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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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Eagles, Tigers meet up with opposite streaks

The Newton Rams and Alcovy Tigers squared off in a matchup of top teams in one of the state's better regions Saturday night.

While the game finished after press time, the set up was ripe with story lines. The two teams met in region play for the first time ever; Newton spent the last few years competing at the state's highest level, just missing the postseason in 2011-12; and Alcovy jumped on to the scene reaching the elite eight last year and, oh yeah, the whole area rival thing.

December 01, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Parents have a night out

Game Time and Lynda Reagan of Step In Time Therapy host a Parents Night Out/Play time for kids with special needs and their siblings on Nov. 9, at Game Time.

Volunteers from Step In Time Therapy: Rachel, Mack and Noah Harris; Carla Duncan; Courtney and Lynda Reagan; Tischia Boring, Tyson Rowe, Stephanie and Bryan Davis.

November 29, 2012 | Staff Report | SPORTS


SEC winner playing for national title game

You read that headline correctly. Saturday's SEC Championship Game between No. 2 Alabama (11-1, 7-1) and No. 3 Georgia (11-1, 7-1) has been dubbed a "play-in" for the right to face media darling Notre Dame in the BCS national championship.

Nonsense. Call me biased (did the SEC Banter tagline give it away?), but the national championship kicks off Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Georgia Dome. As champions of the nation's finest football conference, the Dawgs or Tide will have an entirely legitimate claim as the best team in college football and the de facto national champion.

November 29, 2012 | Ben Prevost | SPORTS


Basketball rivalry weekend starts today

The 2012-13 basketball season may be just under way, but it heats up in Newton County this weekend.

Newton, Alcovy and Eastside are still trying to find their way in the new season with one game played for Eastside and three apiece for Alcovy and Newton and will have a chance to really test themselves starting Friday.

November 29, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Saints tweet that bus egged at Atlanta airport

ATLANTA (AP) - The New Orleans Saints players say their bus was pelted with eggs by airport workers after they touched down in Atlanta.

November 29, 2012 | Associated Press | SPORTS


Fazio: Much ado about nothing

This space was supposed to be reserved for Aaron Murray but he conveniently chose not to do interviews.

November 27, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Prevost: Giving thanks for everything SEC

It's Thanksgiving and time to count our many blessings, SEC Banter style. Join me as we give thanks for the traditions that make the SEC the nation's finest football conference.

November 21, 2012 | Ben Prevost | SPORTS


Fazio: Teams wrap up strong season

In just one night, Newton County's football season came to an end.

November 19, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


SEC Banter: Title streak destined to end

Alabama's loss to "Johnny Football" and his Texas A&M Aggies leaves the SEC with no undefeated teams and, according to the national experts, the SEC's streak of consecutive national titles will end at six.

November 15, 2012 | Ben Prevost | SPORTS


Georgia Southern hikes student fees

STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) - State regents have approved two new student fees at Georgia Southern University to help pay for an expansion of the school's football stadium and a possible move to a new football division.

November 14, 2012 | Associated Press | SPORTS


A rare trifecta

Friday night, Newton County will witness something that has happened just once before.

November 13, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Fazio: No odds too great

On Sunday, you might have noticed cheerleading as a front page sports story in The Covington News.

November 13, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Ga. lawmakers received tickets to Dome events

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers have been given thousands of dollars in tickets so they could watch football games, pro wrestling matches and monster truck races from a luxury box, state records show.

November 13, 2012 | Associated Press | SPORTS


Prevost: A look around the SEC

It's been a while since we toured the conference from Alabama to Vanderbilt and, with no marquee matchups teed up for Saturday, let's do just that. Here's a rundown of this week's action, SEC Banter style.

November 08, 2012 | Ben Prevost | SPORTS


Chasing the playoffs

As the 2012 football season nears the end, there are a few teams fortunate enough to jockey for position and there are others just a win away from breathing more life into their season.

November 01, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


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