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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


Stewart on the pole at Pocono

Rain has washed out Sprint Cup qualifying, putting Tony Stewart on the pole at Pocono Raceway.NASCAR set the field on points Friday, allowing last week's winner Jimmie Johnson to start second. Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards round out the top five.Only 43 teams are at the track, so every car qualifies for Sunday's race.Stewart, who holds a 192-point lead in the standings over Johnson, won the June race at Pocono.

July 31, 2009 | The Associated Press | Sports


Speedometers not on board for NASCAR

LONG POND, Pa. - Unlike a driver nabbed going 70 mph in a 55 zone, Juan Pablo Montoya couldn't talk his way out his speeding ticket.Not when NASCAR's the traffic cop.Busted at the Brickyard for speeding on the final pit stop, the penalty cost Montoya his shot at winning on the historic track.Perhaps the result would have been different if Montoya had a speedometer instead of relying on a tachometer that monitors engine RPMs. Or maybe he would finished 11th anyway.Still, some drivers would like a speedometer added to their cars, or have NASCAR's ...

July 31, 2009 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Woods bounces back with 2nd-round 63 at Buick Open

GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Tiger Woods shot a season-low 63 Friday in the second round of the Buick Open and soared up the leaderboard with his best round in relation to par in four years.Poor putting led to an awful start the previous day in his first tournament since missing the cut at the British Open."I took advantage of driving on a string again," he said. "I hit my irons a little better and I made some putts."In relation to par, it was his best round since he had an 11-under 61 at the 2005 Buick Open ...

July 31, 2009 | By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Braves send Kotchman to Boston for LaRoche

By CHARLES ODUM

July 31, 2009 | | Sports


McCann drives Braves past Marlins in 10

MIAMI - Brian McCann's three-run homer in the 10th inning gave the Atlanta Braves a 6-3 victory over the Florida Marlins on Thursday night.

July 30, 2009 | By ANTONIO GONZALEZ Associated Press Writer | Sports


Report: Ortiz, Ramirez tested positive in 2003

NEW YORK - David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, the sluggers who led Boston to a pair of World Series championships, were among them more than 100 Major League Baseball players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, according to a report in The New York Times.

July 30, 2009 | The Associated Press | Sports


Steve Lowery leads after Buick Round 1

GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Tiger Woods played a lot like the guy who didn't make the cut at the British Open.

July 30, 2009 | The Associated Press | Sports


Summer Sports Show: Feasibility Study fallout; Two key Eagles ruled ineligible

Watch the full 'Feasibility Study Press Conference' here .

July 30, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Video - GSU Athletics Feasibility Study released

July 30, 2009 | MATT YOGUS myogus@statesboroherald.com | 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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