MILLEN - As his third year at Jenkins County High School kicks off, coach Chuck Conley has noticed something about his team that he hasn't seen much of the last two seasons - the juniors and seniors that were freshmen and sophomores when he arrived are stepping into a role that his Eagles have been lacking: team leaders.
REIDSVILLE - The Portal Lady Panthers got their softball season underway against the Tattnell County Lady Warriors during a pre-season tournament hosted by TCHS in Reidsville that began Monday night and - while the Warriors got the win, 3-1 - the Lady Panthers got some much-needed batting practice.
The Lady Blue Devils of Statesboro opened their season on a tough note Monday night at Mill Creek, losing to Swainsboro 15-4. Statesboro committed seven errors in the loss, and the visiting Tigers took advantage with a six-run second and five-run seventh.
PHILADELPHIA - Ryan Howard hit a three-run homer to back another solid outing from Jamie Moyer, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday night.
The Statesboro Lady Blue Devil softball team opens their 2007 campaign today at Mill Creek, welcoming Swainsboro for a 5 p.m. first pitch.
PHILADELPHIA - Kelly Johnson and Jeff Francoeur homered, and Atlanta's bullpen pitched five effective innings to lead the Braves to a 7-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.
PHILADELPHIA - Even grizzled old Bobby Cox found this one strange.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Joey Harrington looked comfortable running the Atlanta Falcons' offense. He's not Michael Vick, but he showed he can scramble a little bit, too.
Thrust into the starting quarterback job while Vick is away from the team and facing federal dogfighting charges, Harrington led one scoring drive in his three series Friday night in a 31-16 loss to the New York Jets in the preseason opener for both teams.
NEW YORK - Bases loaded, nobody out, one-run game. Billy Wagner never lost his cool on a sweltering night at Shea Stadium, and the New York Mets hung on for a big victory against Atlanta.
Wagner escaped a major jam in the ninth inning and Moises Alou hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth to help New York edge the Braves 4-3 on Wednesday.
NEW YORK - Bobby Cox heard the crack of the bat and figured Carlos Delgado had tied the game with a dramatic ninth-inning home run.
TULSA, Okla. - Fat is in. Practice is out.
SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds hit No. 756 over the right-center field wall Tuesday night, and hammered home the point: Like him or not, legitimate or not, he is baseball's new home run king.
Bonds broke Hank Aaron's storied record in the fifth inning, connecting on a 3-2 pitch from Washington's Mike Bacsik. Three days earlier, Bonds tied the Hammer with a shot to left-center in San Diego.
METTER - When coach Clay Hill arrived in Metter before the start of the 2006 season, it wasn't a matter of rebuilding - it was more like starting from scratch.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Ovie Mughelli earned a reputation as one of the NFL's top blocking fullbacks when he cleared running room for Jamal Lewis in Baltimore the last four seasons.
NEW YORK - The way the Atlanta Braves ganged up on Oliver Perez in the first three innings Tuesday night, it seemed they had finally solved the New York Mets left-hander, who had beaten them three times this season.
"Nah," said Atlanta manager Bobby Cox.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants put a sudden stop to the Kansas City Royals' perfect postseason roll.
Duck fans in Oregon and Buckeye backers in Ohio are united. Seminoles in the Florida panhandle and Sooners in the Oklahoma panhandle are rallying around a common cause.
Firearms season for deer has just gotten underway and there's lots of possibilities out there right now, but many hunters are already thinking about when the rut might begin because that is the year's best opportunity to get Big Ed on the ground.
The road to the PGA Tour out of Mexico was never going to be easy for Carlos Ortiz, even if it was paved with a measure of privilege.
ATLANTA - The team with the Eastern Conference's longest active streak of playoff appearances has a new problem:
PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, completing a transformation from an acclaimed sprinter at the 2012 Olympics to a convicted criminal led away in a police van with barred windows.
LONDON - Rejected time and again for the 2022 Winter Olympics, the IOC will soon be seeking suitors for the 2024 Summer Olympics.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage, and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head.
The Southeastern Conference might have a trump card it can use against the Big 12 when it comes time to set the field for the College Football Playoff.
ASH, England - Defending champion Graeme McDowell's comeback fell short, while Henrik Stenson rallied from three holes down with success at the World Match Play Championship on Thursday.
In the midst of their worst slide since Rex Ryan became coach, the last thing the New York Jets need is a trip to New England.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Crown these Royals the American League champions.
SAN FRANCISCO - Once the Giants finally got a bunt down, the rest was easy.
After two decades of European dominance in the Ryder Cup, the Americans have created a task force to figure out why they keep losing.
Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive will retire next summer after 13 years leading the league to unprecedented success and prosperity.