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Free Stephen A. Smith

Free Stephen A. Smith and your mind while you're at it.

July 31, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists


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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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


Teens: High risk, high rewards

In the latest episode of what the heck is going on with society, Mason Holland of DeSoto County High School in Florida managed to turn a high school basketball game into an episode of WWE Smackdown. If you don't know what I'm talking about, type his name in an Internet search and check out the disturbing video.

December 17, 2010 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Sometimes we need to think before we write

By now, you have probably read the column I wrote on deer hunting as a sport last week. It sparked a lot of debate. And while that was its sole intention, it went beyond the casual discussion I had hoped it would generate. That's my fault, and I apologize.

When I wrote it, it was intended to question the practice of hunting itself, not the need. It was mindless banter when thought was required. To all of you, know that what I was doing was merely writing for entertainment purposes. I ask all of you to take it as ...

October 26, 2010 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


It's time to get a clue about deer hunting

Sports Editor Josh Briggs ignited a firestorm on Wednesday with his column on deer hunting. In case you missed it, Briggs questioned the need and the motivations of hunting deer as a sport.

October 25, 2010 | By Matt Fry sports@covnews.com | Sports Columnists


What if the hunted was the hunter?

Imagine if you were sitting in your car in the drive thru at McDonald's and all of a sudden, you get shot in the neck. How bad would that suck? With about 15-30 seconds of life left in your body, you manage to look over to your right and see a whitetail deer holding a rifle.

October 19, 2010 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Final Stand

Seldom does real life have a Hollywood ending. Not in sunny California. Not in Atlanta. The Braves' 3-2 loss in Game 4 of the National League Divisional Series Monday could have set one up, had it gone the other way. Instead it was yet another painful playoff series loss. But for baseball fans, this one hurts more.

October 12, 2010 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


From one Final Four to another; it's time to fire up the NCAA

Fresh off his team's Final Four run in the Class 5A state tournament, Newton head coach Rick Rasmussen offers his take on the next three weeks of March Madness.

March 17, 2010 | Rick Rasmussen | Sports Columnists


Not every Tom, Dick and Harry should be an official

Editor's note: Bumpkin Stew is twisted look at the truth. Where truth cannot be told, there is sarcastic speculation. If you do not agree with what's written, you may deny the truth in it's simplest form. That, my friends, is on you. Take it for what it's worth. That's all I ask.

November 07, 2009 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Local football teams face tough region tests

October 01, 2009 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Successful night bodes well for AMS

The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race under the lights at Atlanta Motor Speedway was a success. The stands were full and the racing was better than it has been in quite some time.

September 08, 2009 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


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