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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

Hear that?

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


Hamlin wins at Pocono Raceway

LONG POND, Pa. - Denny Hamlin ended a 50-race winless skid Monday, holding off Juan Pablo Montoya over the final riveting laps at Pocono Raceway before choking up with grief in Victory Lane.Hamlin won for the third time in eight career starts at the triangle track that has become his personal playground. He has had three other top 10s there.He was in tears following the Pennsylvania 500, the victory coming days after his grandmother's death. There was a catch to his voice as he spoke, and he wiped his face with a towel before walking away for a ...

August 03, 2009 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Braves even series vs. Dodgers

ATLANTA - Derek Lowe pitched six innings in his first game against Los Angeles since he signed with Atlanta in the offseason, leading the Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Dodgers on Saturday.Lowe (11-7) allowed three runs and five hits to win his fourth straight decision. The right-hander went 54-48 over four seasons with the Dodgers before agreeing to a $60 million, four-year contract with the Braves in January.Adam LaRoche had two hits and scored the tying run in the sixth in his return to Atlanta following Friday's trade from Boston. Chipper Jones went 2 for 4 ...

August 01, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Tiger Woods takes Buick Open lead

GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Tiger Woods drove on adjacent fairways twice on the back nine, hit a cup of beer in a spectator's hand, got rattled by a bug and was relegated to shaping some shots around trees and under branches.He still managed to shoot a 7-under 65 on Saturday in the third round of the Buick Open, giving him a 17-under 199 total and a one-stroke lead when Michael Letzig (68) double bogeyed the last hole."The whole idea of the game is put the ball in the hole, and I did that," Woods said. "But as ...

August 01, 2009 | By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Phelps sets record in 100m butterfly

ROME - He defiantly spit out a mouthful of a water, climbed atop the lane rope, pumped his fists furiously and tugged on that supposedly inferior swimsuit.The message was clear: Don't mess with Michael Phelps.Milorad Cavic tried to get in his head and wound up looking at his back, losing again to the guy who beat him at the Beijing Olympics.This time, there was no doubt about it."There are always things that fire me up and motivate me," Phelps said Saturday, after becoming the first swimmer to break 50 seconds in the 100-meter butterfly. "That's ...

August 01, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP National Writer | Sports


Stewart crashes, loses pole position

LONG POND, Pennsylvania - Tony Stewart lost his pole position and will start from the back of the pack after wrecking his car during practice for the Pennsylvania 500 on Saturday.Stewart lost control of his No. 14 Chevrolet on a turn on the second lap of Saturday's first practice and spun into the wall. He was unhurt in the crash.His Stewart-Haas Racing crew quickly got to work on the backup. Stewart leads the points standings and was the pole sitter at Pocono because rain washed out Friday's qualifying."I just screwed up," Stewart said. "I got in ...

August 01, 2009 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Braves shut out by Schmidt

ATLANTA - Jason Schmidt gave up one hit in his longest start in more than two years, Andre Ethier hit a homer and drove in four runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 5-0 on Friday night.Schmidt, Ramon Troncoso, George Sherrill and James McDonald combined on a three-hitter. McDonald retired the final six batters.Ethier hit a three-run homer in the fifth off Tommy Hanson (5-2) and added a run-scoring double in the ninth.Schmidt (2-1) walked five and struck out three in six innings, his longest start since going six innings for the Dodgers at San ...

July 31, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Stewart on the pole at Pocono

Rain has washed out Sprint Cup qualifying, putting Tony Stewart on the pole at Pocono Raceway.NASCAR set the field on points Friday, allowing last week's winner Jimmie Johnson to start second. Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards round out the top five.Only 43 teams are at the track, so every car qualifies for Sunday's race.Stewart, who holds a 192-point lead in the standings over Johnson, won the June race at Pocono.

July 31, 2009 | The Associated Press | Sports


Speedometers not on board for NASCAR

LONG POND, Pa. - Unlike a driver nabbed going 70 mph in a 55 zone, Juan Pablo Montoya couldn't talk his way out his speeding ticket.Not when NASCAR's the traffic cop.Busted at the Brickyard for speeding on the final pit stop, the penalty cost Montoya his shot at winning on the historic track.Perhaps the result would have been different if Montoya had a speedometer instead of relying on a tachometer that monitors engine RPMs. Or maybe he would finished 11th anyway.Still, some drivers would like a speedometer added to their cars, or have NASCAR's ...

July 31, 2009 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Woods bounces back with 2nd-round 63 at Buick Open

GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Tiger Woods shot a season-low 63 Friday in the second round of the Buick Open and soared up the leaderboard with his best round in relation to par in four years.Poor putting led to an awful start the previous day in his first tournament since missing the cut at the British Open."I took advantage of driving on a string again," he said. "I hit my irons a little better and I made some putts."In relation to par, it was his best round since he had an 11-under 61 at the 2005 Buick Open ...

July 31, 2009 | By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Braves send Kotchman to Boston for LaRoche

By CHARLES ODUM

July 31, 2009 | | Sports


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Early exit for Borland

You can still count on two hands how many players walked away from a pro football career with more good days likely ahead of them than behind.

March 17, 2015 | JIM LITKE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Can anyone top Kentucky?

There's a way to beat Kentucky.

March 16, 2015 | By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Georgia Southern falls short in Sun Belt title game

NEW ORLEANS – The Georgia Southern Eagles went from a ninth-place preseason pick to within one shot of their first NCAA tournament berth since 1992.

March 15, 2015 | By MIKE ANTHONY | Sports


Joey Logano routs field to win Xfinity race at Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Joey Logano led all but 24 laps Saturday as he routed the field to win the Xfinity Series at Phoenix International Raceway.

March 14, 2015 | The Associated Press | Sports


Ryan Moore takes lead

PALM HARBOR, Fla.. - Ryan Moore had no trouble explaining how, after 12 consecutive pars to start the third-round of the Valspar Championship, he birdied four of the final six holes Saturday.

March 14, 2015 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Wild opening week for NFL business season

Maybe everyone should have known from the way the Super Bowl ended that the beginning of the NFL's business season would be wild.

March 14, 2015 | By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer | Sports


One step from the 'Dance'

NEW ORLEANS - Curtis Diamond hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 1:49 left to give Georgia Southern a 44-43 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday to advance to the Sun Belt Conference tournament championship game.

March 14, 2015 | Associated Press | Sports


Brewers ban hand-slapping high-fives because of pink eye

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - A clubhouse outbreak of pink eye is forcing the Milwaukee Brewers to find a new way to celebrate top plays at spring training.

March 13, 2015 | JOSE M. ROMERO Associated Press | Sports


No. 19 North Carolina holds Virginia

Marcus Paige hit two free throws with 3.9 seconds left to help No. 19 North Carolina top No. 3 Virginia 71-67 on Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals.

March 13, 2015 | AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer | Sports


Look out for bracket-busters

There are several upset-minded teams lurking around the NCAA Tournament, just waiting to ruin the championship dreams of a high seed.

March 13, 2015 | By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer | Sports


Davis chips in to take lead at Valspar Championship

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) - Brian Davis takes pride in his short game, which saved him from a rough finish Thursday and gave him the lead in the Valspar Championship.

March 12, 2015 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Oklahoma football team condemns racist video

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - A racist video threatened to divide the Oklahoma football team. The leaders on the squad weren't having it.

March 12, 2015 | By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer | Sports


Eagles still winless in midweek

For the sixth time in as many tries this season, the Georgia Southern Eagles trudged away from a Tuesday or Wednesday game with a loss.

March 11, 2015 | MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Outdoor Life: White bass spawning run underway in Oconee

One fishing trip you might want to consider this season is the white bass spawning run on the Oconee and Apalachee Rivers. It's currently going on and the action is hot. Actually whites and hybrids can be caught in significant numbers with the right approach and the scenery in both places is pretty rewarding as well. There are some things you need to know if you have never gone after these two game fish during this time of year but once you have had some success you will always look forward to the next spring-time run. Here's a ...

March 11, 2015 | By ALVIN RICHARDSON | Sports


Bubble teams eye scoreboards

LAS VEGAS - Sin City becomes the western epicenter of March Madness this week with four conference tournaments at various arenas around The Strip.

March 10, 2015 | By JOHN MARSHALL AP Sports Writer | Sports


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