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Local Roundup: SEB run-rules Appling

    BAXLEY — The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets (1-1) dominated Appling County with an 8-0, 6-inning win on the road Thursday.
    Madison Fields pitched the shutout, allowing five hits.
    Plenty of Jackets recorded multi-hit games. They were led by Morgan Joiner (3 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBIs), Lauren Hardin (2 for 3, 2 R), Mary Grace Manahan (2-for-3, 2 RBIs), Faith Chase (2 for 2, R) and Storm Williams (2 for 4).
    Southeast returns to action today at 5 p.m. at the Tattnall County tournament.
    They begin tournament play against New Hampstead at 5 p.m.

Tickets on sale for Erk Russell Classic
    Statesboro High’s football team will take on Burke County as part of the Erk Russell Classic, held at Paulson Stadium on the campus of Georgia Southern.
    The game is scheduled for Aug. 23, at 8 p.m.
     Advanced tickets can be purchased at Statesboro High School between 9 a.m. and 2:30  p.m. and cost $10.
    The price at the gate will be $15. Call the SHS athletic office at (912) 212-8860 with any questions.

SHS season passes available
    Statesboro Blue Devils Football season passes are now on sale for the five home games held at Womack Field this season.
    This year’s opponents include Wayne County, Brunswick, Richmond Hill, Ware County, and Effingham County.
    The cost of a general admission season pass is $30, and the cost of a reserved seating season pass is $70.
    Reserved seating passes come with priority parking privileges and access to the hospitality room. Call the Statesboro athletic office at (912) 212-8860 with any questions.

NFL seeks right answer for pot use
    Marijuana is casting an ever-thickening haze across NFL locker rooms, and it's not simply because more players are using it.
    As attitudes toward the drug soften, and science slowly teases out marijuana's possible benefits for concussions and other injuries, the NFL is reaching a critical point in navigating its tenuous relationship with what is recognized as the analgesic of choice for many of its players.
    "It's not, let's go smoke a joint," retired NFL defensive lineman Marvin Washington said. "It's, what if you could take something that helps you heal faster from a concussion, that prevents your equilibrium from being off for two weeks and your eyesight for being off for four weeks?"
    One challenge the NFL faces is how to bring marijuana into the game as a pain reliever without condoning its use as a recreational drug. And facing a lawsuit filed on behalf of hundreds of former players complaining about the effects of prescription painkillers they say were pushed on them by team trainers and doctors, the NFL is looking for other ways to help players deal with the pain from a violent game.
    A Gallup poll last year found 58 percent of Americans believe marijuana should be legalized.

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