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Going, going, gone

It's been rumored for weeks that the Thrashers were leaving Georgia for greener pastures in Canada, and Tuesday it happened as Atlanta became the only city to ever lose two NHL teams in the modern era of the league.

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Harvick wins when Earnhardt runs out of gas

In a finish nearly as crazy as the Indy 500's improbable ending, Dale Earnhardt Jr. runs out of gas in the final turn of Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600, allowing Kevin Harvick to win the Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte.

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PREP FOOTBALL PREDICTION COLUMN: Buckle up — the home stretch of the season is here

Herald High School Beat Writer Mike Phillips breaks down four huge games taking place tonight in Southwest Georgia that will go a long way to shaping the state playoff picture.

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OUTDOORS COLUMN: Finally -- the perfect retriever!

Herald Outdoors Columnist Bob Kornegay shares a series of humorous tales about his love-hate relationship with his Labrador retriever duck dogs over the years.

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PREP FOOTBALL PREDICTION COLUMN: 1-AAAA takes the week off — and I like it

Herald High School Writer Mike Phillips isn't used to Region 1-AAAA's teams all being on a bye at the same time like they are this week, but he thinks the move to give everyone the same off week if the fairest thing to do.

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PREP FOOTBALL PREDICTION COLUMN: Time to toast Lowe

Herald High School Beat Writer Mike Phillips gives much-deserved props to Deerfield football coach Allen Lowe, who can secure his 200th career win tonight if the Knights beat rival Sherwood.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Bulldogs find a ‘Friend’ in their O-line

Former Bulldogs sidelines report and Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith lauds the job that UGA offensive line coach Will Friend as done in Athens.

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PREP FOOTBALL PREDICTION COLUMN: Crown ’em now --- Monroe-Westover winner will take 1-AAAA title

Herald High School Football Beat Writer Mike Phillips says he thinks the winner of Saturday night's Monroe-Westover city rivalry game will be in the driver's seat to capture the 1-AAAA crown.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Missouri fans sure know how to host a football game

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith writes this week that while Missouri lost to his beloved Bulldogs over the weekend, the town --- and their fans --- were gracious losers and still made sure all those who came had a good time.

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OUTDOORS COLUMN: Some folks just don’t get it

Herald Outdoors Columnist Bob Kornegay returns this week after a short break to offer his thoughts on why it seldom occurs to us humans that the earth is not our personal playground.

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PREP FOOTBALL PREDICTION COLUMN: Westover steps up

Herald High School Writer Mike Phillips says he respects Westover for putting together arguably the toughest schedule in Southwest Georgia this season, but that doesn't mean he thinks the Pats can upend state power Jonesboro tonight at Hugh Mills.

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PREP FOOTBALL PREDICTION COLUMN: You gotta believe in Westwood

Herald high school beat writer Mike Phillips kicks off the season with his first high school prediction column of 2012 with a closer look at Westwood’s 27-game unbeaten streak that will be put on the line tonight against a much bigger, faster Stratford Academy program --- last year’s AAA state runner-up.

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LORAN SMITH: Remembering the old days

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith looks ahead to college football season and all that’s in store with a playoff on the horizon, while also remembering how things used to be.

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OUTDOORS COLUMN: Hunting means much to those who do it

Herald Outdoors Columnist Bob Kornegay writes a heartfelt tribute to one of his favorite activities.

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COLUMN: It’s time for NBC to pass the Olympic torch

Herald sports editor Danny Aller takes a look back at NBC's heavily criticized coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and hopes the network will learn from its mistakes before the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Only winner at Open was Royal Lytham

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith wraps up his week-long stay across the pond covering the British Open for The Albany Herald with a look back at Sunday’s unpredictable finish that saw Adam Scott blow a big lead on an unforgiving Royal Lytham course and hand the Open's Claret Jug to Ernie Els on a silver platter.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Lytham abuzz as 141st Open Championship makes return

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith, who will be in England all week reporting on the 141st annual British Open, previews golf's third major of the year.