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Outdoor Life: Make memories with an outdoor journal

Fifteen years ago I decided to start keeping a fishing logbook. As I look back on it today I'm amazed at the number of times I've been and the number and variety of fish that have been caught over that time. It is something that I often refer to because I'm always looking for an edge on the fish, but more importantly for me it has become a way to remember people, events and treasured moments. In essence, each entry is a snapshot of a day spent on the water.

November 18, 2014 | By ALVIN RICHARDSON | Sports


Alabama takes top spot in latest playoff rankings

With just three weeks until the College Football Playoff committee releases its final rankings, Alabama, Oregon and Florida State seem to be in control of their championship chances.

November 18, 2014 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer | Sports


Peterson suspended through at least end of season

MINNEAPOLIS - Adrian Peterson's future with the Minnesota Vikings dimmed further Tuesday, with the NFL suspending the star running back without pay for at least the rest of the season.

November 18, 2014 | By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer | Sports


Harvick wins Homestead to claim 1st championship

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Kevin Harvick charged through the field, picking off car after car, passing two other title contenders on a series of restarts. As he aggressively chased the victory and his first Sprint Cup title, it was clear that winning did indeed matter most in NASCAR's new championship formula.

November 16, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press | Sports


Georgia loses Gurley to season-ending knee injury

Georgia tailback Todd Gurley's season has ended with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

November 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Sports


Margin matters in new playoff

In college football, it's not just about whether you win or lose. It's about the final score, too - and how much of a bump a comfortable margin of victory gives a team in the eyes of playoff judges.

November 13, 2014 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP Sports Writer | Sports


Trout, Kershaw claim MVPs

NEW YORK - Clayton Kershaw became the first pitcher to win the National League MVP award in nearly a half-century, coasting an easy victory Thursday.

November 13, 2014 | The Associated Press | Sports


Kershaw, Kluber win Cy Young

NEW YORK - Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was a unanimous winner for his third NL Cy Young Award after leading the majors in victories and ERA and throwing a no-hitter.

November 12, 2014 | The Associated Press | Sports


Baby steps for a golf country still in infancy

SHANGHAI - The graceful movement was enough to get the full attention of Adam Scott, who knows a good golf swing when he sees one.

November 11, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Federer wins over Nishikori at ATP

LONDON - Roger Federer made the most of Kei Nishikori's erratic play Tuesday to secure a 6-3, 6-2 victory and move closer to a semifinal spot at the ATP Finals while Andy Murray posted his first victory to stay in contention at the elite tournament.

November 11, 2014 | By SAMUEL PETREQUIN AP Sports Writer | Sports


Another SEC West showdown

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Mississippi State and Alabama are the only Southeastern Conference teams that still control their fates in the playoff scramble.

November 10, 2014 | By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer | Sports


Vikings awaiting word on Peterson

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - The NFL Players Association has filed an expedited grievance with the NFL to reinstate Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

November 10, 2014 | By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer | Sports


Abreu, deBrom named top rookies

NEW YORK - Jose Abreu and Jacob deGrom were far from the major leagues at the start of 2013.

November 10, 2014 | By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer | Sports


Newman's late pass dooms Gordon at Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Kevin Harvick finally has a shot to win his first Sprint Cup championship, while Jeff Gordon was once again denied in his drive for No. 5.

November 09, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press | Sports


Atlanta Falcons snap five-game losing streak

TAMPA, Fla. - Standing in a winning locker room for the first time in nearly two months, Matt Ryan stopped short of saying the Atlanta Falcons are back on track after ending a five-game losing streak.

November 09, 2014 | By FRED GOODALL Associated Press | Sports


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Contrast in styles makes QB matchup more intriguing

PHOENIX - Tom Brady began winning Super Bowls when Russell Wilson was still a teenager, tuning in to see the big game on TV.

January 27, 2015 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Pro Football Writer | Sports


Nadal loses while Sharapova advances to semifinals

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.

January 27, 2015 | By DENNIS PASSA AP Sports Writer | Sports


Outdoor Life: Duct tape dynasty

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 ...

January 27, 2015 | By ALVIN RICHARDSON | Sports


Tiger to make 2015 debut

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Tiger Woods had a full set of teeth and was chomping at the bit to get his season started.

January 27, 2015 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Media madness

PHOENIX - This is not a story about Super Bowl Media Day. Thank God. This IS a story about the story of Super Bowl Media Day.

January 26, 2015 | By EDDIE PELLS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Coach K gets 1,000th win as No. 5 Duke tops St. John's 77-68

NEW YORK - Coach 1K. How grand.

January 25, 2015 | By MIKE FITZPATRICK Associated Press | Sports


Belichick tries to clear the air

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Saying his team "followed every rule to the letter," New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating.

January 24, 2015 | By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer | Sports


Hawks all about balance

ATLANTA - The Hawks know it can be done.

January 24, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Baseball mourns passing of Ernie Banks

CHICAGO - To Chicago Cubs fans, Ernie Banks was sunshine that cut through decades of darkness. To baseball players, he was the spirit of the game.

January 24, 2015 | By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer | Sports


Column: Belichick should be benched

Not so long ago, we came to praise the New England Patriots.

January 23, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Columnist | Sports


Palmer misses chance for 59 at Humana

LA QUINTA, Calif. - Ryan Palmer missed a chance to shoot 59 or lower Friday in the Humana Challenge, settling for an 11-under 61 after playing an eight-hole stretch in 10 under.

January 23, 2015 | By JOHN NICHOLSON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Federer out of Aussie Open in 3rd round

MELBOURNE, Australia - Roger Federer is out of the Australian Open, his chances of reaching a 12th consecutive semifinal at Melbourne Park erased in a shocking third-round loss to Andreas Seppi on Friday.

January 23, 2015 | By JOHN PYE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Blake Adams shoots 64 in return from hip replacement surgery

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) - Blake Adams, a former Georgia Southern Eagle, figured he was already way ahead of the game when he teed off in first round of the Humana Challenge. A high spot on the leaderboard was a bonus.

January 23, 2015 | By JOHN NICHOLSON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Eagles get road win at Texas State

SAN MARCOS, Texas – Mike Hughes tipped in a Jelani Hewitt missed jumper with 1:39 to go, and the Eagles made it stand with key defensive stops down the stretch as Georgia Southern posted a 45-43 Sun Belt Conference men's basketball victory over the Bobcats Thursday night in Strahan Coliseum.

January 22, 2015 | Georgia Southern AMR | Sports


Healthy Azarenka coasts into third round

MELBOURNE, Australia - Unseeded and floating dangerously in the draw, two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka took out No. 8-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday night to reach the third round at the first major of 2015.

January 22, 2015 | By JOHN PYE AP Sports Writer | Sports


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