SPRING GARDEN – Sometimes the best thing for a struggling shooter is to keep shooting.
GLENCOE – Emily Langley led four Sand Rock Lady Wildcats in double figures at Glencoe on Monday, a 65-54 victory that improved Sand Rock’s record to 11-0.
The Class 1A, Region 7 football coaches met last Wednesday to select their All-Region Football Team for the 2013 season. Jacksonville Christian quarterback Daylon Brackett was chosen as the Offensive Most Valuable Player. The 6-foot-4 junior accounted for 3,584 total yards and 38 total touchdowns last season. He threw for 1,939 yards and ran for 1,428 yards for the Thunder (3-7).
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Matt Flynn threw for 258 yards and the Packers' struggling defense forced a key fourth-quarter turnover in a 22-21 win Sunday over the Atlanta Falcons to snap a five-game winless slide.
Mike Neal's sack forced Matt Ryan to fumble. Defensive lineman Johnny Jolly scooped up the loose ball and celebrated with a little belly dance at chilly Lambeau Field.
Four plays later, Flynn found Andrew Quarless for a 2-yard touchdown pass for the go-ahead score with about 12 minutes left for the Packers (6-6-1).
The score completed a comeback from an 11-point halftime deficit and whipped the fans swathed in parkas and knit caps into a frigid frenzy. It was 9 degrees when the game started, with a wind chill of minus-1.
Matt Bryant missed a 52-yard field goal with 6:42 left for Atlanta (3-10).
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LAKE CHARLES, La. - Three wins now stand between Jacksonville State and the 2013 Football Championship Subdivision title.
COLLINSVILLE - The Spring Garden Panthers welcomed the 6-foot-6 presence of Will Westbrook back from off-season surgery Friday night at Collinsville.
CEDAR BLUFF - The Cedar Bluff Tigers swept a varsity basketball doubleheader Friday. The Lady Tigers claimed a 56-19 victory, followed by a 67-45 win by the Tiger boys.
TUSCALOOSA - Hoover’s Bucs used big plays from its special teams, a gritty effort from its defense and a near mistake-free offensive performance to beat Auburn 20-3 in the Super 6 Class 6A state football championship game at Bryant-Denny Stadium Friday night.
TUSCALOOSA - Tanner (13-1) made the plays defensively when it needed them Friday and edged Washington County 21-13 to capture the Rattlers’ second straight Super 6 Class 2A state football championship over the Bulldogs.
TUSCALOOSA - Oneonta downed Charles Henderson 28-10 Friday at Bryant-Denny Stadium on the University of Alabama campus to claim the 2013 Class 4A state football championship.
DOUGLAS – Cherokee County senior guard Tony Pruitt netted a game-high 27 points to lead the Cherokee County Warriors to a 70-52 win at Douglas on Thursday.
TUSCALOOSA - Spanish Fort (15-0) scored 28 points in the second half en route to a 35-14 win over Muscle Shoals (13-2) Thursday night to claim the Super 6 Class 5A state championship for the third year in a row.
TUSCALOOSA - Junior running back Jermarcus Brown set a Super 6 record with 329 yards rushing on 26 carries Thursday afternoon to lead Pickens County (15-0) to a 38-18 win over Maplesville (14-1) in the Class 1A state championship game at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
TUSCALOOSA - Madison Academy rushed for 364 yards en route to a 31-14 win over Leeds Thursday as the Mustangs rolled to its second straight Class 3A state football championship.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston will not be charged with sexually assaulting a woman who accused him of raping her about a year ago, a prosecutor said Thursday.
State Attorney Willie Meggs made the announcement at a news conference, saying there was not enough evidence to win a conviction.
"After reviewing all the evidence in the case, we did not feel like we could meet that burden," Meggs said.
A search warrant from January, released hours before the news conference, detailed the woman's accusations for the first time. She told police she and friends had five to six shots at a bar and her "memory is very broken from that point forward." She said she remembered being in a cab with a "non-descript" black man and going into an apartment where she was raped.
The woman didn't identify Winston, who is black, until about a month after the alleged assault.
Winston, 19, has led the Seminoles to a No. 1 ranking and a shot at a national championship if they defeat Duke on Saturday.
Many Heisman voters were waiting to see whether Winston will be charged with a crime before casting their ballots. The deadline for ballots is Monday, and the trophy is awarded Dec. 14.
The details of the alleged rape were contained in a search warrant for cellphone records, including text messages. It was dated Jan. 16, six days after the woman identified Winston.
The warrant said she tried to fight the man off, and at some point, another man came into the room and told him to stop. But the two went into a bathroom "where he completed the act."
Her next memory was of the suspect dressing her, putting her on a scooter and dropping her off at a campus intersection. She said she had no idea where the alleged assault took place.
In the short time since Meggs' office took over the case, investigators have taken DNA from Winston, interviewed the alleged victim and looked at other evidence.
Meggs said DNA found in the accuser's underwear matched Winston. Winston's attorney, Timothy Jansen, has suggested Winston had consensual sex with the accuser and he expects the prosecutor will exonerate his client.
Jansen planned to address the media later Thursday.
Patricia Carroll, the attorney representing the alleged victim, has not responded to requests for comment. Her office is expected to release a brief statement after the prosecutor's announcement.
The alleged sexual assault was first reported to police on Dec. 7, 2012. The family has said the alleged victim did not know the identity of her attacker until early January. Police said last week that they tried to interview Winston in January but that Jansen at the time told them his client would not answer questions.
The family has been sharply critical of the way Tallahassee police have handled the case. They said they pushed to have a DNA sample taken from Winston, only to be told by a police detective that it would alert Winston and make the case public. The family said Carroll was warned by police that Tallahassee is a "big football town, and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against him because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable."
Tallahassee police have defended their handling of the case and said it was placed on inactive status in February after police were told the alleged victim did not wish to prosecute the case. Carroll has denied that the woman wanted to drop the investigation.
The alleged victim was an FSU student, but she left school last month.
Associated Press writer Kareem Copeland contributed to this story.
CENTRE - Four games into the 2013-14 basketball season, new Cherokee County coach Neal Wester has already found out a lot about the talent senior guard Tony Pruitt posesses.
CEDAR BLUFF - Katie McGinnis scored 18 points and Delilah Price added 17 to lead the Cedar Bluff Lady Tigers to a 59-43 Class 1A, Area 10 basketball victory over visiting Collinsville on Tuesday.
Sara Starr says her son AJ has been an Alabama football fan for as long as she can remember.
Although there won’t be any local flavor at this year’s Super 6 football championships in Tuscaloosa, there’s still plenty of intrigue in the featured matchups.
JACKSONVILLE - It's been 21 years since the Jacksonville State Gamecocks had won a football playoff game, but that drought became a thing of the past Saturday night at Burgess-Snow Field against Southern Conference co-champion Samford.
CENTRE - Sand Rock senior Madison Smith has been a dominating presence in the middle for the Lady Wildcat volleyball team the past two seasons.