They'll be plenty of softball this weekend for softball enthusiasts, as 16 teams from around the state arrive in Statesboro today for the 2007 Battle in the 'Boro Softball Tournament at Mill Creek.
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch scored seven unanswered runs Tuesday over the final three innings, running away from Statesboro for a 10-3 win at SEB.
CINCINNATI - Blame it on the ballpark. Or, maybe the humidity was the problem. Perhaps it was the strike zone.
Pinewood pitcher Haley Kennedy struck out nine Bulloch Academy batters and allowed just one hit as the Lady Patriots spoiled the Lady Gators' home opener with an 11-0 rout in six innings
PORTAL - The Portal Lady Panthers (1-1, 1-1 Region 3-A) were three outs away from knocking off region foe Calvary Day, but the Lady Cavaliers rallied in the top of the seventh to knock off PHS 11-6 Tuesday night.
When the Bulloch Academy Lady Gators played a home fast-pitch softball game in recent years, it was normally at the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department's Memorial Field on Fair Road.
BROOKLET - After coming in second in Region 3-AA behind Screven County in 2006 and making a run in the state playoffs, the Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets have their sights set squarely on a 2007 region softball championship.
CINCINNATI - Mark Teixeira hit a pair of homers for the second straight game, and Brian McCann had a first-inning grand slam Monday that powered the Atlanta Braves to a 14-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
RICHMOND, Va. - Michael Vick agreed Monday to plead guilty to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges, a deal that leaves the Atlanta Falcons quarterback facing up to 18 months in prison and puts his NFL career in jeopardy.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons have endured plenty of misery in their 41-year history. This is a franchise that has yet to put together two straight winning seasons.
ATLANTA - John Smoltz wasn't content with 12 strikeouts, a Braves franchise record and a lead through eight innings. He wanted more, telling manager Bobby Cox he was in a groove.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Two days after suffering what appeared to be a serious left knee injury, D.J. Shockley was still listed as the Atlanta Falcons' third-string quarterback Sunday night.
ATLANTA - Rookie right-hander Micah Owings went 4-for-4, including a pair of mammoth homers, drove in six runs and scored four times while pitching three-hit ball through seven innings as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Atlanta Braves 12-6 on Saturday night.
ATLANTA - Brandon Webb isn't one of those guys who claims ignorance about his stats. He knows as well as anyone just how long he's gone without giving up a run, and what he needs to do to reach an amazing milestone.
Well, here's the latest update: He's two shutouts away from Orel Hershiser.
Luckily for the Statesboro Blue Devils, they have another two weeks to prepare. As for Emanuel County Institute, the Bullldogs looked well-polished and ready for the start of the 2007 season as they beat SHS 14-0 Friday night at Womack Field in a preseason scrimmage.
BOSTON - Survivors, first responders and family members of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over Boston's resilience in the face of a terror attack.
NEW YORK - Marking the 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, the Rev. Jesse Jackson praised Commissioner Bud Selig for the strides the sport has taken in minority opportunities over the past two decades.
He plays a sexy game of golf, owns two green jackets and - in what constitutes a show of major respect in these parts - Bubba Watson made rabid Georgia Bulldog fans take a break from spring football to watch some golf this weekend.
ATLANTA - Steve Koonin has cheered on the Atlanta Hawks surrounded by thousands of empty seats. He's cheered them on when the place was rockin'.
PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius came under intense pressure Monday at his murder trial from the chief prosecutor, who dismissed his account of how he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp as a flimsy web of lies and accused the Olympian of staging emotional outbursts to mask difficulty in answering a barrage of probing questions.
"When I got to the 10 tee box, I still believed I could win the tournament, no doubt about it. I still thought that Bubba..."
AUGUSTA - Bubba Watson's second Masters title was nothing like the green jacket he won two years ago.
On July 27, 1993, Jordan Spieth was born.
A patron asks, "Is that Bubba?"
AUGUSTA - Bubba Watson won the Masters two years ago with his brand of "Bubba golf," producing shots of raw skill and wild imagination. His strategy now is to keep it simple, and he is halfway to another green jacket.
AUGUSTA - No nerves. No worries. Adam Scott never knew the opening round at Augusta National could be so enjoyable.
He walks up the 17th fairway at Augusta National uncomfortably upright, his hands clutched to both ends of a 7-iron that stretches toward the sky behind his head. He rocks the club from one hip to the other, bending his back side-to-side as he grimaces.
PRETORIA, South Africa - The chief prosecutor laughed scornfully at an answer from Oscar Pistorius during the Olympic athlete's murder trial Thursday, mocking the man who shot his girlfriend. The judge sternly instructed the prosecutor to restrain himself and he apologized - then went right back to trying to pick holes in the testimony of the double-amputee runner.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Don't rule out Niagara Falls as a potential future home of theBuffalo Bills.
AUGUSTA - A quick stroll across the manicured landscape of Augusta National afforded a glimpse of why this Masters is so hard to figure out.