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Weekly Whatup, 12/15

Santa Claus is coming to town very shortly, and I've never been patient enough to wait until Christmas to find out what will be under the tree.

December 14, 2009 | By MATT YOGUS | Sports

Ga. Tech looking to end 4-year bowl losing streak

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech has a tradition of being in BCS bowls. Though their recent destinations make that fact seem like ancient history.

December 14, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports

Ingram takes Heisman in closest race ever

NEW YORK - Mark Ingram completed the trophy case at Alabama, delivering the first Heisman to a school that boasts one of the richest histories in college football.The tough-running sophomore tailback turned tearful after winning the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in the closest vote in the award's 75-year history. Next, he'll try to lead the most storied program in the South to a national championship.Ingram finished 28 points ahead of Stanford running back Toby Gerhart.Ingram wiped away tears and took a moment to steady himself before starting his speech. His voice wavered throughout."I'm ...

December 13, 2009 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer | Sports

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 | 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 | 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 | Sports

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Georgia says 2 players cleared in marijuana investigation

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's two leading tacklers will be able to play against No. 14 Florida after being cleared in a marijuana investigation.

October 24, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports

Pastner looks to reshape basketball team

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech is starting over.

October 24, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports

JGR's Talladega strategy was perfect for the Chase Race

TALLADEGA, Ala. - When Sweden beat the U.S. women's soccer team during the Olympics by using a conservative strategy, goalie Hope Solo was lambasted ...

October 24, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports

Quinn stands by fourth-down call in Falcons' OT loss

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Dan Quinn didn't hesitate to keep his offense on the field for a fourth-downcall in overtime against San Diego on Sunday ...

October 24, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports

PGA Tour to play official event in South Korea next year

SEOUL, South Korea - The PGA Tour expanded its Asia swing to three tournaments Monday by adding a new event in South Korea with a limited ...

October 24, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports

Georgia Southern fans: It's time to face reality

It's time for a reality check Eagle fans.

October 23, 2016 | By CHRIS STANLEY | Sports

Eagles escape Las Cruces

Georgia Southern ended a losing skid Saturday night in the high desert of New Mexico.

October 23, 2016 | By MIKE ANTHONY | Sports

How to feel? It's tough to say

Is it the best of times, or is it the worst of times for Georgia Southern?

October 23, 2016 | By MIKE ANTHONY | Sports

Chargers, Falcons to compare NFL's top scoring offenses

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons are the NFL's top-scoring team, because of quarterback Matt Ryan's recharged passing attack.

October 23, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports

Cubs beat Dodgers 5-0 to reach 1st World Series since 1945

CHICAGO - Cursed by a Billy Goat, bedeviled by Bartman and crushed by decades of disappointment, the Chicago Cubs are at long last headed back to ...

October 23, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports

Truex wins pole after bolt confiscated at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Martin Truex Jr. showed up at Talladega Superspeedway determined to be at the front of the field and in control of his chances ...

October 23, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports

Pop stars and fast cars: Taylor Swift plays Formula One

AUSTIN, Texas - With their red, white and blue tutus and Taylor Swift T-shirts, Rachel Emling and Mikala Crews were everything Formula One wanted at the ...

October 23, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports

Cubs fans celebrate team's 1st World Series berth since 1945

CHICAGO - Chicago Cubs fans waited 71 years to celebrate a return to the World Series.

October 23, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports

Charles Barkley has something to say about race in America

NEW YORK - Charles Barkley calls it friendly fire.

October 23, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports

Gators fall to four seed with loss to PCA

Down three of their best players, BA succumbed their worst loss of the season in what was the biggest game of the season.

October 22, 2016 | By CHRIS STANLEY | Sports

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