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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

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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

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


Tech set for title game

ATLANTA - Derrick Morgan can't remember the last time Georgia Tech won an Atlantic Coast Conference championship.Not that he should.He was a 1-year-old when the Yellow Jackets captured their lone ACC title in 1990, on the way to an unbeaten season and a share of the national championship."That's a long time ago," Morgan said, shaking his head.Ditto for Clemson, a one-time ACC powerhouse that hasn't finished on top of the league since 1991. The No. 25 Tigers are just as eager to break their long drought when they face the 12th-ranked Yellow Jackets in ...

December 03, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Gators must stop Jones, 'Bama passing attack

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - When Joe Haden arrived at Florida, he wanted to play quarterback. Then he realized Tim Tebow had that job secured.He considered moving to receiver, then discovered Percy Harvin was the main man there.Haden just wanted to get on the field, so he asked about playing cornerback. Coach Urban Meyer obliged, and Haden started learning the position. Three years later, he's got it down pat.Meyer said this week that no one on his team is playing as well as Haden.That didn't stop defensive coordinator Charlie Strong from telling Haden that Alabama receiver Julio ...

December 03, 2009 | By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer | Sports


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UFC sold for $4 billion

LOS ANGELES - In less than 16 years, the UFC has grown from a money-losing company in a widely reviled sport into a global entertainment property ...

July 11, 2016 | By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer | Sports


SEC's Greg Sankey: 'We weep, we mourn' for shooting victims

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey scrapped much of his planned speech at the league's annual media days to decry the wave ...

July 11, 2016 | By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer | Sports


Day motivated by failure to get name on claret jug

TROON, Scotland - Jason Day is more motivated by failure than success, which helps explain how he reached No. 1 in the world.

July 11, 2016 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Tormenta falls 3-0 in final home match

South Georgia Tormenta FC entered its final home game of the season riding high on six wins in their last seven games, but finally ran ...

July 09, 2016 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Solo earns 100th shutout, leads US past South Africa 1-0

CHICAGO - Hope Solo got her 100th international shutout and Crystal Dunn scored in the 35th minute to lead the United States past South Africa 1-0 ...

July 09, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Prospect of smaller strike zone proves no hit with pitchers

NEW YORK - Wade Miley hears the talk about lifting the bottom of the strike zone in an effort to spark offense and insists there has ...

July 09, 2016 | By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer | Sports


France gears up for huge security operation at Euro 2016

PARIS - French law enforcement authorities on Saturday pledged "extremely high" security in Paris for Sunday's European Championship final, with thousands of police patrolling as ...

July 09, 2016 | By MIKE CORDER Associated Press | Sports


Dustin Johnson to skip Olympics due to Zika concerns

DALLAS - U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson withdrew from the Rio Games on Friday because of concerns over the Zika virus, costing golf three of ...

July 09, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


22! Williams tops Kerber at Wimbledon, ties Graf's Slam mark

LONDON - Serena Williams insisted she was not focused on No. 22.

July 08, 2016 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


Cardiff comes to standstill to welcome home Wales

CARDIFF, Wales - The Welsh capital of Cardiff came to a standstill on Friday as Wales' national team returned home to a rapturous welcome by an ...

July 08, 2016 | | Sports


Euro 2016 final pits Ronaldo vs Griezmann again for a trophy

PARIS - Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann will meet for another title showdown when Portugal faces France in the European Championship final on Sunday, just six ...

July 08, 2016 | By ROB HARRIS AP Global Soccer Writer | Sports


Fulmer, Seager and Story among top rookies so far in 2016

Detroit manager Brad Ausmus wondered aloud Friday about Michael Fulmer's case for the All-Star game. Fulmer didn't make it, but his 9-2 record ...

July 08, 2016 | By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer | Sports


Hope Solo eyes 100th shutout as US meets South Africa

CHICAGO - As if her list of accomplishments wasn't long enough already, Hope Solo has a chance to add another one on Saturday.

July 08, 2016 | By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer | Sports


Fall, double-faults hurt Federer in Wimbledon loss to Raonic

LONDON - There was Roger Federer, so famous for his flawless footwork, flat on his stomach, face down and motionless on the Centre Court grass after ...

July 08, 2016 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


Tormenta explodes in big home win

Locked at 1-1 after one half of action at Eagle Field Thursday night, South Georgia Tormenta FC and the Tri-Cities Otters seemed to be headed ...

July 07, 2016 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Sports


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