JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Patrick White was bruised and determined with the Gator Bowl hanging in the balance.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Not long after Atlanta owner Arthur Blank fired him as the Falcons' third-year coach, Jim Mora went to great lengths to list his accomplishments.
Joey Cheek grabbed a seat at the head table after the greatest race of his athletic career, very much aware that all those folks in front of him, with their cameras and microphones and notepads, would be hanging on his every word.
ATLANTA - Tony Taylor set up two fourth-quarter touchdowns with interceptions and Georgia rallied from an 18-point deficit to upset No. 14 Virginia Tech 31-24 on Saturday night in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
At the end of their 162nd game, the Atlanta Braves found themselves in an unfamiliar position.
Taylor Bennett threw a 42-yard touchdown pass on the first down of his first start for Georgia Tech. That was last season, and he has barely played since.
PHILADELPHIA - For a one-of-kind quarterback, Michael Vick sure has looked ordinary against the Philadelphia Eagles.
ATLANTA - Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer had a ready response to Friday's question: Does Chick-fil-A Bowl opponent Georgia remind you of any team?
Statesboro's John Knox was named first team, and four other players from the area received honorable mention, when selections for the Georgia Sports Writers Association all-state football teams were released Friday.
The Statesboro Blue Devils ended their showing at the Emanuel County Institute Christmas Tournament on a positive note, routing Treutlen County 74-47 Friday night. A 25-9 second quarter proved to be the difference and the Devils' defense held the Vikings to just 30.6 percent shooting.
NEW YORK - Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants reached a preliminary agreement on the largest contract for a pitcher in baseball history, a $126 million, seven-year deal.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Calvin Johnson isn't saying much. He rarely does. But the Gator Bowl sure feels like his college farewell.
TWIN CITY - It was a tale of two halves for the Portal Panthers Thursday afternoon on Day 2 of the Emanuel County Institute Christmas Tournament. The Panthers (9-2) exploded for 29 third-quarter points, opening the pivotal frame on a 19-2 run to beat Treutlen County 80-64.
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FLOWERY BRANCH - Michael Vick didn't take back his criticisms of the Atlanta Falcons' inconsistent offense Wednesday, one day after coach Jim Mora said Vick's remarks were only the result of postgame frustrations following Sunday's loss to Carolina.
LONDON - For the third year in a row, Rafael Nadal made an early exit from Wimbledon after a stunning loss to a player ranked 100th or lower.
This week always brings back some unpleasant memories. I know that Independence Day evokes thoughts of America's newly won freedom for most people but for me it is a reminder of a different war that was bitterly contested on American soil in the 1960's. Sadly it was brother against brother and friend against friend.
SAO PAULO - Angel Di Maria scored deep into extra time Tuesday to give Argentina a 1-0 win over Switzerland and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.
RIO DE JANEIRO - Nigeria and Algeria made World Cup history for Africa and now leave with their heads held high.
Sonny Vaccaro already feels like a winner, no matter how a federal judge rules in the antitrust lawsuit he helped bring against the NCAA.
PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and was able to understand the wrongfulness of what he had done, according to psychiatric reports submitted Monday at the Olympic athlete's murder trial.
LONDON - As the rain at Wimbledon wreaks havoc with the schedule, and players start to complain, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have found little reason to worry about the weather.
SAO PAULO - The last time the U.S. played in a World Cup in Brazil, just one American reporter was on hand, using vacation time and paying his own way.
RECIFE, Brazil - Costa Rica beat Greece in a penalty shootout Sunday to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time after defending desperately with 10 men for nearly an hour.
LONDON - The so-called "Big 4" who have won 35 of 37 of the past Grand Slam singles titles - Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer - are all around for the second week at Wimbledon, joined by the new major winner on the block, Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka.
BETHESDA, Md. - Justin Rose has won enough times on the strongest golf courses to appreciate how one mistake can make a difference.
FORTALEZA, Brazil - The Dutch were worried about the oppressive heat at Arena Castelao, and they left it with the stifling hot conditions to thank for a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.