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Harrington holds onto lead at Firestone

AKRON, Ohio - Padraig Harrington broke par for the second straight day, something he hasn't done in four months. Two more days like that and it could lead to something he hasn't done in a year.Without a victory since the PGA Championship, Harrington treaded carefully across Firestone on Friday for a 1-under 69 that gave him a one-shot lead over Tim Clark going into the weekend at the Bridgestone Invitational.Harrington didn't put much stock into his opening round of 64, and he wasn't ready to declare himself the favorite to win his first World Golf ...

August 07, 2009 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Johnson wins Watkins Glen pole

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson will never have a better view at Watkins Glen International. He just hopes he can keep it.Johnson captured the first road-course pole of his career in qualifying Friday, turning a lap at 123.633 mph in 71.34 seconds over the 11-turn, 2.45-mile circuit to edge Kurt Busch for the top spot for Sunday."It's going to be nice to have a good view from the front," said the three-time defending Cup champion, who has never won a Cup road race. "It's going to boil down to track position ...

August 07, 2009 | By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Harrington takes 2-shot lead at Firestone

AKRON, Ohio - In Phil Mickelson's return to the links, Padraig Harrington feels good enough about his swing to concentrate on his results, and it finally paid off Thursday in the Bridgestone Invitational with a 6-under 64 for a two-shot lead.Harrington has not won a sanctioned tournament since last year at the PGA Championship, when he became the first European in history to win successive majors in the same season.The Irishman was about the only one not terribly excited."There's no relevance at all," he said. "It's just a round of golf."It was a good ...

August 06, 2009 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Falcons' Douglas lost for season with knee injury

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons' depth chart at wide receiver doesn't look much like coach Mike Smith planned.Smith confirmed Thursday that Harry Douglas will miss the season with a knee injury. Pro Bowl receiver Roddy White is in a contract holdout, and so suddenly the Falcons' three-receiver formation includes Eric Weems, who has one career catch, and Brian Finneran, who hasn't started a game since 2005.Both Weems, who rooms with Douglas at the Falcons' training camp, and Finneran, who missed two seasons with knee injuries, said they felt pain for Douglas when he hurt his ...

August 06, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


The Eagles Nest: GSU missing key players as practice begins; WR preview

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August 06, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON/staff vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Prep Sports Blitz: Changes, new faces for SHS and SEB

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August 05, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON/staff vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Braves take series with 6-2 win

SAN DIEGO - Rookie Tommy Hanson shut down San Diego long enough for his teammates to get a comfortable lead against Chad Gaudin and the Atlanta Braves beat the Padres 6-2 on Wednesday.

August 05, 2009 | By BERNIE WILSON AP Sports Writer | Sports




Falcons' Peterson believes 11th year will be his best

FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Peterson finally made peace with himself after last year's meltdown with Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio.It took Peterson a few restless nights to put the embarrassments and disappointments behind him, but a reunion with Falcons coach Mike Smith has given the 11th-year linebacker a new outlook on football."You're going to go through some phases in your life when you have to learn from it and move on," Peterson said Tuesday. "For some reason, and I might not understand it now, but this season, after we win the Super Bowl, I'll look back ...

August 04, 2009 | By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press Writer | Sports


Hundreds remember Georgia boxer as soft-spoken champ

ATLANTA - Three-time boxing champion Vernon Forrest was remembered Monday by some 1,500 friends, family and fellow athletes as a soft-spoken, modest competitor defined more by his work helping others than his victories in the ring.The 38-year-old Forrest, a former two-division champion who gained notoriety when he became the first boxer to defeat "Sugar" Shane Mosley, was shot and killed July 25 in Atlanta. Police have said he exchanged gunfire with at least two robbery suspects before being shot several times in the back."I believe in God and the justice system," his brother Alfonso Forrest told about 1 ...

August 04, 2009 | By JONATHAN LANDRUM, Jr. Associated Press Writer | Sports


Dogs' Richt grateful for quiet offseason

ATHENS - It has been a summer of healing for Georgia, and for that a grateful Mark Richt offered one word:"Amen."Georgia returned to the practice fields on Tuesday with improved health after 13 players missed spring practice with injuries. The team's public image also has recovered, thanks to players avoiding the police blotter during the offseason.The 2008 injury list was topped by Jeff Owens, Trenton Sturdivant and Vince Vance.Owens and Sturdivant were regarded as Georgia's top defensive and offensive linemen, respectively, before their season-ending knee injuries early in the season. Vance was Sturdivant's replacement ...

August 04, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Weekly Whatup, 8/4

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August 03, 2009 | By MATT YOGUS | Sports


Georgia Tech enters 2009 with only 6 seniors

ATLANTA - Paul Johnson could almost count his seniors on one hand when Georgia Tech opened practice on Monday.Johnson, Georgia Tech's second-year coach, says he is encouraged by his team's improved depth and experience, but he knows he still has a young team. All he has to do is look for seniors.Georgia Tech had only six scholarship seniors for the first preseason practice."We don't have very many," Johnson said Monday. "It's a small class. ... I think our seniors are trying to take a strong leadership role and there's not a lot of them ...

August 03, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


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


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Oakmont returns US Open reputation as toughest test

OAKMONT, Pa. - Danny Willett makes his debut in the U.S. Open at Oakmont.

June 14, 2016 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


NHL will go to Las Vegas for expansion

The NHL is ready to roll the dice on Las Vegas.

June 14, 2016 | By GREG BEACHUM AP Hockey Writer | Sports


Warriors still confident of winning second straight title

OAKLAND, Calif. - Stephen Curry sat on the bench and buried his head in his hand. Fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson wrapped a towel around his ...

June 14, 2016 | By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Oakmont ready to show its teeth at U.S. Open

OAKMONT, Pa. - U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth saw a different Oakmontthan the course he first played six weeks ago.

June 13, 2016 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Rio mayor's star rose, and now is falling, with Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Just a year ago, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes was hailed by Olympic Committee executives as the driving force behind ...

June 13, 2016 | By MAURICIO SAVARESE Associated Press | Sports


Hooligans running wild at Euro 2016

PARIS - Don't be fooled by the wacky names like "Music Hall," ''Happy Guys" or "Aliens", highly-trained Russian hooligan groups are as nasty as they ...

June 13, 2016 | By JEROME PUGMIRE Associated Press | Sports


US reaches Copa America quarters with 1-0 win over Paraguay

PHILADELPHIA - The United States advanced to the quarterfinals of the Copa America, getting a first-half goal from Clint Dempsey and surviving DeAndre Yedlin's early ...

June 11, 2016 | By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Close, but not quite for Tormenta

June 11, 2016 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Creator pulls upset win in Belmont

NEW YORK - The finish was dramatic, even without a Triple Crown on the line.

June 11, 2016 | By RICHARD ROSENBLATT AP Racing Writer | Sports


Berger shoots 1-under 69 to keep lead at St. Jude Classic

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Daniel Berger has yet to win on the PGA Tour. He's confident enough to believe that's just a matter of time ...

June 11, 2016 | By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer | Sports


A repeat NBA title now just 1 win away for Golden State

CLEVELAND - Golden State has now won 88 games this season, when factoring in the regular season and the playoffs. That's another NBA record to ...

June 11, 2016 | By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer | Sports


Tormenta in search of first win

It's been less than a month since Tomrenta FC - Statesboro's brand new minor league soccer franchise - has played its first match. In that ...

June 10, 2016 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Gordie Howe, the gritty and mighty 'Mr. Hockey,' dies at 88

DETROIT - Gordie Howe worked all his remarkable life to earn the respect and awe that came with being "Mr. Hockey."

June 10, 2016 | By LARRY LAGE AP Hockey Writer | Sports


Ohio St., Michigan lead Big Ten battle into New Jersey

PARAMUS, N.J. - Hours before Jim Harbaugh led yet another satellite camp, some Rutgers fans let the Michigan coach know that not everyone was welcoming ...

June 09, 2016 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer | Sports


Ali remembered in prayer as an icon

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - As the faithful chanted a Muslim prayer in unison, dignitaries and fans stood shoulder to shoulder to honor a man who used his ...

June 09, 2016 | By BRUCE SCHREINER AP Sports Writer | Sports


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