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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


Tiger apologizes for "personal failures"

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Tiger Woods still isn't talking. Now he's not playing, either.Woods withdrew Monday from his own golf tournament, citing injuries from a car crash near his Florida home. His decision comes as questions continue to mount regarding what exactly happened in the wee hours of the morning last Friday - questions that most certainly would have been asked of him had he played.The world's No. 1 golfer posted a statement on his Web site saying that unspecified injuries prevented him from playing in the Chevron World Challenge. He had been scheduled to hold a ...

December 03, 2009 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


The Eagles Nest: Jeff Monken Interview; Basketball starts SoCon play

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December 03, 2009 | VINCE JOHNSON vjohnson@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Braves ink Wagner to one-year contract

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves took another major step toward solidifying their pitching staff for next season, agreeing Wednesday to a $7 million, one-year contract with closer Billy Wagner.Next up: the offense."The bullpen is one of the areas we needed to upgrade to get where we want to go," Braves general manager Frank Wren said during a news conference at Turner Field. "Billy was at the top of our list. The first day of free agency, we gave him a call."The six-time All-Star gets $6.75 million in 2010, and his deal includes a $6.5 million club ...

December 02, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


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A win, then a hug: Serena Williams tops Venus

LONDON (AP) - Decades ago, when the Williams sisters were kids in California, taking tennis lessons from Dad on a municipal court and imagining playing at ...

July 06, 2015 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


McIlroy injures ankle, Open Championship in doubt

LONDON - Rory McIlroy was on crutches Monday with an ankle injury from playing soccer, leaving in doubt the prospects of golf's No. 1 player ...

July 06, 2015 | The Associated Press | Sports


Crashes mar third stage of Tour de France

HUY, Belgium - British rider Chris Froome took the Tour de France leader's yellow jersey after finishing second behind Spanish veteran Joacquim Rodriguez in Monday ...

July 06, 2015 | By JEROME PUGMIRE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Lloyd hat trick leads US over Japan 5-2 for World Cup title

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Carli Lloyd came up big again. Three times.

July 05, 2015 | By ANNE M. Peterson Associated Press | Sports


Will history repeat itself? The US women hope not

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Abby Wambach remembers the date by heart: July 17, 2011.

July 04, 2015 | By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Carmike Cinemas catches soccer fever

Sunday evening, the United States Women's National Soccer Team will be gunning for its first World Cup championship since 1999. The Americans will also ...

July 03, 2015 | MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Sports


Serena escapes, faces sister next

Twice, Serena Williams stood merely two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd.

July 03, 2015 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Sports Writer | Sports


Nadal bows out early at Wimbledon

LONDON - On the final point of the first set of his latest Wimbledon disappointment, Rafael Nadal swung his mighty, lefty forehand - and whiffed, accidentally whacking ...

July 02, 2015 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


U.S. asks for extradition of FIFA officials

GENEVA - The United States has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe ...

July 02, 2015 | By GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer | Sports


More heartbreak for English soccer

MANCHESTER, England - England's national teams keep finding ways to make agonizing exits from major soccer tournaments.

July 02, 2015 | By STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Defense has keyed run to World Cup final

MONTREAL (AP) - It used to be that the U.S. women's national team was known more for its fierce attack. For the Women's ...

July 01, 2015 | By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Venus, Serena on collision course

LONDON - Venus Williams is no longer the player she once was, on account of the passage of time and the day-to-day ups and downs of ...

July 01, 2015 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


Dollars flying in NBA free agency

Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will be conducting his in Phoenix.

July 01, 2015 | By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer | Sports


16-year-old French girl breaking baseball barriers

PARIS - Simply by playing ball, Melissa Mayeux is busting through barriers.

July 01, 2015 | By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Writer | Sports


Photo gallery: One Season, One Title

Grab a cup of coffee and spend some time re-living the Georgia Southern Eagles sweeping the Sun Belt Conference through the eyes of Herald Staff ...

December 14, 2014 | By SCOTT BRYANT | Sports


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