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Florida's Meyer steps down amid health concerns

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Urban Meyer resigned Saturday as Florida's football coach after five seasons and two national titles because of health concerns that came to light when he suffered chest pains following the SEC championship game earlier this month.The 45-year-old Meyer will coach his final game at the Sugar Bowl against Cincinnati on New Year's Day.He leaves No. 5 Florida with a 56-10 record that includes a 32-8 mark in league play and a school-record 22-game winning streak that was snapped by Alabama in the Southeastern Conference title game Dec. 5."I have given my heart and ...

December 26, 2009 | By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer | Sports


UGA offense to get boost with Green's return

SHREVEPORT, La. - Georgia's offense showed down the stretch it could still make plays even with its biggest playmaker sidelined, especially in its upset of top-10 Georgia Tech.Now Georgia is blending receiver A.J. Green back into its mix for Monday's Independence Bowl. He's rejoining an offense that averaged a robust 235 rushing yards in its last three games."We're glad he's back because even if he doesn't get eight balls for 160 yards, he's one of those guys where his presence kind of makes people gameplan towards him," quarterback Joe Cox said ...

December 25, 2009 | By MARC WEISZER Athens Banner-Herald | Sports


Colts have difficult personnel decisions to make

INDIANAPOLIS - Peyton Manning and his teammates won't even lobby Colts coach Jim Caldwell to play the final two regular-season games.If Caldwell tells them go for the perfect season, they will bring the same approach that helped them become the NFL's third 14-0 team. If they're told to sit out or play sparingly, even if it means risking an undefeated record, they won't question it.That's how it works in the Indianapolis locker room, where players abide by a simple rule: Follow the leader."It's what we believe in," defensive captain Gary Brackett said ...

December 25, 2009 | By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer | Sports


Vick still a devisive topic

PHILADELPHIA - The road back will never be completely clear for Michael Vick.There's plenty of justice in that.Little more than two years have elapsed since he plead guilty to being the ringleader of a dogfighting operation where extreme cruelty was the stock in trade. There's no defending what he did then and there's no chance it will ever be forgotten.That chapter of his life remains part of nearly every story involving his name and it will be somewhere in the opening paragraph of his obit. What remains to be seen is whether it will take ...

December 25, 2009 | By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist | Sports




Falcons look to notch winning record

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Coach Mike Smith is grateful the Atlanta Falcons have one major goal in reach.Eliminated from playoff contention before Sunday's road win over the New York Jets, Atlanta hopes to have consecutive winning records for the first time in its 44-year history.The Falcons (7-7) must beat Buffalo (5-9) this weekend and win Jan. 3 in Tampa Bay to stop one of professional sports' most inglorious streaks."We're disappointed in terms of not having an opportunity to play past 16 regular-season games," Smith said Monday. "We still have a lot of internal goals that can ...

December 21, 2009 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Longtime friends Ryan, Smith square off again

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Rex Ryan felt confident about his chances of getting the Atlanta Falcons' head coaching job two years ago.

December 20, 2009 | By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Sports Writer | Sports


Bulls get revenge against Hawks in overtime

CHICAGO - Derrick Rose scored a career-high 32 points and the Chicago Bulls overcame a season-high 40 points from Joe Johnson to beat Atlanta 101-98 in overtime Saturday night and snap the Hawks' six-game win streak.

December 20, 2009 | By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer | Sports


Bowl season kicks off with OT thriller

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Wyoming trailed by 11 points in the fourth quarter. Its offense was led by a freshman quarterback, its defense was facing the nation's leading rusher.

December 19, 2009 | By TIM KORTE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Column: Bob Knight right on the money about NCAA hoops

My guess is Kentucky coach John Calipari probably won't earn the $50,000 bonus in his contract for graduating 75 percent of his players. Surely, star freshman John Wall won't be sticking around four years just to help his coach out.

December 19, 2009 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports


Chris Henry killed in domestic dispute

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry died Thursday, a day after falling out of the back of a pickup truck during what police said was a domestic dispute with his fiancee.

December 17, 2009 | By MIKE CRANSTON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Grizzlies, Wildcats square off for title

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Villanova coach Andy Talley sometimes wears his national championship ring while on recruiting trips - his basketball national championship ring, that is.

December 17, 2009 | By BETH RUCKER AP Sports Writer | Sports


The Eagles Nest: Christmas gifts for CY, Monken; Lady Eagles scorching

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December 17, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


UGA to play bowl game shorthanded

ATHENS, Ga. - Offensive-minded Mark Richt has had to spend more time than usual on Georgia's defense.

December 16, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Falcons on brink of elimination as they travel to New York

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Tony Gonzalez is facing another losing season with a smile.

December 16, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


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The chip on their shoulder

Entering the 2017 season, the Georgia Southern baseball team was surrounded by some optimism, but even more question marks. The Eagles returned a bevy of ...

May 22, 2017 | By MIKE ANTHONY | Sports


Baseball in the boro

While fans of Georgia Southern baseball will have to wait until Wednesday to see their team play, baseball purists will get their first taste of ...

May 22, 2017 | By CHRIS STANLEY | Sports


Rain can't wash away solid rounds from county schools

Rain scoured the state of Georgia on Monday, but in spite of the muggy weather all the high school golf teams eventually wrapped up the ...

May 22, 2017 | By CHRIS STANLEY | Sports


'He's human': Cavs coach defends LeBron after 'weird' loss

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - LeBron James was nowhere to be seen, staying behind the scenes, keeping a low profile.

May 22, 2017 | The Associated Press | Sports


Death threats may prompt NBA's Kanter to become US citizen

Oklahoma City center Enes Kanter said Monday he routinely received death threats for criticizing the government of his native Turkey, and he may seek an ...

May 22, 2017 | The Associated Press | Sports


Tormenta drops heartbreaker

Following a pair of 1-1 draws at home to begin its season, South Georgia Tormenta FC led twice and erased a deficit once, only to ...

May 20, 2017 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Eagles take regular season finale over Panthers

DECATUR - Georgia Southern Baseball closed out the 2017 regular season on Saturday with a 13-3 rout of Georgia State. The Eagles did not trail on ...

May 20, 2017 | Georgia Southern AMR | Sports


Draw's the word

South Georgia Tormenta FC has played three very different games, only to end up with three identical results.

May 18, 2017 | By MIKE ANTHONY | Sports


Claxton wins spring game behind Taylor under center

It wasn't pretty, it wasn't clean and it certainly wasn't the conventional spring game played between Claxton and Long County - but at ...

May 18, 2017 | By CHRIS STANLEY | Sports


Paging LaMarcus: Ailing Spurs need Aldridge to take charge

In the summer of 2015, the San Antonio Spurs went shopping like they never have before.

May 18, 2017 | The Associated Press | Sports


LeBron, Cavs have reeling Celtics in must-win for Game 2

BOSTON - LeBron James did pretty much whatever he wanted to against the Celtics in the Cavaliers' dominating win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference ...

May 18, 2017 | The Associated Press | Sports


Tormenta looks for first win against Peachtree City

South Georgia Tormenta FC was thrown into the fire to begin its 2017 season. The squad had only a couple of team practices under its ...

May 17, 2017 | By MIKE ANTHONY | Sports


Gisele Bundchen: Tom Brady had a concussion last year

BOSTON - Tom Brady played through a concussion last year on his way to a fifth Super Bowl title, according to his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen ...

May 17, 2017 | The Associated Press | Sports


Always Dreaming, Classic Empire are neighbors in Preakness

BALTIMORE - The two best horses in the Preakness will be eyeball to eyeball coming out of the starting gate. There's no avoiding each other ...

May 17, 2017 | The Associated Press | Sports


Welch back to revive football in Claxton

As Tony Welch walks down the concrete steps from the Claxton High School weight room, he wipes the sweat from his brow in the 95 ...

May 16, 2017 | By CHRIS STANLEY | Sports


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