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Stewart wins at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) -Smoke loves it when the Glen heats up.Tony Stewart won the rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International on a steamy Monday, holding off Australian Marcos Ambrose over the final 25 laps for his Cup-record fifth victory at the famed road course."I love it when it gets slick," Stewart said. "I was watching him (Ambrose). I think we were stronger in the parts we needed to be and we never looked at the fuel."It was Stewart's third win in his first season as an owner-driver and the seventh road ...

August 10, 2009 | By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Falcons WR White agrees to contract extension

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - After holding out for the first week of training camp, receiver Roddy White agreed to a contract extension with the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night.

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


Expectations on the rise for Ga. Tech

ATLANTA - Paul Johnson says Georgia Tech players have expectations for 2009 that are no higher than last season.

August 08, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Harrington leads Tiger by 3 at Firestone

AKRON, Ohio - Padraig Harrington responded to a late charge by Tiger Woods with one of his own Saturday and shot a 3-under 67 at rain-softened Firestone to build a three-shot lead going into the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational.

August 08, 2009 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


UGA looking at running back by committee

ATHENS, Ga. - Mark Richt isn't ready to predict the winner of Georgia's tailback competition. He won't even predict that one winner will emerge in the effort to replace first-round draft pick Knowshon Moreno.

Georgia fans, brace for a tailback-by-committee approach.

August 08, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Harrington holds onto lead at Firestone

AKRON, Ohio - Padraig Harrington broke par for the second straight day, something he hasn't done in four months. Two more days like that and it could lead to something he hasn't done in a year.Without a victory since the PGA Championship, Harrington treaded carefully across Firestone on Friday for a 1-under 69 that gave him a one-shot lead over Tim Clark going into the weekend at the Bridgestone Invitational.Harrington didn't put much stock into his opening round of 64, and he wasn't ready to declare himself the favorite to win his first World Golf ...

August 07, 2009 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Johnson wins Watkins Glen pole

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson will never have a better view at Watkins Glen International. He just hopes he can keep it.Johnson captured the first road-course pole of his career in qualifying Friday, turning a lap at 123.633 mph in 71.34 seconds over the 11-turn, 2.45-mile circuit to edge Kurt Busch for the top spot for Sunday."It's going to be nice to have a good view from the front," said the three-time defending Cup champion, who has never won a Cup road race. "It's going to boil down to track position ...

August 07, 2009 | By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Harrington takes 2-shot lead at Firestone

AKRON, Ohio - In Phil Mickelson's return to the links, Padraig Harrington feels good enough about his swing to concentrate on his results, and it finally paid off Thursday in the Bridgestone Invitational with a 6-under 64 for a two-shot lead.Harrington has not won a sanctioned tournament since last year at the PGA Championship, when he became the first European in history to win successive majors in the same season.The Irishman was about the only one not terribly excited."There's no relevance at all," he said. "It's just a round of golf."It was a good ...

August 06, 2009 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Falcons' Douglas lost for season with knee injury

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons' depth chart at wide receiver doesn't look much like coach Mike Smith planned.Smith confirmed Thursday that Harry Douglas will miss the season with a knee injury. Pro Bowl receiver Roddy White is in a contract holdout, and so suddenly the Falcons' three-receiver formation includes Eric Weems, who has one career catch, and Brian Finneran, who hasn't started a game since 2005.Both Weems, who rooms with Douglas at the Falcons' training camp, and Finneran, who missed two seasons with knee injuries, said they felt pain for Douglas when he hurt his ...

August 06, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


The Eagles Nest: GSU missing key players as practice begins; WR preview

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August 06, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON/staff vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Prep Sports Blitz: Changes, new faces for SHS and SEB

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August 05, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON/staff vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Braves take series with 6-2 win

SAN DIEGO - Rookie Tommy Hanson shut down San Diego long enough for his teammates to get a comfortable lead against Chad Gaudin and the Atlanta Braves beat the Padres 6-2 on Wednesday.

August 05, 2009 | By BERNIE WILSON AP Sports Writer | Sports




Falcons' Peterson believes 11th year will be his best

FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Peterson finally made peace with himself after last year's meltdown with Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio.It took Peterson a few restless nights to put the embarrassments and disappointments behind him, but a reunion with Falcons coach Mike Smith has given the 11th-year linebacker a new outlook on football."You're going to go through some phases in your life when you have to learn from it and move on," Peterson said Tuesday. "For some reason, and I might not understand it now, but this season, after we win the Super Bowl, I'll look back ...

August 04, 2009 | By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press Writer | Sports


Hundreds remember Georgia boxer as soft-spoken champ

ATLANTA - Three-time boxing champion Vernon Forrest was remembered Monday by some 1,500 friends, family and fellow athletes as a soft-spoken, modest competitor defined more by his work helping others than his victories in the ring.The 38-year-old Forrest, a former two-division champion who gained notoriety when he became the first boxer to defeat "Sugar" Shane Mosley, was shot and killed July 25 in Atlanta. Police have said he exchanged gunfire with at least two robbery suspects before being shot several times in the back."I believe in God and the justice system," his brother Alfonso Forrest told about 1 ...

August 04, 2009 | By JONATHAN LANDRUM, Jr. Associated Press Writer | Sports


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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


Safety questions hover over Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS - They call the Indianapolis 500 "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" for its high speeds, rich history, enormous crowd and the take-your-breath-away competition.

May 23, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | Sports


Kurt Busch brings lessons to Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. - There's no bank of TV cameras surrounding Kurt Busch's hauler, no one monitoring his fluid intake to prevent dehydration, no golf cart waiting to whisk him away from NASCAR practice and off to Indianapolis. This year, Busch is glad to have his focus solely on the Coca-Cola 600.

May 22, 2015 | By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer | Sports


Kurt Busch brings lessons to Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. - There's no bank of TV cameras surrounding Kurt Busch's hauler, no one monitoring his fluid intake to prevent dehydration, no golf cart waiting to whisk him away from NASCAR practice and off to Indianapolis. This year, Busch is glad to have his focus solely on the Coca-Cola 600.

May 22, 2015 | By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer | Sports


James, Smith lead Cavs over Hawks in Game 1

ATLANTA - J.R. Smith knocked down a tough 3-pointer, then another. Turning toward the fans, their heckling transformed to groans, he blew off his right index finger and motioned toward his side, like he was holstering his pistol.

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


American Pharoah's breeding rights sold

NEW YORK - Win or lose the Belmont Stakes, Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah is expected to keep racing for the rest of the year.

May 20, 2015 | By RICHARD ROSENBLATT AP Sports Writer | Sports


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