News for Sunday, June 17, 2012

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Simpson wins U.S. Open for first major championship

Webb Simpson takes the lead away from Jim Furyk late in the final round of the U.S. Open to win his first major championship.

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Florida State ousts Stony Brook from CWS

On the brink of elimination, the Florida State baseball team stays alive in the College World Series with a 12-2 win against Stony Brook.

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Earnhardt Jr. ends drought with win at Michigan

Dale Earnhardt Jr. ends a 143-race winless streak Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

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Panthers to open playoffs vs. Columbus

The Albany Panthers will play the Lions in Saturday's PIFL semifinal game at the Albany Civic Center.

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Orioles shut out Braves, 2-0, behind Chen’s gem

Baltimore’s Wei-Yin Chen gives up six hits and one walk in seven innings to outpitch Atlanta’s Randall Delgado.

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HERALD ALL-AREA BASEBALL: Too close to call

Westwood pitcher Douglas Nobles and Lee County first baseman Daniel Nichols are co-winners of The Albany Herald Ray Knight Player of the Year award after a pair of remarkable seasons on the baseball field. (ADDS: 2012 Herald All-Area Baseball Team)

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Independence Day events planned

Three big events will join a plethora of smaller backyard celebrations of the nation's birthday.

Grills are lit; watermelon is on the grocery store shelves and thermometers are stuck in that tiny area between hot and scorching. We must be close to Independence Day.

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Rodney King dies at 47

Rodney King, the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers was the touchstone for one of the most destructive race riots in the nation’s history, was declared dead early Sunday after being pulled from the bottom of his swimming pool. He was 47.

Squawk of the day - June 18, 2012

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Transportation plans in metro Atlanta undefined

The battle over how the region would spend $6.14 billion to fix metro Atlanta's transportation quagmire is in full roar.

State seeking to add school nurses

Georgia is among the worst states in the country for staffing nurses in schools, but state education leaders are hoping a new law passed this year will improve that standing.

Dawn Hammond

Mrs. Hammond died Friday, June 15, 2012

Susan McIntyre

Susan Braswell McIntyre, age 58 of Vidalia, died Friday, June 15, 2012

Hazelene Culwell

Hazelene S. Culwell, 79, of Leesburg, GA, formerly of Apopka, FL died Friday, June 15, 2012

Eva Sauls

Mrs. Eva Phillips Sauls of Bogart, GA formerly of Albany died Saturday June 16, 2012

Vera Silas

Vera Mae Silas, 70, of Camilla, died Saturday, June 16, 2012

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LOCAL TENNIS: Area players helping Marines overseas; Stonebridge Open finals set for today

At Pine Forest Racquet Club on Monday, some 50 care packages will be packed and prepared to be shipped to U.S. service men and women stationed in foreign lands.

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COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: FSU looks to avoid elimination today vs. Stony Brook; Arkansas wallops Cinderella Kent State; two-time defending champ S.C. drops No. 1 Florida

Justin Gonzalez’s two errors and 11th-inning mistake hurt FSU in its Game 1 loss to Arizona late Friday, but coach Mike Martin said the Seminoles must regroup tonight. (ADDS: breakout with info on today's FSU-Stony Brook game; recaps of Arkansas-Kent State; South Carolina-Florida)

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HERALD ALL-AREA TRACK & FIELD: Simply the Best

Westover two-time state discus champ Dontrevious Ousley and Monroe nine-time champ Mimieux Land run away with the Boys and Girls Track & Field Players of the Year, an award that — from this year forward — will be named in honor of Dougherty County Director of Athletics and longtime state track meet organizer Johnny Seabrooks. (ADDS: 2012 Herald All-Area Boys and Girls Track & Field Teams)

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Raiders hand Panthers second loss of season

For only the second time this season, Albany loses a game — and once again it comes on a last-second field goal, this time Saturday at Richmond.

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NBA FINALS PREVIEW: With Game 3 looming tonight, do Heat have Thunder figured out?

Miami’s win at OKC in Game 2 — the Thunder’s first home loss of the playoffs — has given the Heat loads of confidence heading to Game 3 tonight.

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Orioles starter Hammel flirts with no-no, settles for one-hit, 5-0 win vs. Braves; Beachy injured in loss

Atlanta doesn’t get a hit until the seventh inning off Baltimore starter Jason Hammel, while Braves starter Brandon Beachy leaves with an injury.

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U.S. OPEN: Furyk, McDowell tied for lead; Tiger 5 shots back

Tiger Woods starts the day tied for the lead at the U.S. Open, but he struggles during the third round — including bogeys on his final two holes — to fall five back of co-leaders Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell. (ADDS: breakout of today's final-round tee times)

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‘Day with a Cop’ is day of family fun

The Albany Police Department’s Family Protection Unit brought officers together with the community Saturday in Tift Park.

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