Without a doubt, the loudest roar of Thursday's opening round of the Masters rose from the 16th hole, where England's Ian Poulter wowed the crowd with a hole-in-one - the first on No. 16 since 2005.
AUGUSTA - For Zach Johnson, Thursday couldn't get here soon enough.
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Justin Rose has the first round of the Masters down pat.
When your track team is as small as Portal's, individual performances are that much more important.
AUGUSTA - Sporting notes compiled while enjoying the cell phone-less sanctuary that is Augusta National.
A six-run third inning was more than enough for Statesboro, beating visiting Liberty County 6-1 Tuesday at Mill Creek in a non-region contest.
AUGUSTA – Clad in all black, the world's best golfer sat in front of a standing-room-only clan of media Tuesday, two days before the start of golf's most famous tournament.
BROOKLET - Although both the Statesboro boys' and girls' teams dominated the 5th annual Plankenhorn Invitational put on Tuesday by the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets, the Blue Devils knew why they were really there.
LIVERMORE, Calif. - One year after finishing tied for second place in the same 2007 Nationwide Tour event, Georgia Southern alum Aron Price (2002-05) now stands as the 2008 Livermore Valley Wine Country Champion, marking his first career Nationwide title since turning pro in 2005.
From 65, to two. The University of Kansas and the University of Memphis. Who woulda thunk it?
The fifth annual Derrick Plankenhorn Invitational track meet was rained out Saturday and is rescheduled for Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Southeast Bulloch High School.
Bulloch Academy's doubles team of Kate Anna Akins and Mary Catherine Spigener were crowned GISA Region 2-AA champions during region tournament play Friday at Georgia Southern.
BROOKLET - Joe Wilson gave up only two runs in his 62⁄3 innings of work, and he made up for it by driving in two Southeast Bulloch runners in the bottom of the fifth inning as the Yellow Jackets (8-8, 4-4 Region 3-AA) knocked off visiting Swainsboro (10-6, 6-3) 4-2 Friday in a big region matchup.
Slowly but surely, Georgia Southern's defense is making the kind progress the Eagles have been searching for all along.
Today in Brooklet, 14 track teams will arrive at Southeast Bulloch for what has become the biggest track and field event in this area.
FALL RIVER, Mass. - Prosecutors in the Massachusetts murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will not be allowed to introduce evidence about the shooting of a Hernandez friend in Florida a few months before the killing, a judge ruled Wednesday.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Hold that gold watch. Peyton Manning is taking one more shot at the silver trophy.
The Minnesota Vikings have made their in-person pitch to Adrian Peterson, the latest step toward resolving the star running back's unclear status.
ATLANTA - North Carolina needed a boost after failing to win consecutive games in a rough February.
FALL RIVER, Mass. - A state police trooper who specializes in fingerprint analysis testified Tuesday in the murder trial of Aaron Hernandez that the fingerprints of the former NFL player and his alleged victim, Odin Lloyd, were found inside a car that was allegedly used to drive Lloyd to his death.
ATLANTA - Jeff Teague scored 25 points, Al Horford added 18 and the NBA-leading Atlanta Hawks rallied from an 18-point deficit to win their fifth straight game, 104-96 over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.
BOSTON - There is a defensive end heading for free agency who had 15 sacks in his last full season. The kind of player a team can build a pass rush around, if he were spending more time on the football field and less in the courts fighting domestic abuse charges.
NFL games have begun for 2015.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Whether he was piling up majors or playing so poorly that he lost his PGA Tour card, Padraig Harrington never wavered from one goal in golf. Just get him anywhere near the lead with nine holes to play, and he would happily take his chances.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Ian Poulter didn't realize he had a three-shot lead in the Honda Classic, only that he was playing well enough to feel like he was in control of his game and the tournament.
Whether it's games, recruiting, practicing or just general discussion, football season never really ends in Statesboro.
MIAMI - Even without four players, the Atlanta Hawks had more than enough.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Padraig Harrington is a 36-hole leader on the PGA Tour for the first time in nearly five years and he knows he has a long way to go.
CHICAGO - The Chicago Bulls can breathe a little easier. They expect Derrick Rose to return this season from his latest knee surgery.
In his first season as Georgia Southern head coach, Willie Fritz guided the Eagles to a Sun Belt Championship in their inaugural season at the FBS level. Georgia Southern finished the season with a 9-3 mark, including a perfect 8-0 run through Sun Belt competition.