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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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Athletes rock the vote

Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey grew up in Kentucky in the 1960s, a child during the civil rights movement who witnessed the efforts of those ...

November 08, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


AP Heisman watch: Jackson leads; race for 2nd is crowded

Even if Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson wins the Heisman Trophy in a landslide vote, there may still be a slew of finalists at the award ...

November 08, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Washington takes over playoff position, A&M, LSU fall big

Washington moved into fourth in the College Football Playoff rankings, putting the four remaining unbeaten teams from the Power Five conferences at the top of ...

November 08, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Monahan brings a personal touch as PGA Tour commissioner

Not everyone in the golf world knew much about Jay Monahan except that he was anointed, and then appointed, the next PGA Tour commissioner.

November 08, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Johnson still believes in Tech's defensive coaches

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson still has confidence in his defensive coaches following one of the worst showings ever by the unit.

November 08, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Overreactions: Raiders are team to beat in the AFC

The Oakland Raiders are the team to beat in the AFC.

November 08, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


NFL Halfway: Jags' Gus Bradley could be first coach to go

The Gus Bus might be first to hit the road.

November 08, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Braves' Inciarte amongst MLB 2016 Gold Glove winners

(With player, team and gold gloves won)

November 08, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Eagle's postseason picture becoming clear

With just three games remaining in the regular season, the picture is now clear for Georgia Southern.

November 07, 2016 | By MIKE ANTHONY | Sports


If Harvick wins Phoenix, there is only 1 spot left in the Chase

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Only an amateur would fill out a Chase for the Sprint Cup championship bracket and not mark Kevin Harvick down for a ...

November 07, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Falcons sign GM Dimitroff to a 3-year contract extension

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - General manager Thomas Dimitroff finally has the security he wanted from the Atlanta Falcons.

November 07, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Cubs' Bryant, Lester, Hendricks, Maddon up for major awards

NEW YORK - Fresh off leading the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series title in more than a century, slugger Kris Bryant and several teammates ...

November 07, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


Georgia's Eason thriving in late-game pressure situations

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia freshman Jacob Eason is proving he can be trusted in the closing minutes.

November 07, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports


No love in the Grove

Georgia Southern played one of its best offensive games of the season and made huge plays on special teams and defense to boot.

November 06, 2016 | By MIKE ANTHONY | Sports


Hello Georgia Southern! Nice to finally meet you

It's about time y'all.

November 06, 2016 | By CHRIS STANLEY | Sports


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