FONTANA, Calif. - After going four months without a victory, Jimmie Johnson picked a great time to get back to Victory Circle.
The reigning NASCAR Nextel Cup champion came on strong at the end of Sunday night's 250-lap race, grabbing his series-leading fifth victory of the season, clinching a spot in the Chase for the championship and guaranteeing he will be no worse than a tie for the top seed in the 10-race playoff.
ATLANTA - Maybe it was the heat. Perhaps it was carryover from a bad loss to the Marlins. Whatever it was, Ryan Howard and Aaron Rowand couldn't make contact, and the Philadelphia Phillies lost again.
SYLVANIA - For a moment - just a moment - it looked as though Screven County was going to shock its visitors from Statesboro. But after the Gamecocks took a quick 6-0 lead, the No. 7 ranked team in Class AAAA Statesboro scored 34 straight points to run away from SCHS 34-13.
ATLANTA - Tom Glavine finally beat his buddy John Smoltz.
After two fumbles and an interception on its first three possessions, all Bulloch Academy needed was some lightning to catch fire.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets couldn't put together any offense in head Coach John Kenny's debut and the Toombs County Bulldogs rolled to a 33-6 win over SEB.
MORGAN COUNTY – A tough Morgan County squad wore down the just-as-tough Portal team to come away with a 15-7 win over the Panthers.
For the second straight year, the Portal Panthers will pack up and hit the road to North Georgia to take on Morgan County, a team that kicked off 2006 by knocking off PHS 28-12.
PORTAL - The Portal Lady Panthers took on the Hornets of Savannah Country Day Thursday evening, and once again fell just short after keeping it tight for a majority of the game, dropping the contest 6-3.
When I started this gig as an intern in the summer of 2004, I hadn't ever fathomed I'd visit some of the places I have. Luckily for me, I love a good road trip, discovering new towns and taking in the little traditions of Friday night football in southern Georgia. Of course, I haven't been everywhere, but I thought it might be fun to take a survey of some of the best of the best of my experiences.
The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets begin a new era of football today as they unveil first-year head coach John Kenny and his new spread offense against visiting Toombs County on Fred Shaver Field at 7:30 p.m. in Brooklet.
Does it get any better than this on opening weekend?
Blocking and tackling the same guys for almost a month can get monotonous.
PRETORIA, South Africa - For five days, Oscar Pistorius endured a withering cross-examination at his murder trial from a prosecutor who pounced on apparent inconsistencies in his testimony. Yet, legal analysts said Tuesday, expert witnesses who will testify for the defense could undermine the prosecution's efforts to prove Pistorius killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on purpose after an argument.
AUGUSTA - The moment doesn't get much bigger than this - a 20-foot putt on the 18th green Sunday at Augusta National for the win.
BOSTON - Survivors, first responders and family members of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over Boston's resilience in the face of a terror attack.
NEW YORK - Marking the 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, the Rev. Jesse Jackson praised Commissioner Bud Selig for the strides the sport has taken in minority opportunities over the past two decades.
He plays a sexy game of golf, owns two green jackets and - in what constitutes a show of major respect in these parts - Bubba Watson made rabid Georgia Bulldog fans take a break from spring football to watch some golf this weekend.
ATLANTA - Steve Koonin has cheered on the Atlanta Hawks surrounded by thousands of empty seats. He's cheered them on when the place was rockin'.
PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius came under intense pressure Monday at his murder trial from the chief prosecutor, who dismissed his account of how he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp as a flimsy web of lies and accused the Olympian of staging emotional outbursts to mask difficulty in answering a barrage of probing questions.
"When I got to the 10 tee box, I still believed I could win the tournament, no doubt about it. I still thought that Bubba..."
AUGUSTA - Bubba Watson's second Masters title was nothing like the green jacket he won two years ago.
On July 27, 1993, Jordan Spieth was born.
A patron asks, "Is that Bubba?"
AUGUSTA - Bubba Watson won the Masters two years ago with his brand of "Bubba golf," producing shots of raw skill and wild imagination. His strategy now is to keep it simple, and he is halfway to another green jacket.
AUGUSTA - No nerves. No worries. Adam Scott never knew the opening round at Augusta National could be so enjoyable.
He walks up the 17th fairway at Augusta National uncomfortably upright, his hands clutched to both ends of a 7-iron that stretches toward the sky behind his head. He rocks the club from one hip to the other, bending his back side-to-side as he grimaces.
PRETORIA, South Africa - The chief prosecutor laughed scornfully at an answer from Oscar Pistorius during the Olympic athlete's murder trial Thursday, mocking the man who shot his girlfriend. The judge sternly instructed the prosecutor to restrain himself and he apologized - then went right back to trying to pick holes in the testimony of the double-amputee runner.