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Not 'til he dies

Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame? No.

July 19, 2014 | Robert Dewig | Sports Columnists


Let. Him. In.

It's been 25 years since Pete Rose's lifetime ban came down from Major League Baseball. Now is the time to lift Rose's ban and let him into the Hall of Fame.

July 19, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists


For Lebron, home is where the heart is

The entire sports world waited for a week to hear those magic words from the best basketball player in the world, and on Friday those words were uttered and the vast majority of NBA fans were satisfied. LeBron James told the world in a handwritten letter to Sports Illustrated that he was returning home to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

July 12, 2014 | Xavier McKnight | Sports Columnists


Newton support is tremendous

Saturday's epic contest was one of the best game's I've ever seen live, and I'm not talking about Argentina vs. Belgium.

July 08, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists


New beasts of the East

I've honestly never been a fan of the Hawks. To me they've always been one of those teams that I hope does well – if only because I'm from Georgia – but in the back of my mind (or the front – wherever common sense is located) I knew they wouldn't.

July 05, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists


What’s next for U.S. soccer?

What an epic game between the U.S. and Belgium.

July 03, 2014 | Rafe Mauran | Sports Columnists


Round of 16: Who will survive?

In the 2014 World Cup, we have seen great scoring, thrilling comebacks, last-second-goals, joyous celebrations and painful defeats. Dramatic matches, and their accompanying Maalox moments, have been numerous. We have even seen a player go cannibal and bite one of his competitors. Now we are out of the group phase of play and we begin the "win or go home" portion of the tournament. Half of the tournament field has been culled. We are now left with the best 16 teams in the World Cup.

June 28, 2014 | Rafe Mauran | Sports Columnists


Best World Cup ever?

At the halfway point of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, it certainly has that kind of potential. For the most part, the world's biggest soccer stars are living up to their potential. We have had some unbelievable moments of individual brilliance.

June 24, 2014 | Rafe Mauran | Sports Columnists


Has a 3rd Finals loss tainted Lebron’s legacy?

In the world of sports there are always special superstars who come around once every generation who dazzle fans around the globe with their ability to dominate their sport. In the '80s there was Joe Montana, Magic Jonson and Larry Bird. In the '90s there was Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr. and Michael Jordan. And in today's generation there is current NBA superstar, Lebron James.

June 21, 2014 | Xavier McKnight | Sports Columnists


Mauran: I believe that we will win

So at this year's World Cup, the United States is in the dreaded "group of death." We will play Ghana, who has knocked the U.S. out of the last two World Cups, Portugal, who is ranked fourth in the world and Germany, who is ranked second in the world.

June 17, 2014 | Rafe Mauran | Sports Columnists


FIFA World Cup by the numbers

With the World Cup underway, I have been thinking about the best way to get folks to identify with the most popular sporting event in the world. While soccer is growing in popularity in the United States, it is still a sport that is a bit alien to some.

June 14, 2014 | Rafe Mauran | Sports Columnists


FIFA World Cup: Beginners only

The FIFA World Cup is finally here! 207 countries have competed in qualifiers since June of 2011 to be here with the 32 best national teams on the planet. All eyes will be focused on Brazil as they host the most popular sporting event in the world.

June 14, 2014 | Rafe Mauran | Sports Columnists


Did the 49ers overpay Kaepernick?

On Wednesday the San Francisco 49ers decided to place star quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the elite club by paying him an elite contract extension of six years worth up to $126 million with $61 million guaranteed, which now makes him one of the highest paid players in the NFL and netting him the most guaranteed money in NFL history.

June 05, 2014 | Xavier McKnight | Sports Columnists


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The game of the century-of September

Diehard sports fans have circled Saturday, Sept. 14 on their calendars for months. Fall's most anticipated game awaits. You guessed it: Saturday marks just three more weeks until the NBA preseason tips off in Istanbul, Turkey, when the Oklahoma City Thunder plays the Turkish basketball club Fenerbahce Ulker at Ulker Sports Arena.

September 12, 2013 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


From the Cheap Seats

While I was in Rockdale County last night watching the Bulldogs earn their first Conyers Cup since 2008, something else was brewing in Newton County.

September 07, 2013 | Matt Smith | Sports Columnists


It’s time to get things started

It's finally here. The return of weekly rituals and traditions we hold near and dear. We're passionate about it. We socialize around it. We prepare elaborate meals for it. We argue about it. It permeates our lives throughout the fall. Finally, the new season of "The Bachelor" kicks off this week.

Another reality show with a flair for the dramatic kicks off this Thursday night as well: SEC football. Never before have I looked forward to watching a Vanderbilt game, but I honestly can't wait for Steve Spurrier's Sakerlina squad to face the Vanderbilt Fightin' Franklins ...

August 30, 2012 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


America’s favorite pastime

As I've spent the last five days immersed in all things Dixie Boys baseball, several things have jumped out to me as Newton County has played host to the 2012 World Series.

August 07, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | Sports Columnists


Prevost: Crown another SEC champ

The BCS Championship Game finally -- finally -- takes place this Monday night in the City That Care Forgot. Non-SEC fans may forget to care about this all-SEC affair as No. 1-ranked LSU faces No. 2-ranked Alabama, again, this time for the crystal ball trophy.

January 05, 2012 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


Ram-Tiger duel one for the ages

If you left the Alcovy-Newton game early Saturday, shame on you. You missed what will likely go down as the greatest rivalry game the county will ever see. Perhaps it's understandable if you were one of those who decided to spend the rest of your evening doing something other than falling asleep in the stands after a painfully boring first half. That's why they play two halves though.

December 06, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Briggs: The BCS stayed true to form

You have a vote and you determine which team is No. 2 in the BCS standings and will play clear No. 1 LSU in the BCS title game. You have to choose between Team A and Team B.

December 06, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Prevost: Who ya got in SEC title game?

For the third time in nine years, LSU and Georgia meet in Atlanta for the SEC Championship. The Tigers dominated the Dogs back in 2003 and Georgia returned the favor in 2005. What will happen in 2011, with LSU looking to cap its dominant run to the BCS title game and Georgia notching 10 wins in a row?

December 02, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


College football rivalries are personal

College football rivalries aren't so much defined by the results as they are feelings toward the rival. They're something obviously not everyone gets. Based on how some of the series have played out over the course of the rivalry, it's hard to imagine how fans can get up for games they know they probably have no shot at winning.

November 26, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Prevost: Bold predictions for big SEC weekend

Serious Southeastern Conference football fans have had Saturday, Nov. 19 circled on their calendars. Like many of you, I've looked forward to this Saturday for weeks and can't believe it's finally here. We're in for a real treat with premier, big-time matchups, intense conference rivalries, and several non-conference battles filled with intrigue. It is without doubt the biggest weekend of SEC football all year.

November 16, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


Hindsight is always 20/20 for fans and the media

30 against the Tigers. The question then would be, could LSU score 31 against Oregon?

November 15, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Provost: Ready for your SEC pop quiz?

OK class, it's time for an SEC pop quiz. Follow the directions closely. Using your Scantron form and a #2 pencil, fill in the bubble that corresponds with your answer. Be sure to press firmly and fill in the bubbles completely.

November 10, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


Briggs: College football is becoming comical

I'm not going to take up much of your time today. What I have to say won't take long. Let's talk about college football for just a minute.

November 08, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Briggs: What a crazy night

Friday night was supposed to be a historic night for Newton County football. It was historic all right. History all three programs would like to erase from our memory banks.

November 05, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Prevost: Will LSU-'Bama live up to the hype?

It's tough to live up to great expectations. Just ask the current occupant of the White House. Rarely are our greatest expectations met, which makes it all the more special when it actually happens.

November 03, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


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