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Jaimie McMurray wins at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. - NASCAR stopped the bumping, at least for a while.There was nothing that could be done about the blocking.In the end, Sunday looked like most every other event at Talladega Superspeedway: There was a surprise winner, two harrowing accidents, angry drivers and a frustrated fans over a vanilla race at NASCAR's most spectacular track.And oh, by the way, Jimmie Johnson likely sealed his record fourth-consecutive championship."I was so concerned about this race," the three-time defending champion admitted.With good reason.Racing at Talladega comes with a ton of unpredictability because of the horsepower-sapping restrictor ...

November 02, 2009 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | Sports


With offense rolling, Georgia Tech works on struggling 'D'

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Georgia Tech keeps proving that offense isn't a problem with coach Paul Johnson's spread option.The Yellow Jackets need to show they can be a little defensive as well.They rolled up a season-high 597 yards offense in a 56-31 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday night that moved them up to No. 10 in the AP poll Sunday. But they also allowed a team that hadn't scored more than 10 points in any game against a Southeastern Conference opponent to light up the scoreboard and finish with 397 yards offense."I'm disappointed in the ...

November 02, 2009 | By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer | Sports


Tech takes care of business at Vandy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Josh Nesbitt ran for two touchdowns and threw for two scores, Jonathan Dwyer ran for a career-high 186 yards rushing with three TDs, and No. 11 Georgia Tech rallied to beat Vanderbilt 56-31 Saturday night.

November 01, 2009 | By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer | Sports


UGA no match for No. 1

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Florida receiver David Nelson stared across the field, saw all the Georgia players jumping up and down, hooting and hollering after a touchdown and thought, "Here we go again."

October 31, 2009 | By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer | Sports


NASCAR tries to avoid another Talladega disaster

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Michael Waltrip pulled up to the back of Jimmie Johnson's car, settled in on his bumper and shoved him all the way around Talladega Superspeedway as the two drivers worked on a strategy for NASCAR's fastest race track.

October 31, 2009 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | Sports


Hawks block Wizards, win 100-89

ATLANTA - Josh Smith scored 20 points and reached a blocked shots milestone, and the Atlanta Hawks held off Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards 100-89 on Friday night.

October 30, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Busch crew chief Addington confused by firing

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Kyle Busch celebrated 12 wins with crew chief Steve Addington, including a comeback victory last year at Talladega Superspeedway.

October 30, 2009 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | Sports


Party fouls heat up at the 'Cocktail Party'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Between Georgia's end-zone celebration and Florida's last-minute timeouts, the game formerly known as "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" has been taken up a notch.

October 30, 2009 | By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer | Sports




Burnett, Texeira, Matsui help Yankees tie Series

NEW YORK - The Yankees waited six long years for this.

October 30, 2009 | By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer | Sports


Bulldogs trying to keep pace in SEC

ATHENS, Ga. - When Aron White was being recruited by Georgia, he had a perception of the program that was shared by many."I viewed Georgia as one of those top teams," said White, a third-year sophomore who plays tight end for the Bulldogs. "They were always in the chase if not right there winning it."Over the past few seasons, that impression has changed a bit. The Southeastern Conference is ruled by defending national champion Florida, Alabama and LSU. Georgia has slipped to that next tier of teams, and there seems to be more concern between the hedges about being ...

October 29, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports




Jackets looking to run wild on Vandy

ATLANTA - Bobby Johnson may know more about Paul Johnson's spread option offense than any other head coach in the nation.That could be bad news for Paul Johnson and No. 11 Georgia Tech - but only if Bobby Johnson has enough time to pass his knowledge to his Vanderbilt players.The former Southern Conference coaching rivals will meet for the ninth time when Georgia Tech plays at Vanderbilt on Saturday night. Georgia Tech (7-1) brings a five-game winning streak into Nashville, while Vanderbilt (2-6) has lost four straight.An equalizer could be Bobby Johnson's familiarity with the Georgia Tech ...

October 29, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Tebow poised to break Walker's SEC TD record against Georgia

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Georgia Hall of Famer Herschel Walker and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow first met at the 2007 Heisman Trophy presentation.

October 28, 2009 | By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer | Sports


Smith considering changes as Falcons chase Saints

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons are facing their biggest test of the season as they hope to get back in the NFC South race.

October 28, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


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Brady suspended for first four games of season

NEW YORK - The NFL came down hard on its biggest star and its championship team, telling Tom Brady and the Patriots that no one is allowed to mess with the rules of the game.

May 11, 2015 | By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer | Sports


More charges for Aaron Hernandez

BOSTON - Former New England Patriots player and convicted murdererAaron Hernandez has been charged with trying to silence a witness in a double murder case against him by shooting him in the face and leaving him for dead, prosecutors said Monday.

May 11, 2015 | The Associated Press | Sports


Pierce's buzzer-beater lifts Wiz past Hawks

WASHINGTON - Paul Pierce's banked-in 21-foot jumper at the buzzer gave the Washington Wizards a 103-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night, even with an injured John Wall reduced to cheerleading, and after a 21-point lead had dwindled down to nothing.

May 09, 2015 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Sports Writer | Sports


Jameis Winston files counterclaim

TAMPA, Fla. - Attorneys for top NFL draft pick Jameis Winston contend a woman seeking civil damages from the quarterback after accusing him of rape is trying to tarnish his reputation and tap into the Heisman Trophy winner's newfound wealth.

May 09, 2015 | By BILL CORMIER AP Sports Writer | Sports


Newberry: After sullied week in sports, let's all shower off

After a sullied week in sports, we sure could use a shower.

May 08, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


It's butt-covering season in the NFL

The NFL moves heaven and earth a dozen times every Sunday of the season to get calls on the field exactly right.

May 07, 2015 | By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist | Sports


Wizards' Wall injured, status uncertain

WASHINGTON - The Washington Wizards say All-Star guard John Wall suffered five non-displaced fractures in his left wrist and hand, and his playing status has not been determined.

May 07, 2015 | The Associated Press | Sports


Spieth sputters in opening round at Sawgrass

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - For all the hype over Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth playing together, and the constant curiosity over Tiger Woods, one element at The Players Championship didn't change Thursday. The star was the golf course.

May 06, 2015 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


LeBron's 33 lead Cavs to win

CLEVELAND - LeBron James attacked from the start and scored 33 points, Kyrie Irving added 21 and the Cleveland Cavaliers evened their semifinal series with Chicago with a 106-91 victory over the Bulls in Game 2 on Wednesday night.

May 06, 2015 | By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer | Sports


NFL finds Patriots probably deflated balls

An NFL investigation released Wednesday concluded New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs used in the AFC Championship and that quarterback Tom Brady was "at least generally aware" of the rules violations.

May 06, 2015 | By EDDIE PELLS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Stephen Curry named MVP

OAKLAND, Calif. - His voice cracked first. Then, his eyes got red. Finally, StephenCurry cried.

May 04, 2015 | By ANTONIO GONZALEZ | Sports


Derby goes to Pharoah

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Three times in seven years, Bob Baffert left the Kentucky Derby empty-handed. Two seconds and a sixth-place finish by the wagering favorite.

May 02, 2015 | By BETH HARRIS AP Racing Writer | Sports


Eagles drop series opener

The South Alabama Jaguars scored four runs in the sixth inning and got another gem on the mound from reigning Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week Kevin Hill to take the series opener 7-1 over the Georgia Southern Eagles at J.I. Clements Stadium.

May 02, 2015 | Georgia Southern AMR | Sports


What kind of fight will it be?

LAS VEGAS - Five years in the making, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao meet Saturday night in the richest - and arguably most overhyped - fight in the history of the sport.

May 01, 2015 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Boxing Writer | Sports


Hawks clinch first round victory

NEW YORK - Being tied after four games of the first round brought out the best in theAtlanta Hawks.

May 01, 2015 | By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer | Sports


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