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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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Kickoff on the horizon

The scheduling for the 2013 high school football season has been released, and all of the Newton County programs are very excited for the upcoming season.

July 09, 2013 | Xavier McKnight | SPORTS


Georgia Revolution season ends in tie

The Georgia Revolution's third National Premier Soccer League season came to an end in an auspicious way Saturday.

July 09, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Fazio: Helping to ease the pain

There are plenty of clichés about teams being a special bond and a brotherhood of sorts.

July 09, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Weekly fishing reports beginning July 4

According to havefunfishing.com, Lake Oconee is full and 80-82 degrees.

July 06, 2013 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Special Opportunity turkey season proposed

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is proposing a rule establishing a special opportunity turkey season for youths (16 years old) and mobility-impaired persons.

July 06, 2013 | Staff Report | SPORTS


No quit in Death Race competitor

Michael Mills wanted a life-changing experience, so he decided to enter the Spartan Death Race.

July 06, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Manage your game more effectively

Constantly watching golfers playing shots that they either can't do or playing the wrong type of shot for the situation is frustrating.

July 06, 2013 | Bryan Raines Special to The Covington News | SPORTS


Century ride sign up starts

Registration is underway for the Covington Century Ride, which is expected to bring upwards of 1,000 participants to town on Aug. 3. The ride, sponsored by The Southern Bicycle League, will benefit both Newton Trails and Pound Puppies 'N Kittens and Hometown Rescue.

July 03, 2013 | Madison Morganthall | SPORTS


Heart to heart leads to wins

Before facing Dawsonville, the Post 77 baseball team gathered for a team meeting.

July 02, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Revolution, Lady Revs’ seasons come to conclusions this week

The Georgia Lady Revolution remained in the hunt for first place in the Southeast Conference of the Women's Premier Soccer League after splitting its last two matches.

June 29, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Striders place in national qualifier

Local youth track athletes with the Southeast Striders Track and Field Club placed at the AAU national qualifier in the Georgia versus South Carolina Track and Field Championships held at Lovejoy High School June 20-23.

June 29, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


DNR approves major law enforcement change

Meeting Tuesday in Statesboro, Georgia Department of Natural Resources' board voted to reorganize the department, creating a Law Enforcement Division separate from its Wildlife Resources Division.

June 25, 2013 | Al Hackle Special to The Covington News | SPORTS


Bradley old hat at Hall speeches

At 78 years old, 50-year high school coaching veteran Ron Bradley was just inducted into his seventh hall of fame.

June 25, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Post 77 suffers first loss, wins 4 straight

The American Legion's Post 77 baseball team suffered its first loss of the season but still managed to come away from a successful AFLAC Classic baseball tournament in Albany this weekend, winning four of five games.

June 25, 2013 | Staff Report | SPORTS


DNR takes aim at rule change Tuesday

More than 2,800 people have spoken publicly on the polarizing issue, with voices ranging from wildlife advocates and park supporters to prosecutors and former state officials.

June 22, 2013 | Jeff Gill The Gainesville Times | SPORTS


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