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BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch girls track and field team topped Statesboro and Claxton Wednesday.
PORTAL - It's been a long time coming, but for the first time in five decades, the Portal Panthers are returning to the Final Four.
There will be a chartered bus to take Portal fans to Macon to cheer on the Panthers in their Final Four appearance Wednesday against Hancock Central. The bus will depart from PHS at 3 p.m. The cost is $25 per person and includes a game ticket. For more information or to reserve a seat, call (912) 687-6194.
I can't tell you how many times this past week someone has said, "You need to quit predicting the local teams to win."
Luella scored six runs in the top of the seventh, blowing open a pitcher's duel to beat Statesboro 7-1 Saturday afternoon at Mill Creek.
BIRMINGHAM - Georgia Southern pitchers combined for two shutouts as the Eagles softball team won twice Friday at the Magic City Classic hosted by Samford.
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Portal's hopes of a trip to the GHSA Class A state championship were on the line.
The Terrell County Greenwave (19-3) wants to do what nobody else in Class A has been able to do all season. They want to beat the Portal Panthers.
Earlier this week Region 3-AAAA met and choose the All-Region girls basketball team. Statesboro's Monnette Bennett was chosen as the Player of the Year and coach Jeff Seier was awarded the Coach of the Year. Also representing Statesboro were seniors Gwen Jones and Victoria Mikell who were selected as first team members.
BROOKLET - Corey Nesmith's grand slam in the bottom of the third inning proved to be the difference for the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets (2-1) as they knocked off the Calvary Day Cavaliers 9-6 Thursday night at the SEB preseason baseball tournament in Brooklet.
Just like that, Statesboro's season has ended.
Thanks to Portal's Justin Raymond, the leading scorers on opposing teams have been shut down throughout the region playoffs and into state.
Statesboro's dream run has ended.
PORTAL - The Wilcox County Patriots didn't forget about the 2007 GHSA Class A state playoffs when Portal eliminated them in a close 73-71 first-round game, but their revenge efforts fell short as the Panthers used hot shooting from Shane Reese and David Buchannon to advance to the Elite Eight with a 69-49 win in front of a rowdy crowd Tuesday night.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks overcame 37 points by Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 18 games by beating the Trail Blazers 105-99 on Friday night.
PHOENIX - Here are some scary thoughts for the rest of the NFL:
Danny Ferry can only watch from afar, surely with plenty of satisfaction at the juggernaut he created, undoubtedly offset by a sense of melancholy that he's not along for the ride.
MELBOURNE, Australia - Novak Djokovic reached a fifth Australian Open final, avenged a long and arduous loss to Stan Wawrinka and ensured he'd renew an old rivalry with Andy Murray.
FALL RIVER, Mass. - The mother of the man who former New England Patriots standout Aaron Hernandez is accused of killing was overcome with emotion Friday as a prosecutor showed the jury graphic photos of her son's body at the industrial park where he was found.
MELBOURNE, Australia - It wasn't until Serena Williams forced herself to relax, and not focus too intently on a milestone Grand Slam title, that she rediscovered the art of winning the biggest events in tennis.
PHOENIX - Put Bill Belichick behind a microphone and he's C-SPAN - minus the information.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Tiger Woods helped attract a record, raucous crowd to the Phoenix Open on Thursday, the first big event in a week that concludes with the Super Bowl.
College football's free-agent market is open and Oregon is searching for the next Russell Wilson to replace Marcus Mariota.
PHOENIX - Almost all football fans know Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski.
MELBOURNE - It was difficult to tell who was more pleased with reaching the Australian Open semifinals: No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, advancing to his 25th at a Grand Slam tournament, or 19-year-old Madison Keys, who beat Venus Williams to get into her first.
Mark Gonzalez scored in the 66th and 75 minutes, rallying Chile to a 3-2 exhibition win over the United States on Wednesday night that sent the Americans to their first five-game winless streak since 2007.
PHOENIX - Tom Brady began winning Super Bowls when Russell Wilson was still a teenager, tuning in to see the big game on TV.
MELBOURNE, Australia - Rafael Nadal has joined Roger Federer on the sidelines at the Australian Open, taking their combined 31 Grand Slam singles titles with them.
I have admitted publicly that my skills at fixing stuff is about a two out of ten on the Home Depot Scale of Home and Farm Repair. Thus my tool box is not an extensive one. It has a hammer, a screwdriver, a pair of pliers, and a tape measure. That's all I need because I keep a goodly supply of duct tape on hand and as all good fix-it guys know, duct tape is the most versatile of all utensils in the cosmos. In fact I'd go so far as to say that duct tape is like ...