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Falcon offense takes flight

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Mike Smith says Sunday's runaway win at San Francisco was the Falcons' most complete offensive game in his two seasons in Atlanta."I know statistically it most definitely was in terms of yards," he said.But he says the offense can be better than it showed in the 45-10 rout of the 49ers."I think we left some plays out there," Smith said Monday. "I think the offensive guys will tell you that."Quarterback Matt Ryan, who completed 22 of 32 passes for a career-high 329 yards, called the game "just a pretty good performance" for ...

October 12, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Vols roll, pick up big win over Bulldogs

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin didn't defeat Florida as promised. He did deliver on another guarantee with a 45-19 win over the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday."(Kiffin) basically made a promise to us that we wouldn't lose to them anymore, forever or until he leaves," Volunteers safety Eric Berry said. "He's not going to let Georgia beat us."The first-year coach got some help from Jonathan Crompton, who passed for a career-high 310 yards and threw for four touchdowns.Kiffin had emphasized the Georgia game to his players due to its importance in recruiting. Because the ...

October 10, 2009 | By BETH RUCKER AP Writer | Sports


UGA searching for the next big back

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia is one of those schools that likes to think of itself as Running Back U.

October 08, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


The Eagles Nest: GSU takes shot at program's biggest win ever

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October 08, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Johnson feels FSU is ready to rally for struggling Bowden

ATLANTA - Paul Johnson says the hubbub over Bobby Bowden's future at Florida State will have the Seminoles fired up for Saturday night's game against his Georgia Tech team.

October 07, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Hawks' Joe Johnson headed for free agency

ATLANTA - There's a new reason for the Atlanta Hawks to enter the 2009-10 season with a renewed sense of urgency.

October 07, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Prep Sports Blitz: Portal hosts Claxton; SHS, BA Friday Night Previews

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October 07, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


SEC admits mistake in penalty call against UGA

ATLANTA - No foul.The Southeastern Conference said Monday that Georgia receiver A.J. Green should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after his late touchdown against No. 4 LSU, a flag that cost the Bulldogs crucial yards on the ensuing kickoff.Georgia had to kick off from its own 15, and Trindon Holliday returned it 40 yards into Bulldogs territory. Two plays later, Charles Scott broke off a 33-yard run that gave the Tigers a 20-13 victory.Rogers Redding, the SEC's coordinator of officials, said a video review of the play from a different angle than the official ...

October 06, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Versatile Nesbitt becoming a bigger threat to defenses

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Josh Nesbitt is making it tough on defensive coordinators.The Georgia Tech quarterback did a little bit of everything the last two weeks, baffling defenses in wins over Mississippi State and North Carolina.Against the Tar Heels last week he rushed 32 times and scored two touchdowns. Against the Bulldogs on Saturday he passed for a career-high 266 yards and a score in a 42-31 win."Without a doubt, yes," Nesbitt said when asked if the game was the best passing performance of his career. "I think I took care of the ball very well, placed it where ...

October 06, 2009 | By Chris Talbott AP Writer | Sports


Weekly Whatup, 10/6

I'm not a big "moral victory" kind of guy.

October 05, 2009 | By MATT YOGUS myogus@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Falcons' Norwood says concussions 'a serious deal'

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Jerious Norwood is running out of locker space.

October 05, 2009 | By CHARLES OGUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Awful finish, high hopes for next Braves season

ATLANTA - The Braves packed up their lockers, exchanged phone numbers and started looking ahead to next season with a lot more hope than they had a year ago.

October 05, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Braves stumbling to the finish

October 03, 2009 | The Associated Press | Sports


Falcons take a look at running game during bye week

ATLANTA - Ovie Mughelli delivered a cut block, just as he's supposed to do. Michael Turner spotted the opening and headed toward the end zone.

October 02, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Peterson still a factor now that he's in Atlanta

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Not long after they first met, Mike Peterson pulled Jonathan Babineaux aside.

October 01, 2009 | By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press Writer | Sports


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Georgia State's R.J. Hunter to declare for draft

ATLANTA - R.J. Hunter ensured his legacy at Georgia State by hitting one of the most memorable shots in the NCAA tournament.

March 30, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


In the Pits: Montoya finding IndyCar success second time around

There was a time when the edge to Juan Pablo Montoya was evident everywhere he went. His arrogance was on display as he walked through the paddock, his confidence in a race car clear with every fearless move he made.

March 30, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | Sports


Gonzaga headed to Elite Eight

Przemek Karnowski had 18 points and nine rebounds and second-seeded Gonzaga used a big run early in the second half to pull away for a 74-62 win over No. 11 UCLA on Friday night in the Houston Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.

March 27, 2015 | By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer | Sports


Notre Dame races by Wichita State 81-70

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March 26, 2015 | By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer | Sports


Hawks rally in 4th

ORLANDO, Fla. - Paul Millsap had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 95-83 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

March 25, 2015 | By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer | Sports


Blue Devils remain undefeated in region play

In a tightly contested pitcher's duel Tuesday night at Mill Creek Park, the Statesboro High School Blue Devils came out on top 5-2 against Effingham County to extend the team's winning streak to eight games and a perfect 4-0 region record.

March 24, 2015 | By HORACE HOLLOMAN hholloman@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Sharper guilty rape, drugging counts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former NFL star Darren Sharper removed all doubt Monday that he drugged and raped women, taking the first of several legal steps to own up to sex assaults in four states that will send him to federal prison for about nine years.

March 23, 2015 | JACQUES BILLEAUD Associated Press | Sports


Oklahoma State falls to Oregon, 79-73

OMAHA, Neb. - Le'Bryan Nash stared at his feet, unable to speak. His teammate, Anthony Hickey, patted him gently on the back. Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford gave him an encouraging nod.

March 20, 2015 | By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer | Sports


Durant likely to miss remainder of season

OKLAHOMA CITY - Reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant likely won't return this season.

March 20, 2015 | By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer | Sports


Gomes, Johnson lift Atlanta Braves over Florida Marlins 6-3

KISSIMMEE, Fla.- Even though he won 10 games for the marlins last season, Tom Koehler isn't considering himself a lock for Miami's rotation.

March 19, 2015 | Associated Press | Sports


Bracket Busters eliminate top-seeded teams in tourney

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The UAB Blazers may not have a football program anymore. They do have the first big upset of the NCAA Tournament and hope they can give their university something to rally around.

March 19, 2015 | By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer | Sports


Syracuse's Boeheim to retire in three years

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Jim Boeheim became the face of Syracuse University over the past five decades, first as player, then as coach - revered for wins and delivering a national title to a struggling city in 2003. But the coda to his decorated career has become tinged with undeniable blemishes, laid out in harsh penalties for violations the NCAA says show Boeheim and the university lost control of athletics.

March 18, 2015 | By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Butler back in

DeleteINDIANAPOLIS- Butler is heading back to the NCAA Tournament with a new resume and an old mantra.

March 17, 2015 | MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer | Sports


Early exit for Borland

You can still count on two hands how many players walked away from a pro football career with more good days likely ahead of them than behind.

March 17, 2015 | JIM LITKE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Can anyone top Kentucky?

There's a way to beat Kentucky.

March 16, 2015 | By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer | Sports


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