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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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Swafford, Weekley atop soggy Zurich Classic

AVONDALE, La. - Hudson Swafford didn't want to dwell on the pressure of the high-stakes weekend that awaits him.

April 24, 2015 | By BRETT MARTEL AP Sports Writer | Sports


Emmert: Freshman eligibility problematic, worth debating

NEW YORK - NCAA President Mark Emmert is glad the Big Ten has sparked a discussion about freshman ineligibility, even though it is an idea fraught with potential pitfalls.

April 23, 2015 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Sports Writer | Sports


Hawks sold for $850 million

ATLANTA - Seven months after a racially charged email put the Atlanta Hawks on the market, there's an agreement to sell the NBA team for $850 million.

April 23, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Hawks hold off Nets

ATLANTA - Paul Millsap scored 19 points and the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks again survived a tougher-than-expected test from the Brooklyn Nets, holding on for a 96-91 victory and a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series Wednesday night.

April 22, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Hawks' Budenholzer named Coach of the Year

ATLANTA - Mike Budenholzer was right where he didn't want to be: the center of attention.

April 21, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Outdoor Life: Warm weather puts spring chores on the agenda

Sadly this is a recurring theme. You know what I'm talking about. Spring arrives, unwanted and unsightly vegetation grows and it's time to break out the grass-cutting devices. I have previously detailed some of my travails in this realm and I supposed it's time for an update so here it is - the weeds on my road are knee-high and steadily growing at a prolific rate due to recent rains. This means that my trusty weed-eater and I are once again on the prowl. I must say that my relationship with this implement has been a particularly close ...

April 21, 2015 | By ALVIN RICHARDSON | Sports


Hawks hurting, but lead series

ATLANTA - Al Horford was able to return to the court after dislocating his right pinky finger in the first game of the playoffs.

April 20, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Desisa wins second Boston Marathon

BOSTON - Lelisa Desisa won his first Boston Marathon in 2013.

April 20, 2015 | By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer | Sports


Merritt maintains edge through 3 rounds at RBC Heritage

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Troy Merritt felt the fear Saturday he experienced during his successful amateur career. The third-round leader at the RBC Heritage expects another healthy dose Sunday.

April 18, 2015 | By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer | Sports


Merritt shoots 61 to tie record

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Little-known Troy Merritt one-upped the Masters champion Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage.

April 17, 2015 | By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer | Sports


Winston's lawyer calls sexual assault suit a stunt

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The attorney for NFL prospect Jameis Winston said the lawsuit filed against the former Florida State University quarterback by a woman who says he raped her is "false" and a "stunt."

April 17, 2015 | By GARY FINEOUT | Sports


Top seeds have plenty of doubters heading to playoffs

ATLANTA - They won 60 games, which is the accepted NBA standard of greatness. They blew away everyone else in the Eastern Conference - including you, LeBron James.

April 17, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Jordan Spieth struggles in 1st round after Masters

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Jordan Spieth had a post-Masters letdown Thursday, shooting a 3-over 74 at the RBC Heritage to end his run of 16 straight rounds under par.

April 16, 2015 | By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer | Sports


Ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez convicted of murder, gets life

FALL RIVER, Mass. - Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday in a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 million contract and a standout career ahead of him.

April 15, 2015 | By MICHAEL R. SMITH Associated Press | Sports


Still awaiting verdict after six days

FALL RIVER, Mass. - After six days of deliberating, jurors went home Tuesday without reaching a verdict in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who is accused of killing the man dating his fiancee's sister.

April 14, 2015 | By MICHELLE R. SMITH Associated Press | Sports


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