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Statesboro gets back to business

Statesboro High School opened its doors for a new year on Monday. In addition to breaking out the pencils and textbooks in the classroom, the Statesboro Blue Devils also dusted off their shoulder pads and helmets as they opened fall practices under the shadow of Womack Field for the 2009 football season.

August 03, 2009 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Hamlin wins at Pocono Raceway

LONG POND, Pa. - Denny Hamlin ended a 50-race winless skid Monday, holding off Juan Pablo Montoya over the final riveting laps at Pocono Raceway before choking up with grief in Victory Lane.Hamlin won for the third time in eight career starts at the triangle track that has become his personal playground. He has had three other top 10s there.He was in tears following the Pennsylvania 500, the victory coming days after his grandmother's death. There was a catch to his voice as he spoke, and he wiped his face with a towel before walking away for a ...

August 03, 2009 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Braves even series vs. Dodgers

ATLANTA - Derek Lowe pitched six innings in his first game against Los Angeles since he signed with Atlanta in the offseason, leading the Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Dodgers on Saturday.Lowe (11-7) allowed three runs and five hits to win his fourth straight decision. The right-hander went 54-48 over four seasons with the Dodgers before agreeing to a $60 million, four-year contract with the Braves in January.Adam LaRoche had two hits and scored the tying run in the sixth in his return to Atlanta following Friday's trade from Boston. Chipper Jones went 2 for 4 ...

August 01, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Tiger Woods takes Buick Open lead

GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Tiger Woods drove on adjacent fairways twice on the back nine, hit a cup of beer in a spectator's hand, got rattled by a bug and was relegated to shaping some shots around trees and under branches.He still managed to shoot a 7-under 65 on Saturday in the third round of the Buick Open, giving him a 17-under 199 total and a one-stroke lead when Michael Letzig (68) double bogeyed the last hole."The whole idea of the game is put the ball in the hole, and I did that," Woods said. "But as ...

August 01, 2009 | By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Phelps sets record in 100m butterfly

ROME - He defiantly spit out a mouthful of a water, climbed atop the lane rope, pumped his fists furiously and tugged on that supposedly inferior swimsuit.The message was clear: Don't mess with Michael Phelps.Milorad Cavic tried to get in his head and wound up looking at his back, losing again to the guy who beat him at the Beijing Olympics.This time, there was no doubt about it."There are always things that fire me up and motivate me," Phelps said Saturday, after becoming the first swimmer to break 50 seconds in the 100-meter butterfly. "That's ...

August 01, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP National Writer | Sports


Stewart crashes, loses pole position

LONG POND, Pennsylvania - Tony Stewart lost his pole position and will start from the back of the pack after wrecking his car during practice for the Pennsylvania 500 on Saturday.Stewart lost control of his No. 14 Chevrolet on a turn on the second lap of Saturday's first practice and spun into the wall. He was unhurt in the crash.His Stewart-Haas Racing crew quickly got to work on the backup. Stewart leads the points standings and was the pole sitter at Pocono because rain washed out Friday's qualifying."I just screwed up," Stewart said. "I got in ...

August 01, 2009 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Braves shut out by Schmidt

ATLANTA - Jason Schmidt gave up one hit in his longest start in more than two years, Andre Ethier hit a homer and drove in four runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 5-0 on Friday night.Schmidt, Ramon Troncoso, George Sherrill and James McDonald combined on a three-hitter. McDonald retired the final six batters.Ethier hit a three-run homer in the fifth off Tommy Hanson (5-2) and added a run-scoring double in the ninth.Schmidt (2-1) walked five and struck out three in six innings, his longest start since going six innings for the Dodgers at San ...

July 31, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Stewart on the pole at Pocono

Rain has washed out Sprint Cup qualifying, putting Tony Stewart on the pole at Pocono Raceway.NASCAR set the field on points Friday, allowing last week's winner Jimmie Johnson to start second. Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards round out the top five.Only 43 teams are at the track, so every car qualifies for Sunday's race.Stewart, who holds a 192-point lead in the standings over Johnson, won the June race at Pocono.

July 31, 2009 | The Associated Press | Sports


Speedometers not on board for NASCAR

LONG POND, Pa. - Unlike a driver nabbed going 70 mph in a 55 zone, Juan Pablo Montoya couldn't talk his way out his speeding ticket.Not when NASCAR's the traffic cop.Busted at the Brickyard for speeding on the final pit stop, the penalty cost Montoya his shot at winning on the historic track.Perhaps the result would have been different if Montoya had a speedometer instead of relying on a tachometer that monitors engine RPMs. Or maybe he would finished 11th anyway.Still, some drivers would like a speedometer added to their cars, or have NASCAR's ...

July 31, 2009 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Woods bounces back with 2nd-round 63 at Buick Open

GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Tiger Woods shot a season-low 63 Friday in the second round of the Buick Open and soared up the leaderboard with his best round in relation to par in four years.Poor putting led to an awful start the previous day in his first tournament since missing the cut at the British Open."I took advantage of driving on a string again," he said. "I hit my irons a little better and I made some putts."In relation to par, it was his best round since he had an 11-under 61 at the 2005 Buick Open ...

July 31, 2009 | By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Braves send Kotchman to Boston for LaRoche

By CHARLES ODUM

July 31, 2009 | | Sports


McCann drives Braves past Marlins in 10

MIAMI - Brian McCann's three-run homer in the 10th inning gave the Atlanta Braves a 6-3 victory over the Florida Marlins on Thursday night.

July 30, 2009 | By ANTONIO GONZALEZ Associated Press Writer | Sports


Report: Ortiz, Ramirez tested positive in 2003

NEW YORK - David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, the sluggers who led Boston to a pair of World Series championships, were among them more than 100 Major League Baseball players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, according to a report in The New York Times.

July 30, 2009 | The Associated Press | Sports


Steve Lowery leads after Buick Round 1

GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Tiger Woods played a lot like the guy who didn't make the cut at the British Open.

July 30, 2009 | The Associated Press | Sports


Summer Sports Show: Feasibility Study fallout; Two key Eagles ruled ineligible

Watch the full 'Feasibility Study Press Conference' here .

July 30, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


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Wizards' Wall injured, status uncertain

WASHINGTON - The Washington Wizards say All-Star guard John Wall suffered five non-displaced fractures in his left wrist and hand, and his playing status has not been determined.

May 07, 2015 | The Associated Press | Sports


Spieth sputters in opening round at Sawgrass

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - For all the hype over Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth playing together, and the constant curiosity over Tiger Woods, one element at The Players Championship didn't change Thursday. The star was the golf course.

May 06, 2015 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


LeBron's 33 lead Cavs to win

CLEVELAND - LeBron James attacked from the start and scored 33 points, Kyrie Irving added 21 and the Cleveland Cavaliers evened their semifinal series with Chicago with a 106-91 victory over the Bulls in Game 2 on Wednesday night.

May 06, 2015 | By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer | Sports


NFL finds Patriots probably deflated balls

An NFL investigation released Wednesday concluded New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs used in the AFC Championship and that quarterback Tom Brady was "at least generally aware" of the rules violations.

May 06, 2015 | By EDDIE PELLS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Stephen Curry named MVP

OAKLAND, Calif. - His voice cracked first. Then, his eyes got red. Finally, StephenCurry cried.

May 04, 2015 | By ANTONIO GONZALEZ | Sports


Derby goes to Pharoah

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Three times in seven years, Bob Baffert left the Kentucky Derby empty-handed. Two seconds and a sixth-place finish by the wagering favorite.

May 02, 2015 | By BETH HARRIS AP Racing Writer | Sports


Eagles drop series opener

The South Alabama Jaguars scored four runs in the sixth inning and got another gem on the mound from reigning Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week Kevin Hill to take the series opener 7-1 over the Georgia Southern Eagles at J.I. Clements Stadium.

May 02, 2015 | Georgia Southern AMR | Sports


What kind of fight will it be?

LAS VEGAS - Five years in the making, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao meet Saturday night in the richest - and arguably most overhyped - fight in the history of the sport.

May 01, 2015 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Boxing Writer | Sports


Hawks clinch first round victory

NEW YORK - Being tied after four games of the first round brought out the best in theAtlanta Hawks.

May 01, 2015 | By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer | Sports


Tampa takes Winston

TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are counting on Jameis Winston to help them become relevant again.

April 30, 2015 | By FRED GOODALL AP Sports Writer | Sports


Three Eagle football players arrested

Three members of the Georgia Southern football team were arrested by the Bulloch County Sheriff's Department and are currently suspended from the program indefinitely.

April 30, 2015 | From staff reports | Sports


Hawks regain series lead

ATLANTA - Al Horford and Jeff Teague scored 20 points apiece, helping the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks hold off the Brooklyn Nets 107-97 Wednesday night in an NBA playoff series that's closer than anyone envisioned.

April 29, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Orioles, White Sox play to audience of 0

BALTIMORE - With tempers still smoldering in riot-torn Baltimore and nearby neighborhoods clearing out rubble and debris, the Orioles played a baseball game Wednesday.

April 29, 2015 | By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer | Sports


Baffert to field two favorites in Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Bob Baffert clapped his hands to his mouth when early 5-2 favorite American Pharoah avoided the dreaded No. 1 post for the Kentucky Derby. The anxiety wasn't over yet.

April 29, 2015 | By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Nets tie up series

NEW YORK - Deron Williams rebounded from two dismal games with 35 points, and the Brooklyn Nets pulled out a 120-115 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night, tying the series at two games apiece.

April 27, 2015 | By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer | Sports


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