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Florida is No. 1 AP preseason Top 25

NEW YORK - As Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators prepare to make a run at their third national title in the last four seasons, the defending champions have already made some history.Florida is No. 1 in The Associated Press' preseason Top 25 released Saturday, followed by Texas, Oklahoma, Southern California and Alabama. But the Gators are in a class by themselves, the most overwhelming preseason No. 1 in the history of the media poll.Florida received 58 of the 60 first-place votes, or 96.7 percent. Texas got the other first-place votes.The previous highest percentage of first-place votes ...

August 22, 2009 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer | Sports


Braves take series with 3-2 win

NEW YORK - Kenshin Kawakami outpitched Johan Santana, Brian McCann hit a solo homer and the Atlanta Braves clawed just a bit further into playoff contention with a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday night.

August 20, 2009 | By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer | Sports


The Eagles Nest: With the game on the line, where will GSU turn?

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August 20, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON & MATT YOGUS vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Braves sink Mets with their own 8-run inning

NEW YORK - There were a few well-placed grounders and a couple of liners as the hits piled up in a big eight-run inning. Only this time it was the Atlanta Braves at the plate.

August 20, 2009 | By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer | Sports


Lofton expected to be Falcons' long-term leader

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - From the time the Atlanta Falcons made Tommy Nobis their first draft pick in 1966, the franchise has always had a long-term leader at linebacker.

August 19, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Prep Sports Blitz: SHS WR's dazzle in debut; BA season preview

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August 19, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports




Sheffield, Mets light up Lowe and beat Braves

NEW YORK - Gary Sheffield doubled twice in an eight-run fourth inning and the New York Mets battered Derek Lowe, rebounding from an early deficit for a 9-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

August 18, 2009 | By MIKE FITZPATRICK AP Baseball Writer | Sports


Guess who's back? Farve to keep on going

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Brett Favre looks ready to unretire again.

August 18, 2009 | By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer | Sports


Atlanta charms D'Backs

ATLANTA - Ryan Church hit a three-run double in a six-run third inning that lifted Tommy Hanson and the Atlanta Braves past Max Scherzer and the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-4 Monday.Hanson (8-2) gave up six hits, no walks and two runs in six innings for his third straight win. The rookie right-hander struck out seven.Garret Anderson gave the Braves a 1-0 lead with a second-inning homer, and Adam LaRoche added a two-run shot off Scherzer in the sixth.The Braves won two of three in a series that took three months to complete. The game was rescheduled following a May ...

August 17, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Weekly Whatup

One more Friday to go.

August 17, 2009 | By MATT YOGUS myogus@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Yang's victory huge for international golf

CHASKA, Minn. - For years, Asian countries could only boast about growth and potential in men's golf. Success was measured by a half-dozen players who had cracked the top 50 in the world rankings over the last decade.It took Y.E. Yang and his stunning victory over Tiger Woods to make them a major part of the conversation."We've been waiting for quite a number of years for this," said Peter Dawson, chief executive of the hallowed Royal & Ancient Golf Club in Scotland. "Perhaps the PGA Championship was not the one we were expecting. But it's great ...

August 17, 2009 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Vick and McNabb could team up in Philly backfield

PHILADELPHIA - Donovan McNabb says he has no problem with Michael Vick taking some of his snaps and warns opponents that the two quarterbacks could be on the field together at times.Vick was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles last week to add a different dimension to the team's offense, not to push McNabb for a starting job. It's likely that Vick, a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback in six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, will be used in a variation of the Wildcat formation.But even in that scenario, McNabb won't necessarily be watching from the sideline."I ...

August 17, 2009 | By ROB MAADDI AP Sports Writer | Sports


Yang topples Tiger in the PGA

CHASKA, Minn. - In a year of spoilers at the majors, Y.E. Yang was the biggest of all.

August 16, 2009 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Lions QB Stafford wins pro debut against Falcons

DETROIT - Matthew Stafford took his first snap as a pro and perfectly executed a play-action pass.

August 16, 2009 | By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer | Sports


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Carmike Cinemas catches soccer fever

Sunday evening, the United States Women's National Soccer Team will be gunning for its first World Cup championship since 1999. The Americans will also be out for a bit of revenge as they face Japan, which denied them the world title four years ago in the championship game.

July 03, 2015 | MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Serena escapes, faces sister next

Twice, Serena Williams stood merely two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd.

July 03, 2015 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Sports Writer | Sports


Nadal bows out early at Wimbledon

LONDON - On the final point of the first set of his latest Wimbledon disappointment, Rafael Nadal swung his mighty, lefty forehand - and whiffed, accidentally whacking his right leg with his racket.

July 02, 2015 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


U.S. asks for extradition of FIFA officials

GENEVA - The United States has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe that has rocked soccer's world governing body.

July 02, 2015 | By GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer | Sports


More heartbreak for English soccer

MANCHESTER, England - England's national teams keep finding ways to make agonizing exits from major soccer tournaments.

July 02, 2015 | By STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Defense has keyed run to World Cup final

MONTREAL (AP) - It used to be that the U.S. women's national team was known more for its fierce attack. For the Women's World Cup in Canada, the Americans are finding success with a locked-down defense.

July 01, 2015 | By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Venus, Serena on collision course

LONDON - Venus Williams is no longer the player she once was, on account of the passage of time and the day-to-day ups and downs of an energy-sapping condition.

July 01, 2015 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


Dollars flying in NBA free agency

Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will be conducting his in Phoenix.

July 01, 2015 | By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer | Sports


16-year-old French girl breaking baseball barriers

PARIS - Simply by playing ball, Melissa Mayeux is busting through barriers.

July 01, 2015 | By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Writer | Sports


Braves beaten again in 6-1 loss to Nats

ATLANTA - Jordan Zimmermann took a shutout into the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 6-1 on Tuesday night to continue their season-long dominance of the division rivalry.

June 30, 2015 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


U.S. advances to finals

MONTREAL - Carli Lloyd buried a penalty kick, Hope Solo got another shutout and the United States beat top-ranked Germany 2-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the title match at the Women's World Cup.

June 30, 2015 | By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer | Sports


USA-Germany features clash of world's top goalkeepers

MONTREAL - The Women's World Cup semifinal clash between top-ranked Germany and the second-ranked United States will feature two of the best goalkeepers in the game: Nadine Angerer and Hope Solo.

June 29, 2015 | By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Serena gets through opener at Wimbledon

LONDON (AP) - As has become customary for Serena Williams of late, she got off to a rocky start.

June 29, 2015 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


In the Pits: IndyCar must balance daredevil vs. dangerous

NASCAR returns this week to Daytona International Speedway, where 43 drivers are likely to race bumper to bumper for 400 white-knuckle miles.

June 29, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | Sports


Cardinals adding to MLB's best record

ST. LOUIS - Mike Matheny has zero interest in scanning the daily statistics that show just how efficiently the St. Louis Cardinals are dealing with the opposition.

June 29, 2015 | By R.B. FALLSTROM AP Sports Writer | Sports


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