ATLANTA - John Smoltz beat the Dodgers for the first time in more than eight years, pitching seven shutout innings to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 4-0 victory over Los Angeles on Friday night in a matchup of first-place teams.
CONYERS - On the brink of elimination, the Trinity Christian softball team exploded for 12 runs and beat Appling County 12-2 in the second game of Friday's GCAA Class A state championship in Conyers, Ga.
SYLVANIA - The Screven County Gamecocks were too much for the visiting Josey Eagles as SCHS (14-10, 8-6 Region 3-AA) pitcher Cameron Haydon went the distance and struck out 13 allowing one earned run in the 11-2 Gamecock win.
INDIANAPOLIS - College basketball players might want to start polishing up their long-range shooting.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets and the Metter Tigers ended region play in a pitchers' duel Tuesday night at SEB with both pitchers going the distance and combining for 22 strikeouts. MHS senior Josh Vining got the complete-game five-hit shutout, striking out eight as the Tigers (17-9, 12-2 Region 3-AA) knocked off SEB 2-0 in Brooklet.
ATLANTA - Chipper Jones kept up his torrid hitting with a two-run double, the Atlanta bullpen shut down Philadelphia over the final four innings and the Braves edged the Phillies 4-3 Wednesday night.
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.
The Atlanta Falcons won't apologize for somehow being in first place with a losing record.
ATHENS - Nick Chubb and Georgia took care of Charleston Southern early, looking to carry the momentum into next week's state rivalry game against Georgia Tech.