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Weekly Whatup 11-16-09

What a long, winding road it has been for the area football teams this season.

November 16, 2009 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Sports


With division won, Tech looks forward

DURHAM, N.C. - Georgia Tech's players slapped a few high-fives with the fans who stuck around an emptying stadium. In one end zone, a banner was unfurled to read: "Tampa Bound."After clinching the ACC Coastal Division, they allowed themselves to savor the moment for, well, a moment.But these No. 7 Yellow Jackets hope some bigger things await - like their first outright ACC championship since 1990."Those guys have worked really hard, and a lot of people have doubted them along the way - especially early - and they've just been resilient and they kept playing," Tech coach Paul ...

November 16, 2009 | By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer | Sports






Falcons and Panthers have similar issues

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - While some in Atlanta are concerned about Matt Ryan's recent flurry of interceptions, he's nowhere close to matching the passing woes in Carolina.Through eight games, the Panthers have one touchdown catch by a wide receiver. Yes, Steve Smith is still on the roster."I am totally shocked," fellow receiver Muhsin Muhammad said. "It's amazing. It's befuddling to me. I don't understand it."With the Falcons (5-3) and Panthers (3-5) bringing two of the league's elite running backs in Michael Turner and DeAngelo Williams into Sunday's NFC South contest, the ...

November 14, 2009 | By MIKE CRANSTON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Jackets clinch spot in ACC title game

DURHAM, N.C. - Orwin Smith bobbled the kickoff, recovered just in time to find a seam and took off toward the goal line.Just like that, No. 7 Georgia Tech was off to the races - and headed straight for the ACC title game.The Yellow Jackets clinched the Coastal Division and a spot in the league championship by routing Duke 49-10 on Saturday behind 110 yards rushing and two touchdowns from Jonathan Dwyer and another big day from Josh Nesbitt.Smith's 83-yard kickoff return sparked slow-starting Georgia Tech (10-1, 7-1). Duke's Jordon Byas tracked him down from behind ...

November 14, 2009 | By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer | Sports




Officiating woes have SEC drawing more scrutiny

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Southeastern Conference is the Rolls-Royce of college football leagues, with the last three national champions, two teams in the running for this season's title and huge TV contracts.Boom times for sure. But troubled ones, too.The league has been dealing with seemingly endless questions stemming from a string of controversial officiating calls in close games involving highly ranked teams. That followed a preseason run-in with national media outlets over a new SEC policy.The in-season issues forced commissioner Mike Slive to make the unusual moves of publicly announcing the suspension of an officiating crew, increasing ...

November 11, 2009 | By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer | Sports


Prep Sports Blitz: SHS, BA, ECI Playoff Previews; BA's Burke signs with GSU

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November 11, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Deep South's oldest rivalry has lost some luster

ATHENS - The Deep South's oldest rivalry looks a little tarnished.

November 10, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Johnson hopes Tech saved best game for Duke

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech is on the verge of securing a spot in the ACC championship game in only its second season under Paul Johnson.

November 10, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Weekly Whatup, 11/10

And then there were three.

November 09, 2009 | By MATT YOGUS myogus@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Busch and Tryson continue to race hard

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Kurt Busch and Pat Tryson had every reason to coast through the season's final 10 races in a long farewell before the crew chief bolts to a new team next year.

November 09, 2009 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | Sports


Falcons say they feed off Smith's enthusiasm

FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Smith has a dangerous throwing arm.

November 09, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Jackets win again, streak now seven

ATLANTA - Josh Nesbitt had already fumbled on one fourth-down play, gotten tripped up on another. He'd also been stuffed trying to run for a first down, and had yet another all-or-nothing play ruined by a dropped pass.

November 07, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


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Talented field for Georgia State Cup

The Georgia State Cup begins today on the grounds of Georgia Southern University, set to determine champions for boys and girls sides over seven age divisions today and Sunday . And in addition to crowning the best teams in the state, it will also highlight some of the best individual talent that the state has to offer.

May 29, 2015 | MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Soccer elite converges on 'Boro for GA State Cup

For two days, Statesboro and the campus of Georgia Southern University will be playing host to some of the best soccer talent in all of Georgia.

May 28, 2015 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Hawks looking for continuity

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks cleaned out their lockers, met with the coaches, and headed off for summer vacation Thursday.

May 28, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Top seeds battle issues to advance at Roland Garros

PARIS - For Serena Williams, it was a bad right elbow that led to some shaky serving and a dropped set.

May 28, 2015 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


Defiant FIFA head won't step down

ZURICH - As defiant as ever, Sepp Blatter resisted calls to resign as FIFA president Thursday and deflected blame for the massive bribery and corruption scandal engulfing soccer's world governing body.

May 28, 2015 | By GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer | Sports


FIFA in hot water

ZURICH - The U.S. government launched an attack on what it called deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer's global governing body Wednesday, pulling FIFA executives out of a luxury Swiss hotel to face racketeering charges and raiding regional offices in Miami.

May 27, 2015 | By GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer | Sports


SEC to 'substantially' increase fines for rushing fields

DESTIN, Fla. - The Southeastern Conference has been fining its schools for rushing fields and storming courts since 2004.

May 27, 2015 | By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer | Sports


Hawks hoping for bright future

ATLANTA - The season didn't end like they wanted.

May 27, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Good day for host nation at French Open

PARIS - Gael Monfils delivered one final ace, his 21st, and closed out his latest raucous, five-set victory on Court Philippe Chatrier to the delight of roaring, partisan spectators.

May 27, 2015 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


Hawks' season ends with sweep

CLEVELAND - LeBron James scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving returned after missing two games and the Cleveland Cavaliers reserved a spot in the NBA Finals with a 118-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night to win the Eastern Conference title.

May 26, 2015 | TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer | Sports


All eyes on Manziel during practice

BEREA, Ohio - Except for sporting a tighter haircut under his orange helmet, Johnny Manziel looked pretty much the same.

May 26, 2015 | TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Cleveland, Atlanta plenty of lowlights

ATLANTA - On the sports misery index, Atlanta and Cleveland are hard to beat.

May 25, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Juan's World! Montoya beats Power for second Indy 500 win

INDIANAPOLIS - His career at a crossroads, his confidence shot, Juan Pablo Montoya received a lifeline from The Captain.

May 24, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press | Sports


Na leads at Colonial

FORT WORTH, Texas - The last time Kevin Na took the lead into the final round of a tournament, he faltered badly.

May 23, 2015 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | Sports


More bad news for Hawks: Korver out for rest of playoffs

ATLANTA - Already facing a daunting task after losing the first two games at home in the Eastern Conference final, the Atlanta Hawks were dealt another major blow Saturday when 3-point specialist Kyle Korver was ruled out for the rest of the playoffs because of a severely sprained right ankle.

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


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