths.

December 26, 2014 | By KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press | Associated Press


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Chase Elliott to replace Gordon

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Chase Elliott will replace Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Chevrolet when the four-time NASCAR champion gives up his seat at the end of this season.

January 29, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Serena one win away from 19th major title

MELBOURNE, Australia - It wasn't until Serena Williams forced herself to relax, and not focus too intently on a milestone Grand Slam title, that she rediscovered the art of winning the biggest events in tennis.

January 29, 2015 | By JOHN PYE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Belichick, Carroll have different angles

PHOENIX - Put Bill Belichick behind a microphone and he's C-SPAN - minus the information.

January 29, 2015 | By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer | Sports


Tiger's year off to rough start with 2-over 73

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Tiger Woods helped attract a record, raucous crowd to the Phoenix Open on Thursday, the first big event in a week that concludes with the Super Bowl.

January 29, 2015 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Oregon could make first move in college football free agency

College football's free-agent market is open and Oregon is searching for the next Russell Wilson to replace Marcus Mariota.

January 29, 2015 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer | Sports


Work begins to raise Confederate warship from Savannah River

SAVANNAH - Divers and military salvage crews will spend the next nine months raising what's left of an armored Confederate warship that's been rotting at the bottom of the Savannah River for 150 years.

January 29, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


Harper Lee's classic to take Averitt stage

More than 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, our nation still is wrestling with the repercussions of decisions our forefathers made multiple generations ago.

January 29, 2015 | By MELINDA ROELL Special to the Herald | Local


Singing songs of the good news

About four years ago, comedian Steve Martin, who is also one great banjo player, wrote an interesting piece of music, "Atheists don't have no songs." Yes, I know that's a double negative. According to Martin, their hymnbook is only one page and if the name of God is there, it's spelled with a lower case "g." Go figure.

January 29, 2015 | Dr. John Bressler | Columnists/Editorials




Surprise players could be key

PHOENIX - Almost all football fans know Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski.

January 28, 2015 | By ROB MAADDI AP Sports Writer | Sports


Semifinals now set

MELBOURNE - It was difficult to tell who was more pleased with reaching the Australian Open semifinals: No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, advancing to his 25th at a Grand Slam tournament, or 19-year-old Madison Keys, who beat Venus Williams to get into her first.

January 28, 2015 | By DENNIS PASSA AP Sports Writer | Sports


US fades in 3-2 loss to Chile

Mark Gonzalez scored in the 66th and 75 minutes, rallying Chile to a 3-2 exhibition win over the United States on Wednesday night that sent the Americans to their first five-game winless streak since 2007.

January 28, 2015 | The Associated Press | Sports


Slain Georgia couple known for charity work across the South

McRAE, Ga. - Elrey "Bud" Runion and his wife, June, took their charitable efforts all over the South: from storm-damaged Alabama towns and impoverished pockets of West Virginia to their hometown in suburban Atlanta.

January 28, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM and RAY HENRY Associated Press | Associated Press


Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes

WASHINGTON - Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

January 28, 2015 | By ERICA WERNER and ERIC TUCKER Associated Press | Associated Press


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