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Yates makes case for Falcons' backup

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith is waiting to select a backup quarterback.

August 29, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


College football begins tonight at Dome

ATLANTA (AP) - Welcome back, college football!

August 27, 2014 | PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer | SPORTS


Murray pulls off win at US Open

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.

August 26, 2014 | RACHEL COHEN, AP Sports Writer | SPORTS


Kevin Love traded to Cavs, joins LeBron

CLEVELAND (AP) - Kevin Love is finally teaming up with LeBron James.

August 23, 2014 | TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writers JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Sports Writers | SPORTS


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


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Seeing STARs

Player safety has moved to the forefront of football discussions at all levels, with head and brain safety the key issue.

March 08, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Inspiring change off the court

For the 1965 R.L. Cousins basketball team, its play on the court didn't begin as a symbol or a beacon of hope for future generations.

February 27, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Dale Jr. wins second Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Through rain and wrecks, on Daytona's longest day, this was a drought Dale Earnhardt Jr. was determined to end.

February 25, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


Ty Reed Golf Classic to be in May

The annual Ty Reed Golf Classic is approaching.

February 22, 2014 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Spring schedules warming up

With winter slowing down and spring warming up, Newton, Alcovy and Eastside's spring sports schedule are beginning to take shape.

February 22, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Teams prepare for state playoffs

Five Newton County basketball teams begin their state playoff runs this weekend, with Newton and Alcovy tipping off action tonight in the Class AAAAAA opening round.

February 20, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Braves sign Simmons; 7-years $58 mil

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves and shortstop Andrelton Simmons agreed on a $58 million, seven-year contract on Thursday, a record deal for the latest young star locked up by the NL East champions.

February 20, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


Russia out of Olympic hockey

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Finland eliminated Russia from the Olympic men's hockey tournament with a 3-1 victory Wednesday, putting a stunning end to the Russians' enormous expectations at home.

February 19, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


State tournaments rescheduled

Due to last week's winter weather, the Georgia High School Association has rescheduled varsity basketball and wrestling state tournament dates.

February 15, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Wrestling tournament delayed

The Georgia High School Association announced that the Georgia High School Traditional Dual Wrestling Championships scheduled for this weekend have been postponed.

February 12, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Betty Faith Jaynes dies

Betty Jaynes, the first executive director of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, died Monday after a brief illness, the WBCA announced. She was 68.

February 11, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


Wed Update: Tournament games postponed

UPDATED: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

February 10, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


County wrestlers advance to state duals

Eight Newton County grapplers will continue their wrestling careers this weekend after qualifying for the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAAA State Traditional Duals Championships.

February 10, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Carter caps big Georgia signing class

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's signing class has received a much-anticipated boost with the addition of defensive end Lorenzo Carter.

February 05, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


Falcons release Nicholas, Samuel

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have released two former longtime starters, cornerback Asante Samuel and linebacker Stephen Nicholas, from their defense.

February 05, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


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