CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. headlined the five inductees into the first Hall of Fame class, a group that drew mixed reactions to the inclusion of France's son instead of driver David Pearson.
FLOWERY BRANCH - White beating Chicago in the final second last year helped define the Atlanta's season, quarterback Matt Ryan has little interest in reminiscing.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Roddy White did everything right at San Francisco last week - except stick his landing.
Two very similar teams on two different levels.
DENVER - Chase Utley ducked near second base. The rest of the Philadelphia Phillies never flinched.Ryan Howard hit a two-run double with two outs in the ninth inning and scored on Jayson Werth's single as Philadelphia rallied past the Colorado Rockies 5-4 Monday night to reach the NL championship series.Brad Lidge earned his second consecutive save, once again retiring cleanup batter Troy Tulowitzki with two on to end it. Tulowitzki, who flied out to conclude Game 3, struck out this time and the Phillies celebrated on the infield at chilly Coors Field before retreating to the clubhouse to ...
FONTANA, Calif. - Jimmie Johnson insists NASCAR's Chase for the championship isn't over. That his dominating victory in Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway doesn't mean his fourth straight title is in the bag."Just because we won the last three doesn't mean we're a shoo-in for a fourth," Johnson said.Maybe, but there was something awfully familiar about the way Johnson controlled the final half of the 500-mile race at the 2-mile oval.He surged past Juan Pablo Montoya, easily survived a late challenge from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon and took ...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Mike Smith says Sunday's runaway win at San Francisco was the Falcons' most complete offensive game in his two seasons in Atlanta."I know statistically it most definitely was in terms of yards," he said.But he says the offense can be better than it showed in the 45-10 rout of the 49ers."I think we left some plays out there," Smith said Monday. "I think the offensive guys will tell you that."Quarterback Matt Ryan, who completed 22 of 32 passes for a career-high 329 yards, called the game "just a pretty good performance" for ...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin didn't defeat Florida as promised. He did deliver on another guarantee with a 45-19 win over the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday."(Kiffin) basically made a promise to us that we wouldn't lose to them anymore, forever or until he leaves," Volunteers safety Eric Berry said. "He's not going to let Georgia beat us."The first-year coach got some help from Jonathan Crompton, who passed for a career-high 310 yards and threw for four touchdowns.Kiffin had emphasized the Georgia game to his players due to its importance in recruiting. Because the ...
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia is one of those schools that likes to think of itself as Running Back U.
ATLANTA - Paul Johnson says the hubbub over Bobby Bowden's future at Florida State will have the Seminoles fired up for Saturday night's game against his Georgia Tech team.
ATLANTA - There's a new reason for the Atlanta Hawks to enter the 2009-10 season with a renewed sense of urgency.
ATLANTA - No foul.The Southeastern Conference said Monday that Georgia receiver A.J. Green should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after his late touchdown against No. 4 LSU, a flag that cost the Bulldogs crucial yards on the ensuing kickoff.Georgia had to kick off from its own 15, and Trindon Holliday returned it 40 yards into Bulldogs territory. Two plays later, Charles Scott broke off a 33-yard run that gave the Tigers a 20-13 victory.Rogers Redding, the SEC's coordinator of officials, said a video review of the play from a different angle than the official ...
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Abby Wambach will do whatever it takes to win the Women's World Cup, even if that means she's coming off the bench.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - Robert Streb walked off the third green at Chambers Bay, looked both directions and headed left down a dirt path toward Puget Sound.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Meghan Klingenberg - not Hope Solo - made the biggest save of the night for the United States.
TAMPA, Fla. - Four games deep in the Stanley Cup Final, all that's clear is just how little separates the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
GENEVA - FIFA's top spokesman left his job on Thursday, hours after Sepp Blatter was urged to do the same by the European Parliament.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - On the eve of the match against her former team, Sweden coach Pia Sundhage addressed Hope Solo, Abby Wambach and the challenge of beating the talent-laden United States in the World Cup.
The Portal Panthers were unceremoniously left on the outside looking in as teams competed for a Class A state champions last year.
COLOGNE, Germany - Substitute Bobby Wood scored in the 87th minute to give the United States a 2-1 victory over World Cup champion Germany in a friendly on Wednesday.
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Forgive the United States for some opening night jitters.
One day made up for five straight weeks of lousy golf for Michael Putnam. He's going home to Chambers Bay for the U.S. Open.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Megan Rapinoe scored twice and the United States overcame early defensive shakiness to beat Australia 3-1 on Monday in their opening game at the Women's World Cup.
CLEVELAND - High above downtown, there's no visible evidence of a painful 51-year professional sports championship drought - the longest for any major U.S. city.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots released linebacker Brandon Spikes on Monday as authorities investigated whether his Mercedes was involved in an accident after the car was found abandoned in a highway median near where three people were hurt in a vehicle that was rear-ended.