FONTANA, Calif. - After going four months without a victory, Jimmie Johnson picked a great time to get back to Victory Circle.
The reigning NASCAR Nextel Cup champion came on strong at the end of Sunday night's 250-lap race, grabbing his series-leading fifth victory of the season, clinching a spot in the Chase for the championship and guaranteeing he will be no worse than a tie for the top seed in the 10-race playoff.
ATLANTA - Maybe it was the heat. Perhaps it was carryover from a bad loss to the Marlins. Whatever it was, Ryan Howard and Aaron Rowand couldn't make contact, and the Philadelphia Phillies lost again.
SYLVANIA - For a moment - just a moment - it looked as though Screven County was going to shock its visitors from Statesboro. But after the Gamecocks took a quick 6-0 lead, the No. 7 ranked team in Class AAAA Statesboro scored 34 straight points to run away from SCHS 34-13.
ATLANTA - Tom Glavine finally beat his buddy John Smoltz.
After two fumbles and an interception on its first three possessions, all Bulloch Academy needed was some lightning to catch fire.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets couldn't put together any offense in head Coach John Kenny's debut and the Toombs County Bulldogs rolled to a 33-6 win over SEB.
MORGAN COUNTY – A tough Morgan County squad wore down the just-as-tough Portal team to come away with a 15-7 win over the Panthers.
For the second straight year, the Portal Panthers will pack up and hit the road to North Georgia to take on Morgan County, a team that kicked off 2006 by knocking off PHS 28-12.
PORTAL - The Portal Lady Panthers took on the Hornets of Savannah Country Day Thursday evening, and once again fell just short after keeping it tight for a majority of the game, dropping the contest 6-3.
When I started this gig as an intern in the summer of 2004, I hadn't ever fathomed I'd visit some of the places I have. Luckily for me, I love a good road trip, discovering new towns and taking in the little traditions of Friday night football in southern Georgia. Of course, I haven't been everywhere, but I thought it might be fun to take a survey of some of the best of the best of my experiences.
The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets begin a new era of football today as they unveil first-year head coach John Kenny and his new spread offense against visiting Toombs County on Fred Shaver Field at 7:30 p.m. in Brooklet.
Does it get any better than this on opening weekend?
Blocking and tackling the same guys for almost a month can get monotonous.
LAS VEGAS - College football fans and ESPN executives aren't the only ones applauding the new championship playoffs.
Stuart Scott was in his element, working a "Monday Night Football" game, when he was forced to leave for an appendix operation.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Cam Newton finally has his first ever playoff victory - with a big assist from his defense.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Treon Harris threw an 86-yard scoring pass to Ahmad Fulwood and Vernon Hargreaves III intercepted a pass in the end zone late to preserve Florida's 28-20 victory over East Carolina on Saturday in the Birmingham Bowl.
Midway through the first College Football Playoff, one thing really stands out.
The Big Ten is starting the new year with a new sense of pride.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - It was bound to happen.
Ohio State is looking for its first national title since 2002. Oregon is seeking its first, period.
NEW ORLEANS - Urban Meyer had barely sat down after the Sugar Bowl when someone told him the score from the other semifinal game.
PASADENA, Calif. - Marcus Mariota and Oregon turned an avalanche of Florida State mistakes into a mountain of points and the Ducks rolled past the defending national champions 59-20 Thursday to turn the first College Football Playoff semifinal into a Rose Bowl rout.
Gordon loose on Auburn, there was no stopping the nation's leading rusher.
The main question for the NFL's weekend of wild-card games is who will advance, of course. The next big query: Who do you trust?
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 Photographer Scott Bryant.