Mays ready to rebound from rocky ALDS start
MINNEAPOLIS -- Following a rough outing in Minnesota's Game 2 division series loss to Oakland last week, Joe Mays believed he'd get another start this postseason.

Twins hold off A's
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Not only are the Minnesota Twins here to stay, now they're going home - to open a most unlikely AL championship series.

Twins hold off A's

Cardinals likely to give Williams a shot in Game 2

Angels' no-name lineup easily beat Yankees

Brenly likes Cardinals' chances

Mays ready to rebound from rocky ALDS start

Angels' no-name lineup easily beat Yankees
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Wooten, Molina and Gil.

Brenly likes Cardinals' chances
ST. LOUIS -- Bob Brenly came away impressed after watching the St. Louis Cardinals sweep his World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round of the playoffs.

Cardinals likely to give Williams a shot in Game 2
ST. LOUIS -- Woody Williams will probably get a shot at starting in the NL championship series for the St. Louis Cardinals after missing the division series with a pulled muscle in his left side.

Mayoral candidates put themselves on the line

CNN headline news changes 'flava' to attract 'hip' viewers
NEW YORK -- Is CNN Headline News down with it? The cable network is trying, judging from an effort emanating from its executive suite to think young.

Search for world's funniest joke finds a winner (but c'mon, is it really all that funny?)
LONDON -- Drum roll, please - an online search for the world's funniest joke has produced a winner.

Odds and ends
NEW ORLEANS -- Workers at the Audubon Zoo had an extra chore as Tropical Storm Isidore came near: They had to chase birds.

Giants top Braves, advance to NLCS

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Hitting coach Terry Pendleton planned to pull his hitters aside before the start of Monday night's Game 5 and reiterate a philosophy he's stressed all season.

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Hitting coach Terry Pendleton planned to pull his hitters aside before the start of Monday night's Game 5 and reiterate a philosophy he's stressed all season.

Giants top Braves, advance to NLCS
ATLANTA - Put the bats and balls away, there are no more days left for the boys of summer.

Braves notebook

Braves notebook
SAN FRANCISCO - If one had suggested before the start of the National League Division Series that Vinny Cast

Giants rout Braves, tie series

Giants rout Braves, tie series
SAN FRANCISCO - Pack up the champagne and party favors. If the bubbly is going to flow again this autumn, it will be at Turner Field.

Braves notebook

Braves notebook

Holiday spending plan a good idea

Business briefs

Business briefs
WASHINGTON -U.S. banks - hit by troubled loans in the past several years - have been able to weather the recession and stay in good health, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Monday.

Industry takes shelter in raised rates that leave coastal inns high and dry

Nation's retailers brace for rocky holiday
NEW YORK -- The nation's retailers, coming off a disappointing September, are bracing for rocky times as they head into the all-important holiday season.

Some good examples of resumes

Stocks drop on Sears' profit warning, fears about Iraq

Investors can find winners - even in growth, tech and telecom funds

Stocks drop on Sears' profit warning, fears about Iraq
NEW YORK -- Unnerved by a profit warning from Sears, investors sold stocks for a fourth straight session Monday and extended six weeks of selloffs on Wall Street.

How to find a good deal on car insurance

Industry takes shelter in raised rates that leave coastal inns high and dry
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. - A slew of coastal bed and breakfasts may soon go out of business because their hurricane insurance policies are too expensive.

Holiday spending plan a good idea
NEW YORK -- Autumn brings with it the approach of an event both loved and dreaded by many Americans - the holiday shopping season.

Downtown proposal returns

Investors can find winners - even in growth, tech and telecom funds
NEW YORK -- With nearly every mutual fund category suffering double-digit declines this year, investors might be surprised to learn that some funds aren't doing that badly - by comparison, at least.

Nation's retailers brace for rocky holiday

Some good examples of resumes
While Resumania is often entertaining, it also has a greater purpose, which is to emphasize how critical it is, particularly in a competitive job market, to make certain your cover letters and resumes create the best possible impression. This means they must be well-crafted and proofread carefully.

How to find a good deal on car insurance
Q. I plan to buy a car and need auto insurance. What's the best way to find a reliable insurer at a fair price?

Downtown proposal returns
The Downtown Development Authority is forming a committee to examine creation of a Business Improvement District. The plan could come before the Augusta Commission for a vote by early next year.

Soccer: Tigers edge Gamecocks

Soccer: Tigers edge Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Dimelon Westerfield's header at the beginning of the second overtime gave Clemson a 2-1 win over South Carolina on Sunday.

Miami near unanimous No. 1 in AP poll
Miami moved closer to becoming a unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, while Florida moved closer to dropping out of the Top 25.

Monday morning quarterback

Event celebrates 10th year
The CSRA Classic will celebrate its 10th anniversary next week.

Monday morning quarterback
A look back and ahead in the ACC, SEC and beyond in college football:

Event celebrates 10th year

Our priceless past

Let's not be fools

Sour grapes

Let their votes count

TV highlights for the week beginning Monday
"Paralititan Stromeri" sounds like something you'd find on the menu of a fancy restaurant. But if it were, it would be too big to fit on your plate.

Fox News Channel takes after CNN's Paula Zahn
NEW YORK -- Shortly before CNN unveiled the new studio it had built in Manhattan for Paula Zahn's "American Morning" last month, a telephone rang at the desk of a reporter.

Farina, Smart ARE 'The Inlaws'
Movie tough guy Dennis Farina doesn't have to raise his voice. A lift of his eyebrow, a ripple in his calm voice, a slight movement - they're all enough to scare a son-in-law.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Cale

The blog-o-sphere filled with news, nonsense
You don't know Jess but you might know that her dog's name is Butcher - short for Armond Azure Butcher Presley.

In the know
Post-polio syndrome can strike polio survivors anywhere from 10 to 40 years after their recovery from the disease. PPS is characterized by a further weakening of the muscles that were initially affected by the polio-myelitis virus. Symptoms include fatigue, slowly progressive muscle weakness and, from time to time, muscular atrophy. Joint pain and increasing skeletal deformities are also relatively common.

ABC orders full season for "8 Simple Rules," "Life With Bonnie"
LOS ANGELES -- ABC Television has extended the run of its two Tuesday night sitcoms, "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" and "Life With Bonnie."

Georgia Southern, East Tennessee favored by media
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- East Tennessee State and Georgia Southern have been selected as preseason favorites for the Southern Conference basketball championship this season.

Gailey: Suggs still the starter, but Bilbo's time could increase
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech quarterback Damarius Bilbo could get more playing time, but he's not ready to be the starter, coach Chan Gailey said Sunday.

Georgia Southern, East Tennessee favored by media

Gailey: Suggs still the starter, but Bilbo's time could increase

Hootie Johnson: Complex man at center of Masters dispute
It would be easy to portray Hootie Johnson as a stubborn Southerner, a rube who believes women should stay in the kitchen and not concern themselves with becoming members of Augusta National Golf Club.

Howell breaks through with victory
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Charles Howell III made a clutch up-and-down birdie on the 15th hole Sunday and beat Brandt Jobe and Scott Hoch by two shots for his first career victory in the final Michelob Championship.

Howell's first win provides opportunities
Charles Howell's first professional victory will open a lot of doors for the Augusta native.

Sorenstam wins Samsung World Championship
VALLEJO, Calif. -- Annika Sorenstam shot a 7-under-par 65 Sunday to pull away from Cristie Kerr and win the Samsung World Championship.

Harrington wins Dunhill Links on second playoff hole
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- Padraig Harrington made a 12-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to beat Eduardo Romero and win the Dunhill Links Championship on Sunday.

Howell gets first PGA tour victory
Charles Howell can finally shed the label of being the best young player on the PGA Tour without a victory.

Can Darla Moore tear down the Augusta National gender barrier?
LAKE CITY, S.C. -- A multimillionaire financier with rich Southern roots and close ties to the chairman of Augusta National might have a good shot at becoming a member of the exclusive golf club.

Harrington wins Dunhill Links on second playoff hole

USOC chief will work 'aggressively' for female members at Augusta
The push for female members at Augusta National Golf Club got its biggest boost yet Monday when the head of the U.S. Olympic Committee said he will work aggressively with other club members to admit women.

Hootie Johnson: Complex man at center of Masters dispute

Howell's first win provides opportunities

Can Darla Moore tear down the Augusta National gender barrier?

Howell breaks through with victory

Tiger Woods signs endorsement deal with Swiss watch maker
MARIN, Switzerland -- Tiger Woods signed a long-term endorsement deal with Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer.

Tiger Woods signs endorsement deal with Swiss watch maker

Jefferson County, best 0-5 team around

Evans' AAAAA future in doubt
The Georgia High School Association's executive committee passed legislation Monday that will reduce the state's number of classifications while creating a "Big 32" playoff system.

Jefferson County, best 0-5 team around
Mondays are getting harder and harder at Jefferson County.

Wild top Thrashers in overtime

Wild top Thrashers in overtime
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Minnesota's Brad Bombardir scored a power-play goal 24 seconds into overtime to lift the Wild to a 3-2 exhibition win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday.

Mayoral candidates put themselves on the line
Opinions vary, but if you want to get a good look at the five citizens who hope to win our town's top elected office, check out the second part of a political forum tonight on WRDW-TV 12.

Can take Barrett's word to the bank

Freedom will make us safer than excessive security

Keep Barbara Padgett on school board

Nuclear waste should be recycled at SRS, not buried in Nevada

Changing history by misrepresenting racists as heroes

More programs for registered nurses

Birch Society sign also offends

Diatribe spews sour grapes, not constructive dialogue

Reform needed for voting accuracy

Beggars need meal, not criticism

Hypocritical writer ignorant of gays

TV highlights for the week beginning Monday

Fox News Channel takes after CNN's Paula Zahn

Farina, Smart ARE 'The Inlaws'

Seniors calendar

In the know

The blog-o-sphere filled with news, nonsense

ABC orders full season for "8 Simple Rules," "Life With Bonnie"

Two goalies are better than one

Two goalies are better than one
Colin Zulianello and Josh Blackburn aren't the first goalies to come to Augusta Lynx training camp locked in a battle for a starting job.

Lynx training camp report

Lynx training camp report
PRACTICE PLAN: The Lynx went through what coach Jim Burton called a light "recovery practice" Sunday morning at the Augusta Ice Sports Center. "We played the last two nights and just wanted to get the guys on the ice skating and to get (goalie Josh Blackburn) some work," Burton said.

Lynx training camp report

Lynx training camp report
PRACTICE PLAN: The Lynx held two hour-long practices at the Augusta Ice Sports Center on Monday, focusing on conditioning work during the morning session and systems work in the afternoon.

Witness contradicts defense arguments in race riot trial

Fun-for-all park is now open

Road rage slaying trial begins

News you can use
OCT. 8, 1962 Columbia County Sheriff Herman Morris of Appling died Sunday in a local hospital after a monthlong illness.

Downtown festival caters to children
At their block party, balloons were plentiful, handmade puppets were considered impressive works of art and ice-cold Cokes were the drink of choice.

Across the area
A Thomson woman has been charged with murder in her boyfriend's stabbing death.

ASU to install cameras

Across South Carolina
GREENWOOD -A Decatur, Ga., bail bondsman who was beaten up Saturday night apparently targeted the wrong person, authorities say.

Woman leads Aiken County's 'best-kept secret'

Commission backs Kolb raise
After weeks of haggling behind closed doors, Augusta commissioners voted to give City Administrator George Kolb a pay raise of $2,187 a year, an increase that amounts to about 1.7 percent of his $125,000 salary.

Across the area

Tax meetings displease
The final public hearing on tax increases will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the commission chambers at 530 Greene St.

Witness contradicts defense arguments in race riot trial
YORK, Pa. - A black man who allegedly threatened white gang members hours before a black South Carolina woman was killed during the city's 1969 race riots testified Monday that he was not driving a car similar to the one in which she was killed.

State board backs center
Augusta's bid to get a top-tier cancer center has more than local boosters behind it: It also can count on the clout of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, Chancellor Thomas C. Meredith said Monday.

News you can use

ASU to install cameras
At building entrances and in a computer lab room, they will be watching.

Rants and Raves
I HAVE BEEN a registered nurse for 22 years and my largest pay raise has been 32 cents an hour. I would rather work for the state.

Rants and Raves
I HAVE BEEN a registered nurse for 22 years and my largest pay raise has been 32 cents an hour. I would rather work for the state.

Subscriber of the day

Future of First Friday uncertain
There have been a lot of Broad Street business owners shaking their heads since Friday.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -Two men whose rape convictions had been overturned based on DNA evidence were officially cleared Monday when prosecutors decided not pursue a new trial in the 1986 rape.

City explores ways to deal with crowd
The debate began Monday over how to handle unruly crowds that turned downtown Augusta into a free-for-all after First Friday festivities.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS ANOTHER rant for gas deregulation in Georgia. One of the Georgia natural gas ads states, "When you say heat, we say how high?" I say not very.

Road rage slaying trial begins
What began as a night of fun for a group of friends from Thomson quickly turned into a night of terror, District Attorney Danny Craig told a Columbia County jury Monday.

ASU, MCG plan survey on housing

Ruben blasted over logo
Augusta mayoral candidate Bonnie Ruben's green-and-white campaign logo made state Rep. Sue Burmeister see red.

Dispatchers get new home
The city of Aiken's dispatchers will be better able to handle the growing number of emergency calls after they move into their new communications center.

Across Georgia

Subscriber of the day

Local caregivers tap federal funds

Across the area

Tax meetings displease

Commission backs Kolb raise

News you can use
OCT. 7, 1957 AIKEN - State and local law enforcement authorities were conducting a widespread manhunt last night for four prisoners who overpowered a jailer and bolted from Aiken County Jail.

Fire damages empty apartments
Looking at the scars of a Monday night fire - the second in two months at abandoned apartments his church recently purchased - the Rev. Daren Newton Sr. said his church's community cleanup effort wouldn't be deterred.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Robert Johnson of Augusta.

Across South Carolina

Fun-for-all park is now open
Most playgrounds have a sandbox. This one has a sand table.

City explores ways to deal with crowd

Time clouds day's events
YORK, Pa. - This much is sure: Lillie Belle Allen, a 27-year-old seamstress from Aiken, died in a hail of gunfire July 21, 1969, at the hands of a white mob.

Across South Carolina

Rants and Raves
THIS IS ANOTHER rant for gas deregulation in Georgia. One of the Georgia natural gas ads states, "When you say heat, we say how high?" I say not very.

Across Georgia

Across the southeast
LEESBURG, Va. -In an isolated farmhouse, a DNA researcher was stabbed 30 times last year, allegedly by a sword-wielding teenager with a mind filled with imaginary voices.

News you can use

Trespasser thought he was at hotel
Police say a drunken Fort Gordon soldier had an interesting excuse when they found him sleeping in a former Augusta mayor's bedroom Saturday night: He thought he was at the Ramada Inn.

Time clouds day's events

Woman leads Aiken County's 'best-kept secret'
Gloria Busch Johnson has dedicated her life to serving her community.

Walker denies boastful statement
SAVANNAH, Ga. - U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, stumping Sunday for Republican congressional candidate Max Burns, told a crowd of 300 that he met Mr. Burns' opponent when the Democrat boldly introduced himself as the 12th District's next congressman.

A Run-in with Runoff
Engineers studying erosion at the 2,000-acre Hitchcock Woods will begin their work at the park within three weeks, Aiken Public Works Director Larry Morris said last week.

Walker denies boastful statement

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Elsie Mills of Augusta.

ASU, MCG plan survey on housing
Students from Augusta State University and the Medical College of Georgia could one day be roommates in a college housing complex.

Local caregivers tap federal funds
A public TV special, And Thou Shall Honor, examines the critical role of caregivers of aging relatives. The show will air on PBS at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Across the southeast

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Black pupils in South Carolina were twice as likely as white pupils to flunk the 2002 Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Jobs, the economy and schools are the most important issues on voters' minds, according to a poll by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and television station WSB.

Teachers swap cultures
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - The second-grade pupils greeted e

Across the area
A Martinez house fire that killed a family of three early Friday appears to have been caused by a smoldering cigarette.

Trespasser thought he was at hotel

Formula One to introduce handicapping system
LONDON -- Formula One is prepared to introduce a handicapping system to "protect the sport" from the dominance of Ferrari and five-time champion Michael Schumacher.

Earhardt wins again in Talladega as points race shuffles

Earnhardt wins third-straight at Talladega Superspeedway

NASCAR notebook
TALLADEGA, Ala. - William "Butch" Lucas didn't become a millionaire Sunday. Debra Polzun did.

Da Matta clinches series championship with win at Miami

Da Matta clinches series championship with win at Miami
MIAMI -- Cristiano da Matta clinched the CART series championship Sunday, winning the Grand Prix of the Americas in the slowest race in the circuit's history.

Earnhardt wins third-straight at Talladega Superspeedway
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Miles per hour or miles per gallon, it doesn't seem to matter at Talladega Superspeedway: Nobody can beat Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Earhardt wins again in Talladega as points race shuffles
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. cruised to his third straight victory at Talladega Superspeedway in Sunday's EA Sports 500, a race that shook up the tight championship battle.

Formula One to introduce handicapping system

Panthers hope injured players can return soon

Vick doubtful for Giants game

Bucs beat up on Falcons

Falcons notebook

Falcons fall to Tampa Bay

Cardinals edge Panthers

Monday Night Football: Packers defeat Bears

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Muslim Americans deserve respect and tolerance as citizens
THE TRAGIC EVENTS of Sept. 11, 2001, had a severe impact on all Americans but more so on Arab- and Muslim-Americans. The deep shock and anger over this national trauma and their grief over lost relatives and friends were compounded by a desire of some Americans to blame Arabs and Muslims collectively for the heinous attacks. Muslin-Americans were suddenly confronted with the double pain of mourning an attack on their country and simultaneously having to defend themselves, and particularly their stature as American citizens.

Let their votes count
Since the beginning, the right to vote has been the cornerstone of our republic. Remember the Founding Fathers' outcry against Britain's "taxation without representation"?

Reform needed for voting accuracy
Hanging chads. Butterfly ballots. Voting machines that didn't work. Sandra Wilson, Augusta

Beggars need meal, not criticism
While I agree with your Sept. 21 editorial, "Begging the issue," about not giving beggars money when they could be directed to available social services, it is my policy to tell them that I will not give them any money but, if they are hungry, I will buy them a meal. Chester A. Heard, Augusta

Freedom will make us safer than excessive security
Things won't get easier anytime soon. Why? Because we are getting what we asked for and then some. David Chiera, Augusta

Hypocritical writer ignorant of gays
I must respond to Mildred W. McNair's letter of Sept. 21, "Opposes 'Gay Bill of Rights' passage." I feel the need to question her "facts." Don Tate, Evans, Ga.

Birch Society sign also offends
It is strange to read about the Abraham Lincoln billboard and not once about the John Birch Society sign at the entrance of Aiken, S.C. The Birch organization has historical links to the Ku Klux Klan and the Minute Men. Joaquin Godoy, Aiken, S.C.

More programs for registered nurses
Cindy Lape's letter to the editor, "Article about nursing contained error," in the Sept. 24 Chronicle is incomplete in regard to the subject of registered nurses. Floyd O'Neal, Augusta

Can take Barrett's word to the bank
Gresham Barrett is the best candidate for Congress to fill South Carolina U.S. Rep. Lindsey Graham's seat. The Republican hopeful has wide and varied experience. He's a Citadel graduate, a former U.S. Army officer, a small-business man, a community leader and a respected member of the S.C. House of Representatives. His life is an example of the conservative, Christian, pro-family values he cherishes so dearly. Mr. Barrett's beliefs aren't something he trots out every election year. Instead, they're a reflection of his character and of the high standards he sets for himself. David L. Allen, Aiken, S.C.

Keep Barbara Padgett on school board
I can - to a certain degree - agree with George L. Greeley's letter of Sept. 15, "Oust all Augusta incumbent leaders." But you have to know if the opposition is better or worse than the incumbent. You don't want to just give carte blanche to the opposition. Bob Richards, Augusta

Nuclear waste should be recycled at SRS, not buried in Nevada
Regarding opinions and editorials printed on Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste storage project, the Department of Energy should take the lead by building a fuel-reprocessing plant at Savannah River Site where infrastructure and technical expertise already exist to operate and support it. Then, build an inherently safe, fast reactor that uses the recycled fuel with 95 percent of its energy still there, and where essentially all of the long-lived radioactive isotopes are consumed. Terry L. Rushin, Martinez, Ga.

Diatribe spews sour grapes, not constructive dialogue
Regarding Anne Cook's Sept. 17 letter, "George 'Wreck' Bush ruins nation with ineptness, inaction": In her discussion of President George "Wreck" Bush, her diatribe goes beyond the mantle of constructive political dialogue; it emanates an aura of animosity reminiscent of some of the more odious, sour-grapes comments spewed by several of our liberal, Hollywood icons following the 2000 "stolen" elections. Terrence Bedell, Appling, Ga.

Muslim Americans deserve respect and tolerance as citizens
THE TRAGIC EVENTS of Sept. 11, 2001, had a severe impact on all Americans but more so on Arab- and Muslim-Americans. The deep shock and anger over this national trauma and their grief over lost relatives and friends were compounded by a desire of some Americans to blame Arabs and Muslims collectively for the heinous attacks. Muslin-Americans were suddenly confronted with the double pain of mourning an attack on their country and simultaneously having to defend themselves, and particularly their stature as American citizens.

Our priceless past
What if you could go back in time and carve out a few acres of colonial-era land and bring it back to 2002? How much would that land be worth in today's dollars - and tomorrow's educational value?

Sour grapes
Where's the New Jersey Supreme Court when you need it?

Let's not be fools
Stagnant and sluggish.

Changing history by misrepresenting racists as heroes
History is being made or, should I dare say, remade here in Edgefield, S.C. Shamelessly lawless villains are being glorified and their deeds misrepresented by those tied to their past by blood, fraternity or ideology. Robert "Tunk" Martin, Edgefield, S.C.

Overtime

Overtime

Americans win U.S. Women's Cup
CARY, N.C. -- The United States did all its scoring in a 13-minute span of the second half Sunday in a 4-0 victory over Italy that won the U.S. Women's Cup.

Overtime
Augusta State University survived tough conditions to take a one-shot lead Monday after two rounds of the PING/Golfweek Invitational at Oklahoma State University's Karsten Creek Golf Course.

Overtime
Miami moved closer to becoming a unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, while Florida moved closer to dropping out of the Top 25.

Falcons fall to Tampa Bay
ATLANTA -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers scored another defensive touchdown, finally got Keyshawn Johnson into the end zone and knocked out Michael Vick.

Panthers hope injured players can return soon
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two straight losses have the Carolina Panthers keeping a watchful eye on their injured list, desperate for some players to return to the field.

Cardinals edge Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A kicker sealed the fate of the Carolina Panthers - although this week, at least it wasn't their own.

Falcons notebook
ATLANTA - Warrick Dunn's debut against his former team was a disaster. The Atlanta Falcons' lost, 20-6 on Sunday afternoon.

Bucs beat up on Falcons
ATLANTA - The artificial turf was wet enough to make Michael Vick change his shoes at halftime Sunday afternoon, and the playing surface at the Georgia Dome didn't cushion the blow of a 20-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Vick doubtful for Giants game
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick's sprained right shoulder hurt so badly Monday that he struggled to get dressed.

Monday Night Football: Packers defeat Bears
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Champaign, Chicago, Green Bay. It doesn't matter where Brett Favre is when he plays against the Chicago Bears.

Nigerian scam evolves to Internet
Margie Ziereis thought she'd be rich by now. The 45-year-old school bus driver expected to collect $50 million if she allowed three times that amount to be transferred to her bank account for "safekeeping."

In Japan, cell phones to call up karaoke tunes
CHIBA, Japan -- While fancy wireless services may not excite Americans yet, Japanese can't get enough.

All-around effort allowed to Georgia to come back
Drenched with sweat in a corridor of Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, Vince Dooley was asked a question that required some thought.

Bulldogs remain on track to break SEC drought

All-around effort allowed to Georgia to come back

Georgia running backs coach quits

Bulldogs remain on track to break SEC drought
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mark Richt isn't about to start collecting measurements for championship rings.

Georgia returns to national spotlight

Georgia running backs coach quits
ATHENS, Ga. -- Tony Pierce, running backs coach for No. 6 Georgia, has resigned, citing personal reasons, coach Mark Richt said Monday.

Georgia returns to national spotlight
During his weekly Sunday teleconference with reporters two days ago, Mark Richt fielded questions from USA Today, ESPN The Magazine and The Washington Post, among other major national publications.

South Carolina finally finding its groove
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- It's like the season's just starting for South Carolina coach Lou Holtz.

Holtz confident, looking for a QB

Holtz confident, looking for a QB
COLUMBIA - South Carolina coach Lou Holtz finally sees a football team forming on his sidelines.

South Carolina finally finding its groove

Depression scars many young lives

Audio best

'Alabama' is sweet love story
Reese Witherspoon plays Melanie Carmichael, an up-and-coming New York City fashion designer engaged to handsome, wealthy Andrew (Patrick Dempsey), whose mother (Candice Bergen) just happens to be mayor of New York. But before Melanie can wholeheartedly accept her Tiffany's ring and marry her dashing New York City love, she has to return to her Alabama hometown and finalize her divorce from her high school sweetheart Jake (Josh Lucas).

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear inBillboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

'Alabama' is sweet love story

My Ride
NAME: Paris McKenzie, 18, a freshman at Augusta State University

Ask Us

Depression scars many young lives
He can't really pinpoint when it was, but 16-year-old Will says things just started going downhill the year he turned 14.

Sibling duo earns their stripes
A guitar and a set of drums - that's all you really need to make an amazing CD.

My pad
THE FACTS: Hunter Fields, 14, a freshman at Evans High School

Xtreme calendar

Advice will help would-be singer
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM My friend wants to become a singer. She is very good, but very shy. What can I do to make her feel more comfortable? - 14-year-old Augusta girl.

Sibling duo earns their stripes

Your Style
THE FACTS: Taylor Roy, 17, a senior at Lakeside High School.

Advice will help would-be singer

Xtreme calendar
New CDs in stores include Barenaked, the latest offering from Kids Incorporated protege and movie star Jennifer Love Hewitt; and a live album from piano master Ben Folds.

My pad

Ask Us
Q: What causes PMS? I get it really bad. - 14-year-old Augusta girl

My Ride

CNN headline news changes 'flava' to attract 'hip' viewers

Search for world's funniest joke finds a winner (but c'mon, is it really all that funny?)

Odds and ends

Nigerian scam evolves to Internet

In Japan, cell phones to call up karaoke tunes