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BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch girls track and field team topped Statesboro and Claxton Wednesday.
PORTAL - It's been a long time coming, but for the first time in five decades, the Portal Panthers are returning to the Final Four.
There will be a chartered bus to take Portal fans to Macon to cheer on the Panthers in their Final Four appearance Wednesday against Hancock Central. The bus will depart from PHS at 3 p.m. The cost is $25 per person and includes a game ticket. For more information or to reserve a seat, call (912) 687-6194.
I can't tell you how many times this past week someone has said, "You need to quit predicting the local teams to win."
Luella scored six runs in the top of the seventh, blowing open a pitcher's duel to beat Statesboro 7-1 Saturday afternoon at Mill Creek.
BIRMINGHAM - Georgia Southern pitchers combined for two shutouts as the Eagles softball team won twice Friday at the Magic City Classic hosted by Samford.
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Portal's hopes of a trip to the GHSA Class A state championship were on the line.
The Terrell County Greenwave (19-3) wants to do what nobody else in Class A has been able to do all season. They want to beat the Portal Panthers.
Earlier this week Region 3-AAAA met and choose the All-Region girls basketball team. Statesboro's Monnette Bennett was chosen as the Player of the Year and coach Jeff Seier was awarded the Coach of the Year. Also representing Statesboro were seniors Gwen Jones and Victoria Mikell who were selected as first team members.
BROOKLET - Corey Nesmith's grand slam in the bottom of the third inning proved to be the difference for the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets (2-1) as they knocked off the Calvary Day Cavaliers 9-6 Thursday night at the SEB preseason baseball tournament in Brooklet.
Just like that, Statesboro's season has ended.
Thanks to Portal's Justin Raymond, the leading scorers on opposing teams have been shut down throughout the region playoffs and into state.
Statesboro's dream run has ended.
PORTAL - The Wilcox County Patriots didn't forget about the 2007 GHSA Class A state playoffs when Portal eliminated them in a close 73-71 first-round game, but their revenge efforts fell short as the Panthers used hot shooting from Shane Reese and David Buchannon to advance to the Elite Eight with a 69-49 win in front of a rowdy crowd Tuesday night.
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.
RIO DE JANEIRO - Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn't muster.
RIO DE JANEIRO - No European team has ever won a World Cup played in the Americas. Just one more source of motivation for Germany ahead of Sunday's final against Argentina.
SILVIS, Ill. - Brian Harman is going to play in the final pairing of a PGA Tour stop for the first time. His playing partner is one accomplished part-timer.
NEW YORK - A word of caution to anyone anointing the Cleveland Cavaliers as the NBA favorites.