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Johnson wins, takes lead in points race

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 ...

October 12, 2009 | By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer | Sports


Falcon offense takes flight

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 ...

October 12, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Vols roll, pick up big win over Bulldogs

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 ...

October 10, 2009 | By BETH RUCKER AP Writer | Sports


UGA searching for the next big back

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia is one of those schools that likes to think of itself as Running Back U.

October 08, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


The Eagles Nest: GSU takes shot at program's biggest win ever

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October 08, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Johnson feels FSU is ready to rally for struggling Bowden

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.

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


Hawks' Joe Johnson headed for free agency

ATLANTA - There's a new reason for the Atlanta Hawks to enter the 2009-10 season with a renewed sense of urgency.

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


Prep Sports Blitz: Portal hosts Claxton; SHS, BA Friday Night Previews

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


SEC admits mistake in penalty call against UGA

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 ...

October 06, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Versatile Nesbitt becoming a bigger threat to defenses

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Josh Nesbitt is making it tough on defensive coordinators.The Georgia Tech quarterback did a little bit of everything the last two weeks, baffling defenses in wins over Mississippi State and North Carolina.Against the Tar Heels last week he rushed 32 times and scored two touchdowns. Against the Bulldogs on Saturday he passed for a career-high 266 yards and a score in a 42-31 win."Without a doubt, yes," Nesbitt said when asked if the game was the best passing performance of his career. "I think I took care of the ball very well, placed it where ...

October 06, 2009 | By Chris Talbott AP Writer | Sports


Weekly Whatup, 10/6

I'm not a big "moral victory" kind of guy.

October 05, 2009 | By MATT YOGUS myogus@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Falcons' Norwood says concussions 'a serious deal'

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Jerious Norwood is running out of locker space.

October 05, 2009 | By CHARLES OGUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Awful finish, high hopes for next Braves season

ATLANTA - The Braves packed up their lockers, exchanged phone numbers and started looking ahead to next season with a lot more hope than they had a year ago.

October 05, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Braves stumbling to the finish

October 03, 2009 | The Associated Press | Sports


Falcons take a look at running game during bye week

ATLANTA - Ovie Mughelli delivered a cut block, just as he's supposed to do. Michael Turner spotted the opening and headed toward the end zone.

October 02, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


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LeBron, Cavs clinch top seed in East with win over Hawks

CLEVELAND - LeBron James scored 34 points in three quarters, Kyrie Irving added 35 and the Cleveland Cavaliers clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference ...

April 11, 2016 | By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Spieth hangs on to Masters lead, but just barely

AUGUSTA, Ga. - The final pairing for a weekend at the Masters is what everyone wanted - Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, winners at four of the ...

April 08, 2016 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Superstar showdown set up at Augusta

Augusta National reminded us Friday that diamonds are made under pressure.

April 08, 2016 | By VINCE JOHNSON Special to the Herald | Sports


A look at the NCAA Tournament, ending with shot for the ages

HOUSTON - The NCAA Tournament started on March 15 with Florida Gulf Coast handing Fairleigh Dickinson a 96-65 beatdown.

April 05, 2016 | By JIM O'CONNELL AP Basketball Writer | Sports


NFL picks Twitter to stream Thursday night games

NEW YORK - The NFL has picked Twitter to stream its Thursday night games.

April 05, 2016 | By RACHEL COHEN AP Sports Writer | Sports


Photo Gallery: 2015 Georgia Southern Football

December 19, 2015 | Scott Bryant | Sports


Photo gallery: One Season, One Title

Grab a cup of coffee and spend some time re-living the Georgia Southern Eagles sweeping the Sun Belt Conference through the eyes of Herald Staff ...

December 14, 2014 | By SCOTT BRYANT | Sports


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