With a hint of confession, Trinity Christian's Megan Page conceded the fact that the Lady Lions softball team may have been a bit "cocky" going into the 2007 season. After all, Trinity had compiled a 14-3 record and had cruised to the school's first ever state championship in the Georgia Christian Athletic Association in 2006. Why would 2007 be any different?
With second place of Region 3-A on the line Saturday night in Portal, senior Brandon Mock took the hill for the Panthers and knew it was time to shut down the rival Bulldogs of Emanuel County Institute. Mission accomplished.
The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets soccer team fell at Pike County 2-0 Tuesday in the second-round of Class AA state playoffs.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets (12-11, 5-8 Region 3-AA) celebrated Senior Night with an 11-3 win over the Johnson Atom Smashers in a non-region game Monday in Brooklet.
ATLANTA - Tim Hudson honored college teammate Josh Hancock with another strong outing and Andruw Jones won it for the Braves with a three-run homer in the ninth inning, giving Atlanta a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night.
The Statesboro boys track team won four events Monday, then compiled enough points to pull away from Greenbrier and win the Region 3-AAAA track and field championship at Georgia Southern University.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Bobby Petrino wants the Atlanta Falcons' top three draft picks to earn starting jobs long before training camp begins.
DENVER - Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki turned a rare unassisted triple play, and the Rockies beat the Atlanta Braves 9-7 Sunday on Matt Holliday's two-run homer in the 11th inning.
DENVER - John Smoltz hates pitching against the Colorado Rockies. Hates pitching at Coors Field.
BRUNSWICK - Statesboro went down to Brunswick and were swept in a Region 3-AAAA doubleheader in the first round of the region playoffs Friday.
The Trinity Christian softball team clinched a berth to the Georgia Christian Athletic Association state championship game for the second straight year with a two-game sweep of Jubilee Christian on Friday.
DENVER - Jeff Francoeur sat on the couch in the Atlanta clubhouse munching on a plate of barbecued ribs.
PORTAL - Brandon Mock went the distance and struck out 14 Emanuel County Institute batters on 123 pitches as the Portal Panthers knocked off the Bulldogs on Senior Night in Portal Thursday in a game with playoff implications for both teams. The Panthers (12-12, 8-4 Region 3-A) took a half-game lead over ECI (11-11, 7-4) in the region standings. The No. 2 seed gains home-field advantage in the first round of the region playoffs.
ALBANY - Bulloch Academy senior James Conner won the Class AA state championship in the discus throw Friday at the GISA state track and field meet. The senior won with a throw of 124-11.
SMITHFIELD, Va. - Police conducting a drug investigation raided a house owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and found dozens of dogs, some injured and emaciated.
SAO PAULO - Tim Howard left a lasting impression on Americans from coast to coast - and fans around the world, really - for his incredible, improbable saves in the loss to Belgium in extra time that sent the U.S. home from the World Cup to a country captivated.
LONDON - The silence at Centre Court made abundantly clear that Andy Murray's time as Wimbledon champion was coming to a close.
Tiger Woods back on the golf course is a big deal.
SALVADOR, Brazil - They captured the hearts of America - from coast to coast, big towns and small, all the way to the White House.
LONDON - For the third year in a row, Rafael Nadal made an early exit from Wimbledon after a stunning loss to a player ranked 100th or lower.
This week always brings back some unpleasant memories. I know that Independence Day evokes thoughts of America's newly won freedom for most people but for me it is a reminder of a different war that was bitterly contested on American soil in the 1960's. Sadly it was brother against brother and friend against friend.
SAO PAULO - Angel Di Maria scored deep into extra time Tuesday to give Argentina a 1-0 win over Switzerland and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.
RIO DE JANEIRO - Nigeria and Algeria made World Cup history for Africa and now leave with their heads held high.
Sonny Vaccaro already feels like a winner, no matter how a federal judge rules in the antitrust lawsuit he helped bring against the NCAA.
PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and was able to understand the wrongfulness of what he had done, according to psychiatric reports submitted Monday at the Olympic athlete's murder trial.
LONDON - As the rain at Wimbledon wreaks havoc with the schedule, and players start to complain, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have found little reason to worry about the weather.
SAO PAULO - The last time the U.S. played in a World Cup in Brazil, just one American reporter was on hand, using vacation time and paying his own way.