Saltalamacchia, Alvarez lead Marlins past Braves

ATLANTA -- Former Braves prospect Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, Henderson Alvarez won for the first time in three starts and the Miami Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Thursday night.

Clemson looking to USC game

If you're counting at Clemson, it's 127 days until the one Saturday that seems to matter most to the Tigers - its annual game with South Carolina.
By Scott Michaux

Sand Gnats' late home run sinks GreenJackets

Savannah catcher Colton Plaia hit an eventual game-winning home run in the top of the ninth as the Sand Gnats beat the Augusta GreenJackets 2-1 on Thursday night.
By David Lee

Coaches, players start season with dinner

The area high school football season got off to an unofficial start Thursday night at the WJBF News Channel 6/The Augusta Chronicle's Coaches and Captains Dinner at Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center.
By Wayne Staats

Kubala commits to Coastal Carolina

Lakeside High School's Connor Kubala verbally committed to play football for Coastal Carolina University on Monday.
By Scott Rouch

Tackle show had little that was new

The Icast fishing tackle show in Orlando, Fla., produced over 300 "new" bits of tackle, but a quick glance at the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society Web site report shows that a lot of it was just variations on current themes.
By Bill Baab

Duo are tied for Canadian Open lead

MONTREAL - Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic shared the first-round lead in the Canadian Open on Thursday, shooting 6-under 64 in sunny conditions at rain-softened Royal Montreal.

SEC is quickest path to the NFL

The Southeastern Conference has become the most popular jumping-off point for underclassmen looking for a head start on NFL careers, creating more spots to fill around the league with preseason camps approaching.

Lynch is a no-show for Seattle training camp

RENTON, Wash. - Marshawn Lynch was absent as expected when the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks began training camp.

Boxers adjusting slowly to fighting without headgear

In a decision last year, the International Boxing Association stopped the use of headgear in male bouts, citing medical experts who said it would help reduce concussions.
By Dennis Passa

Nike Nationals uses league setup

The Nike Nationals Invitational begins in North Augusta this weekend, and it celebrates its 10th year with a new twist.
By John Boyette

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Impromptu kiss has become an Indy tradition

INDIANAPOLIS - Dale Jarrett loved his win so much he had to celebrate it with a kiss.

Tour de France leader Vincenzo Nibali increases his lead

ARGELES-GAZOST, France - Vincenzo Nibali crushed everyone on the last mountain leg of the Tour de France on Thursday, all but ensuring he will be crowned champion when the race ends in Paris in three days.
By Jamey Keaten

White, Falcons come to terms

On the eve of training camp, the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a new contract with receiver Roddy White.

Langer grabs lead in Senior British Open

BRIDGEND, Wales - Bernhard Langer made a statement of intent when he opened with a 6-under-par 65 to take a two-stroke lead over American Bob Tway in the Senior British Open at a sweltering Royal Porthcawl on Thursday.

Spurrier says Gamecocks are 'close' to being a title team

South Carolina's Steve Spurrier always considered the Gamecocks were a long-term project, even if some on the outside of the program saw it was just a quick lay-over for the national championship coach.


Georgia Regents has signed John Yi, an incoming freshman out of Walton High for the 2014-15 season.

Sticking with status quo on schedule irks some drivers

NASCAR Chairman Brian France says nothing drastic will be done to next year's schedule. That's unfortunate for drivers who are ready for big changes.

Langer builds seven-stroke lead

BRIDGEND, Wales - Bernhard Langer has a seven-stroke cushion to take into the third round of the Senior British Open after shooting 5-under-par 66 Friday to add to his opening 65.

Roethlisberger contract extension talks on hold

Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II said the team won't work on a contract extension for two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger until after the 2014 season.

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