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Montana rallies to put away App. St.

MISSOULA, Mont. - Jabin Sambrano caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Selle with 1:31 left, and Montana survived a last-second rally to beat Appalachian State 24-17 on Saturday and reach the Football Championship Subdivision title game.Montana (14-0) dealt with frigid temperatures and slippery conditions on a snow-covered field to make the championship game for the second straight year. The Grizzlies will play Villanova on Friday night in Chattanooga, Tenn.The Mountaineers (11-3), making their fifth straight semifinal appearance, had a chance to tie the game after marching downfield in the final minute.Armanti Edwards hit Brian Quick to ...

December 13, 2009 | The Associated Press | Sports


Falcons trying to stay in playoff hunt

ATLANTA - The New Orleans Saints are chasing perfection.The Atlanta Falcons are just trying to survive.While the Saints (12-0) have already clinched the NFC South title and merely need a win or tie Sunday at the Georgia Dome to ensure they'll have a first-round bye and at least one playoff game in the Big Easy, the Falcons' hopes of making it back to the playoffs are looking bleaker by the week.Atlanta (6-6) has lost five of its last seven and shows no signs of pulling out of the tailspin, not with a rash of injuries that have ...

December 13, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


The Eagles Nest: 'Monken Mania' hits the Boro

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December 11, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Hawks rout Bulls 118-83

ATLANTA - Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 29 points and the Atlanta Hawks opened the second half with a 20-4 run and beat the Chicago Bulls 118-83 on Wednesday night.The Bulls, who have lost five straight and nine of 10, remained close only in the first period. Atlanta pushed its lead to double digits for good on a jam by Josh Smith with 5:17 remaining in the first half.Smith had 18 points, including an alley-oop jam to cap the decisive 20-4 run and push the lead to 30 points at 76-46 with 3:35 remaining in the third ...

December 09, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Falcon defense faces toughest test yet in Brees, Saints

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Cornerback Brent Grimes knows the Atlanta defense must play a nearly perfect game to have a chance against New Orleans' explosive offense."The odds are against us, obviously," Grimes said Wednesday. "They're the No. 1 offense, but we've got a chance to make a statement."Unfortunately for Grimes and his teammates, the Falcons (6-6) lead the NFL with 49 plays allowed of at least 20 yards. Opponents are converting 46 percent of third downs, second-most in the league.Facing quarterback Drew Brees and the Saints (12-0) on Sunday seems to offer a worst-case scenario for ...

December 09, 2009 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Writer | Sports


Extra arm in pen forces Church out

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves' surplus of late-inning relievers forced the team to part ways with outfielder Ryan Church on Tuesday.Church was designated for assignment by the Braves to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for reliever Rafael Soriano, who made a surprise decision a day earlier to accept salary arbitration.The Braves last week signed closer Billy Wagner and setup man Takashi Saito. The expectation was Soriano and Mike Gonzalez would decline salary arbitration offers and become free agents.Instead, Soriano is still with the Braves. The right-hander can't be traded before June 16 without his consent ...

December 09, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Prep Sports Blitz: 2009 HS Football All-Area Team

Statesboro Herald All-Area Team Special.

December 09, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports




Jackets to face Hawkeyes in Orange Bowl

MIAMI - Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz vividly remembers flipping his television one night last fall and instantly becoming mesmerized by Georgia Tech's spread option offense."I can't imagine trying to get ready for them in a normal week," Ferentz said.Luckily for Ferentz and the Hawkeyes, they'll have a month to prepare.No. 10 Iowa (10-2) will face No. 9 Georgia Tech (11-2) in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 5 in South Florida, a matchup of the Hawkeyes' 11th-ranked defense against the Yellow Jackets' 11th-ranked offense, the misdirection-laden option that blew Ferentz away when he watched the Yellow ...

December 07, 2009 | By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Falcons fading fast after loss to Eagles

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Mike Smith had more injured than healthy offensive starters by the end of the Atlanta Falcons' third loss in their last four games.That was only part of the somber news.The Falcons' 34-7 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday was the team's worst in Smith's two years as coach. The loss left the 6-6 Falcons on the fringe of the NFC wild-card chase.More reason for concern: Just when the Falcons can't afford another loss, the 12-0 New Orleans Saints come to Atlanta next week.Perhaps intent on countering the somber mood, Smith assumed ...

December 07, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Weekly Whatup 12/8

Tis the season for speculation.

December 07, 2009 | By MATT YOGUS myogus@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Video - New GSU Coach Jeff Monken's Complete Press Conference

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December 07, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Tech set for title game

ATLANTA - Derrick Morgan can't remember the last time Georgia Tech won an Atlantic Coast Conference championship.Not that he should.He was a 1-year-old when the Yellow Jackets captured their lone ACC title in 1990, on the way to an unbeaten season and a share of the national championship."That's a long time ago," Morgan said, shaking his head.Ditto for Clemson, a one-time ACC powerhouse that hasn't finished on top of the league since 1991. The No. 25 Tigers are just as eager to break their long drought when they face the 12th-ranked Yellow Jackets in ...

December 03, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Gators must stop Jones, 'Bama passing attack

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - When Joe Haden arrived at Florida, he wanted to play quarterback. Then he realized Tim Tebow had that job secured.He considered moving to receiver, then discovered Percy Harvin was the main man there.Haden just wanted to get on the field, so he asked about playing cornerback. Coach Urban Meyer obliged, and Haden started learning the position. Three years later, he's got it down pat.Meyer said this week that no one on his team is playing as well as Haden.That didn't stop defensive coordinator Charlie Strong from telling Haden that Alabama receiver Julio ...

December 03, 2009 | By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer | Sports


Falcon friend offers warm reception for Vick's return to Atlanta

ATLANTA - Roddy White looks forward to seeing Michael Vick. Just don't expect the Falcons receiver to don another T-shirt showing his support for No. 7."I've got to be locked in," White said Wednesday, breaking into a hearty laugh. "This is a big game for us."No one is quite sure what kind of reception Michael Vick will get when he returns to the Georgia Dome for the first time since serving 18 months in federal prison for dogfighting. After being out of the league for two seasons, the former Falcons quarterback is now a little-used backup for ...

December 03, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


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Panthers not content being in Super Bowl, want to win it all

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Carolina coach Ron Rivera remembers turning to Dave Gettleman following a training camp practice this summer, and asking the Panthers general ...

January 26, 2016 | By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer | Sports


Federer vs Djokovic in Australian Open semifinals

MELBOURNE, Australia - Novak Djokovic has a larger than life presence at theAustralian Open.

January 26, 2016 | By JOCELYN GECKER AP Sports Writer | Sports


Clippers' Blake Griffin out 4-to-6 weeks after breaking hand

INDIANAPOLIS - Blake Griffin is expected to miss four to six weeks with a broken shooting hand after punching a Los Angeles Clippers staff member during ...

January 26, 2016 | By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer | Sports


Georgia Tech one of college hoops' biggest mysteries

ATLANTA - By all rights, Georgia Tech should be a powerhouse.

January 23, 2016 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Snowstorm postpones 2 NHL games, strands 2 college teams

NEW YORK - A blizzard socking the Eastern United States disrupted the sports schedule Saturday for a second day, forcing the postponement of two more NHL ...

January 23, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Murray advances, Ivanovic loses amid medical distraction

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - A medical emergency overshadowed matches on adjoining courts at the Australian Open when Nigel Sears, who is Ana Ivanovic's coach and ...

January 22, 2016 | By JOHN PYE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Federer notches 300th win at Grand Slam tournament

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - The countless records and accolades accumulated over a long and illustrious career don't in any way diminish Roger Federer's satisfaction ...

January 22, 2016 | By JOHN PYE AP Sports Writer | Sports


NFC championship game features 2 of NFL's best cornerbacks

TEMPE, Ariz. - Cornerbacks might have the toughest job in the NFL.

January 22, 2016 | By BOB BAUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Elway builds a team that will go down kicking and screaming

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - John Elway's mind was still racing and he was trying to figure out what, exactly, was missing after another rough ending ...

January 22, 2016 | By EDDIE PELLS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Homeland Security head addresses baseball owners

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - With worries about terrorism heightened following attacks in France and California, baseball owners began their two-day meeting Wednesday by discussing threat protection ...

January 20, 2016 | By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


NFL's final 4 has no overwhelming favorite

The NFL has its final four, and the oddsmakers are forecasting tight games.

January 20, 2016 | By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer | Sports


Djokovic wins, faces questions on match-fixing

MELBOURNE, Australia - For the second time in three days, Novak Djokovic won a match at the Australian Open and was confronted by questions about match-fixing ...

January 18, 2016 | By JOHN PYE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Hawks make Magic disappear

ATLANTA - Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer likes the production he's been getting recently from his bench.

January 18, 2016 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Southern vs. State

Just a little less than two months ago, Georgia Southern took a swift kick to the pride as Georgia State pulled off an unlikely upset ...

January 18, 2016 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Column: (Excessive) parental discretion not advised

A few months ago, I wrote a column on how "participation" trophies were a hindrance to a young athlete's mental develop and ultimately, a ...

January 18, 2016 | By HORACE HOLLOMAN hholloman@statesboroherald.com | Sports


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