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Weekly Whatup, 12/15

Santa Claus is coming to town very shortly, and I've never been patient enough to wait until Christmas to find out what will be under the tree.

December 14, 2009 | By MATT YOGUS myogus@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Ga. Tech looking to end 4-year bowl losing streak

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech has a tradition of being in BCS bowls. Though their recent destinations make that fact seem like ancient history.

December 14, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Ingram takes Heisman in closest race ever

NEW YORK - Mark Ingram completed the trophy case at Alabama, delivering the first Heisman to a school that boasts one of the richest histories in college football.The tough-running sophomore tailback turned tearful after winning the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in the closest vote in the award's 75-year history. Next, he'll try to lead the most storied program in the South to a national championship.Ingram finished 28 points ahead of Stanford running back Toby Gerhart.Ingram wiped away tears and took a moment to steady himself before starting his speech. His voice wavered throughout."I'm ...

December 13, 2009 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer | Sports


Montana rallies to put away App. St.

MISSOULA, Mont. - Jabin Sambrano caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Selle with 1:31 left, and Montana survived a last-second rally to beat Appalachian State 24-17 on Saturday and reach the Football Championship Subdivision title game.Montana (14-0) dealt with frigid temperatures and slippery conditions on a snow-covered field to make the championship game for the second straight year. The Grizzlies will play Villanova on Friday night in Chattanooga, Tenn.The Mountaineers (11-3), making their fifth straight semifinal appearance, had a chance to tie the game after marching downfield in the final minute.Armanti Edwards hit Brian Quick to ...

December 13, 2009 | The Associated Press | Sports


Falcons trying to stay in playoff hunt

ATLANTA - The New Orleans Saints are chasing perfection.The Atlanta Falcons are just trying to survive.While the Saints (12-0) have already clinched the NFC South title and merely need a win or tie Sunday at the Georgia Dome to ensure they'll have a first-round bye and at least one playoff game in the Big Easy, the Falcons' hopes of making it back to the playoffs are looking bleaker by the week.Atlanta (6-6) has lost five of its last seven and shows no signs of pulling out of the tailspin, not with a rash of injuries that have ...

December 13, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


The Eagles Nest: 'Monken Mania' hits the Boro

Watch this show on your mobile device!

December 11, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Hawks rout Bulls 118-83

ATLANTA - Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 29 points and the Atlanta Hawks opened the second half with a 20-4 run and beat the Chicago Bulls 118-83 on Wednesday night.The Bulls, who have lost five straight and nine of 10, remained close only in the first period. Atlanta pushed its lead to double digits for good on a jam by Josh Smith with 5:17 remaining in the first half.Smith had 18 points, including an alley-oop jam to cap the decisive 20-4 run and push the lead to 30 points at 76-46 with 3:35 remaining in the third ...

December 09, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Falcon defense faces toughest test yet in Brees, Saints

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Cornerback Brent Grimes knows the Atlanta defense must play a nearly perfect game to have a chance against New Orleans' explosive offense."The odds are against us, obviously," Grimes said Wednesday. "They're the No. 1 offense, but we've got a chance to make a statement."Unfortunately for Grimes and his teammates, the Falcons (6-6) lead the NFL with 49 plays allowed of at least 20 yards. Opponents are converting 46 percent of third downs, second-most in the league.Facing quarterback Drew Brees and the Saints (12-0) on Sunday seems to offer a worst-case scenario for ...

December 09, 2009 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Writer | Sports


Extra arm in pen forces Church out

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves' surplus of late-inning relievers forced the team to part ways with outfielder Ryan Church on Tuesday.Church was designated for assignment by the Braves to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for reliever Rafael Soriano, who made a surprise decision a day earlier to accept salary arbitration.The Braves last week signed closer Billy Wagner and setup man Takashi Saito. The expectation was Soriano and Mike Gonzalez would decline salary arbitration offers and become free agents.Instead, Soriano is still with the Braves. The right-hander can't be traded before June 16 without his consent ...

December 09, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Prep Sports Blitz: 2009 HS Football All-Area Team

Statesboro Herald All-Area Team Special.

December 09, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports




Jackets to face Hawkeyes in Orange Bowl

MIAMI - Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz vividly remembers flipping his television one night last fall and instantly becoming mesmerized by Georgia Tech's spread option offense."I can't imagine trying to get ready for them in a normal week," Ferentz said.Luckily for Ferentz and the Hawkeyes, they'll have a month to prepare.No. 10 Iowa (10-2) will face No. 9 Georgia Tech (11-2) in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 5 in South Florida, a matchup of the Hawkeyes' 11th-ranked defense against the Yellow Jackets' 11th-ranked offense, the misdirection-laden option that blew Ferentz away when he watched the Yellow ...

December 07, 2009 | By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Falcons fading fast after loss to Eagles

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Mike Smith had more injured than healthy offensive starters by the end of the Atlanta Falcons' third loss in their last four games.That was only part of the somber news.The Falcons' 34-7 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday was the team's worst in Smith's two years as coach. The loss left the 6-6 Falcons on the fringe of the NFC wild-card chase.More reason for concern: Just when the Falcons can't afford another loss, the 12-0 New Orleans Saints come to Atlanta next week.Perhaps intent on countering the somber mood, Smith assumed ...

December 07, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Weekly Whatup 12/8

Tis the season for speculation.

December 07, 2009 | By MATT YOGUS myogus@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Video - New GSU Coach Jeff Monken's Complete Press Conference

To watch Part II of the press conference, CLICK HERE

December 07, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


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Tim Tebow has an 8-game hitting streak going for St. Lucie

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - An attendance record. A hitting streak. And such as it was, even a winning streak.

July 10, 2017 | The Associated Press | Sports


Only a handful of riders can challenge Froome for Tour title

CHAMBERY, Francen - Chris Froome probably hoped he had a bigger lead than his 18-second advantage over Fabio Aru on the Tour de France's first ...

July 10, 2017 | The Associated Press | Sports


The Statesboro Herald Top 25

The date is July 8, which means there's absolutely nothing going on in the world of high school sports.

July 08, 2017 | By CHRIS STANLEY | Sports


Tormenta FC shuts out Peachtree City to keep playoff hopes alive

Jad Arslan notched a hat trick against Peachtree City MOBA in Tormenta's win over its in-state rival last weekend.

July 08, 2017 | By MIKE ANTHONY | Sports


Sebastian Munoz has 68 to maintain Greenbrier Classic lead

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - Davis Love believes his experience might give him an edge as he tries to become the PGA Tour's oldest ...

July 08, 2017 | The Associated Press | Sports


Kyle Busch hopes Kentucky Speedway mastery ends win drought

SPARTA, Ky. - Kyle Busch hopes his Kentucky Speedway magic has enough shelf life to put him back in victory lane.

July 08, 2017 | The Associated Press | Sports


World class technique and instruction coming to Statesboro

For most high school wrestling programs, the season runs from December to March and doesn't start again until the following winter.

July 07, 2017 | The Associated Press | Sports


Metter's Mary Gen Williams making a splash in swimming scene

Most people take to the pool this time of year in an attempt to cool off and soak up the sun.

July 07, 2017 | By MIKE ANTHONY | Sports


Clippers acquire Gallinari in deal involving Nuggets, Hawks

DENVER - The Los Angeles Clippers acquired sharp-shooting forward Danilo Gallinari from Denver as part of a three-team trade that also involved Atlanta on Thursday.

July 07, 2017 | The Associated Press | Sports


Kyle Busch hopes Kentucky Speedway mastery ends win drought

SPARTA, Ky. - Kyle Busch hopes his Kentucky Speedway magic has enough shelf life to put him back in victory lane.

July 07, 2017 | The Associated Press | Sports


Former Georgia Southern OCs suing

Georgia Southern's co-offensive coordinators last season, who were fired in the wake of a 5-7 record, have filed separate lawsuits against the school's ...

July 05, 2017 | By DAN WOLKEN USA Today Sports | Sports


Mickelson has brother on the bag at Greenbrier

Phil Mickelson heads into the next phase of his career with a new caddie on a course marking its comeback from devastating floods in West ...

July 05, 2017 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


American Madison Brengle upsets Petra Kvitova

LONDON - Madison Brengle knew, of course, that her opponent, Petra Kvitova, was a two-time Wimbledon champion and a popular pick to win the title again ...

July 05, 2017 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


Spieth set to become 'closer' at end of tournaments

July 04, 2017 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Deals happening this summer, but amid perhaps more caution

ORLANDO, Fla. - Pat Riley saw this coming.

July 04, 2017 | By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer | Sports


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