The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH - The Pirates' hitting was very good for a change, even if their timing wasn't. On a day Ian Snell didn't figure to give the Atlanta Braves many runs, Pittsburgh's offense finally broke out.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Atlanta Falcons coach Bobby Petrino said the team's final mini-camp practice Sunday ended a productive three-day schedule of five practices.
PITTSBURGH - Atlanta's Chuck James held the slumping Pittsburgh Pirates hitless until Jason Bay singled in the seventh, and Scott Thorman homered twice in leading the Braves to a 9-2 victory Saturday night that extended their winning streak to five.
PORTAL - "I told (my team before Game Three);" said Portal Panther coach Tendai Haggins, "whoever makes the most errors is probably going to lose this ballgame."
METTER - Metter's first round playoff series with Jeff Davis Friday night came down to one crucial inning for the Tigers. It was an inning mired with errors and mental mistakes, an inning that likely cost Metter a chance at advancing into round two.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers dropped Game One of the first-round three-game series of the Class A State Playoffs to the Wilcox County Patriots Friday, but when it came down to elimination, Brett Rivers pitched a complete game, struck out eight, led PHS to a 7-3 victory and forced a Game Three.
PITTSBURGH - Andruw Jones and Jeff Francoeur homered on consecutive pitches in the sixth inning to help the Atlanta Braves end their longest streak without a homer in 24 years, and manager Bobby Cox tied Sparky Anderson for fourth place in career victories with a 4-1 decision over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.
ATLANTA - Kelly Johnson is sure glad he didn't take the day off.
METTER - The Metter Tigers have had a rollercoaster season. The streaky team has been fortunate, however, because the winning streaks have been a whole lot longer than the losing streaks, and they are currently riding a hot streak into the first round of the Class AA State Playoffs.
The Screven County Gamecocks have a pretty tall order ahead of them this weekend. Not only does SCHS have to travel to Blackshear, Ga. to face the Region 2-AA champion Pierce County Bears, they'll also be looking to replace their catcher.
ATLANTA - Andruw Jones snapped an 0-for-21 slump with two hits, including an eighth-inning single that drove in the go-ahead run, and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 on Tuesday night.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks cancelled a scheduled meeting between their CEO and city civil rights leaders Wednesday, prompting one of the group's leaders to say his community was greatly offended.
ATLANTA - Rory McIlroy always thought his big year deserved a big finish. The Tour Championship is his last chance.
Maybe the NFL schedule makers did the Baltimore Ravens a big favor.
ATLANTA - The losing captain - usually an American - is an easy scapegoat at the Ryder Cup. Now he at least has an accomplice.
NEW YORK - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell did not rule out the possibility of former Ravens running back Ray Rice returning to play in the league after serving a suspension for domestic violence.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - At Penn State, bowl games and packed stadiums under Joe Paterno yielded to scandal, suffering and sanctions at the abuses of Jerry Sandusky.
Over decades of time the guys (and gals) who have cut my hair changed based on where I was living at the time and how much attention to detail was required.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks are sticking with general manager Danny Ferry even though the team's new majority owner wants him fired for racially charged comments about Luol Deng.
Penn State football got out from under the most severe on-field sanctions imposed on it two years ago over the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal, learning Monday that the NCAA will allow it to compete in this year's postseason and that all scholarships will return in 2015.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration issued a directive Monday allowing the state's casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting, a move likely to be challenged in court by sports leagues.
BALTIMORE - Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released showing the running back striking his then-fiancee in February.
NEW YORK - Unable to play in the U.S. Open a year ago because of a doping suspension, Marin Cilic is now the tournament's champion.
It's 1981 and sitting in the elegant office of Gulfstream CEO Allen Paulson were Georgia Southern College President Dale Lick and GSC Athletic Director Bucky Wagner. It would be Paulson who would turn Lick's dream into reality of bringing football back to the college through a requested investment of one million dollars!
ST. LOUIS - Attorneys pushing for a judge to give preliminary approval to a proposed $75 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit against the NCAA said Friday that claims it unfairly forces athletes affected by head injuries to forfeit hundreds of millions of dollars are untrue.
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. - Rory McIlroy felt anything under par was a good score Thursday at Cherry Hills, even if he had reason to expect much better.