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Braves lose 8-4 to streaking Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tommy La Stella put together his second straight three-hit game and fourth since making his major league debut in late May. Freddie Freeman broke out of his slump, too. Their offense just wasn't enough to keep Atlanta's winning streak going.

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Friday 07/25/2014
SOFTBALL: Jordan hoping to lead Lady Warriors back to prominence
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 2:27 pm

CENTRE – Molly Jordan isn’t a stranger to taking a young softball program and molding it into a competitor on the field.

ALL-STAR SPORTS WEEK: Piedmont’s Jackson has big night, but South beats North 20-12 in All-Star football game
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 9:38 am

MONTGOMERY – Former Piedmont defensive lineman Exavyer Jackson set the tone for the North All-Stars with a safety, but the South was spotted two early touchdowns and held on for a 20-12 victory Thursday night in the 55th North-South All-Star football game at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.

ALL-STAR SPORTS WEEK: North rallies past South in volleyball
Posted: July 25, 2014

MONTGOMERY – After dropping the opening set, the North rebounded with three straight victories to post a 3-1 win Thursday in the AHSAA North-South All-Star game at Faulkner University. The 15-25, 25-16, 25-12, 25-9 win avenged a rare loss last year to the South and gave the North a 13-5 lead in the all-time series which began in 1997.

Thursday 07/24/2014
ALL-STAR SPORTS WEEK: North continues basketball dominance over South
Posted: July 24, 2014

MONTGOMERY – The North All-Star boys downed the South 82-64 in basketball action Wednesday night at Alabama State University’s Oliver-Dunn Acadome, improving its current win streak to 12 in the All-Star Sports Week North-South series.

Wednesday 07/23/2014
ALL-STAR SPORTS WEEK: North splits baseball series with South
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 9:15 am

MONTGOMERY – The North All-Stars rallied from an 8-3 deficit in the top of the seventh inning to plate six runs and posted as 9-8 win over the South to preserve a split in the All-Star Sports Week North-South baseball series played at Riverwalk Stadium Tuesday night.

ALL-STAR SPORTS WEEK: South battles back to take softball series
Posted: July 23, 2014

MONTGOMERY – The South All-Stars continued to close the gap in the all-time series against their North counterparts Tuesday night in the 18th annual All-Star Sports Week North-South softball all-star competition.

ALL-STAR SPORTS WEEK: North sweeps South in soccer doubleheader
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 9:15 am

MONTGOMERY – The North All-Stars scored twice in the final three minutes to complete a 3-0 shutout of the South in Tuesday’s All-Stat Week North-South boys’ all-star soccer match at Emory Folmar Stadium.

Monday 07/21/2014
SHANNON FAGAN: Spring Garden to host fall jamboree
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 1:25 pm

The 2014 high school football season is just five weeks away, but for those who can’t wait for the action to begin, you don’t have to.

SWIMMING: Otters qualify 21 for state meet
Posted: July 21, 2014

Twenty-one out of the 22 Centre Otter swimmers competing at district have qualified for the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association state swim meet, held at the Birmingham CrossPlex this weekend.

JSU FOOTBALL: Gamecocks picked to win OVC; 8 players named All-OVC Preseason
Posted: July 21, 2014

NASHVILLE – Eight Jacksonville State players were named to the 2014 Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Football Team and the Gamecocks were picked to win the 2014 league title on Monday, when the league office released the team and its preseason poll at its annual Football Media Day.

Sunday 07/20/2014
GOLF: McGatha claims third Dub Ellis Invitational title
Updated: July 20, 2014 - 8:47 pm

CENTRE - Piedmont native Jeremy McGatha has won a lot of golf tournaments throughout his career, but this weekend's Dub Ellis Invitational in Centre is among the most special.

Friday 07/18/2014
NFHS Network to broadcast AHSAA All-Star contests
Posted: July 18, 2014

MONTGOMERY – The National Federation of High Schools' TV Network plans to live-stream all eight All-Star Week all-star contests during this year’s 18th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week in Montgomery July 21-25.

Just one of the guys: Kaitlyn Rogers kicking for Spring Garden football team this season
Posted: July 18, 2014

SPRING GARDEN – Being a part of the Spring Garden football program isn’t something new for Kaitlyn Rogers.

JSU FOOTBALL: Gamecocks picked first in OVC Football Media Poll
Posted: July 18, 2014

Jacksonville State was picked to win the Ohio Valley Conference in the Preseason Football Media Poll, which was released on Friday. A total 14 voters from around the league cast a ballot on who they thought would be the 2014 football favorites and preseason players of the year.

Monday 07/14/2014
College Football Playoff's trophy is golden
Updated: July 14, 2014 - 3:55 pm

IRVING, Texas (AP) — A rising gold football-shaped trophy will be the prize for the national champion in the new College Football Playoff.

SHANNON FAGAN: A notes column filled with plenty of Warrior happenings
Posted: July 14, 2014

It’s a rare thing when the notes I compile throughout a week all have something in common.

GOLF: Dub Ellis Invitational set for this weekend
Posted: July 14, 2014

CENTRE – Longtime Cherokee County Country Club member Sid Garrett said this year’s Dub Ellis Golf Invitational in Centre won’t be the same. That’s because this year’s tournament, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, will be the first without Ellis. He died in late February at the age of 87.

ALL-STAR SPORTS WEEK: Cedar Bluff’s Dixon preparing for North-South baseball series
Posted: July 14, 2014

The Cedar Bluff Tigers fell just short of playing for a state baseball championship in Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium last season.

Tuesday 07/08/2014
Kittel wins 4th stage as Tour enters France
Posted: July 08, 2014

LILLE, France (AP) — Marcel Kittel won the fourth stage of the Tour de France — his third of the race — in a sprint as the tour returned home from England on Tuesday.

Monday 07/07/2014
FIFA takes no action over challenge on Neymar
Posted: July 07, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA will not take action against the Colombia player who injured Neymar and ended the Brazil star's World Cup.

FIFA said its disciplinary panel "cannot consider this matter" under the rules because the match referee saw the challenge by Camilo Zuniga and judged it at the time.

"In this specific case, no retrospective action can be taken," FIFA said in a statement on Monday, because the incident "did not escape the match officials' attention."

In a separate decision, the panel also refused to consider a Confederation of Brazilian Football appeal against captain Thiago Silva's yellow card in the 2-1 win quarterfinals over Colombia on Friday in Fortaleza.

Thiago Silva's second caution of the tournament triggered a one-match ban which he will serve in the semifinals. Brazil will therefore be without its best player and its captain against Germany on Tuesday in Belo Horizonte.

Neymar will be sidelined for about 45 days after sustaining a fractured third vertebra.

The panel studied video of Zuniga's 86th-minute challenge, where he kneed Neymar in the back when jumping into him at speed. Zuniga apologized on Saturday.

Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo did not show Zuniga a yellow card, and FIFA's disciplinary panel considered the incident judged on the spot.

The seriousness of an injury could not be weighed in a disciplinary decision, nor was mistaken identity a factor in the case, FIFA added.

"First and foremost, the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee (Claudio Sulser) wishes to state that he deeply regrets the incident and the serious consequences on Neymar's health," the statement said.

The Luis Suarez biting case earlier in the World Cup raised expectations that Sulser's panel would also punish Zuniga.

However, Suarez's bite of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder was missed by match officials. That allowed Sulser to use video evidence to ban the Uruguay forward for nine international matches and four months.

The Mexican referee in that case, Marco Rodriguez, will handle the Brazil-Germany semifinal in his first match duty since Uruguay beat Italy 1-0 on June 24.

Thiago Silva was booked against Colombia for impeding goalkeeper David Ospina who tried to kick the ball downfield.

The FIFA disciplinary code states that cautions can be canceled only in "exceptional circumstances."

The panel "cannot consider the matter given the fact that there is no legal basis entitling it to grant such request," FIFA said.

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