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Baseball Update: Hyde still staying steady at Tri-City

Four former local stars are playing professional baseball at different levels. Here is an update on how each of them are doing currently:

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Tuesday 08/26/2014
NFL: Rogers makes catch in Colts preseason game vs. Saints
Posted: August 26, 2014

Former Calhoun High standout and current Indianapolis Colts receiver Da'Rick Rogers showed up in the box score after the team's preseason contest at home against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday.

Swinney: Suspended Clemson players out vs Georgia
Posted: August 26, 2014

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says the three players suspended for the 16th-ranked Tigers' opener at No. 12 Georgia, including returning starters defensive end Corey Crawford and offensive lineman David Beasley, won't get a reprieve from their one-game punishments.

Swinney suspended Crawford, Beasley, backup cornerback Garry Peters and reserve offensive lineman Shaq Anthony in March for undisclosed violation of team rules. Last week, Anthony announced his intentions to transfer.

Swinney says all had worked hard and shown good character since March. But the coach says there are consequences for their actions.

Crawford, a senior, would've started opposite All-American end Vic Beasley. David Beasley started seven games along the offensive line.

Swinney says the three will be allowed to travel with the team to Georgia if they want.

Monday 08/25/2014
Loran Smith column: Remembering Dan Magill
Posted: August 25, 2014

Our ritual of having a beer a couple of times a week became a challenge because of travel. Sometimes, I just couldn’t keep from being out of town on Monday, the day Dan Magill preferred to enjoy a late afternoon libation at our favorite watering hole in Five Points.

Saturday 08/23/2014
Baseball Update: Culberson heats up as playing time increases for Rockies
Posted: August 23, 2014

Four former local stars are playing professional baseball at different levels.

Editor's Column: Manziel's demeanor needs work; Braves get hot again
Posted: August 23, 2014

Manziel a big kid in a man’s world

Friday 08/22/2014
Hester looking for Falcons' rebound against Titans
Posted: August 22, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — From his vantage point in Chicago, Devin Hester saw the Atlanta Falcons as a consistent playoff contender.

As a free agent, Hester, 31, was looking for a new home that could give him a good chance to get back to the postseason. He said that was a big reason he signed with Atlanta — despite the Falcons' 4-12 finish last season.

Now Hester is anxious for the Falcons to play like a winner when Atlanta starters get an extended look in their third preseason game against Tennessee on Saturday night. The Falcons struggled in last week's ugly 32-7 preseason loss at the Texans.

"It's going to be very important," Hester said. "Coming off the game we played last week, we left a lot of plays out there. We know the fourth preseason game is pretty much for the rookies and the younger guys, so we know this is our last opportunity to really showcase what we're capable of."

Hester provided one of Atlanta's few highlights last week with his 12-yard touchdown catch.

Hester is best known as one of the top return specialists in NFL history. The opportunity to contribute on offense was another reason he signed a three-year, $9 million deal with Atlanta in March.

He didn't have a catch last year with the Bears for the first time since his rookie season. He has a chance to be a part of three- and four-receiver formations in Atlanta with Julio Jones, Roddy White and Harry Douglas.

"We were all on the same page with the situation on offense," Hester said of his talks with the Falcons. "Looking at it, we kind of discussed what my role would be on the offensive side of the ball, and we saw eye to eye on that. That was one of the main reasons why I chose Atlanta."

The timing could be perfect for Hester. There will be additional opportunities for receivers to help fill the void left by the retirement of tight end Tony Gonzalez.

"I think those are going to be more distributed to the third and fourth receiver now," Hester said. "They pretty much treated Tony like a No. 1or No. 2 receiver the last couple of years. With Tony gone, it's going to open up more options, I would say, for me and Harry in the slot position when we go three-wide."

Hester set career highs with 56 catches for 757 yards in 2009 with the Bears. Since then, his role on offense declined.

Tennessee's Nate Washington said Titans receiver Marc Mariani is another example of a player who has difficulty shedding the tag of a return specialist.

"It can be difficult because a lot of times you can just get labeled as a return man," Washington said. "A lot of guys like Marc want to be respected as a receiver also. He has the talent so I'm sure Devin is feeling a little bit similar. Going out there making plays on special teams is one thing, but you always want to be a part of that offense and make sure that team knows and the rest of your community and your fans know you're a vital part of that offense."

Hester's credentials as a return man are unquestioned. He shares the NFL record with Falcons Hall of Famer Deion Sanders with 19 return touchdowns, including a record 13 on punt returns.

He made first-team AP All-Pro honors as a return specialist in 2006, 2007 and 2010.

Hester had an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown last season. As a free agent, his three finalists were Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Arizona.

Hester said the Falcons are "a team that I knew had a good success in winning games and was always competing in the playoffs."

"The older you get the more you start looking for the team that's got a chance for the playoffs and for winning the Super Bowl," he said.

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Local Highlights: Calhoun Moose Lodge hosts annual golf tournament
Posted: August 22, 2014

The Calhoun Moose Lodge hosted its annual golf tournament recently at the Calhoun Elks Club. A total of 13 teams competed in the tournament and there were 88 hole sponsors. All the money raised through sponsors, $4400, will go to help kids in the community at Christmas.

NFL: Calhoun alum Durham among depth at reciever for Lions
Posted: August 22, 2014

DETROIT — The Detroit Lions have spent the better part of a decade looking for receivers, drafting them early and taking fliers on them late, signing them as free agents and even acquiring one in a trade.

Wednesday 08/20/2014
Prep Sports: Sonoraville honors athletic trainer Perine on service
Posted: August 20, 2014

Sonoraville High athletic trainer Danykia Perine was honored during Friday's preseason football scrimmage between the Phoenix and Union County as she will be moving on to another opportunity after serving Phoenix Athletics for the past few years.

College Football: Griffith delivers another strong performance in Bama scrimmage
Posted: August 20, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — An injury-riddled defense struggled to slow down Alabama’s offense at last week’s scrimmage. An ineffective, out-of-rhythm offense labored at times against a sharper tackling defense Saturday.

Tuesday 08/19/2014
NFL: Durham, Rogers each get touchdown catch in preseason game
Posted: August 19, 2014

The two former Calhoun High receivers that are currently on NFL rosters had something in common over the weekend — they both got in the end zone.

Monday 08/18/2014
MLB: Culberson channels Tulowitzki to help Rockies to 7-3 win over Reds
Posted: August 18, 2014

DENVER — For one night, Charlie Culberson looked a little bit like the shortstop he’s trying to replace.

Saturday 08/16/2014
Baseball Update: McAdams suffers hand injury
Posted: August 16, 2014

Four former local stars are playing professional baseball at different levels. Here is an update on how each of them are doing currently:

Editor's Column: Paul Johnson on the hot seat; Baseball in Williamsport
Posted: August 16, 2014

Make or break year for Paul Johnson

Friday 08/15/2014
College Football: Expectations high as Nance, Hampden-Sydney picked to win ODAC
Posted: August 15, 2014

FOREST, Va. — Expectations are high in 2014 for the Tiger football team, as the reigning ODAC Champions have been picked to defend their title and win their ninth ODAC crown following one of the best seasons in school history, going 9-3 and appearing in the second round of the NCAA Division III Football Championship.

Thursday 08/14/2014
AP source: Brosnan withdraws from MLB vote
Posted: August 14, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) — Major League Baseball Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred and Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner were left as the remaining candidates to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner after MLB Executive Vice President Tim Brosnan withdrew before the start of voting Thursday.

Brosnan's withdrawal was disclosed to The Associated Press by a team official who spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.

Owners estimated Manfred had the support of 20-21 teams headed into the meetings this week, Werner of about six and Brosnan one: the Cincinnati Reds.

A three-quarters majority, 23 of the 30 teams, is required to elect a commissioner. Selig, who has run baseball since September 1992, plans to retire in January.

Teams vote by secret written ballot in MLB's first contested election for a new commissioner in 46 years.

Each candidate spoke to all owners for about an hour Wednesday and met in sessions Thursday morning with groups of 10 teams.

"I wouldn't even guess," Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno said Wednesday when asked whether the election would produce a commissioner.

Werner is supported by Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and Moreno. Other teams have said Reinsdorf wants a commissioner who will take a harsher stance in labor negotiations for the deal to replace the collective bargaining agreement that expires after the 2016 season.

"I haven't been counting votes," Reinsdorf said. "I don't know where anybody stands."

Selig, 80, has ruled baseball since September 1992, first as chairman of baseball's executive council and since July 1998 as commissioner. The second-longest-serving head of baseball behind Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1920-44), Selig announced last fall that he plans to retire in January 2015. The trio of candidates was picked by a seven-man succession committee chaired by St. Louis Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr.

Manfred, 55, has been involved in baseball since 1987, starting as a lawyer with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius who assisted in collective bargaining. He became MLB's executive vice president for labor relations and human resources in 1998, received an expanded role of executive vice president of economics and league affairs in 2012 and last September was promoted to chief operating officer. He helped lead negotiations for baseball's last three labor contracts with players and the joint drug agreement that was instituted in 2002 and has been repeatedly strengthened.

Werner, 64, was the controlling owner of the San Diego Padres from 1990-94, triggering fan criticism for the payroll-paring departures of Fred McGriff, Gary Sheffield, Tony Fernandez, Randy Myers and Benito Santiago. He has been part of the Red Sox ownership group since 2002, a period that included three World Series titles. While working at ABC, he helped develop Robin Williams' "Mork & Mindy" and later was executive producer of "The Cosby Show" and "Roseanne" at The Carsey-Werner Co.

MLB's last contested election for commissioner was after Spike Eckert was fired in December 1968. With the requirement then a three-quarters majority in both the American and National leagues, teams split between San Francisco Giants vice president Chub Feeney and Yankees president Michael Burke and failed to elect anyone during 19 ballots.

Bowie Kuhn, counsel to baseball's Player Relations Committee, was elected commissioner pro-tem on Feb. 4, 1969, with a one-year term. He was voted a seven-year term that August and remained in office until October 1984, when he was replaced by Los Angeles Olympics head Peter Ueberroth.

Former Yale President A. Bartlett Giamatti took over from Ueberroth in April 1989, died later that September and was replaced by his deputy commissioner, Fay Vincent. Selig, then the Milwaukee Brewers owner, teamed with Reinsdorf to head the group that pressured for Vincent's forced resignation in September 1992.

Selig led baseball as head of the executive council for nearly six years, including the 7 1/2-month strike in 1994-95 that canceled the World Series. He repeatedly said he wouldn't take the job fulltime before he formally was voted commissioner in July 1998.

Ueberroth, Giamatti, Vincent and Selig were elected unanimously.

Latest concussion ends career for Georgia's Hall
Posted: August 14, 2014

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia starting fullback Merritt Hall has been forced to give up football due to recurring concussions.

Georgia announced Thursday Hall, a junior, has been medically disqualified by the school's sports medicine staff.

Hall sustained a concussion last week during practice. According to Georgia, Hall had "multiple concussions" in high school and at Georgia before his latest injury.

Hall played in 25 games, including seven starts, in his first two seasons. Primarily a blocker, he had only three carries for nine yards in the two seasons.

Braves recall LHP Luis Avilan from minors
Posted: August 14, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have recalled left-hander Luis Avilan from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Avilan, who began the season as one of Atlanta's top setup relievers, is with the team for Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Avilan was 3-1 with a 4.85 ERA in 47 games when he was optioned to Gwinnett on July 19. He says he focused on his curveball and change-up at Gwinnett.

Avilan joins James Russell as left-handers in the Braves' bullpen.

The Braves relied on Avilan in 2013, when he was 5-0 with a strong 1.52 ERA in 75 games.

The Braves optioned right-hander Juan Jaime to Gwinnett following Wednesday night's win over the Dodgers.

Wednesday 08/13/2014
Falcons, Texans mix it up at joint practice
Posted: August 13, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — For Brian Cushing, there's no substitute to being on the field.

The Houston Texans linebacker returned to practice on Wednesday, "a very small step" as he comes back from offseason surgery on his left knee and leg.

Cushing wasn't the only Texans' star back in pads as the team went through a joint practice with the Atlanta Falcons. Andre Johnson and Arian Foster were also back after being held out for most of training camp with hamstring injuries.

Cushing had been on the physically unable to perform list since the start of training camp. He didn't participate in contact drills. Cushing says he needs more live repetitions to learn the new defense under coordinator Romeo Crennel.

Texans coach Bill O'Brien says he hasn't ruled out any of the three players for Saturday's game.

NFL: Rogers, Durham see first preseason action
Posted: August 13, 2014

Former Calhoun High standouts Da'Rick Rogers and Kris Durham got their first preseason game reps over the past several days.