News for Friday, November 13, 2009

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The Buzz Nov. 14

Donations sought for Thanksgiving mealsALBANY -- The Albany Police Georgia Recovery Corps is seeking help in providing food for those in need this Thanksgiving.

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Little big men

The Deerfield-Windsor defense has evolved from undersized to overwhelming this season but tonight faces the one team it struggled to stop for its playoff life.

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Knights back in Final 4

Four first-half touchdowns and a second-half shutout secure a victory for the Deerfield-Windsor Knights and a berth in the GISA Class AAA state semifinals.

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Will Johnson stay in cruise control?

Drivers trailing Jimmie Johnson in the Chase for the Championship have plenty of incentive in case he has another wreck Sunday in Phoenix like he did last week.

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Hawks stun Celtics

Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford lead the way as Atlanta takes care of Boston.

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Little guys big beneficiaries of coaching dominos

They are getting their big breaks these days at schools like Wake Forest and Arizona, as well as Georgia, where Mark Fox is now the Bulldogs' coach.

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Manuel ready for his first FSU start

Now that Christian Ponder is out for the season, the EJ Manuel era begins at quarterack today for Florida State as the Seminoles travel to North Carolina to play Wake Forest.

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Jackets can punch ticket to Tampa

Georgia Tech can seal its spot in the ACC title game with a victory today against a rising Duke program coached by David Cutcliffe.

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Auburn aiming to avenge '07 loss

Auburn, after playing Soulja Boy all week to remember the 2007 loss in Athens against Georgia, returns with some plans of its own.

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Playoff hurdle

Albany State tries to end its four-year slide of first-round postseason losses today when West Alabama visits the Rams at Albany Municipal Coliseum in the NCAA Div. II playoffs.

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Huge pass play leads Thomas Jefferson past Westwood

Westwood sufferes yet another close loss, resulting in the end to the Wildcats' season, 24-21, at the hands of Thomas Jefferson.

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Monroe falls in OT

Florida commit Neiron Ball catches the game-winning TD in overtime as Monroe falls short of upsetting undefeated Jackson.

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Chattahoochee County comes back to beat Seminole

Seminole County can't hold a late lead and sees its season end, 34-27.

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Miller County moves past Brookstone

Shawndre Sheffield leads the way for Miller County as it beats Brookstone, 33-26, in the first round of the GHSA Class A playoffs.

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Eagles upended

Edmund Burke holds the ball the entire third quarter, scoring a TD and then recovering an onside kick to set up another score, setting the stage for a 21-12 victory against Sherwood Christian in the GISA playoffs.

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Pediatric playroom at Phoebe gets makeover

More than 108 hours were spent repainting a recreational room in Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's pediatric unit.- Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

Weaver trial to continue

Christopher Weaver is accused of defrauding Alltel Communications of hundreds of thousands of dollars.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

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Business challenge: Add new employees

A local restaurant manager says larger business owners should help cut into the area's unemployment numbers.- Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

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Grinstead birthday marks fourth year

The Irwin County teacher vanished four years ago without a trace.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

Unemployment claims tumble in city, state

Most of the initial claims filed recently were done so by laid-off workers in manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, construction and administrative and support services.- Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

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