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Honoring a Legend

All across the nation Tuesday Major League Baseball teams honored the 67th anniversary of the day that Jackie Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

April 15, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Porterdale Blue Caps gave 'hope'

In the 1960s, Newton County baseball fans wouldn't find the best baseball being played under bright lights or inside of a huge stadium.

April 15, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Negro League team finds home in Atlanta

A baseball team named the Black Crackers may draw laughs and snickers today, but in the 1930s, the name struck fear into opposing teams throughout the southeast.

April 15, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Ware picks Georgia State

Former University of Louisville and Rockdale County High School basketball standout Kevin Ware announced this past weekend that the guard will continue his playing career at Georgia State.

April 14, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Ashton Hills offers beauty, challenge

For full 2014 Masters coverage, visit the Covington News's dedicated Masters page.

April 10, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


The Oaks Course steeped in golf history

For full 2014 Masters coverage, visit the Covington News's dedicated Masters page.

April 08, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


MLS moving toward deal with Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Major League Soccer is closing in on a deal with Falcons owner Arthur Blank to bring an expansion franchise to Atlanta's new downtown stadium.

April 08, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


Tourney scheduled at Hard Labor Creek

On Friday, April 25, Friends of Hard Labor Creek State Park will host a golf tournament to raise money for the restoration of the old mill water wheel, the signature hole on "The Creek" golf course at Hard Labor Creek State Park.

April 03, 2014 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Soccer round-up: Eastside, Tigers fall

In soccer action Tuesday night, the Eastside Eagles and Alcovy Tigers left behind the friendly confines of Sharp Stadium, hitting the road to take on Monroe Area and Ola, respectively.

April 02, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


From the Cheap Seats

There's no better time of the year for a college basketball fan than March - until you get to April.

April 01, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Sheppard earns weekly honors

Claflin University softball player Markea Sheppard was named the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week March 26, helping the Panthers pick up four wins over Morris College and Paine College in back-to-back doubleheaders contests March 24-25.

April 01, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Tiger Woods to miss the Masters

Tiger Woods had surgery on his ailing back and said Tuesday he will miss the Masters for the first time in his career.

April 01, 2014 | Doug Ferguson, AP Golf Writer | SPORTS


Louisvilleā€™s Ware to transfer

Louisville guard Kevin Ware will continue his playing career next year, but it won't be with the Louisville Cardinals.

March 29, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Helmet purchase proposed

Newton County Schools Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey recommended that the school system need to purchase new football helmets for the upcoming school year at a special called meeting of the Newton County Board of Education March 26.

March 29, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Weather postpones weekend events

Due to inclement weather sweeping through the region this weekend, local high school contests scheduled for Friday have been postponed.

March 29, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


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Wrestling tournament delayed

The Georgia High School Association announced that the Georgia High School Traditional Dual Wrestling Championships scheduled for this weekend have been postponed.

February 12, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Betty Faith Jaynes dies

Betty Jaynes, the first executive director of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, died Monday after a brief illness, the WBCA announced. She was 68.

February 11, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


Wed Update: Tournament games postponed

UPDATED: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

February 10, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


County wrestlers advance to state duals

Eight Newton County grapplers will continue their wrestling careers this weekend after qualifying for the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAAA State Traditional Duals Championships.

February 10, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Carter caps big Georgia signing class

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's signing class has received a much-anticipated boost with the addition of defensive end Lorenzo Carter.

February 05, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


Falcons release Nicholas, Samuel

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have released two former longtime starters, cornerback Asante Samuel and linebacker Stephen Nicholas, from their defense.

February 05, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


Braves sign Freeman to 8-year deal

ATLANTA (AP) - A person familiar with the talks says the Atlanta Braves have reached an agreement on an eight-year deal with first baseman Freddie Freeman that will be worth about $125 million.

February 04, 2014 | CHARLES ODUM | SPORTS


Gattis, Farmer splash down

Newton County welcomed Atlanta Brave Evan Gattis to City Pond Park Saturday morning, as the first-year Brave and former University of Georgia standout Kyle Farmer presented the Game Time Evan Gattis MVP Baseball Camp.

February 04, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Hooping in a winter wonderland

When snow days hit the South, many students wake up ready to hit the fresh powder and revel in the "mythical" snow day that rears its head maybe once every four years.

January 30, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


UPDATED: Local games canceled

Due to inclement weather, Friday night's Newton vs. Rockdale County basketball game has been postponed.

January 28, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Broncos, Seahawks arrive in New York

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Leave it to Peyton Manning to put everything in perspective.

January 27, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


Braves close on land deal in suburbs

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Braves have closed on land to build a new stadium in the city's northwest suburbs and expect to soon name the ballpark's designer and architect.

January 25, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


National Hoop Shoot continues

The Elks National Foundation's 42nd National Hoop Shoot free-throw contest is under way. Anita and Larry Denny of the Covington Elks visited Newton County elementary schools to pass out information about the program. Ten schools had active programs.

January 23, 2014 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Maddux won't go in Hall as a Brave

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Greg Maddux and Tony La Russa will not have logos on their Hall of Fame plaques.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


Super Bowl set

Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos and Richard Sherman's Seattle Seahawks were the NFL's best all season, so it's fitting that they'll meet in the Super Bowl.

January 20, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


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