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UGA looking at running back by committee

ATHENS, Ga. - Mark Richt isn't ready to predict the winner of Georgia's tailback competition. He won't even predict that one winner will emerge in the effort to replace first-round draft pick Knowshon Moreno.

Georgia fans, brace for a tailback-by-committee approach.

August 08, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Harrington holds onto lead at Firestone

AKRON, Ohio - Padraig Harrington broke par for the second straight day, something he hasn't done in four months. Two more days like that and it could lead to something he hasn't done in a year.Without a victory since the PGA Championship, Harrington treaded carefully across Firestone on Friday for a 1-under 69 that gave him a one-shot lead over Tim Clark going into the weekend at the Bridgestone Invitational.Harrington didn't put much stock into his opening round of 64, and he wasn't ready to declare himself the favorite to win his first World Golf ...

August 07, 2009 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Johnson wins Watkins Glen pole

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson will never have a better view at Watkins Glen International. He just hopes he can keep it.Johnson captured the first road-course pole of his career in qualifying Friday, turning a lap at 123.633 mph in 71.34 seconds over the 11-turn, 2.45-mile circuit to edge Kurt Busch for the top spot for Sunday."It's going to be nice to have a good view from the front," said the three-time defending Cup champion, who has never won a Cup road race. "It's going to boil down to track position ...

August 07, 2009 | By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Harrington takes 2-shot lead at Firestone

AKRON, Ohio - In Phil Mickelson's return to the links, Padraig Harrington feels good enough about his swing to concentrate on his results, and it finally paid off Thursday in the Bridgestone Invitational with a 6-under 64 for a two-shot lead.Harrington has not won a sanctioned tournament since last year at the PGA Championship, when he became the first European in history to win successive majors in the same season.The Irishman was about the only one not terribly excited."There's no relevance at all," he said. "It's just a round of golf."It was a good ...

August 06, 2009 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Falcons' Douglas lost for season with knee injury

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons' depth chart at wide receiver doesn't look much like coach Mike Smith planned.Smith confirmed Thursday that Harry Douglas will miss the season with a knee injury. Pro Bowl receiver Roddy White is in a contract holdout, and so suddenly the Falcons' three-receiver formation includes Eric Weems, who has one career catch, and Brian Finneran, who hasn't started a game since 2005.Both Weems, who rooms with Douglas at the Falcons' training camp, and Finneran, who missed two seasons with knee injuries, said they felt pain for Douglas when he hurt his ...

August 06, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


The Eagles Nest: GSU missing key players as practice begins; WR preview

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August 06, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON/staff vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Prep Sports Blitz: Changes, new faces for SHS and SEB

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August 05, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON/staff vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Braves take series with 6-2 win

SAN DIEGO - Rookie Tommy Hanson shut down San Diego long enough for his teammates to get a comfortable lead against Chad Gaudin and the Atlanta Braves beat the Padres 6-2 on Wednesday.

August 05, 2009 | By BERNIE WILSON AP Sports Writer | Sports




Falcons' Peterson believes 11th year will be his best

FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Peterson finally made peace with himself after last year's meltdown with Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio.It took Peterson a few restless nights to put the embarrassments and disappointments behind him, but a reunion with Falcons coach Mike Smith has given the 11th-year linebacker a new outlook on football."You're going to go through some phases in your life when you have to learn from it and move on," Peterson said Tuesday. "For some reason, and I might not understand it now, but this season, after we win the Super Bowl, I'll look back ...

August 04, 2009 | By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press Writer | Sports


Hundreds remember Georgia boxer as soft-spoken champ

ATLANTA - Three-time boxing champion Vernon Forrest was remembered Monday by some 1,500 friends, family and fellow athletes as a soft-spoken, modest competitor defined more by his work helping others than his victories in the ring.The 38-year-old Forrest, a former two-division champion who gained notoriety when he became the first boxer to defeat "Sugar" Shane Mosley, was shot and killed July 25 in Atlanta. Police have said he exchanged gunfire with at least two robbery suspects before being shot several times in the back."I believe in God and the justice system," his brother Alfonso Forrest told about 1 ...

August 04, 2009 | By JONATHAN LANDRUM, Jr. Associated Press Writer | Sports


Dogs' Richt grateful for quiet offseason

ATHENS - It has been a summer of healing for Georgia, and for that a grateful Mark Richt offered one word:"Amen."Georgia returned to the practice fields on Tuesday with improved health after 13 players missed spring practice with injuries. The team's public image also has recovered, thanks to players avoiding the police blotter during the offseason.The 2008 injury list was topped by Jeff Owens, Trenton Sturdivant and Vince Vance.Owens and Sturdivant were regarded as Georgia's top defensive and offensive linemen, respectively, before their season-ending knee injuries early in the season. Vance was Sturdivant's replacement ...

August 04, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Weekly Whatup, 8/4

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August 03, 2009 | By MATT YOGUS | Sports


Georgia Tech enters 2009 with only 6 seniors

ATLANTA - Paul Johnson could almost count his seniors on one hand when Georgia Tech opened practice on Monday.Johnson, Georgia Tech's second-year coach, says he is encouraged by his team's improved depth and experience, but he knows he still has a young team. All he has to do is look for seniors.Georgia Tech had only six scholarship seniors for the first preseason practice."We don't have very many," Johnson said Monday. "It's a small class. ... I think our seniors are trying to take a strong leadership role and there's not a lot of them ...

August 03, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Statesboro gets back to business

Statesboro High School opened its doors for a new year on Monday. In addition to breaking out the pencils and textbooks in the classroom, the Statesboro Blue Devils also dusted off their shoulder pads and helmets as they opened fall practices under the shadow of Womack Field for the 2009 football season.

August 03, 2009 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Sports


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Baseball looks to speed things up

PHOENIX - Commissioner Rob Manfred says new rules intended to speed up the pace of games are aimed at luring younger fans to baseball.

February 23, 2015 | By BOB BAUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


New playoff format could add excitement to league

MIAMI - The Brooklyn Nets are on pace to finish 34-48 this season.

February 23, 2015 | By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Rodriguez gets early start at Yankees' camp

TAMPA, Fla. - Alex Rodriguez reported to the New York Yankees three days ahead of schedule. He spoke for 8 1/2 minutes about his season-long drug suspension.

February 23, 2015 | By MARK DIDTLER Associated Press | Sports


James Hahn wins a playoff at Riviera for 1st PGA Tour title

LOS ANGELES - James Hahn had reason to feel like a nobody at Riviera.

February 23, 2015 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Joey Logano gives Roger Penske another Daytona 500 win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Soaked in booze but drinking a Coke, Joey Logano fretted over how he and his new bride would celebrate his most significant victory.

February 22, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press | Sports


Goosen keeps lead at Riviera

LOS ANGELES - Retief Goosen had gone so long without being in contention on the weekend that he wondered how his nerves would hold up. They were tested Saturday at Riviera, and the two-time U.S. Open champion earned a passing grade.

February 21, 2015 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Raiders, Chargers to share L.A.?

LOS ANGELES - The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are planning a shared stadium in the Los Angeles area if both teams fail to get new stadium deals in their current hometowns, the teams said in a joint statement, adding another layer of complexity to a possible NFL return to the region.

February 20, 2015 | By ANDREW DALTON Associated Press | Sports


Mariota main attraction at combine

INDIANAPOLIS - Marcus Mariota looked awfully comfortable on center stage Thursday.

February 19, 2015 | By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer | Sports


Goosen, Singh among early leaders at Riviera

LOS ANGELES - Retief Goosen and Vijay Singh, among the top five players in the world a decade ago, were part of a six-way tie for the lead in the Northern Trust Open in what amounted to "throwback Thursday" at Riviera.

February 19, 2015 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Garnett returning to Minnesota in deadline deal

MINNEAPOLIS - Kevin Garnett is coming back to the place it all began.

February 19, 2015 | By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Sports Writer | Sports


Reflections on 35th anniversary of 1980 U.S. Hockey gold

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - It's been more than three decades since his landmark goal became the centerpiece of the U.S. Olympic hockey team's Miracle on Ice. For 60-year-old Mike Eruzione, it still seems like only yesterday.

February 18, 2015 | By JOHN KEKIS | Sports


Docs get first say at combine

INDIANAPOLIS - Prospective NFL draftees don't flinch at benching 225 pounds until exhaustion or trying to beat their personal best at the 40-yard dash. They do dread one sentence: "The doctor will see you now."

February 18, 2015 | By JIM LITKE AP Sports Writer | Sports


CBA could prove troublesome

NEW YORK - The NBA is soaring higher than ever.

February 18, 2015 | By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Jackets power past Eagles

Georgia Southern seemed to be well on its way to a 4-0 start to the 2015 season, but Kel Johnson launched a seventh–inning grand slam to pave the way for a 7-4 Georgia Tech win over the Eagles Tuesday night at J.I. Clements Stadium.

February 17, 2015 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Sports


No. 1 Kentucky stays unbeaten

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Kentucky understands that its brand name often brings out the best efforts from opponents.

February 17, 2015 | By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer | Sports


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