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Braves crush Nats, win fifth straight

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tommy Hanson is a major reason why the Atlanta Braves are closing the season with a flourish. They're going to need more than Hanson's help to get into the playoffs.The rookie pitched seven innings Saturday for his 11th win, Yunel Escobar drove in three runs and the Braves beat the Washington Nationals 11-5 on Saturday for their fifth consecutive victory.Atlanta pulled within three games of NL wild card-leading Colorado, which was scheduled to play St. Louis later in the day. The Braves (84-70) have won 13 of 15 and are 50-30 since June 27 ...

September 27, 2009 | ASSOCIATED PRESS | Sports


Tech runs over #22 Tar Heels

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets didn't like falling out of the Top 25 with their first loss, so they made a point with a lopsided victory against another ranked opponent.Josh Nesbitt ran for two touchdowns and Georgia Tech held the ball for 42 minutes, its highest total in 13 years, to beat No. 22 North Carolina 24-7 on Saturday.Georgia Tech was ranked No. 14 before its 33-17 loss at Miami last week."I think a lot of people had written us off," said Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson, who made sure his players heard the ...

September 27, 2009 | CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


#21 Bulldogs slide by Arizona State

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Blair Walsh kicked a 37-yard field goal on the final play and No. 21 Georgia escaped an upset, beating Arizona State 20-17 Saturday on another big night for A.J. Green.Green caught eight passes for 153 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown in the first quarter that sparked Georgia to an early 14-3 lead. After the Sun Devils rallied, the sophomore receiver played a little defense - getting his left elbow on Bobby Wenzig's 38-yard field goal attempt that could have put the Sun Devils ahead with 4:21 remaining.Green, who had a career-best 159 yards ...

September 27, 2009 | PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


O'Hair takes 1-shot lead over Woods, others

ATLANTA - Sean O'Hair knew he would need some help from Tiger Woods to win the FedEx Cup. He got more than he expected.

September 24, 2009 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP GOLF WRITER | Sports


College Football Hall of Fame has new home in Atlanta

ATLANTA - Plagued by low attendance in South Bend, the College Football Hall of Fame hopes to get a boost in visitors after it moves to new $50 million facility next to Centennial Olympic Park.

September 24, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


The Eagles Nest: Chapple, GSU prep for Riddle & the high-powered Elon offense

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September 24, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Ryan looking forward to homecoming

FLOWERY BRANCH - There's no question Boston is Tom Brady's town, but another favorite son is returning for what he hopes will be a successful homecoming.Former Boston College standout Matt Ryan returns to Foxborough on Sunday as a rising star for the Atlanta Falcons, who will face Brady's New England Patriots.Ryan, the 2008 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, has enjoyed a strong start for the 2-0 Falcons and is coming off his first career game with three touchdown passes.Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli predicted on Wednesday that Ryan's No. 2 jersey "will be everywhere ...

September 23, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports




Meet the Eagles: Sophomore Safety Derek Heyden

'Meet the Eagles' is part of our summer lineup at statesboroherald.com. Each week, we'll get to know a different Eagle.

September 23, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Braves slip past Mets 3-1

NEW YORK - Jair Jurrjens dominated a feeble New York Mets lineup again and Yunel Escobar hit a two-run single, sending the Atlanta Braves to a 3-1 victory Tuesday night.

September 22, 2009 | By MIKE FITZPATRICK AP Baseball Writer | Sports


Georgia Tech looks to bounce back this weekend

ATLANTA - Paul Johnson insists he doesn't care that Georgia Tech's first loss of the season knocked the Yellow Jackets out of the Top 25."This time of year the poll doesn't mean anything," Johnson said Tuesday.The coach is much more concerned about his team's poor play at the end of its stretch of three games in 12 days, including games on back-to-back Thursday nights - a narrow win over Clemson, followed by last week's 33-17 loss at Miami.Johnson said the loss revealed problems that must be fixed as Georgia Tech prepares to face No ...

September 22, 2009 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports




Weekly Whatup, 9/22

Adrian Peterson and Greg Hill.

September 21, 2009 | By MATT YOGUS myogus@statesboroherald.com | Sports


NASCAR asks for evaluations of Mayfield

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR asked a federal judge Monday to order a mental and physical examination on suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield to determine if he has a substance-abuse problem and/or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

September 21, 2009 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | Sports


Braves hammer Mets 11-3

NEW YORK - Chipper Jones homered and drove in four runs to power the Atlanta Braves to an 11-3 victory over the New York Mets on Monday night.

September 21, 2009 | By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer | Sports


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Bartolo Colon, 43, and Braves agree on deal pending physical

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves are getting older in their starting rotation next season.

November 12, 2016 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Mexico wins 1st World Cup qualifier in US since 1972

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A pro-American crowd of 24,650 chanted "Dos a cero!" at the start.

November 12, 2016 | By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Gibbs drivers walk fine line on teamwork and title hopes

AVONDALE, Ariz. - It's tense at Joe Gibbs Racing, regardless of what the drivers want you to believe as they head into a showdown with ...

November 12, 2016 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | Sports


Virginia Tech takes on Georgia Tech looking for title shot

Virginia Tech's path to the Atlantic Coast Conference title game is now clear.

November 12, 2016 | By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | Sports


No. 8 Auburn hoping to have RB Pettway ready for Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. - Auburn is hoping to have its best running back healthy when the No. 8 Tigers visit Georgia on Saturday hoping to continue their ...

November 12, 2016 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Cajuns rage in Paulson

Decimated by injuries and playing their seventh game in less than seven weeks, the Georgia Southern Eagles took another big hit Thursday night.

November 11, 2016 | By MIKE ANTHONY | Sports


Welcome to Rock Bottom, enjoy your stay this year

Greetings Eagle fans!

November 11, 2016 | By CHRIS STANLEY | Sports


The pressure turns up a notch

The fat lady isn't yet singing on the Eagles' 2016 football season, but she's definitely in her makeup and costume already.

November 10, 2016 | By MIKE ANTHONY | Sports


Eagles have renewed confidence for new season

For a third consecutive season, the Georgia Southern men's basketball enters play with expectations that differ drastically from the previous season.

November 10, 2016 | By MIKE ANTHONY | Sports


RA Dickey agrees to $8M deal with Braves

ATLANTA - R.A. Dickey was won over by an Atlanta Braves sales team that included two Hall of Famers, including a fellow knuckleballer.

November 10, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Atlanta Hawks planning new D-League franchise

ATLANTA - With two stadiums already under construction and plans for a major arena renovation, the Atlanta metro area is getting yet another new sports facility.

November 10, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Falcons go young with 4 rookie starters on defense

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons have made a commitment to rookie starters on defense that is especially rare for a first-place team.

November 10, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Major Baylor donor McLane wants Briles' 'honor restored'

WACO, Texas - Billionaire businessman Drayton McLane, who name adorns the Baylor University football stadium, said Thursday he wants to see fired football coach Art Briles ...

November 10, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


NFL HALFWAY: Rule change boosts strategy on kickoffs returns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Each time Marc Mariani heads out to catch a kickoff, he huddles first with the Tennessee special teams coach for a quick strategy ...

November 10, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


What is up with the schedule?

As the beat writer for Georgia Southern, I have a fairly large amount of access to the Eagles.

November 08, 2016 | By MIKE ANTHONY | Sports


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