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Local Roundup: Portal shuts down Savannah Christian

    PORTAL — Savannah Christian's Demetris Robertson was held to just 11 points and the Portal Panthers dominated for a 62-38 win on Friday at home.
    The Panthers (12-5, 6-1 Region 3A-A) were led in scoring by Trent Thomas and Devon Moore, who each finished with 13, and B.J. Prescott added 11.
    Portal travels to Twin City today to face Emanuel County Institute.

Taylor's 36 leads CHS past SCDS
    CLAXTON — Cornelious Taylor led all scorerd with 36 points and the Claxton Tigers held off Savannah Country Day 81-70 on Friday at home.
    Country Day's Evans Baird came close to matching Taylor.
    He hit 9 3-pointers and scored 35 points, but it wasn't enough to get past Claxton (12-3, 6-1 Region 3A-A).
    The Tigers play host to Southeast Bulloch today at 7:30 p.m.

BA girls win region opener
    BELLVILLE — The Bulloch Academy Lady Gators continued their winning ways on Friday in the region opener, knocking off Pinewood Christian 56-25 on the road.
    The Gators (16-1, 1-0) were led by Ashley Burke, who scored 21 points. Pate Lomax added 14 and Sarah Evans added 8.
    Bulloch is back in action at home on Tuesday at 6 p.m., against Edmund Burke Academy.

Lady Tigers hold off Country Day
    CLAXTON — The Claxton Lady Tigers rallied from a halftime deficit and held off visiting Savannah Country Day 40-32 on Friday.
    The Tigers (14-3, 5-2) outscored SCDS 27-12 in the second half.
    Jazmine Price led CHS with 15 points — 10 from the foul line — and Nyeishia Reynolds added 7.
    Claxton hosts Southeast Bulloch today.

BA JV splinters Pinewood
    The Bulloch Academy junior-varsity boys defeated Pinewood Christian 48-35 on Friday.
    Brett Thomas led the Gators with 14 points and Wright Rockett added 10. Jeffery Young led Pinewood with 10 points.

Chicago Bears hire John Fox
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — John Fox has a reputation for turning around teams. The Bears are counting on him to do just that.
    Fox was hired as Chicago's coach Friday, four days after he and the Denver Broncos parted ways.
    He was widely seen as a likely candidate to replace the fired Marc Trestman once he left the Broncos on Monday, given his record and his ties to consultant Ernie Accorsi and new general manager Ryan Pace.
    Fox was the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants from 1997 to 2001 when Accorsi was the GM. Saints coach Sean Payton was the offensive coordinator for part of that time, and he is tight with Pace, who was hired out of New Orleans' front office.
    Fox has a 119-89 regular-season record in 13 years with Carolina (2002-10) and Denver (2011-14), with six division titles and seven playoff appearances. He is one of six coaches to lead two franchises to Super Bowl appearances, joining Don Shula, Bill Parcells, Dan Reeves, Dick Vermeil and Mike Holmgren.
    Fox comes to Chicago with a reputation for overseeing turnarounds, and he will try to do just that after the Bears went 5-11 and missed the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years.
    He took over a team in Denver that went 4-12 the previous year and led them to the AFC West title all four seasons, with Tim Tebow at quarterback the first season and Peyton Manning the next three.