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Hawks out to prove they're the real deal

Hawks out to prove they're the real deal

    ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks know it's going to take more than a couple of strong months to prove this franchise has really turned things around after so many dashed hopes.

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Outdoor Life: Messes of the masses

Outdoor Life: Messes of the masses

After some reflection I’ve concluded that a goodly portion of my life has been consumed with picking up stuff.

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Harbaugh's future will overshadow final two weeks for 49ers

Harbaugh's future will overshadow final two weeks for 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jim Harbaugh welcomes a sit-down with 49ers CEO Jed York and general manager Trent Baalke to discuss the future — his future — after a season that will end in two weeks without a playoff berth for the first time during his four-year tenure.

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Manziel flops in first start

Manziel flops in first start


       

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Updated: dec. 15, 2014 9:31 p.m.
Police once again offended by NFL player

Police once again offended by NFL player


       

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Eagles' Ferguson returns from suspension

Eagles' Ferguson returns from suspension

Georgia Southern men’s basketball star Eric Ferguson’s suspension was lifted Monday, effective immediately, according to GSU athletic director Tom Kleinlein.

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Photo gallery: One Season, One Title

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 Photographer Scott Bryant.

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Updated: dec. 14, 2014 11:03 p.m.
Falcons still in playoff mix despite another loss

Falcons still in playoff mix despite another loss

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons are headed for their second straight losing season.

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Oregon QB Mariota wins Heisman

Oregon QB Mariota wins Heisman

NEW YORK (AP) — Marcus Mariota wrote it all down, every word of his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech. It was a good thing, too, because getting through it might have been tougher than sprinting away from linebacker or tossing a long touchdown pass for the Oregon Ducks.

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A scandal-free Heisman Trophy ceremony, for once

A scandal-free Heisman Trophy ceremony, for once

    NEW YORK — It was just two guys talking football and posing for pictures with a big bronze trophy.

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Navy enters rivalry with 12 straight wins

Navy enters rivalry with 12 straight wins

    BALTIMORE — Navy's unprecedented 12-game winning streak against Army has increased the pressure on both teams Saturday.

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Bad December? No problem in NFL

Bad December? No problem in NFL

    Discussing his Green Bay Packers' victory over the Atlanta Falcons on a snowy night at Lambeau Field this week, coach Mike McCarthy uttered the sort of platitude that certainly sounds true.

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Peterson's appeal denied, suspension upheld

Peterson's appeal denied, suspension upheld

    MINNEAPOLIS — The NFL's hard line on Adrian Peterson held up.

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A scandal-free Heisman Trophy ceremony, for once

A scandal-free Heisman Trophy ceremony, for once

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Court intervenes in disputed Oklahoma game



    OKLAHOMA CITY — The ruling on the field stands: A high school football team from a tiny Oklahoma town is moving on to the state semifinals, having topped an Oklahoma City powerhouse after an improperly enforced penalty with 64 seconds left.

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Updated: dec. 11, 2014 7:47 p.m.


Mumps spreading through NHL locker rooms

NEW YORK — Once mumps invades a professional sports dressing room, it finds a fertile breeding ground and the NHL is finding that it is not easy to get rid of.

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Badgers' Gordon is dark horse

Badgers' Gordon is dark horse



    MADISON, Wis. — The voice sounded a little weary. The steps were a bit slow, at least compared to Melvin Gordon's usual gait around Camp Randall Stadium.

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Updated: dec. 11, 2014 7:46 p.m.
Winter meetings heating up

Winter meetings heating up



    SAN DIEGO — Baseball's winter meetings ended with an old-style spurt of swaps, with All-Stars switching teams at a rapid pace and executives scrambling to fill roster voids.

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Panthers' Newton discharged, but Anderson to start Sunday

Panthers' Newton discharged, but Anderson to start Sunday



    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton will not play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while recovering from an automobile crash that left him with two fractures in his lower back.

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Updated: dec. 10, 2014 7:26 p.m.
Lester signs with Cubs

Lester signs with Cubs



    SAN DIEGO — Jon Lester agreed Tuesday night to a $155 million, six-year contract with the Cubs, the first big deal of the offseason involving a top-level starting pitcher and one Chicago hopes will help end more than a century of frustration at Wrigley Field's Friendly Confines.

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Updated: dec. 10, 2014 7:24 p.m.
NFL owners approve new personal conduct policy

NFL owners approve new personal conduct policy



    IRVING, Texas — NFL owners moved quickly and unanimously Wednesday to change the league's personal conduct policy. Now the question is how, or whether, the players' union responds.

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Stricker's semi-retirement could see some big changes

Stricker's semi-retirement could see some big changes

    WINDEMERE, Fla. — Steve Stricker's easy ride into semi-retirement could be coming to a crossroads.

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Monken's quest: Beat Navy

Monken's quest: Beat Navy

    WEST POINT, N.Y. — When Jeff Monken awakens every morning only one thing is on his mind, and it's been that way since he was hired as head coach at Army a year ago: #BEATNAVY.

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Updated: dec. 09, 2014 8:52 p.m.
NCAA chief: UAB cutting football is 'troubling'

NCAA chief: UAB cutting football is 'troubling'

    NEW YORK — NCAA President Mark Emmert said Tuesday that it was troubling to see the University of Alabama-Birmingham drop its football program, but he believes Olympic sports are more vulnerable to cuts as schools look at athletic budgets.

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Updated: dec. 09, 2014 8:50 p.m.
Class action lawsuit filed over high school football concussions

Class action lawsuit filed over high school football concussions

A class action lawsuit targeting how high schools handle football concussions has been filed in Illinois, the first of its kind. The lawyer behind the suit, Joseph Siprut, is also behind a similar suit at the college level, reaching a settlement that is currently under review by a judge.

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Chiefs' Eric Berry diagnosed with cancer

Chiefs' Eric Berry diagnosed with cancer


       

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Updated: dec. 08, 2014 9:33 p.m.
Three selected as Heisman finalists

Three selected as Heisman finalists


       

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In Vegas, Ohio State not worthy of playoff

In Vegas, Ohio State not worthy of playoff

LAS VEGAS — What if the people who make their living rating teams every day were in charge of seeding the college football playoffs? What if the inaugural playoff season wasn't decided by a group of people with different agendas that might factor into their judgment?

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'Bama, FSU, OSU, Oregon star in powerful playoff

'Bama, FSU, OSU, Oregon star in powerful playoff

GRAPEVINE, Texas - The first College Football Playoff expanded the national championship race, made the regular season even more intriguing and produced a final four with major star power.

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No. 1 Alabama routs Missouri 42-13 for SEC title

No. 1 Alabama routs Missouri 42-13 for SEC title

ATLANTA — Blake Sims went out for one more snap, then trotted off the field to a standing ovation from the Alabama fans.

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Bama, Mizzou familiar with title games

Bama, Mizzou familiar with title games

    ATLANTA — Alabama is right where it always seems to be — playing for a title.

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Spieth holds lead; Tiger loses ground

Spieth holds lead; Tiger loses ground

    WINDERMERE, Fla. — The guy in a red shirt put on quite a show Friday in the Hero World Challenge to get into contention.

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Florida hires Colorado State's McElwain as coach

Florida hires Colorado State's McElwain as coach

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley wanted a coach with an offensive track record of success.

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NFL Weekend Picks: Streaky Cowboys should top Bears

NFL Weekend Picks: Streaky Cowboys should top Bears

    A rare Thursday night game that is not part of a short week has Dallas at Chicago. Both teams lost on Thanksgiving Day, and the Bears are headed for a double whammy.

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UAB players, coaches ponder the future after football program axed

UAB players, coaches ponder the future after football program axed

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Brandon Prince transferred to UAB to help his ailing father, a single parent, while still doing what he loves most: Playing football.

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Korver lifts Hawks past slumping Celtics

Korver lifts Hawks past slumping Celtics



    ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks owned the fourth quarter again.

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Updated: dec. 02, 2014 11:56 p.m.


Outdoor Life: Be sure to prepare for start of duck season

The next portion of duck season opens December 6th and runs through January 25th of 2015 and the possibilities for Southeast Georgia are abundant.  You can float the rivers, set up in any of the numerous swamps, beaver ponds and farm ponds, or head out to a reservoir to get your limit.  Duck hunting has made a complete turnaround since the early 1990’s with the onset of Ducks Unlimited and other conservation groups who began an earnest emphasis on preserving wetlands.  Together with state and federal agencies millions of acres of wetlands around the country have been restored and ...

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Eagles denied bowl appeal

Eagles denied bowl appeal

Georgia Southern’s appeal of the decision by the NCAA to bar the Eagles from playing in a bowl game was denied Tuesday afternoon.

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Coroner: Exam will look at brain of Ohio State player

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A neuropathologist will look for signs of traumatic brain injury in an Ohio State athlete who was found dead in a trash bin of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and had a reported history of concussions, a coroner said Monday.

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Rams players' gesture animates Ferguson protests



    ST. LOUIS — Five St. Louis Rams players entered the football field with their hands raised. A day later, people walked out of work or school showing the same gesture of solidarity with Ferguson protesters.

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Jones leads Falcons past punchless Cards 29-18

Jones leads Falcons past punchless Cards 29-18

ATLANTA - Fighting for a division title even with a losing record, the Atlanta Falcons knew they couldn't afford another defeat.

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Hawks roll past Charlotte

Hawks roll past Charlotte



    ATLANTA — Paul Millsap scored 18 points, Mike Scott added 14 and the Atlanta Hawks handed the Charlotte Hornets a ninth straight loss with a 105-75 victory on Saturday night.

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Updated: nov. 30, 2014 12:22 a.m.
Ray Rice's suspension vacated

Ray Rice's suspension vacated



    NEW YORK — An arbitrator Friday threw out Ray Rice's indefinite suspension by the NFL for punching his then-fiancee and now wife in a hotel elevator, freeing him to play again.

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Missouri clinches SEC East title

Missouri clinches SEC East title



    COLUMBIA, Mo. — After three quarters smothered by Arkansas, Missouri found a way out. It's been that way most of the year, simply finding ways to get the job done.

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Old-Fashioned Hate

Old-Fashioned Hate



    ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia won't be playing in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

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Column: Woods at 5-year mark of accident

Column: Woods at 5-year mark of accident

Any mention of golf during the week of Thanksgiving used to be about the Skins Game.

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Updated: nov. 25, 2014 9:25 p.m.
NFL, union discuss player conduct policy

NFL, union discuss player conduct policy

    NEW YORK — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and players' union chief DeMaurice Smith are meeting Tuesday to discuss the league's personal conduct policy.

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GSU gets big home win

GSU gets big home win




    Florida International had a 6-foot-11 center named Adrian Diaz, who scored 33 points.

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My Take: Bowl situation looks bleak

My Take: Bowl situation looks bleak

The good news is that Georgia Southern is the (a?) 2014 Sun Belt football champion.

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No shortage of stars on baseball's Hall of Fame ballot

No shortage of stars on baseball's Hall of Fame ballot



    NEW YORK — Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are among 17 newcomers on baseball's 2015 Hall of Fame ballot.

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Updated: nov. 24, 2014 10:20 p.m.

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