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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

To watch Part II of the press conference, CLICK HERE

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


Falcon friend offers warm reception for Vick's return to Atlanta

ATLANTA - Roddy White looks forward to seeing Michael Vick. Just don't expect the Falcons receiver to don another T-shirt showing his support for No. 7."I've got to be locked in," White said Wednesday, breaking into a hearty laugh. "This is a big game for us."No one is quite sure what kind of reception Michael Vick will get when he returns to the Georgia Dome for the first time since serving 18 months in federal prison for dogfighting. After being out of the league for two seasons, the former Falcons quarterback is now a little-used backup for ...

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


Tiger apologizes for "personal failures"

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Tiger Woods still isn't talking. Now he's not playing, either.Woods withdrew Monday from his own golf tournament, citing injuries from a car crash near his Florida home. His decision comes as questions continue to mount regarding what exactly happened in the wee hours of the morning last Friday - questions that most certainly would have been asked of him had he played.The world's No. 1 golfer posted a statement on his Web site saying that unspecified injuries prevented him from playing in the Chevron World Challenge. He had been scheduled to hold a ...

December 03, 2009 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


The Eagles Nest: Jeff Monken Interview; Basketball starts SoCon play

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December 03, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Braves ink Wagner to one-year contract

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves took another major step toward solidifying their pitching staff for next season, agreeing Wednesday to a $7 million, one-year contract with closer Billy Wagner.Next up: the offense."The bullpen is one of the areas we needed to upgrade to get where we want to go," Braves general manager Frank Wren said during a news conference at Turner Field. "Billy was at the top of our list. The first day of free agency, we gave him a call."The six-time All-Star gets $6.75 million in 2010, and his deal includes a $6.5 million club ...

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




Weekly Whatup, 12/1

Thanks to the modern marvel that is the Internet, you all have probably heard the news by now – Georgia Southern just took the world's biggest mulligan.

November 30, 2009 | By MATT YOGUS myogus@statesboroherald.com | Sports


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British Open showdown: Stenson leads Mickelson by a shot

TROON, Scotland - Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson delivered what everyone expects out of a major championship.

July 17, 2016 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Kyle Busch wins another Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. - Kyle Busch had an expected result in his unexpected NASCAR start.

July 17, 2016 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Youth baseball team wins state championship

Dre Lawson has hit a few home runs in his career, but his trip around the bases after sending a ball sailing over the left ...

July 16, 2016 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Statesboro team joins new indoor football league

As the (somewhat) cooler temperatures of fall slowly creep into view, football is always a hot issue in Statesboro.

July 16, 2016 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Retired champion Gordon could race for Earnhardt next week

LOUDON, N.H. - Jeff Gordon is ready to pull his firesuit out of storage and come off the bench for one more shot at winning ...

July 15, 2016 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | Sports


SEC media days end, now some things to look for next season

HOOVER, Ala. - Alabama is once again the favorite to win the Southeastern Conference, while LSU, Tennessee, Mississippi and the rest of the league try to ...

July 15, 2016 | By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer | Sports


Brady to drop appeal, serve 4-game 'Deflategate' suspension

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Tom Brady said Friday he will not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to block his four-game "Deflategate" suspension, ending his fight in ...

July 15, 2016 | By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer | Sports


At the British Open, it's all about the luck of the draw

TROON, Scotland - Jason Day went through four pairs of gloves, trying desperately to stay dry in the pounding rain. At one hole, he accounted for ...

July 15, 2016 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP National Writer | Sports


Tormenta ends historic season with a draw in S.C.

Tormenta FC had a stellar first season of competition in the Premier Development League, but the team came up just shy of the postseason.

July 14, 2016 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Sports


On cusp of history, Phil Mickelson shoots 63 at British Open

TROON, Scotland - Phil Mickelson was 16 feet away from a place in history he wouldn't have to share with anyone.

July 14, 2016 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


New SEC East coaches playing catch-up with SEC West powers

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - The SEC East is relying heavily on three former Nick Saban assistants to restore balance to the league.

July 13, 2016 | By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer | Sports


Tormenta ties Peachtree City on the road

South Georgia Tormenta FC played the most exciting game in its young history Wednesday night, lighting up the scoreboard for a 3-3 draw against Peachtree ...

July 13, 2016 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Sports


QB questions abound in SEC beyond Dobbs, Kelly, Knight

HOOVER, Ala. - Quarterback questions once again linger around the Southeastern Conference heading into preseason camps. For a league that seems to mass produce NFL-caliber talent ...

July 13, 2016 | By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer | Sports


Appeal denied, Brady back on bench

NEW YORK (AP) - Quarterback Tom Brady's last best chance to avoid serving a four-game "Deflategate" suspension to start the new season was flatly rejected ...

July 13, 2016 | By JIMMY GOLEN Associated Press | Sports


Paterno ignored complaints

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, told by a teenage boy in 1976 that assistant coach Jerry Sandusky molested him in a shower ...

July 12, 2016 | By MARK SCOLFORO | Sports


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