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December 30, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON | Sports

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

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A week in, star-studded Warriors still finding chemistry

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - At Warriors team headquarters, Zaza Pachulia sits alongside Kevin Durant in the locker room as they dress for practice or ice down ...

October 05, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports

Pope Francis implores sports leaders to curtail corruption

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis implored sports leaders on Wednesday to do a better job of keeping corruption off the playing field.

October 05, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports

Tiger back in the swing of things

Two weeks after the PGA Tour season ended, the next one starts Thursday and for some fans it can't get here soon enough: Tiger ...

October 04, 2016 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports

Braves damage Tigers' playoff hopes with 5-3 win

ATLANTA (AP) - Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers no longer control their own playoff destiny.

October 01, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports

Fail Mary

ATHENS, Ga. - Jauan Jennings hauled in a 43-yard Hail Mary from Joshua Dobbs on the final play, giving No. 11 Tennessee a stunning 34-31 victory ...

October 01, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports

No. 14 Miami beat Yellow Jackets 35-21

ATLANTA - Shaquille Quarterman and Joe Jackson each returned fumbles by Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas for touchdowns in a span of less than a minute ...

October 01, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports

Farewell to the Ted

ATLANTA - Turner Field has aged well. It's got all the expected amenities of a modern big league ballpark, from luxury boxes to a mammoth ...

October 01, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports

Imperfect Panthers looking to regroup against upstart Falcons

ATLANTA - When Carolina made its most recent visit to Atlanta, all the talk was about the 14-0 Panthers' try for a perfect season.

October 01, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports

Americans take 3-point lead at Ryder Cup

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) - Patrick Reed took over his match with putting and passion, and the rest of the Americans followed suit Saturday afternoon in a ...

October 01, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports

American sweep and European rally at Ryder Cup

CHASKA, Minn. - Even with the first opening-session sweep in four decades, the Americans were reminded anew Friday that no lead is safe in the Ryder ...

October 01, 2016 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports

No. 14 Miami visits Georgia Tech in Richt's ACC debut

ATLANTA - Mark Richt will be looking for offensive balance in his first Atlantic Coast Conference game as Miami's coach.

October 01, 2016 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Sports

Tennessee faces Georgia looking to take control of SEC East

ATHENS, Ga. - Tennessee has a chance to take control of the SEC East on the first Saturday of October.

October 01, 2016 | By PAUL NEWBERRY Associated Press | Sports

Latest anthem controversy centered on Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. - If Nebraska's Michael Rose-Ivey and teammates want to kneel during the national anthem again, their next opportunity will be the Nov. 5 ...

September 29, 2016 | By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer | Sports

ACC moving football title game to Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. - The ACC is moving its 2016 football championship to Orlando'sCamping World Stadium.

September 29, 2016 | By TERRANCE HARRIS Associated Press | Sports

Mickelson promises prepared US team at Ryder Cup

CHASKA, Minn. - Two days before the Ryder Cup, Phil Mickelson went back 12 years to drive home a point that the Americans are prepared to ...

September 28, 2016 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports

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