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BIG 10: Nov. 9-Nov. 16

These are the top 10 most-read stories on albanyherald.com from Nov. 9 through Nov. 16, 2012.

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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: No. 10 Georgia women bounce Belmont; mid-major power Dayton too much for Auburn

The No. 10 Georgia women improve to 4-0 on Sunday with a 32-point rout of Belmont as Andy Landers is now one win away from 800.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: N.D., Alabama, UGA top BCS standings; Barkley out vs. Irish; Vols fire Dooley

The scenario is pretty clear following the release of the latest BCS standings Sunday: If Notre Dame wins out, it will face the SEC Championship game winner of UGA-Alabama for the national title — that is, provided the Tide beats Auburn and Georgia beats Georgia Tech this weekend.

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Richt: We’ve got our chance

Losses late Saturday by No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon have opened the door for the Bulldogs to sneak into the national title game.

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NASCAR’s new King

For the second year in a row, the NASCAR Sprint Cup series has a new champ as Brad Keselowski holds off Jimmie Johnson on Sunday in the finale at Homestead.

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Falcons win, survive Ryan’s five-pick, nightmare game

Matt Ryan has a game to forget Sunday, but because every other area of Atlanta’s game was sound, the Falcons are able to eke out a 23-19 win against the Cardinals and improve to 9-1.

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Lee native conquers Pacific Crest Trail

A Leesburg native recently became one of the roughly 250 people this year to complete the entire course of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Anne Long Williams

Anne Long Williams died Tuesday.

Phil S. Walker

Phil S. Walker died Saturday.

Joan Joiner Robinson

Joan Joiner Robinson died Saturday.

Jimmie Jeanelle Dixon

Jimmie Jeanelle Dixon died Saturday.

Marjurie (Marjeco) Childs

Marjurie (Marjeco) Childs died Wednesday.

Kenneth W. Varner

Kenneth W. Varner died Saturday.

Jamal Singleton

Jamal Singleton died Wednesday.

Patricia Parks

Patricia Parks died Saturday.

Jimmie Lee Baker

Jimmie Lee Baker died Saturday.

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Veterans Supermarket to ease benefit search

The annual Supermarket of Veterans Benefits brings a smorgasbord of information and assistance to veterans.

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Squawk of the day - Nov. 19, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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Dougherty County Jail Report - Nov. 8-15, 2012

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail Nov. 8-15, 2012. The listing includes name, date of booking, law enforcement agency, reason for booking, bond and date of release.

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Thumbs Up - Nov. 19, 2012

See who deserves this week's Thumbs Up!

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Obama and the end of decline

What is the point of Barack Obama's second term?

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Petraeus betrayed country before he betrayed his wife

Was David Petraeus as great a general as the write-ups of his downfall routinely claim? This is a provocative question that I will begin to answer with another question: Did America prevail in the Iraq War?

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Flying through life with grandpa

Hall of Fame aviator, patrol captain, musician, husband, father...often so many titles can be attributed to one person. My grandfather is one of these people.

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Another two bite the dust ...

For the first time since 2007, the No. 1 and 2 teams in the nation --- in this case, Kansas State and Oregon --- lose on the same day as the BCS title picture experiences a massive shakeup late Saturday night when the Wildcats are routed by Baylor and the Ducks are dropped in overtime by Stanford. (ADDS: Saturday's complete Top 25 roundup)

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Camilla's Scott-Wesley catches first career TD in UGA win as Bulldogs benefit from losses by nation's top 2 teams

The No. 5 Bulldogs take care of business Saturday against in-state FCS opponent Georgia Southern, 45-14, then spend the rest of the evening scoreboard-watching as previously unbeatens No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon both fall.

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COLUMN: Say it ain’t so, Marlins — not again

Herald staff sports writer Mike Phillips, who spent nearly 20 years in Miami covering the Marlins before coming to Albany, rips the organization over its head-scratching trade it made earlier this week, sending all of its stars to Toronto and gutting the franchise's roster yet again.

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PREP FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Deerfield’s Forrestal commits to Navy; Westover, Jonesboro coaches renew friendly rivalry

Shortly before the Knights romp in their state playoff opener, DWS big man Patrick Forrestal tells The Herald he’s headed to Navy after the program’s latest title run is through.

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New England Patriots release 2005 Super Bowl MVP, Albany native Branch

For the second time this season, the New England Patriots cut Albany native and 2005 Super Bowl MVP receiver Deion Branch,

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Auburn’s offense explodes in 51-7 rout of Alabama A&M

Auburn takes card of Alabama A&M on Saturday and now must get set for bitter rival Alabama next week in the Iron Bowl.

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OPENING NIGHT: Monroe, Albany, Westover, Dougherty tip-off seasons at Civic Center

At one point during Saturday’s season opener for both Monroe and Dougherty’s basketball teams at the Albany Civic Center, the Tornadoes led, 28-0, before cruising to a 53-27 shellacking of their city rival. (ADDS: game recaps between Westover-Albany boys and girls and Monroe-Dougherty girls)

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ACC ROUNDUP: Albany's Greene leads FSU past Maryland as Seminoles clinch Atlantic title; Ga. Tech romps Duke, stays alive for conference crown

Albany native Rashad Greene --- one week removed from catching the game-winning touchdown to rally FSU past Virginia Tech --- leads all receivers with five catches for 50 yards and a TD on Saturday in the Seminoles' ACC title-clinching win at Maryland, 41-14.

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Pair of Darton baseball players move on to next level

Darton baseball stars Davis Knapp and Tripp Calhoun both sign Division I scholarships this week.

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PREVIEW: Falcons look to rebound from first loss vs. Cardinals today

The Falcons will try to rebound at home today from their first defeat of the season last week against the Saints as they face the struggling Arizona Cardinals.

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