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Falcons fading fast after loss to Eagles

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Mike Smith had more injured than healthy offensive starters by the end of the Atlanta Falcons' third loss in their last four games.That was only part of the somber news.The Falcons' 34-7 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday was the team's worst in Smith's two years as coach. The loss left the 6-6 Falcons on the fringe of the NFC wild-card chase.More reason for concern: Just when the Falcons can't afford another loss, the 12-0 New Orleans Saints come to Atlanta next week.Perhaps intent on countering the somber mood, Smith assumed ...

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


Weekly Whatup 12/8

Tis the season for speculation.

December 07, 2009 | By MATT YOGUS myogus@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Video - New GSU Coach Jeff Monken's Complete Press Conference

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


Tech set for title game

ATLANTA - Derrick Morgan can't remember the last time Georgia Tech won an Atlantic Coast Conference championship.Not that he should.He was a 1-year-old when the Yellow Jackets captured their lone ACC title in 1990, on the way to an unbeaten season and a share of the national championship."That's a long time ago," Morgan said, shaking his head.Ditto for Clemson, a one-time ACC powerhouse that hasn't finished on top of the league since 1991. The No. 25 Tigers are just as eager to break their long drought when they face the 12th-ranked Yellow Jackets in ...

December 03, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Gators must stop Jones, 'Bama passing attack

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - When Joe Haden arrived at Florida, he wanted to play quarterback. Then he realized Tim Tebow had that job secured.He considered moving to receiver, then discovered Percy Harvin was the main man there.Haden just wanted to get on the field, so he asked about playing cornerback. Coach Urban Meyer obliged, and Haden started learning the position. Three years later, he's got it down pat.Meyer said this week that no one on his team is playing as well as Haden.That didn't stop defensive coordinator Charlie Strong from telling Haden that Alabama receiver Julio ...

December 03, 2009 | By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer | Sports


Falcon friend offers warm reception for Vick's return to Atlanta

ATLANTA - Roddy White looks forward to seeing Michael Vick. Just don't expect the Falcons receiver to don another T-shirt showing his support for No. 7."I've got to be locked in," White said Wednesday, breaking into a hearty laugh. "This is a big game for us."No one is quite sure what kind of reception Michael Vick will get when he returns to the Georgia Dome for the first time since serving 18 months in federal prison for dogfighting. After being out of the league for two seasons, the former Falcons quarterback is now a little-used backup for ...

December 03, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Tiger apologizes for "personal failures"

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Tiger Woods still isn't talking. Now he's not playing, either.Woods withdrew Monday from his own golf tournament, citing injuries from a car crash near his Florida home. His decision comes as questions continue to mount regarding what exactly happened in the wee hours of the morning last Friday - questions that most certainly would have been asked of him had he played.The world's No. 1 golfer posted a statement on his Web site saying that unspecified injuries prevented him from playing in the Chevron World Challenge. He had been scheduled to hold a ...

December 03, 2009 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


The Eagles Nest: Jeff Monken Interview; Basketball starts SoCon play

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December 03, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Braves ink Wagner to one-year contract

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves took another major step toward solidifying their pitching staff for next season, agreeing Wednesday to a $7 million, one-year contract with closer Billy Wagner.Next up: the offense."The bullpen is one of the areas we needed to upgrade to get where we want to go," Braves general manager Frank Wren said during a news conference at Turner Field. "Billy was at the top of our list. The first day of free agency, we gave him a call."The six-time All-Star gets $6.75 million in 2010, and his deal includes a $6.5 million club ...

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




Weekly Whatup, 12/1

Thanks to the modern marvel that is the Internet, you all have probably heard the news by now – Georgia Southern just took the world's biggest mulligan.

November 30, 2009 | By MATT YOGUS myogus@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Woods withdraws from tourney

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Tiger Woods still isn't talking. Now he's not playing, either.

November 30, 2009 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Patrick signs Indy extension, NASCAR future uncertain

Danica Patrick unveiled her splashy new car in New York's Times Square, its bright green, black and orange color scheme right at home with the flashy billboards and lights above.

November 30, 2009 | By JOHN MARSHALL AP Sports Writer | Sports


Tech looks for two in a row over UGA

ATLANTA - Paul Johnson says it's no bigger than any other game, certainly not as important as the one next week.Try telling that to his players.State pride is a pretty powerful motivator.No. 7 Georgia Tech (10-1) will be going for its second straight victory over Georgia when the teams meet Saturday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium, and anyone who thinks this is merely a warmup for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship doesn't understand how deep the feelings run in this rivalry."This is a big game in the state of Georgia," Tech receiver Demaryius Thomas said ...

November 27, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Tide survives scare, takes Iron Bowl in closing minutes

AUBURN, Ala. - No. 2 Alabama found its championship form in the nick of time.Outplayed most of the game, the Crimson Tide stayed unbeaten with a 26-21 victory Friday over Auburn, taking the lead with a nearly perfect drive that was capped by Greg McElroy's 4-yard touchdown pass to Roy Upchurch with 1:24 left.Alabama (12-0, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) completed a second straight perfect regular season in the Iron Bowl, but did it the hard way against its bitter rival. The Tide fell behind in the opening minutes, but came out ahead to do its part to set ...

November 27, 2009 | By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer | Sports


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AP sources: NFL close to new football inspection rules

The NFL is preparing to send out instructions to game officials and teams explaining new rules for inspecting footballs.

July 27, 2015 | By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer | Sports


FIFA says corruption crisis hinders search for new sponsors

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - The FIFA corruption crisis is hurting its search for new World Cup sponsors.

July 24, 2015 | By GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer | Sports


Fireworks on Tour as Nibali and Froome fight

LA TOUSSUIRE, France - Chris Froome always expected his rivals to throw everything at him and his Tour de France race lead. He just didn't ...

July 24, 2015 | By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Writer | Sports


Health an issue all around SEC

The fortunes of several potential Southeastern Conference contenders could hinge largely on players returning from serious injuries.

July 23, 2015 | By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer | Sports


National team tries to regroup after upset loss

ATLANTA - Jurgen Klinsmann strolled into the room in the basement of the Georgia Dome, not looking overly concerned about the biggest upset loss in U ...

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


Source: Union offered NFL settlement on Brady suspension

The players' union proposed a settlement on Tom Brady's four-game suspension last week that was "met with silence" by the NFL, a person familiar ...

July 23, 2015 | By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer | Sports


Jamaica stuns US 2-1 in Gold Cup semifinals

ATLANTA - Jamaica stunned the United States with a pair of first-half goals, one off a blunder by goalkeeper Brad Guzan, and held on for a ...

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


R.I.E.Z. sending three athletes to Junior Olympics

July 22, 2015 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Blatter heads to Russia for first foreign trip since crisis

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - FIFA President Sepp Blatter is due in Russia on Thursday for his first overseas trip since the arrests of fellow soccer ...

July 22, 2015 | By ROB HARRIS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Jamaica relishes underdog role against USMNT

ATLANTA - Forward Michael Seaton says Jamaica advanced to the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals for the first time in 17 years because the Reggae Boyz enjoyed ...

July 21, 2015 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Seminoles working on problems

PINEHURST, N.C - With off-field issues overshadowing his program once again, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said Tuesday the Seminoles are "stepping up" their process ...

July 21, 2015 | By AARON BEARD AP Sports Writer | Sports


After 10-hour delay, Dustin Johnson leads

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Even with 155 years of history, the British Open can still serve up some strange twists at St. Andrews.

July 18, 2015 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


USMNT dominates Cuba in Gold Cup

BALTIMORE - Clint Dempsey scored on a fourth-minute header, added a pair of second-half goals for his first international hat trick, and the United States routed ...

July 18, 2015 | By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Logano poised for win at New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. - Joey Logano has rocked a victory lobster at New Hampshire, so riding the wave of the "Sharknado" craze and tussling with bloodthirsty ...

July 17, 2015 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Johnson still in control

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - The grand pursuit of Jordan Spieth, redemption for Dustin Johnson, the mystery that has become Tiger Woods. It all came to a ...

July 17, 2015 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


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