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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

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


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From an SEC guy: color me impressed Georgia Southern

It's Paul Johnson, Adrian Peterson (the one that played for the Bears) and the 2013 Florida-Georgia Southern game.

September 04, 2016 | By CHRIS STANLEY | Sports


Mills' late TD run lifts Georgia Tech past Boston College 17-14

DUBLIN - Dedrick Mills knew he just had to "finish the play" when given a chance to atone for a fumble in his first college game.

September 04, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Chubb runs for 222 yards, Georgia beats NCarolina 33-24

ATLANTA - Nick Chubb rushed for 222 yards in his return from a gruesome knee injury, including a 55-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter ...

September 04, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Throwback weekend at Darlington

DARLINGTON, S.C. - The Tide Ride, the Busch Beer car and the bright red Coca-Cola machine. All locked in fans minds and NASCAR history - and ...

September 04, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Braves beat Phils off 2 Garcia homers

PHILADELPHIA - Adonis Garcia scored the winning run in the 10th inning after homering twice earlier in the game, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia ...

September 04, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Kemp, Freeman lift Braves over Phillies 8-4

PHILADELPHIA - Freddie Freeman hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the ninth, Matt Kemp had four RBIs and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-4 ...

September 02, 2016 | By ROB MAADDI AP Sports Writer | Sports


Grand Opening: College football begins with marquee games

Now this is the way to start the college football season.

September 02, 2016 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer | Sports


Georgia begins Kirby Smart era against rising Tar Heels

Tired of sending countless players to the NFL but going a decade since its last Southeastern Conference championship, Georgia decided that a change in leadership ...

September 02, 2016 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Georgia Tech, Boston College reset for Dublin season opener

BOSTON - There were times in 2015 when it seemed like the end of the season couldn't arrive fast enough for Georgia Tech and Boston ...

September 01, 2016 | By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer | Sports


Game week is finally upon us

Football season never truly ends in Statesboro, but updates from spring practice, summer workouts and preseason camp can only quench some of the thirst.

August 30, 2016 | By MIKE ANTHONY | Sports


Group of five schools who can get to a New Year's six

The schools not from Power Five conferences are making the most of their inclusion in the New Year's Six bowl lineup.

August 30, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Falcons will challenge Panthers

For the first time since the NFL created its current divisional structure in 2002, there is talk of a potential dynasty in the NFC South.

August 30, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Eugenie Bouchard out at US Open

NEW YORK - Eugenie Bouchard wrung her hands at her post-match news conference. She rubbed her lower lip. She squeezed her left arm.

August 30, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Defying the odds, RB Chubb ready to go for No. 18 Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Less than a year after a gruesome knee injury, Nick Chubb is ready to run again for the Georgia Bulldogs.

August 30, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Falcons' Ishmael 'not quite ready' to play against Jaguars

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons still expect Kemal Ishmael will open the season as the fill-in starter at strong safety even though he ...

August 30, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


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