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Falcons set to take on Bills

ATLANTA – Although they won't get a chance to make a playoff run this season, the Atlanta Falcons still have something to play for in their final two games.

December 26, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Hawks power past Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS - Atlanta coach Mike Woodson wanted to see more consistency from his team Saturday night.He'll settle for another road victory.The Hawks relied on their rugged inside tandem of Al Horford and Josh Smith to overwhelm sluggish Indiana, 110-98. Horford finished with 25 points and a season-high 19 rebounds. Smith had 22 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals, and Joe Johnson added 24 points.Atlanta (21-8) won for the second time on a roller-coaster, four-game road trip. The Hawks blew out Minnesota and won easily at Indiana, but lost in overtime at Chicago and were routed ...

December 26, 2009 | By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer | Sports


Florida's Meyer steps down amid health concerns

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Urban Meyer resigned Saturday as Florida's football coach after five seasons and two national titles because of health concerns that came to light when he suffered chest pains following the SEC championship game earlier this month.The 45-year-old Meyer will coach his final game at the Sugar Bowl against Cincinnati on New Year's Day.He leaves No. 5 Florida with a 56-10 record that includes a 32-8 mark in league play and a school-record 22-game winning streak that was snapped by Alabama in the Southeastern Conference title game Dec. 5."I have given my heart and ...

December 26, 2009 | By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer | Sports


UGA offense to get boost with Green's return

SHREVEPORT, La. - Georgia's offense showed down the stretch it could still make plays even with its biggest playmaker sidelined, especially in its upset of top-10 Georgia Tech.Now Georgia is blending receiver A.J. Green back into its mix for Monday's Independence Bowl. He's rejoining an offense that averaged a robust 235 rushing yards in its last three games."We're glad he's back because even if he doesn't get eight balls for 160 yards, he's one of those guys where his presence kind of makes people gameplan towards him," quarterback Joe Cox said ...

December 25, 2009 | By MARC WEISZER Athens Banner-Herald | Sports


Colts have difficult personnel decisions to make

INDIANAPOLIS - Peyton Manning and his teammates won't even lobby Colts coach Jim Caldwell to play the final two regular-season games.If Caldwell tells them go for the perfect season, they will bring the same approach that helped them become the NFL's third 14-0 team. If they're told to sit out or play sparingly, even if it means risking an undefeated record, they won't question it.That's how it works in the Indianapolis locker room, where players abide by a simple rule: Follow the leader."It's what we believe in," defensive captain Gary Brackett said ...

December 25, 2009 | By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer | Sports


Vick still a devisive topic

PHILADELPHIA - The road back will never be completely clear for Michael Vick.There's plenty of justice in that.Little more than two years have elapsed since he plead guilty to being the ringleader of a dogfighting operation where extreme cruelty was the stock in trade. There's no defending what he did then and there's no chance it will ever be forgotten.That chapter of his life remains part of nearly every story involving his name and it will be somewhere in the opening paragraph of his obit. What remains to be seen is whether it will take ...

December 25, 2009 | By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist | Sports




Falcons look to notch winning record

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Coach Mike Smith is grateful the Atlanta Falcons have one major goal in reach.Eliminated from playoff contention before Sunday's road win over the New York Jets, Atlanta hopes to have consecutive winning records for the first time in its 44-year history.The Falcons (7-7) must beat Buffalo (5-9) this weekend and win Jan. 3 in Tampa Bay to stop one of professional sports' most inglorious streaks."We're disappointed in terms of not having an opportunity to play past 16 regular-season games," Smith said Monday. "We still have a lot of internal goals that can ...

December 21, 2009 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Longtime friends Ryan, Smith square off again

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Rex Ryan felt confident about his chances of getting the Atlanta Falcons' head coaching job two years ago.

December 20, 2009 | By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Sports Writer | Sports


Bulls get revenge against Hawks in overtime

CHICAGO - Derrick Rose scored a career-high 32 points and the Chicago Bulls overcame a season-high 40 points from Joe Johnson to beat Atlanta 101-98 in overtime Saturday night and snap the Hawks' six-game win streak.

December 20, 2009 | By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer | Sports


Bowl season kicks off with OT thriller

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Wyoming trailed by 11 points in the fourth quarter. Its offense was led by a freshman quarterback, its defense was facing the nation's leading rusher.

December 19, 2009 | By TIM KORTE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Column: Bob Knight right on the money about NCAA hoops

My guess is Kentucky coach John Calipari probably won't earn the $50,000 bonus in his contract for graduating 75 percent of his players. Surely, star freshman John Wall won't be sticking around four years just to help his coach out.

December 19, 2009 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports


Chris Henry killed in domestic dispute

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry died Thursday, a day after falling out of the back of a pickup truck during what police said was a domestic dispute with his fiancee.

December 17, 2009 | By MIKE CRANSTON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Grizzlies, Wildcats square off for title

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Villanova coach Andy Talley sometimes wears his national championship ring while on recruiting trips - his basketball national championship ring, that is.

December 17, 2009 | By BETH RUCKER AP Sports Writer | Sports


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Coaches at odds on impact of technology overload on NFL game

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera believes too much technologymay wind up hurting the NFL game.

August 10, 2016 | | Sports


Prince Fielder emotional as he ends career after surgeries

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Prince Fielder wiped away tears, pointed to his two sons sitting next to him and talked about being in big league clubhouses ...

August 10, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


A different kind of sports entetainment

While growing up, I couldn't go more than a few minutes without talking about sports. My mind was usually gravitating around something involving my ...

August 09, 2016 | By MIKE ANTHONY | Sports


US women win gymnastics gold

RIO DE JANEIRO - Just call them the Final Five.

August 09, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Clemson, FSU set to battle (again) for ACC control

RALEIGH, N.C. - Clemson's Deshaun Watson still thinks about carrying an unbeaten record into the final game of the season before losing to Alabama ...

August 09, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


NFLPA says fields much better, still can be improved

CINCINNATI - NFL fields have come a long way from the days of lumpy artificial surfaces, but there's still a lot of room for improvement ...

August 09, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


The captain's quandary for Knox in Ryder Cup selections

Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III keeps a separate points list for Americans to consider performances that might not show up in the standings, whether ...

August 09, 2016 | | Sports


Missy Franklin's Rio debut is nothing like she had planned

RIO DE JANEIRO - Missy Franklin finally got in the pool at the Rio Olympics only to endure another disappointment in the most unsettling year of ...

August 09, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Hats off to Russell Knox

Russell Knox packed a surprising amount of power when he won the Travelers Championship.

August 09, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Veteran fullback Tolbert still has value to Panthers

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Ron Rivera can't imagine the Carolina Panthers without fullback like Mike Tolbert on the roster.

August 09, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Spats over doping dominate Olympic swimming events

RIO DE JANEIRO - Lilly King has her sights set on winning Olympic gold and she's not about to let anyone get in her way ...

August 08, 2016 | By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer | Sports


SEC trying to stay atop college football world

A postseason rampage put both Alabama and the Southeastern Conference back on top in college football last season.

August 08, 2016 | By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer | Sports


Study: 83% of NCAA violations involve football, basketball

Big-money sports football and men's basketball were involved in 83 percent of NCAA Division I major infractions cases from 1953 to 2014, according to ...

August 06, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


US men romp past China 119-62 in Olympic basketball opener

RIO DE JANEIRO - Kevin Durant looks ready to lead a new group of Americans to the gold-medal podium.

August 06, 2016 | By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer | Sports


Battleing back: Sixth year senior looks to make an impact

Georgia Southern defensive lineman Jonathan Battle just wrapped up the first week of fall camp of his senior season.

August 05, 2016 | By MIKE ANTHONY | Sports


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