At the end of their 162nd game, the Atlanta Braves found themselves in an unfamiliar position.
Taylor Bennett threw a 42-yard touchdown pass on the first down of his first start for Georgia Tech. That was last season, and he has barely played since.
PHILADELPHIA - For a one-of-kind quarterback, Michael Vick sure has looked ordinary against the Philadelphia Eagles.
ATLANTA - Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer had a ready response to Friday's question: Does Chick-fil-A Bowl opponent Georgia remind you of any team?
Statesboro's John Knox was named first team, and four other players from the area received honorable mention, when selections for the Georgia Sports Writers Association all-state football teams were released Friday.
The Statesboro Blue Devils ended their showing at the Emanuel County Institute Christmas Tournament on a positive note, routing Treutlen County 74-47 Friday night. A 25-9 second quarter proved to be the difference and the Devils' defense held the Vikings to just 30.6 percent shooting.
NEW YORK - Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants reached a preliminary agreement on the largest contract for a pitcher in baseball history, a $126 million, seven-year deal.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Calvin Johnson isn't saying much. He rarely does. But the Gator Bowl sure feels like his college farewell.
TWIN CITY - It was a tale of two halves for the Portal Panthers Thursday afternoon on Day 2 of the Emanuel County Institute Christmas Tournament. The Panthers (9-2) exploded for 29 third-quarter points, opening the pivotal frame on a 19-2 run to beat Treutlen County 80-64.
By CHAD BISHOP
FLOWERY BRANCH - Michael Vick didn't take back his criticisms of the Atlanta Falcons' inconsistent offense Wednesday, one day after coach Jim Mora said Vick's remarks were only the result of postgame frustrations following Sunday's loss to Carolina.
ATLANTA - Tony Taylor was on the verge of star status for Georgia as he closed his 2003 sophomore season with a flourish.
Statesboro head coach Lee Hill said he wanted his Blue Devils to play an up-tempo game Wednesday on Day 1 of the Emanuel County Institute. Hill got his wish
Lorena Ochoa learned at an early age to aim high and not be afraid to fail.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Jim Mora was a hot coach the last time Atlanta played at Philadelphia - the NFC championship game after the Falcons won the NFC South in 2004.
Dozens of former players joining a lawsuit against the NFL say teams kept handing out powerful painkillers and other drugs with few - if any- safeguards as recently as 2012. That extends by four years the time frame for similar claims made in the original complaint and could open the door to a criminal investigation.
HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy only saw birdies at Royal Liverpool, mostly on his scorecard, and even one pheasant that trotted across the eighth green as he was lining up a putt. That was but a minor interruption in his command performance Friday in the British Open.
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.