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From minority to majority

It was reported on Wednesday by multiple media outlets that former NBA All-star Chris Webber was the face of an investor group interested in buying the Atlanta Hawks. Webber could be the bright light shining through the dark cloud left by former Hawks' owner Bruce Levenson and the notorious email he sent out that started this whole process.

October 18, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists


It's time for a change

Todd Gurley, has allegedly joined the long list of college athletes getting suspended for signing items for cash, a violation of NCAA rules. UGA has suspended the heisman candidate indefinitely for a violation of NCAA rules, but the investigation is ongoing.

October 11, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists


The Washington controversy

It may not matter to you, but it matters to a lot of people. Which is why you should the Washington "Redskins" should take on a new nickname.

October 04, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists


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The national media can be clueless too

It's all quiet on the local front and the world didn't end Saturday so I've decided to go after a national juggernaut and give the Newton County School System a break.

May 24, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Maybe an eye for an eye isn't such a bad idea

It's been a while since I poured some gasoline on the old bonfire so I thought I'd break out my flame-retardant suit and grab a gas can. I want to talk about the Auburn tree incident that happened a couple of months ago, in the wake of the Tigers winning the national football championship.

May 19, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


It's time to forget about school size

Attention Georgia High School Association executive committee, I have a solution for your reclassification problem. It's called the Briggs Plan. Just make regions based strictly on school location.

May 17, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Shadiness continues to plague the NCAA

In our sister paper The Rockdale News, we reported the latest on former Rockdale star Kevin Ware's recruiting saga. If you haven't heard or are in the dark with what I'm talking about, you can read the story at rockdalenews.com. I'll sum it up for you.

May 07, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Social media in sports is great if used correctly

Facebook. Twitter. To a lesser extent, Myspace. Dubbed social media, these are the newest methods of news assimilation. News organizations use them to break information. Businesses use them to attract potential customers. Here at The News, we use Facebook exstensively to interact with our readers. It's a great way to get personal. With social media, pretty much anyone can become a quasi-reporter through the Internet, even athletes. And while social media is fast becoming a great way for professional athletes to touch base with fans, too many are using these outlets the wrong way.

May 05, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Hendricks a Ram to the end

Last Monday, the Georgia coaching fraternity and Newton High lost one of its many legendary boys' basketball coaches in Billy Hendricks, who finally succumbed to the devastating effects of Parkinson's Disease after fighting it like the true competitor that he was for the last 16 years of his life. Although his retirement was spent slowly losing his ability to talk, to walk and eventually even to eat, his valiant spirit, sense of humor and love for his friends and family never wavered. At his funeral Thursday afternoon in his hometown of Commerce, fellow coaches and close friends spoke of ...

April 30, 2011 | Rick Rasmussen | Sports Columnists


School cuts will affect some sports teams

It's been hectic throughout the county the past week or so as the spring sports season, and the 2010-11 sports year nears the end.

April 29, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


No call for bad calls in sports

How many times have you heard a coach address a question in a press conference about a blown call that cost his or her team dearly by simply stating, 'it's part of the game'? It's what coaches say to avoid getting fined or at the very least reprimanded. It doesn't have to be that way. Not with the technology available to us.

April 19, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


A perfect game makes the perfect story

Every sports writer who covers a team or a beat has a certain responsibility like any journalist to report accurately and without bias. Unfortunately, journalists are human and bias is an inherent trait. At a small paper like ours, we can get away with that because for the most part, we cover high school sports. That's why we tend to lob softball questions at coaches and shy away from reporting anything negative if we can help it. It's spin control.

April 16, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Steroids in MLB matter more than the financial mess

Consider this column an open letter to all our readers. Most of you are smarter than me anyway. Maybe you can shed some light on something I can't seem to wrap my brain around. With as much trouble our country is in financially, why is our government spending so much time and money on steroids in baseball?

April 14, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


What a memorable 2011 Masters taught us

The Masters is gone for another year and I'm already sad. This year's tournament may go down as the best one yet. If you missed it, shame on you. You missed something special. And after the dust settled from that amazing final round, we (and hopefully Rory McIlory) learned a lot. Here are five things to take out of the 2011 Masters.

April 12, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


It's time to dance once again

It's that time of year again, March Madness. The brackets are set and the bubbles have been burst. The NCAA Division 1 basketball tournament starts tomorrow. The No. 1 seeds were really no surprise, as No. 1 ranked Ohio State (East Region), last year's national champs Duke (West), powerhouse Kansas (Southwest), and Big East power Pittsburgh (Southeast) are the teams to beat. However, there was plenty of controversy on selection Sunday, which I must address before we get into my picks.

March 16, 2011 | Rick Rasmussen | Sports Columnists


Thanks Jeff for leaving your mark

Anyone who has ever been given an opportunity to do what they love knows how valuable that can be. Going to work knowing you're getting paid to do something you'd probably do for free is something we all strive for.

March 08, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Sometimes righting a wrong takes longer than it should

In 1964, Covington residents embraced Ron Bradley and his freshly crowned state champion Newton County basketball team. Droves of Newton County residents poured out to honor him and the team on the square downtown. The team was showered with love and Bradley was presented with a brand new Plymouth station wagon. He and the Rams were on top of the world.

February 08, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Time to learn the lost art of trash talk

So high school basketball has officially had its fundamental roots replaced with street ball - at least in Georgia. Great. I guess it's been happening for quite a while and maybe I'm just some old guy who doesn't get it. But after watching the Rockdale-Newton game Saturday, I can't help to wonder what basketball will look like in 20 years.

February 02, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


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