October 4, 2012 |
A team from the SEC West has won four of the last five national titles, including the last three. Of course a team from the SEC East won the other, plus the one in 2006. You think we'll ever be saying that about either the Big Ten Leaders or Legends? Now the SEC has four unbeatens in the top six, five in the top 10, six in the top 20. Soon, two of those unbeatens won't be. Because fourth-ranked LSU, which has dropped two spots in 2 weeks, is at No. 10 Florida. And No. 6 South Carolina hosts No. 5 Georgia.
September 21, 2012 |
AS SEC football games go, Georgia-Vanderbilt doesn't necessarily inspire visions of BCS bowls. But that's not to say there won't be fireworks on Saturday. Vanderbilt has been the doormat of the league for some time. Last year, the Commodores nearly stunned Georgia before falling late. Afterward, Vandy coach James Franklin had an apparent altercation with a Georgia player that led Georgia assistant Todd Grantham to step toward Franklin. Quite messy. Georgia is a customary two-touchdown favorite and is very interested in showing its displeasure for how things dissolved in Nashville last season.
September 10, 2012 |
Arkansas took the second-largest fall out of the Associated Press college football poll, dropping from eighth to unranked after losing to Louisiana-Monroe. The Razorbacks were upset, 34-31, in overtime after losing quarterback Tyler Wilson to an injury. The only team to take a more drastic fall from the poll was Michigan in 2007. The Wolverines opened the season at No. 5 and dropped out after a Week 1 loss to Appalachian State. Alabama remains No. 1. Southern California is No. 2, followed by Louisiana State and Oregon.
September 2, 2012 |
HAMPTON, Ga. - Ricky Stenhouse Jr. used a late push from runner-up Brad Keselowski to pass Kevin Harvick and win the Nationwide race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday night. After a restart with three laps to go, Harvick lost the lead on the final lap as his car got loose coming out of Turn 2, and Stenhouse, who was bumped by Keselowski on the front straightaway, went ahead for good in Turn 3. Stenhouse, the defending series champion, raced to his fourth Nationwide victory of the season, and moved within 12 points of leader Elliott Sadler.
August 24, 2012
BRANDON BOYKIN was a ninth-grader at Fayette County High School in Georgia when he attended a basketball camp being run by then-Kentucky coach Tubby Smith. Before the games started, he had been dunking and showing off to the other campers. It was a neat trick, seeing as how he was only 5-8 at the time. (He has had a growth spurt since. Now he's 5-9.) If this sounds like the beginning of the kind of story that tends to grow over time, Boykin insists it isn't. "It's very true," he said.
August 10, 2012 |
Ethel L. Brooks had a strong urge to take Allen Iverson over her knee. Ethel was a devoted 76ers fan, one of those enthusiasts who know all the players and statistics, and she didn't like the way the brilliant but controversial guard treated her team. Such inexcusable behavior, running off to the Denver Nuggets, the Detroit Pistons, and some team in Turkey! "I wish I was his grandmother," she once said. "I'd knock some sense into him. " Ethel met Iverson once, at a casino in Atlantic City, but that was before the controversy, and he couldn't have been nicer to her, her family said.
June 28, 2012 |
A FUNNY THING happened to Jennifer Weiner on her way to making a TV sitcom about a plus-sized girl trying to make it on Broadway: Her star got skinny. OK, so maybe it wasn't so funny a year ago, when her ABC Family show "State of Georgia" was showcasing a radically downsized Raven-Symone in a role originally written for an actress with a bit more heft. But when you're a writer, having things go ridiculously wrong is the next best thing to having them go perfectly. And so Weiner, who had a life in Philadelphia and a career as a best-selling novelist to fall back on when "Georgia" was canceled, went to Hollywood to make a TV show and came back with her latest book.
June 1, 2012 |
Tropical Depression Beryl's soaking rains were swallowed up by parched soil in Florida and Georgia and won't be enough to relieve drought conditions, state climatologists said. Beryl, 40 miles west of Cape Hatteras, N.C., with winds of 40 m.p.h., degenerated into a post-tropical cyclone as of 5 p.m. local time Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said. Beryl was moving northeast up the North Carolina coast and will be back in the Atlantic by Thursday. While the system dropped as much as 15 inches of rain on parts of Florida after going ashore near Jacksonville on Monday, it won't slake the state's parched soil, forecasters said.
May 28, 2012 |
Tropical Storm Beryl was wrecking some Memorial Day weekend plans on Sunday, causing shoreline campers to pack up and head inland and leading to the cancellation of some events as the storm approached the southeastern United States. Beryl was still well offshore, but officials in Georgia and Florida were bracing for drenching rains and driving winds. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday evening that Beryl was approaching hurricane strength and was expected to make landfall late Sunday or early Monday.
May 15, 2012 |
Home By Toni Morrison Alfred A. Knopf. 147 pp. ($24) Reviewed by Amy Driscoll Mention Toni Morrison's name and the superlatives follow. Nobel Prize. Pulitzer Prize. This spring, she'll add Presidential Medal of Freedom winner to the list. But in her new book, a slim volume titled simply Home that Morrison will discuss Friday night at the Free Library of Philadelphia, the power comes not from the world-famous author's name printed on the cover but from the story within.