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Danny Aller

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Bravo, Buster

Lee County native and San Francisco Giants star catcher Buster Posey became just the third catcher in baseball’s modern era Wednesday — and the first since 1942 — to win the National League batting title.

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Southwest Georgia golfer Clanton struggles with 8-over in opening round of U.S. Senior Amateur Championship

Leesburg's own Bill Clanton made his debut at the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship on Saturday in N.J., but he struggled during the first round and is well back of the lead.

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Panthers release 2013 schedule; PIFL adds two new teams

The defending PIFL champion Albany Panthers announce their 2013 schedule Thursday, as well as reveal that two new teams have been added to the league.

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Pollock on leave of absence: ‘I feel bad for the kids’

Michael Pollock, who was temporarily relieved of his duties as head coach of the Panthers’ football team two weeks ago, is officially put on administrative paid leave by the Sumter County Board of Education.

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Pollock’s status in limbo for Americus-Albany game

The Albany Herald's Game of the Week between Albany High and Americus-Sumter on Friday got a little more intriguing Tuesday when it was learned that Panthers head coach Michael Pollock has been removed from his role as leader of the program, although whether the move was the result of a suspension --- and is temporary or permanent --- remains unclear. (UPDATED: 5:14 p.m. with new quotes, details)

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Local golfer Clanton wins playoff at Doublegate, secures spot in prestigious U.S. Senior Amateur

Albany will have a representative in the U.S. Senior Amateur Open later this month in N.J. after Bill Clanton earns a coveted qualifying spot Thursday at Doublegate.

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Monroe, Seminole, Early get votes in AP prep football poll

Sportswriters across Georgia don’t rank any area teams in The Associated Press’ first Top 10 of the year, but three squads get votes in the season’s preseason poll. (ADDS: Complete poll; Corky Kell Classic)

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Vinent siblings make history at Albany Motor Speedway over the weekend

In what’s believed to be the first time in Albany Motor Speedway history, a brother-sister duo take the checkered flags on the same night.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Ex-Bainbridge star Gaines turning heads at Arkansas

Former Bearcat standout Rohan Gaines is in the running to be a starter at DB for the Razorbacks this season. (ADDS: items on UGA's practice Friday; banned LSU DB Mathieu checking into drug rehab; book on Paterno has new revelations)

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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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Silver lining

Albany native Angelo Taylor is passed in the final 100 meters as the U.S. men's 4x400 relay team settles for silver Friday in London, while the Bahamas wins its first gold medal in Olympic history in a men's event.

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History halted

Albany’s Angelo Taylor, who was seeking to become the most decorated hurdler in Olympic Games history Monday, falls short of his record third gold medal when he finishes fifth in the men’s 400-meter hurdle finals in London.

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Pro basketball returning to Albany with new ABA team

Albany City Commissioner Christopher Pike tells The Herald late Monday night that he will continue to serve his role in the community, while also becoming the GM of the newly founded Albany Shockwave ABA professional basketball team, which will be unveiled today.

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On Warriors’ Summer League roster, Albany’s Young to see NBA future unfold in next 2 days

Former Deerfield star Andre Young wasn’t taken in either round of the recent NBA Draft, but Young was invited to the Golden State Warriors’ Summer League tryouts, where he will find out soon whether he’s made the team’s final roster before play kicks off Friday night.

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Out for redemption

One week after losing in the tournament championship game against Conyers, Albany Post 30 comes back strong in the Paul Eames Memorial on Friday, opening with a pair of wins.

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LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Nine-team, Paul Eames Memorial Baseball Tournament kicks off today; Darton coach Henry set to hold two hoops camps starting next week; ASU honored by SAAC

Nine under-19 baseball teams from around the Southeast will converge on Albany today for the inaugural Paul Eames Memorial Baseball Tournament. (ADDS: breakout of today's schedule of games)

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Back-To-Back!!!

For the second year in a row, the Albany Panthers arena football team ends the season as champions after downing the Richmond Raiders, 60-56, on Saturday night in front of 6,194 fans at the Albany Civic Center.

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Leesburg’s Posey still leads NL catchers on MLB All-Star ballot; voting ends today

Leesburg native and Giants starting catcher Buster Posey still leads the MLB NL All-Star voting, which ends today at 11:59 p.m.

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Lee County rising junior WR Cabrera gets first D-I offer from Duke; ex-Trojans star WR, UGA signee Seay to play for Itawamba CC

With interest brewing from major colleges around the country, Duke becomes the first D-I school to extend an offer to Trojans star Josh Cabrera.

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Cavs No. 1 golfer, Mississippi St. signee Sakulpolphaisan named to prestigious national All-Nicklaus Team

Darton’s Joe Sakulpolphaisan, who ended his sophomore year as the No. 1-ranked JUCO player in the nation, becomes the first Cavs golfer in the program’s history to be named to the All-Nicklaus Team, which is selected by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus.

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GSW men’s basketball program signs former Duke football star, high school hoops standout

Austin Kelly, a former two-sport star at South Cobb High in North Georgia, had already graduated from Duke — but still had a year of eligibility left — so he’s decided to pursue his master's degree in Americus and play hoops next season for GSW.

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New Darton wrestling coach backs out of job

The search is back on for Darton’s next wrestling coach after Tom Erikson — a former assistant at D-I powerhouse Purdue — accepts the position, but then backs out Thursday.

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Ex-DWS star Young’s NBA tryouts a success; more to follow?

Albany’s Andre Young shines in his tryouts with the Warriors and Kings, and those performances have now drawn interest from the Hawks, Bobcats, Lakers and Spurs.

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Several Lee County girls soccer players inadvertently omitted from All-Area team

Lee County girls soccer stars Carsen Taylor, Nicole Polk, Emily Peters, Sarah Sheffield, Danielle Brendel and Kristi Sheridan are added to the 2012 Herald All-Area Girls Soccer Team.

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Duluth’s Shim still leads Ga. Jr. Championship at Doublegate; Albany’s Joiner brothers T-24th

Albany’s Jacob and Tyler Joiner sit tied for 24th place after Day 2 of the Georgia Junior Championship.

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Former Lee, college baseball stars Nichols, Richardson opt to give up pro careers

After being drafted and advancing in the minors, Leesburg natives D’Vontrey Richardson, who starred at FSU, and Thomas Nichols, who starred at Georgia Tech, decide not to pursue MLB careers.

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Ex-DWS, Clemson star Young set for NBA tryouts

Former Deerfield and Clemson star point guard Andre Young has tryouts this week with the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings — and others could follow leading up to June 28’s NBA Draft.

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U Save It owner drops ace at Doublegate on hole he sponsored, wins $10K

Fred Sharpe, owner of U Save It Pharmacy in Albany, put up $10,000 for any player that sunk a hole-in-one during the recent Member Guest Tournament at Doublegate — and believe it or not, Sharpe was the one who ended up acing the hole.

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Albany’s Branch may have to fight for spot on New England’s roster

Albany native and former Monroe star receiver Deion Branch, who re-signed with the Patriots this offseason, may be in danger of not making the team’s roster.

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FSU rocks Stanford, ace Appel in Super Regional opener

Florida State knocks Stanford ace Mark Appel out of Game 1 of the NCAA Super Regionals on Friday night and rolls to an impressive 17-1 win.

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Braves wrap up MLB draft by selecting Colquitt High's Creech, two UGA stars

The 2012 MLB draft ends Wednesday as UGA‘s Alex Wood and Levi Hyams are taken by the Braves, who also select Moultrie’s Matt Creech.

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Posey Power

Former Lee County softball star Sam Posey played hero for Valdosta State last week when she kept the Lady Blazers’ season alive with an 11th-inning, walk-off HR that propelled them to their first national title two days later, adding another chapter to the growing legend that is the Posey last name.

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PIFL in process of sorting out fallout from Panthers-Hammers end-of-the-game brawl

With a lack of video evidence or eyewitness accounts by the officials of the brawl that broke out between players from the Albany Panthers and Alabama Hammers at the end of their game Saturday, the PIFL front office says it’s dealing with a “unique” situation that it hopes to have resolved soon.

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Lee County slugger, UGA signee Nichols wins 1-AAAA’s top honor

Lee County leading hitting Daniel Nichols earns the same honor Monday that his brother Thomas did five years ago when he's named the Region 1-AAAA Player of the Year.

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Panthers survive testy Hammers on road

Albany pulls away from Alabama late, but a brawl between the teams in the final seconds mars an otherwise impressive win Saturday. (UPDATES: with comments from Hammers coach)

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GISA CLASS A FINAL FOUR: Westwood crushes DEA in Game 1 of playoff series, 11-1

Westwood blasts David Emanuel Academy on its homefield Friday to take a 1-0 series lead in the Class A Final Four.

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After rough final day, Darton golf finishes 5th at nationals

The Cavs’ golf team, which had hopes of bringing the program's first NJCAA championship back to Albany since 2007, may have made its 11th straight trip to nationals this year, but it was one to forget after Darton finishes a disappointing fifth.

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Darton's season ends in region tourney; Terrell Academy swept in GISA AA Elite 8; Crisp Academy gets back to Final Four in Class A

The Darton College baseball team can’t extend its record-setting season Saturday when it falls to Georgia Perimeter, then South Georgia, ending its year in the region tourney. (ADDS: roundup items on Terrell Academy, Crisp Academy, Westwood baseball)

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COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Darton No. 1 golfer Sakulpolphaisan officially commits to Mississippi State; Cavs baseball rolls in region tourney opener

Darton's Joe Sakulpolphaisan, who is the No. 1-ranked golfer in the entire NJCAA Division I, signed his national letter-of-intent to play next season for Division I Mississippi State. (ADDS: roundup item on Darton baseball team winning to advances to semifinals of region tournament).

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GHSA/GISA STATE BASEBALL STATE PLAYOFF ROUNDUP: Seminole sees amazing season come to heartbreaking end in Game 3 vs. Schley; TAE falls in Game 1 of Elite 8 series; Crisp rolls; RSS swept

Seminole County's amazing season comes to a heartbreaking end Friday in Game 3 of its GHSA Class A Sweet 16 series in a 14-9 loss to Schley County. (ADDS: roundup items on Randolph Southern, Terrell Academy and Crisp Academy)

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GISA CLASS A/AA STATE BASEBALL PREVIEW: Westwood, Crisp, TAE, Randolph Southern set for GISA Elite 8 round today

In addition to Deerfield, four other area Southwest Georgia teams remain alive in the GISA state baseball playoffs, which continue today. (ADDS: preview items on Randolph Southern and Crisp Academy in Class A and Terrell Academy in Class AA)

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GHSA STATE BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Crisp stunned by Allatoona; Calvary Day takes Game 1 against Miller; Seminole ppd.

Rain postpones the Seminole County-Schley County series Wednesday, while Miller County and Calvary Day only get one game in, but Crisp County and Allatoona play both as the Cougars are swept. (EDITS: corrects that Crisp's Robert Tyler is a junior)

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Speedy Whitaker runs to play baseball for Brewton-Parker

SGA's Kam Whitaker, a four-sport star, signs a baseball scholarship with Brewton-Parker College late last week in Damascus.

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Worth star LB Newton heads north to Maryville College in Tenn.

Worth County linebacker Austin Newton signs a football scholarship Tuesday to attend Maryville College in Tennessee.

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Americus boys’ great season ends

Americus-Sumter's tennis season ends Monday in the Elite 8 round of the GHSA Class AAA playoffs as the boys fall to West Laurens.

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Westover region champ Hubbard heads to state golf tourney hoping for another trophy

Jerrell Hubbard wins Westover’s first region golf title in nearly 20 years and he and his teammates will join a host of other area schools at today’s GHSA State Tournament in Augusta.

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SATURDAY'S GISA/GHSA STATE BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Deerfield, Miller, Randolph Southen all advance in state tourneys

DWS wins Game 2 vs. Arlington Christian, and both Miller County and Randolph Southern take do-or-die Game 3s on Saturday to move on.

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TAE girls soccer tames Frederica, gets back to Final 4

After losing to Frederica in the state finals and Final Four the last two years, the TAE girls soccer team exacts revenge Wednesday in the Elite 8 in Dawson.

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DWS boys soccer wins thriller in Elite 8 round of state, girls fall

The Knights advance to the Final Four in state after Jonathan Jones’ game-winning goal in overtime, while the No. 1-seeded DWS girls are stunned by Westminster, 2-1.

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FRIDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: Lee County baseball honors seniors, then routs Colquitt; Morrell hits three HRs as Westwood wins 15th straight

Fresh off a 17-12 rout by Colquitt on Thursday, Lee County rebounds nicely Friday with an 11-1 win against Colquitt County in seniors' final home game. (ADDS: items on Westwood, Deerfield, Randolph Southern, Crisp Academy baseball; Lee County girls, Bainbridge boys soccer advancing to region title games; Sherwood boys soccer securing No. 2 seed in state tourney)