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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


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


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Stewart claims he didn't see man on track before fatal crash

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) - IndyCar drivers got back to work Friday, climbing into their cars as a distraction - albeit a temporary one - from their grief over ...

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


Watson takes 1-shot lead at Barclays

EDISON, N.J. - Jordan Spieth lost out on a chance to play the weekend at The Barclays.

August 28, 2015 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Spieth stumbles out of the blocks at Barclays

EDISON, N.J. - The start of the FedEx Cup playoffs brought out the worst score from Jordan Spieth in three months.

August 27, 2015 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


My Take: Life lessons more valuable than trophies

NFL linebacker James Harrison caused a frenzy in the social media universe recently with his instagram post about his children's participation trophies.

August 26, 2015 | By HORACE HOLLOMAN hholloman@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Time to figure out who's No. 1 in your fantasy draft

Your fantasy football draft draws near, and you're stoked because you've got the top overall pick. Visions of grabbing the hands-down best player ...

August 26, 2015 | By AARON BEARD AP Sports Writer | Sports


Outdoor Life: Dove season approaching — have the right strategy

The opening day of dove season is just a couple of weeks away and having a go at these gray rockets is an overwhelming favorite ...

August 25, 2015 | By ALVIN RICHARDSON Special to the Herald | Sports


Woods 2 strokes behind Gore after 3rd round at Wyndham

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Tiger Woods couldn't have asked for much more at his first Wyndham Championship.

August 22, 2015 | By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Legal showdown looms over the NCAA's ban on paying athletes

ATLANTA (AP) - Fresh off a ruling that Northwestern University football players can't form a union, the NCAA is about to face a more direct ...

August 22, 2015 | By RAY HENRY Associated Press | Sports


Some NFL coaches speak out to curb training camp fights

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera offered this edict to his players before the start of this week's joint practices with the ...

August 20, 2015 | By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer | Sports


Woods opens Wyndham with his best round in 2 years

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Tiger Woods kept saying his game was getting better, even though his results didn't show it.

August 20, 2015 | By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Woods hopes to push for unlikely playoff spot at Wyndham

GREENSBORO, N.C. - It's now or never for many players at the Wyndham Championship - the last chance to qualify for golf's postseason.

August 19, 2015 | By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer | Sports


'Deflategate' judge says Brady suspension in jeopardy

NEW YORK - A federal judge made clear Wednesday that the NFL's four game suspension of Tom Brady over "Deflategate" is in jeopardy as the ...

August 19, 2015 | By LARRY NEUMEISTER AP Sports Writer | Sports


Sailors try to limit contact with polluted Rio Olympic venue

RIO DE JANEIRO - Mexico sailing coach Agustin Bellocchio offered a tip to sailors and windsurfers at this week's Olympic test event in Rio de ...

August 17, 2015 | By STEPHEN WADE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Football's future? QBs training with virtual reality

OXFORD, Miss. - Mississippi quarterback Ryan Buchanan straps on a headset that covers his eyes, and instantly, he sees a scene that looks like a video ...

August 17, 2015 | By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer | Sports


Ruling to allow college athletes to unionize is thrown out

CHICAGO (AP) - The National Labor Relations Board on Monday blocked a historic bid by Northwestern University football players to form the nation's first college ...

August 17, 2015 | By MICHAEL TARM Associated Press | Sports


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