DENVER - Jeff Francoeur sat on the couch in the Atlanta clubhouse munching on a plate of barbecued ribs.
PORTAL - Brandon Mock went the distance and struck out 14 Emanuel County Institute batters on 123 pitches as the Portal Panthers knocked off the Bulldogs on Senior Night in Portal Thursday in a game with playoff implications for both teams. The Panthers (12-12, 8-4 Region 3-A) took a half-game lead over ECI (11-11, 7-4) in the region standings. The No. 2 seed gains home-field advantage in the first round of the region playoffs.
ALBANY - Bulloch Academy senior James Conner won the Class AA state championship in the discus throw Friday at the GISA state track and field meet. The senior won with a throw of 124-11.
SMITHFIELD, Va. - Police conducting a drug investigation raided a house owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and found dozens of dogs, some injured and emaciated.
It's baseball playoff time in Region 3-AAAA, and that means the Blue Devils of Statesboro - and seven of their region foes - begin playing for a chance at the state playoffs today.
ATLANTA - Kelly Johnson looks like such a natural in his first month as the Atlanta Braves' second baseman and leadoff hitter that it's easy to forget he was a left fielder who usually was the team's No. 2 hitter two years ago.
SYLVANIA - Jeremy Rosier pitched a complete game allowing only two earned runs and striking out six in five innings, and Garrett Bates was 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, two RBIs and two runs as the Screven County Gamecocks plastered the visiting Portal Panthers 12-2 in five innings in a non-region match up Thursday night.
The Southeast Bulloch girls soccer team advanced to the second round of the GHSA Class AA/A state playoffs with a 3-0 upset win over Thomasville on Thursday.
SYLVANIA - The Screven County Lady Gamecocks had no problems with Pierce County, winning 5-0 in the first round of the GHSA Class AA state tennis tournament.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets are in the state playoffs for the first time since 2005, and to add to the excitement, five SEB soccer players - including two brothers and two sisters - were named to the Class AA/A All-Area 3 team.
Jenkins County infielder Caleb Chance is playing his first year of varsity baseball this season, and the Eagles couldn't be happier. Ever since Chance's first varsity hit - a double that drove in three and put his team ahead for the win over East Laurens - JCHS has known that they have something special on their hands. The 5-foot-7 junior gets on base a lot has become a trendsetter.
The Statesboro girls track and field team placed fourth at the Region 3-AAAA meet Monday at Georgia Southern. Lywanna Melvin qualified for the state meet in the discus throw. Here are the finals results:
MIAMI - Four Atlanta relievers combined to pitch six shutout innings, and the Braves scored all of their runs with two out to beat the Florida Marlins 11-6 Tuesday.
MIAMI - Count on Dontrelle Willis for an unorthodox delivery.
In 2008, the Atlanta Braves bottomed out. Just three years removed from the end of their remarkable stretch of 14 consecutive division titles, the Braves stumbled to a 70-92 record and a fourth place finish in the N.L. East.
HOOVER, Ala. - Southeastern Conference players have mostly been content to let league administrators and coaches take up the drumbeat for NCAA reform - not that they're complaining.
HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy had everything go his way Thursday in the British Open.
HOYLAKE, England - Even when he's not the favorite, Tiger Woods is still the show at the British Open.
OYONNAX, France - Sitting on a roadside guard rail, wincing and rubbing his lower back, Andrew Talansky looked ready to quit the Tour de France in the middle of Stage 11. The Tour's Web site and French TV commentators said his race was over. So did some English-language Twitterati.
Georgia's archery season for deer opens September 13th and one of the best things you can do to prepare is to practice with your compound bow. There is nothing worse than having spent hours waiting in a stand only to blow the shot when Big Ed finally shows up.
HOYLAKE, England - Tiger Woods was an hour into his practice round Tuesday at the British Open when he stood on the fifth tee with a foreign object in his hand.
MINNEAPOLIS - Baseball has a problem: Clayton Kershaw, Aroldis Chapman, Felix Hernandez and all the other kings of the hill are just too good.
BESANCON, France - With defending champion Chris Froome and two-time winner Alberto Contador out of the race, the path is wide open for Vincenzo Nibali to become the first Italian to win the Tour de France since the late Marco Pantani in 1998.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It's been almost two decades since Morgan Shepherd last ran a full Sprint Cup season, and his last national series victory was in 1993.
MINNEAPOLIS - Seattle's Felix Hernandez will start Tuesday night's All-Star game for the American League and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals will open for the National League.
There's plenty of issues to discuss in the Southeastern Conference.
HOYLAKE, England - Phil Mickelson rolled long putts across the practice green in front of the Royal Liverpool clubhouse, some of them going in, most of them the right distance. He chirped to the caddie of Brandt Snedeker about their money game, a Mickelson tradition at the majors.