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2013 champ Nadal out of US Open

Rafael Nadal will not defend his title at the U.S. Open because of an injured right wrist.

August 18, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


Newton-Eastside rivalry continues with scrimmage

The phrase "more than a game" encompasses everything that the Newton/Eastside rivalry is to the people of Newton County.

August 14, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Manfred elected next MLB commissioner

BALTIMORE (AP) - Rob Manfred was elected baseball's 10th commissioner Thursday and will succeed Bud Selig in January.

August 14, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


The Big 6

Now, less than two weeks away, the 2014-2015 high school football season is slowly creeping up on us. Last year, the six schools from Newton and Rockdale County combined for 32 wins. Four of the teams had winning records, and each team has something to look forward to for the upcoming season.

August 09, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Pause for the cause

At CrossFit Unyielding's charity event "Unyielding to Cancer" on a cloudy Saturday morning, the Church at Covington was surrounded with people and love. There wasn't a parking space to be found, nor was there a frown on a anyone's face.

August 09, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


From one-star to five-star

Back in the spring, a Virginia Tech study on football helmets' ability to prevent concussions – that ranked helmets from a one-star helmet to a five-star helmet with five being the best – lit a fire under the Newton County Board of Education influencing them to get new helmets for all Newton County middle and high schools. So they did.

August 05, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Rise Up vs. Who Dat

Anthony Veal a.k.a "Big Ant" from 1430 AM's "Matters of the Heart" – which airs on Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. – and his friend "Hotlanta Boss" showed off their fanatic vehicles which "Hotlanta Boss" decks out for customers. They go to all the Falcons/Saints games, or as many as they can. They also sell tickets to the games and they are both travel agents. You can visit their websites makethemoneyyoudeserve.com and gotovegasonme.com if you're interested.

August 05, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Longtime Braves broadcaster dies

ATLANTA (AP) - The Braves say longtime broadcaster Pete Van Wieren has died after a battle with cancer.

August 02, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


The ugliness of recruiting

If you've ever seen the film "Friday Night Lights" then you know just how much high school football can mean to a town. You should also know how much it means to a person who is a talented football player and wants to get paid (hi, Boobie Miles).

July 31, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Newton County high school football coaches speak at Lions Club

At Ashford Springs Park, late Thursday evening, the Covington Lion's Club hosted Newton County's high school head football coaches. At the dinner, the coaches mingled with members of the community, and discussed different things with each other, such as the new IMPACT program. Newton head coach Terrance Banks, Eastside head coach Rick Hurst and Alcovy coach Kirk Hoffman spoke on the upcoming season, the ugliness of recruiting, how the game has changed and fielded questions about their players from fans.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | SPORTS


The truth in Tony Dungy's comments

For the past few days or so, there has been a lot of criticism and scrutiny for Tony Dungy's comments stating that he would not have drafted Michael Sam because he would have been a distraction.

July 26, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


New regime: Tigers revamp for 2014 season

New Alcovy softball head coach Brandy Keeter will look to keep Alcovy's winning tradition going as the season grows closer.

July 26, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Keepin’ it all in the family

He was laughed at by his peers in high school, bad-mouthed by another a coach when he tried to start his own team, but that hasn't stopped Benjamin Kennedy Sr. and his family from making track and field the core of their bond as a family.

July 26, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Newton County’s elite

Three local standouts, senior Aubree Thacker (Alcovy), Eastside juniors McKensi "Taz" Powell and Catlin Ray were selected to the 2014 GADC Elite 80 by the Georgia Dugout Club coaches as Georgia Elite High School softball players. College coaches from all over the state packed the stands to watch as players showcased their talent.

July 19, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Beat the Heat

It's a known fact that summer heat, especially in Georgia, can lead to exhaustion, fatigue and/or dehydration- even more so for teenage football players practicing outside in high temperatures.

July 15, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


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Covington Century Ride approaches

The Covington Century Ride, sponsored by the Southern Bicycle League, will be Aug. 3. Registration is available up to and on the day of the event.

July 25, 2013 | Madison Morganthall | SPORTS


Tumor killed Apalachee football player

An Apalachee High rising senior and member of the football team died unexpectedly Monday morning.

July 25, 2013 | Zac Taylor Barrow County News | SPORTS


Better writer, worker, golfer

Being an employee on a golf course when you've never played a hole is kind of an ironic situation. Customers look aghast when you say you've never played a hole in your life, and other people always ask if you play since you're working on a GOLF course, after all.

July 25, 2013 | Jackie Schulz Special toThe Covington News | SPORTS


Newton County splits pool play

The Newton County Little League All Stars finished pool play in the state tournament with a 2-2 record, weeks after winning the district tournament and reaching beyond where any other Newton County Recreation Commission Little League team has gone.

July 25, 2013 | Xavier McKnight | SPORTS


Falcons look into second stadium site

ATLANTA (AP) - Attention is shifting to a second site for a stadium that would be the new home for the Atlanta Falcons.

July 24, 2013 | Associated Press | SPORTS


Apalachee High football player dies

An Apalachee High rising senior and member of the football team died unexpectedly Monday morning.

July 24, 2013 | Zac Taylor ztaylor@barrowcountynews.com | SPORTS


Support shines for STARS

The Newton County STARS 8-and-under softball team has won once and placed second twice in six tournaments, including finishing as runner-up in the Tri-State Softball World Series in Dalton this past weekend.

July 23, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Post 77 powers into the playoffs

Demarco Hamm is in an unfamiliar position in a familiar place.

July 23, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Fishing report

According to southernfishing.com, Lake Oconee is full, 82-89 degrees, stained from mid lake up to the rivers.

July 20, 2013 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Kickball league coming to area

The days of summer are turning into the days of your youth, as kickball comes to Rockdale.

July 20, 2013 | Javon Dickerson sports@covnews.com | SPORTS


Bats blazing for Rockdale Post 77

The American Legion Post 77 baseball team concludes the regular season today, and seems ready for the challenge after its previous two games.

July 20, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Revs finish season against Silverbacks

The Georgia Revolution may have missed out on the 2013 National Premier Soccer League's playoffs, but the Conyers-based fourth-tier soccer club has a chance at one more glory this year.

July 18, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


David ready to cheer on Rams

Coming from a middle school, new Newton High School Principal Eclan David may not have much experience with prep sports, but that doesn't mean he isn't eager to see his first Rams' game coming up this fall.

July 18, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Post 77 gets offense going

The sun isn't the only thing trying to get out through the rain this summer, as the Post 77 American Legion baseball team has also struggled to see the field recently.

July 18, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


NCAA gymnast Jarrett flies high

Trent Jarrett went down a path few men travel.

July 13, 2013 | Javon Dickerson | SPORTS


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