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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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Football teams back on the practcie field

Thanks to the Georgia High School Association's new rules prep football teams have already been hard at work on the practice field since Wednesday.

In past years, the first day allowed for practices is typically Aug. 1, however this season teams were allowed to begin a week earlier, without pads. The extra days were meant

July 28, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


A Rockdale rout

Two games into the state tournament and American Legion Post 77 hasn't finished one of them.

After winning by a 10-run rule in its tournament opening game Thursday, Rockdale duplicated the feat Saturday, defeating Douglasville 13-3.

July 28, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Gran Prix pedals through Covington

The Georgia Cycling Gran Prix made its way to Covington Saturday with 100's of racers pedaling through the Covington square.

The sixth annual event consists of six races over five days, beginning with a road Atlanta circuit race on Wednesday. The event then went to Gwinnett for a circuit race and then to Oxford Hills for a road race on Friday.

July 28, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


From Covington to London

As the 2012 Olympic Games officially kick off today, many in Covington will tune in to the event, taking place around 4,200 miles away.

July 26, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Post 77 routs Peachtree City

American Legion Post 77 baseball coach Jack Murphy has gone though regular seasons with zero or one losses before. And upon entering the state playoffs his teams have fallen without getting very deep in the postseason tournament.

July 26, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Post 77 ready for playoffs

Post 77 Rockdale's baseball team made it through the regular season with just one loss and is primed for a run in the state playoffs beginning Thursday.

July 24, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Fazio: Are sports above right and wrong?

There's no question to what has been the biggest sports news over the last couple of weeks.

July 24, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Bracket becomes clearer

The Dixie Boys World Series is a week and three days away from beginning at the City Pond Complex and Turner Lake Field and the participating teams are starting to become clearer.

July 24, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Ready for the playoffs

American Legion Post 77 picked up two wins and much more Saturday in the penultimate series of the regular season.

July 21, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Race coming to Covington

On Saturday, the streets of downtown Covington will be a buzz with bicycles as the 6th Annual Georgia Gran Prix comes through town.

July 21, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Jay Woods receiving many offers

Art Woods is not only a proud Newton County resident, but a proud father as well.

July 19, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Glass is a speed racer

Ty Glass received the fastest birthday present of any of his friends.

July 17, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Fazio: It’s natural to be nervous

Recently my brother had a big day in his life, when he proposed to his now fiancée.

July 17, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Georgia Revolution lose 1-0 in playoffs

The 45-minute time delay wasn't worth the wait for the Georgia Revolution Friday night.

July 14, 2012 | By Jamie Walker Special to The News | SPORTS


Into the wild: fishing

The Covington News is looking to expand its coverage of the area's outdoor sports and its sportsmen. The News will dedicate this space to stories, calendar items and photos of fishing, hunting and other outdoor sports.

Fishing reports

July 12, 2012 | Staff Report | SPORTS


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