JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith is waiting to select a backup quarterback.
ATLANTA (AP) - Welcome back, college football!
NEW YORK (AP) - Spinning in 70 mph second serves, grabbing at his hamstring during points, Andy Murray gritted his way through head-to-toe cramps to win at the U.S. Open.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Kevin Love is finally teaming up with LeBron James.
Rafael Nadal will not defend his title at the U.S. Open because of an injured right wrist.
The phrase "more than a game" encompasses everything that the Newton/Eastside rivalry is to the people of Newton County.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Rob Manfred was elected baseball's 10th commissioner Thursday and will succeed Bud Selig in January.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Braves say longtime broadcaster Pete Van Wieren has died after a battle with cancer.
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).
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.
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.
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.
In just one night, Newton County's football season came to an 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.
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.
Friday night, Newton County will witness something that has happened just once before.
On Sunday, you might have noticed cheerleading as a front page sports story in The Covington News.
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.
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.
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.
For those who have passed, there is many ways to carry on their memories, from stories to pictures to, now, Facebook pages.
Friday's game between Newton and Lovejoy high schools at 12 Oaks Stadium in Jonesboro played host to the Region 2-AAAAAAA championship.
The most meaningful rivalry in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division is meaningful again. After years of teetering on the brink of an afterthought, the fizz in the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" is back as Georgia and Florida order up another round at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in The River City.
It's time to get serious.
Here's a weekly look at Covington's former prep stars now in college:
The 2012 season was definitely not what Newton softball coach Virginia Waters had in mind before things kicked off back in August.
Looking toward a season following an above .500, playoff campaign in 2011, Waters wanted to send the Rams five seniors out in a winning way.