Kierstyn Milner scored 19, Gabby Ponder 9, and Elicia Threatt and Cedrianna Evans 8 each as No. 3-state ranked Spalding High topped visiting No. 24 Kendrick 58-43 Friday night to advance to the Elite 8-round of the Class AAAA State Tournament for the fifth year in a row.

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The unanimous thought of the longtime veteran coaches who exited together after Saturday afternoon’s memorial service for the late Bart Pinckney at Memorial Stadium was, “That could have been any one of us.”

The Griffin High soccer teams were swept by Luella Thursday night at Memorial Stadium in Griffin, the Lady Bears losing the opener 7-0 and the Bears losing the nightcap 7-1. Shown here is GHS’s Kailyn Hayes on a throw-in during the early match. Both Griffin High teams are in action again Tue…

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A basketball goal in the Deercreek subdivision has a rope light illuminating the hoop during the early morning hours before daybreak on Feb. 18. It’s what’s left from the night before when a group of neighborhood children and one of the dads were gathering to enjoy a game of basketball with …

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ATLANTA —  A trio of bills aimed at separating Georgia school sports teams between children assigned male or female at birth have cropped up in the General Assembly, sparking backlash from LGBTQ advocates who view the measures as discriminatory toward transgender persons.

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ATLANTA — Coming off a third straight NL East title and within one win of a spot in the World Series, the Atlanta Braves have extended the contract of manager Brian Snitker through the 2023 season.

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ATLANTA — Legislation to legalize online sports betting in Georgia gained momentum in the state Senate Thursday just as it appeared to get sidetracked in the Georgia House of Representatives.

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Two local girls high school basketball teams march into the Sweet 16 round of their respective state tournaments here today, looking to advance to next week’s Elite 8.

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Jamari Piercy scored 14 points and Quay Baker 12 as Griffin High’s season came to an end with a 55-50 loss to defending state champion and No. 5-state ranked Woodward Academy in the opening round of the Class AAAAA State Tournament Wednesday in College Park.

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Hatcher Bailey tossed a complete-game, three-hit shutout and Ben Griffin drove in three runs as Spalding High topped crosstown rival Griffin High 10-0 in five innings Wednesday night at Jaguar Field.

The old saying “if guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns” seems to be coming true. If passed, proposed federal laws will make outlaws out of me and millions of law-abiding citizens who were doing nothing wrong under current law.

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LANSING, Mich.  — A former U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar killed himself Thursday, hours after being charged with turning his Michigan gym into a hub of human trafficking by coercing girls to train and then abusing them, authorities said.

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa  — Caster Semenya is going to the European Court of Human Rights to challenge “discriminatory” rules that prohibit her from competing in certain track events because of her high natural testosterone, her lawyers said Thursday.

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LANSING, Mich.  — A former U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar was charged Thursday with two dozen crimes, including sexual assault, human trafficking and running a criminal enterprise.

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Shelby Berry scored 12 points, Kierstyn Milner 11, Gabby Ponder 10 and Elicia Threatt 9 as No. 6-ranked Spalding High topped Dougherty 42-38 in the opening round of the Class AAAA State Tournament on Tuesday in Albany.

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Leah Turner scored 21, Samiah Puckett 12 and Aaliyah Duranham 10 as No. 12-state ranked Griffin High topped Jonesboro 59-39 in the opening round of the Class AAAAA State Tournament on Tuesday at The House in Griffin.

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The sheared-off front of the wrecked SUV told part of the story, and the officers on the scene filled in the rest. Tiger Woods was lucky to be alive, they said, thanks to modern safety technology and a big dose of good luck.

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Atlanta manager Brian Snitker expects to approach key pinch-hit situations with renewed confidence this season as he looks at the Braves' newly bolstered bench.

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LOS ANGELES — Golf star Tiger Woods suffered leg injuries Tuesday in a vehicle rollover in suburban Los Angeles and was undergoing surgery, authorities and his manager said.

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Sources confirmed Tuesday that Griffin High and former Spalding High and Carver Road Middle coach Bart Pinckney, 53, died Monday at Upson Regional Medical Center in Thomaston.

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On Saturday the Griffin High girls basketball team finally learned — nearly 72 hours before tipoff — which team it opens against when the Class AAAAA State Tournament begins Tuesday.

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Atlanta Falcons have named Roderick Moore Jr., and Bobby Thomas assistant strength and conditioning coaches, and named Mario Jeberaeel a diversity coaching intern. Additionally, Paul Rice, Charles Walker, Sal Conti and Patrick Kramer have been named football analysts.

SEATTLE — The NFL says the first position-specific helmet created for its players represents a major step in helmet technology, though it must still undergo testing by the league and the players’ union before being authorized for use.

PHOENIX — The sport of baseball, much like the rest of the world, is craving normalcy after a full year of disruptions caused by the pandemic.

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Melvin Blocker’s RBI double in the top of the fifth highlighted an 11-1 loss this week at Upson-Lee in the season opener for Spalding High in Thomaston.

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Three local public school basketball teams play opening-round games when the state tournaments beginning next week.

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ATLANTA — Legalizing sports betting could divert an estimated $4.8 billion a year Georgians now spend wagering on games illegally, tax it, and put a portion of the proceeds toward education, supporters said Thursday.

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Pike County sent an unprecedented 14 wrestlers — amazingly one in each classification — to the Class AAA State Meet last week at the Centreplex in Macon.