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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


Dogs' Richt grateful for quiet offseason

ATHENS - It has been a summer of healing for Georgia, and for that a grateful Mark Richt offered one word:"Amen."Georgia returned to the practice fields on Tuesday with improved health after 13 players missed spring practice with injuries. The team's public image also has recovered, thanks to players avoiding the police blotter during the offseason.The 2008 injury list was topped by Jeff Owens, Trenton Sturdivant and Vince Vance.Owens and Sturdivant were regarded as Georgia's top defensive and offensive linemen, respectively, before their season-ending knee injuries early in the season. Vance was Sturdivant's replacement ...

August 04, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Weekly Whatup, 8/4

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August 03, 2009 | By MATT YOGUS | Sports


Georgia Tech enters 2009 with only 6 seniors

ATLANTA - Paul Johnson could almost count his seniors on one hand when Georgia Tech opened practice on Monday.Johnson, Georgia Tech's second-year coach, says he is encouraged by his team's improved depth and experience, but he knows he still has a young team. All he has to do is look for seniors.Georgia Tech had only six scholarship seniors for the first preseason practice."We don't have very many," Johnson said Monday. "It's a small class. ... I think our seniors are trying to take a strong leadership role and there's not a lot of them ...

August 03, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Statesboro gets back to business

Statesboro High School opened its doors for a new year on Monday. In addition to breaking out the pencils and textbooks in the classroom, the Statesboro Blue Devils also dusted off their shoulder pads and helmets as they opened fall practices under the shadow of Womack Field for the 2009 football season.

August 03, 2009 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Hamlin wins at Pocono Raceway

LONG POND, Pa. - Denny Hamlin ended a 50-race winless skid Monday, holding off Juan Pablo Montoya over the final riveting laps at Pocono Raceway before choking up with grief in Victory Lane.Hamlin won for the third time in eight career starts at the triangle track that has become his personal playground. He has had three other top 10s there.He was in tears following the Pennsylvania 500, the victory coming days after his grandmother's death. There was a catch to his voice as he spoke, and he wiped his face with a towel before walking away for a ...

August 03, 2009 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Braves even series vs. Dodgers

ATLANTA - Derek Lowe pitched six innings in his first game against Los Angeles since he signed with Atlanta in the offseason, leading the Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Dodgers on Saturday.Lowe (11-7) allowed three runs and five hits to win his fourth straight decision. The right-hander went 54-48 over four seasons with the Dodgers before agreeing to a $60 million, four-year contract with the Braves in January.Adam LaRoche had two hits and scored the tying run in the sixth in his return to Atlanta following Friday's trade from Boston. Chipper Jones went 2 for 4 ...

August 01, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Tiger Woods takes Buick Open lead

GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Tiger Woods drove on adjacent fairways twice on the back nine, hit a cup of beer in a spectator's hand, got rattled by a bug and was relegated to shaping some shots around trees and under branches.He still managed to shoot a 7-under 65 on Saturday in the third round of the Buick Open, giving him a 17-under 199 total and a one-stroke lead when Michael Letzig (68) double bogeyed the last hole."The whole idea of the game is put the ball in the hole, and I did that," Woods said. "But as ...

August 01, 2009 | By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Phelps sets record in 100m butterfly

ROME - He defiantly spit out a mouthful of a water, climbed atop the lane rope, pumped his fists furiously and tugged on that supposedly inferior swimsuit.The message was clear: Don't mess with Michael Phelps.Milorad Cavic tried to get in his head and wound up looking at his back, losing again to the guy who beat him at the Beijing Olympics.This time, there was no doubt about it."There are always things that fire me up and motivate me," Phelps said Saturday, after becoming the first swimmer to break 50 seconds in the 100-meter butterfly. "That's ...

August 01, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP National Writer | Sports


Stewart crashes, loses pole position

LONG POND, Pennsylvania - Tony Stewart lost his pole position and will start from the back of the pack after wrecking his car during practice for the Pennsylvania 500 on Saturday.Stewart lost control of his No. 14 Chevrolet on a turn on the second lap of Saturday's first practice and spun into the wall. He was unhurt in the crash.His Stewart-Haas Racing crew quickly got to work on the backup. Stewart leads the points standings and was the pole sitter at Pocono because rain washed out Friday's qualifying."I just screwed up," Stewart said. "I got in ...

August 01, 2009 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Braves shut out by Schmidt

ATLANTA - Jason Schmidt gave up one hit in his longest start in more than two years, Andre Ethier hit a homer and drove in four runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 5-0 on Friday night.Schmidt, Ramon Troncoso, George Sherrill and James McDonald combined on a three-hitter. McDonald retired the final six batters.Ethier hit a three-run homer in the fifth off Tommy Hanson (5-2) and added a run-scoring double in the ninth.Schmidt (2-1) walked five and struck out three in six innings, his longest start since going six innings for the Dodgers at San ...

July 31, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


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SEC spares no expense in hiring 14 new coordinators

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama coach Nick Saban and his staff always devote some offseason time to studying new offensive and defensive coordinators, just perhaps not quite ...

August 03, 2015 | By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer | Sports


What's going on with American Pharoah after Haskell win

OCEANPORT, N.J. - When the music played about 10 minutes before the start of the Haskell Invitational, there was no way American Pharoah could lose.

August 03, 2015 | By RICHARD ROSENBLATT AP Auto Racing Writer | Sports


Woods in contention at Quicken Loans after a 5-under 66

GAINESVILLE, Va. - Tiger Woods showed a rare flash of anger on a mostly stress-free day when his second shot on the eighth hole failed to ...

August 01, 2015 | By BEN NUCKOLS Associated Press | Sports


Big Ten touts plan for tougher schedules as playoff push

CHICAGO - The College Football Playoff has turned strength of schedule into a constant talking point, with each conference claiming its road to the postseason is ...

July 31, 2015 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer | Sports


Brady fights on, files lawsuit to stop suspension

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Tom Brady took the fight over his "Deflategate" suspension to social media and federal court Wednesday, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft ...

July 29, 2015 | By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer | Sports


Spurrier more confident in this year's South Carolina squad

BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. - Steve Spurrier is significantly more confident aboutSouth Carolina's direction than he was at times last season.

July 29, 2015 | By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer | Sports


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


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