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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


#FreeSimmons

ESPN is at it again. The behemoth of sports journalism (lol) entertainment has suspended its highly talented, yet highly controversial analyst Bill Simmons for three weeks for calling NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a liar.

September 27, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists


I believe that Newton will win

For a year now, Lowndes has had this game circled on its calendar because last year Newton went down there and beat them, and this year they're gonna do it again.

September 18, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists


SEC Banter: Early schedule shakes up conference teams

It's mid-September. Still hot in these parts despite summer's rumored departure, as autumn's crisp air has yet to appear.

September 18, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


SEC Banter:

It's Georgia-Sakerlina week and the contest customarily comes equipped with enormous implications.

September 11, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


Ray Rice and the desensitization of violence in America

Before I start let me say that there are many fumbles in regard to the Ray Rice situation (such as Roger Goodell and the Baltimore Ravens' handling of it), but I want to focus on Monday's overreaction to the Ray Rice incident and how it reflects poorly on us as people.

September 10, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists


Leaving church early

Finally. The Rock has come back - I mean football has come back to my Sunday afternoon programming (plus Sunday evening/night and Monday night).

September 06, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists


SEC Banter:

Week 1 of Southeastern Conference football is in the books. I'm not sure what actual books Week 1 is in, but I'm confident that the games played last week are, in fact, in some books somewhere. If you find the books, please let me know. I'd like to take a gander at them.

September 04, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


Football in the SEC not a casual affair for fans

We made it, folks.

August 28, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


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New school year offers fresh start for athletes

I'm going to let everyone in on a little secret. No athlete currently enrolled in any of the three high schools is going to make any money playing sports. This is just the reality. Parents, you know this. If you didn't, you do now. And now that you have faced reality, what are you going to do about it?

August 02, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Miracle League facility should be our priority

Baseball is America's pastime. You’ve probably heard the old adage, so-in-so is American as baseball and apple pie. Kids play it while growing up and many of us are loyal to the Braves (and in my case, the Giants) for life. Simply put, Americans love their baseball. But for many children with disabilities, baseball is only a dream.

July 26, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


It's no fun to play outside in this heat

When I joined the Army in the early '90s and I found out that I would be going to Ft. Benning in Columbus, my recruiter tried to warn me about the heat. He told me how just walking from a building to your car would make you sweat like you had just run a mile.

July 23, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Get off the couch and go ride a bicycle

The streets of downtown Covington and surrounding area in Newton County will be very busy this weekend. No, it's not because of road construction. Instead the streets will be full of bicycles.

July 22, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Hurst makes good first hire

Rick Hurst has made an impact on Eastside's football program since arriving in 2005. He's turned the Eagles into perennial players in the state playoffs and among the elite teams in Class AAA. After being named athletic director last month, it appears he's ready to make an impact on the entire sports program.

July 20, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


It'd be nice if we could all just play together

While deep in REM sleep the other night, I had a crazy dream.

July 08, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


NHS' Henry a rare breed of student athlete

There's no question our society is in a time of misdirection. Consider this year's graduating class at Alcovy shrunk by roughly 20 percent in four years. In other words, 20 percent of the freshman in that class never graduated. And high school sports stars continue to fall victim to societal laziness and succumb the inherent character flaws that we see in our politicians. Let's face it, whenever you turn around, a politician or celebrity is cheating on his wife, Kanye West is spouting off about Lord only knows what or LeBron James is crying about something his ...

June 18, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


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


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