Wednesday is major league baseball's final day of the regular season, and the Atlanta Braves have fallen into a tie for the National League Wild Card playoff spot. Should the Braves and Cardinals both win, or both lose their respective games Wednesday, a one game playoff will be held Thursday in St. Louis to determine the Wild Card winner. However, if one wins today while the other loses, the winner earns the wild card outright.
If the Atlanta Braves are to make a second straight playoff appearance, they'll have to do something over the next three nights they haven't done a lot of lately -- win. With three regular season games left, the Braves' lead for the National League's wild card playoff spot is down to one game over St. Louis.
Matt Ryan threw a career-high four touchdown passes and the Atlanta Falcons rallied to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 35-31 after Michael Vick was knocked out with an injury late in the third quarter Sunday night. The Falcons (1-1) fell behind by 10 points, but completed their comeback with Michael Turner breaking off a 61-yard run, then powering over from the 3 with 3:24 remaining.
It’s only a few weeks into the new high school football season, but for some of the state’s top talent, the pressure’s building. Many standout players have already made their commitments to a college program, but some have not. For those who haven’t, there can be overwhelming distractions.
A racetrack that’s been a fixture for three decades in northeast Georgia is scaling back its schedule. Lanier National Speedway in Braselton is losing its battle with the economy. So the track's owners says weekly races won't be offered anymore. Instead, special races and other events will be held at the track.
The town of Ringgold was among several in northwest Georgia that suffered widespread devastation from the April tornadoes. Ringgold High School absorbed significant damage, including to outside structures like the football stadium. But the school's principal says the community is healing, much because of its football team.
In the last month, two high school football players in Georgia died from what appear to be heat-related causes. These incidents have, again, focused attention on the issue of extreme heat and physical activity, and the particular dangers for young athletes. Tim Simmons spoke to GPB about the issue. He is manager of the sports medicine program at Gwinnett Medical Center, and a member of the national and Georgia Athletic Trainers Associations.
Warner Robins has been knocked-out of the Little League World Series. The Georgia-team, representing the southeast region in the tournament, was beaten Tuesday 7-5 by a team from Pennsylvania representing the Mid-Atlantic.
Slugger Jake Fromm came through in the clutch again for Georgia at the Little League World Series. The 13-year-old ace from Warner Robins hit a line-drove homer to highlight a three-run ninth, then returned to the mound in the bottom of the inning to finish off LaGrange, Ky., in an 8-5 victory. He fanned 10 in relief for the win.
Warner Robins is still alive in the Little League World Series. The Georgia-team reprresenting the Southeast region won its Saturday afternoon game. That advanced Warner Robins into a game Monday night against a team from the Great Lakes.