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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
PHOENIX - Commissioner Rob Manfred says new rules intended to speed up the pace of games are aimed at luring younger fans to baseball.
MIAMI - The Brooklyn Nets are on pace to finish 34-48 this season.
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.
LOS ANGELES - James Hahn had reason to feel like a nobody at Riviera.
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.
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.
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.
INDIANAPOLIS - Marcus Mariota looked awfully comfortable on center stage Thursday.
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.
MINNEAPOLIS - Kevin Garnett is coming back to the place it all began.
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.
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."
NEW YORK - The NBA is soaring higher than ever.
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.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Kentucky understands that its brand name often brings out the best efforts from opponents.