Slam, ex-Jacket help Giants cruise

PITTSBURGH - Brandon Crawford hit a grand slam and former Augusta GreenJacket Madison Bumgarner turned in a complete-game gem as the San Francisco Giants romped to an 8-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
By Will Graves

Jackets QB among new stars in ACC

ATLANTA — Justin Thomas’ will to win has helped Georgia Tech get off to an impressive start in what has been a memorable first month as the Yellow Jackets’ starting quarterback.
By Charles Odum

Harlem advances to finals

HARLEM - Finding themselves in a dogfight in the first round of the Region 3-AA softball tournament Wednesday night, the Harlem Lady Bulldogs emerged victorious.
By Scott Rouch

Angels' Trout to get first taste of playoffs

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Mike Trout asked Albert Pujols for advice on his playoff debut before the Los Angeles Angels stepped into the October spotlight, and the veteran slugger with two World Series rings had some simple guidance for baseball's best young player.
By Greg Beacham

Rookie managers mold teams in their image

Matt Williams, whose Nationals play host to Game 1 of an NL Division Series on Friday, and Brad Ausmus, whose Tigers open their ALDS at Baltimore today, are attempting to accomplish something only four men have in baseball's long history: win a World Series as a first-time manager.
By Howard Fendrich

Georgia sees more consistency on special teams

ATHENS, Ga. - There is a telltale sign that things have gone much smoother for Georgia so far this season when it comes to snapping the ball on punts, field goals and extra points.
By Marc Weiszer

Tigers' starters have edge in postseason experience

BALTIMORE - The Detroit Tigers' starting pitchers in the first three games of the AL Division Series have a combined 329 wins, three Cy Young Awards and 35 games of postseason experience.
By David Ginsburg

McIlroy named PGA Tour's top player

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - One incredible month of golf was enough for Rory McIlroy to be voted PGA Tour Player of the Year.
By Doug Ferguson

Previous wins mean little in new Chase format

Brad Keselowski has five wins this year and Joey Logano has four. Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth don't have a single victory. But when the second round of the Chase starts, all will be tied in the standings.
By Don Coble

Washington County tops Power Poll

Washington County is ranked No. 1 in this week's Power Poll.

Gordon isn't focusing on career milestones

The victory last Sunday at Dover International Speedway was the 92nd in Jeff Gordon's 22-year career, and just 13 away from tying David Pearson for second place on the all-time winner's list. But Gordon is only concerned with victory No. 93.

Oslo drops bid for 2022 Winter Games

Oslo became the latest city to drop its bid for the 2022 Winter Games after the Norwegian government rejected financial backing Wednesday amid concerns the games were too costly.
By Stephen Wilson

Phelps' speech was 'mush mouth' at traffic stop

BALTIMORE - Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps registered .14 percent on a blood-alcohol test after he was stopped on a speeding violation, according to charging documents released Wednesday. 
By Juliet Linderman

Tigers looking to fill void left by top scorer

SUNSET, S.C. - Clemson coach Brad Brownell is looking to fill the void created by the departure of Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of Year K.J. McDaniels.
By Pete Iacobelli

Receiver's return gives Bengals a boost

CINCINNATI - The Bengals are in position to get a lot better in the one area where they're lacking on offense. Receiver Marvin Jones is close to rejoining the Bengals (3-0) as they get ready to play at New England (2-2) on Sunday night.
By Joe Kay

Newton surprised ankle is still hurting

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton says he never thought he'd still be dealing with pain in his left ankle six months after surgery.

'Big 5' conferences plan to provide athletes more benefits

The five wealthiest college football conferences have notified the NCAA of their proposals to provide more benefits to athletes under the new governance model.


In Atlanta, Georgia Regents beat Montevallo 26-28, 15-25, 25-23, 25-20, 15-12 then defeated Clark Atlanta 25-13, 25-15, 25-14 in volleyball on Wednesday.

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