SEC West set for three huge showdowns

Three teams from the Southeastern Conference's powerful Western Division are finally going down. That much is assured Saturday, when six teams ranked in the top 15 clash in an unprecedented day for any division in major college football.
By John Zenor

Lakeside leads area cross country programs

Lakeside's strong group of runners has emerged as the area cross country program to beat this year.
By David Lee

Stewart says he never considered retiring after Ward's death

Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart talked at his first news conference since a grand jury decided last week not to charge him in Kevin Ward Jr.'s death.
By Jenna Fryer

Falcons lose three linemen in defeat

The Falcons lost three more offensive linemen to injuries, forcing them to play a tight end at right tackle, and the porous defense gave up 558 yards to the Minnesota Vikings in a 41-28 loss.
By Jon Krawczynski

Mickelson saves best shot at Ryder Cup for Watson

Phil Mickelson knew this Ryder Cup was a lost cause before it was over. That's what led him to say in a television interview, "We had a great formula in '08 and I don't know why we strayed from it. I don't know why we don't ever try going back to it."
By Doug Ferguson

Twins fire Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons

The Minnesota Twins fired manager Ron Gardenhire on Monday, ending a 13-season tenure that included at least 92 losses in each of the past four years.

Defense, prosecutors preview school cheating cases

ATLANTA - Prosecutors said Monday that 12 former Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators cheated, lied and stole as part of a widespread but cleverly disguised conspiracy to inflate state test scores that affected thousands of students.
By Kathleen Foody

For Braves, a shaky future after dismal finish

ATLANTA - Less than 24 hours after the end to a disappointing season, many of the lockers at Turner Field were already cleaned out Monday.
By Paul Newberry

New all-female sports news show premieres Tuesday

A core panel of a dozen female commentators will get to speak for themselves on "We Need to Talk," which airs on CBS Sports Network. The weekly, hourlong prime-time show is the first of its kind.
By Rachel Cohen

Players get shot at redemption in MLB playoffs

Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen is among several players looking to fare better in this year's playoffs than they have in past postseasons.
By Howard Fendrich

Gutsy trades bring Lester, Shields together for AL wild-card game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Royals made one of the boldest trades in franchise history two years ago. The Oakland Athletics made a similarly aggressive move just a couple of months ago. The results of both will be in the starting spotlight Tuesday night.
By Dave Skretta

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In Columbus, Ohio, the Georgia Regents men's golf team slipped two spots Monday and tied for sixth place in the Jack Nicklaus Invitational at the Ohio State Golf Club's Scarlet Course.

Burke County at Thomson is the Game of the Week

Thomson and Burke County play in the first of two season meetings on Friday. This one is the Game of the Week.
By Wayne Staats

Playing on Yom Kippur isn't easy call for Dogs lineman

ATHENS, Ga. - It's not something Kublanow has to think about every season. Only on those years when the offensive lineman has a game on the holiest of days for him.
By Marc Weiszer

Dwyer indicted on assault charges

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was formally charged with assaulting his wife during two arguments in July at their Phoenix apartment.

Michigan coach says QB didn't have a concussion

Michigan coach Brady Hoke said he has never kept a player with a suspected concussion in a game, trying to address questions over his handling of Shane Morris.

Falcons still struggling to win on road

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons' current stretch of road games would be a challenge even under ideal circumstances. Given Atlanta's recent lack of success.
By Charles Odum

Hawks camp set to open under cloud of controversy

When training camp opens Tuesday at the University of Georgia, the Atlanta Hawks will be under the cloud of a racially charged scandal that forced owner Bruce Levenson to put his share of the team up for sale and led general manager Danny Ferry to take an indefinite leave of absence.
By Paul Newberry

Giants have ample experience facing elimination

SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Giants have proven themselves to be elimination experts.
By Janie McCauley

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