Archive for October, 2012

Big games for Jon Richt, Crowell

Jon Richt, the son of UGA coach Mark Richt, threw three touchdown passes to lead Mars HIll to a 37-31 road win over Wingate Saturday.

Jon Richt

Jon Richt

The younger Richt completed 24 of 39 passes for 268 yards, with one interception, for the Division II school, which is located in North Carolina.

Richt is 88 of 178 passing this season, for 1400 yards. He’s thrown 15 TD passes and 10 interceptions while leading the Lions to a 4-2 record. He played high school football at Prince Avenue Christian in Athens.

Meanwhile, former Bulldog tailback Isaiah Crowell ran for 149 yards on 17 carries as Alabama State routed Texas Southern 45-0 in Southwestern Athletic Conference play.

Crowell had two touchdowns, one a 63-yard run midway through the second quarter.

Crowell has 522 yards on 84 carries this season, with eight touchdowns.

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Big sports weekend ahead for local teams

If you’re a sports fan, this weekend will offer almost continuous entertainment.

Four local teams play important games, starting Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. with the Braves playing a do-or-die wildcard game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Turner Field. Kris Medlen, who has been unbeatable this year, starts for the Braves against the Cardinals’ Kyle Lhose, who was great this year against almost everybody except the Braves, who battered him for nine hits and five earned runs in five innings the only time they faced him. 5 p.m., TBS.

If the Braves beat the Cards, they’ll start a five-game series against the Nationals at 3:07 p.m. Sunday at Turner Field.

Georgia plays its biggest game of the year Saturday night when the No. 5 Bulldogs face no. 6 South Carolina in Columbia. Georgia’s hoping to remain unbeaten and end a two-year losing streak against Coach Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks.

It would be the first time in history Carolina has beaten Georgia three times in a row, a …

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Vote: Which lineup looks best?

Here’s the starting lineups for Friday’s NL wild-card game between the Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals. Which team looks strongest to you, both on the field and at the plate? Cast your vote in our poll at the bottom.

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St. Louis Cardinals (88-74)

1. Jon Jay CF
2. Carlos Beltran RF
3. Matt Holliday LF
4. Allen Craig 1B
5. Yadier Molina C
6. David Freese 3B
7. Daniel Descalso 2B
8. Pete Kozma SS
9. Kyle Lohse RHP

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Atlanta Braves (94-68)
1. Michael Bourn CF
2. Martin Prado LF
3. Jason Heyward RF
4. Chipper Jones 3B
5. Freddie Freeman 1B
6. Dan Uggla 2B
7. David Ross C
8. Andrelton Simmons SS
9. Kris Medlen RHP

Vote: Which lineup is best, considering hitting, pitching and fielding?

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Was Pat Summitt forced out at Tennessee?

Pat Summitt was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease last year. (AP photo)

Pat Summitt was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease last year. (AP photo)

Is it possible the most successful coach in the history of women’s basketball was forced out of her job?

According to documents filed in a lawsuit, University of Tennessee coaching legend Pat Summitt says athletic director Dave Hart told her she would not return after the 2012 season. Summitt, 60, was diagnosed last year as being in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

According to a story in USA Today, Summitt’s statement was made in an affidavit supporting a lawsuit against the school and Hart brought by former associate athletics director Debby Jennings, who alleges gender and age-based discrimination. Jennings left Tennessee this year at age 57.

In the lawsuit, Jennings claims Hart, citing “insubordination,” gave her the choice of “retiring, resigning or being fired” May 15, exactly two months after she sent Hart an email in protest of his alleged decision to remove Summitt and make her …

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Time for Friday’s Braves game set at 5:07 p.m.

The Braves will play the St. Louis Cardinals Friday at 5:07 p.m. at Turner Field in the NL wild-card game, major league baseball announced. The one-game playoff will be televised by TBS.

Kris Medlen (10-1) will start for the Braves against right-hander Kyle Lohse (16-3) of the Cardinals. The winner of the game will advance to the NL Division Series.

Ticket windows at Turner Field will open at 8:30 a.m. Friday to buy or pick up pre-purchased tickets in advance and will remain open until the end of the 6th inning. Standing-room only tickets ($18 each) are also available. Suite tickets are available for $100 each (includes a $25 food and beverage credit added to ticket).

Parking lots will open five hours prior to first pitch and the Turner Field gates will open three hours before first pitch.

The AL wild-card game will be played at 8:37 p.m. Friday.

The Braves would play Sunday if they beat the Cardinals.

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Alabama fan pleads guilty to ‘obscenity’ on LSU fan

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An Alabama fan will be sentenced to jail time for simulating a sexual act on an unconscious LSU fan after January’s BCS championship game, the Associated Press reports.

Brian H. Downing of Smith Station, Ala., pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of obscenity for the act on the LSU fan in a Bourbon Street fast food restaurant. The incident was captured on a video that was widely viewed on the Internet.

Prosecutors said a deal reached Tuesday, before the start of a trial, requires Downing to be sentenced to two years in jail, the AP said.

The actual sentencing was scheduled for Nov. 29. Downing declined to comment after the plea was entered.

The video showed a man, later identified as Downing, wearing a University of Alabama jacket and performing a simulated sex act on an unconscious man at the restaurant after the Crimson Tide beat LSU for the BCS championship Jan. 9.

The LSU fan, whose name has not been released, has sued Downing for “mental …

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Champions Tour event set for next April in Gwinnett

The Greater Gwinnett Championship will be held at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth next April 15-21, 2013. The course will host the tournament through 2016. The event will be part of the Champions Tour, formerly the Senior PGA Tour.

The Gwinnett Sports Commission, the host entity for the tournament, will operate the 54-hole stroke-play tournament with 81 Champions Tour professionals competing for the $1.8 million purse.

More to come.

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Report: Vick spent $29M in 4 years

Michael Vick signed a $100 million contract extension last year. (AP Photo)

Michael Vick signed a $100 million contract extension last year. (AP Photo)

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has filed court documents that show he spent more than $29 million since filing for bankruptcy in 2008, TMZ is reporting.

During the four-year period, Vick had income of about $31 million from his Eagles salary, endorsements and business ventures, TMZ said, citing the documents.

Vick paid out a total of $29.6 million — $10.9 million in taxes, $9.2 million to creditors, $2.7 million to lawyers and accountants and $6.8 million in child support and living expenses, according to the documents.

The former Atlanta Falcon still has $1.5 million left, TMZ reported, and that’s not counting a new contract he signed with the Eagles last year that is worth a reported $100 million, $40 million of which is guaranteed.

Vick’s financial troubles stem from his dogfighting conviction and 18 months he spent in federal prison from 2007-2009. He signed with the Eagles in 2009.

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Tebow time in New York?

The New York Jets’ quarterback numbers are abysmal: 13 of 29 for only 103 yards, no touchdowns and two turnovers in Sunday’s 34-0 rout by San Francisco; a rating this season of 69.2, more than 40 points below league leader Matt Ryan.

Well, all the experts told us Tim Tebow could never be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Oh wait, those are Mark Sanchez’s numbers.

The Jets were a picture of futility against the 49ers, with only nine first downs and two of 13 on third-down conversions.

Sunday’s rout was so bad that 49ers backup QB Colin Kaepernick, who was about to score a touchdown in final minutes, slid short of the goal line to let the clock run out.

So, is it Tebow Time in New York?

Jets coach Rex Ryan says no, but the media have begun the drumbeat.

New York Post columnist Kevin Kernan:

Bring on Tim Tebow. At this point Tebow, who saved the Broncos season last year, can’t be any worse than the jittery Mark Sanchez. Perhaps the Jets will get some leadership from the most …

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