Chick-fil-A Sports Updates: Alabama, Georgia hold at no. 1, 2; big changes in the rest of AP’s Top 25. Atlanta Falcons hammered by Pittsburgh, now 1-4. Berry gets big Mountain Day win. Shorter losing streak continues.

Chick-fil-A Sports Updates: Alabama, Georgia hold at no. 1, 2; big changes in the rest of AP’s Top 25. Atlanta Falcons hammered by Pittsburgh, now 1-4. Berry gets big Mountain Day win. Shorter losing streak continues.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report
Mount Berry Mall, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Riverside Parkway, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

While Alabama and Georgia remained atop the AP Top 25, then no. 5 LSU dropped to no. 13 after being upset by the Florida Gators on Saturday (no. 14 this week). Other SEC rankings: Kentucky at no. 18, Auburn at no. 21, Texas A &M at no. 22 and Mississippi State at no. 24.

The ACC: Clemson held at no. 4 followed by Miami at no. 16 and N.C. State at no. 20.

Atlanta Falcons drop to 1-4 after being hammered by Pittsburgh, 41-17.  


Vikings take the field with the no. 14 flag in the lead in tribute to injured player Justus Edwards. Hometown photo.COLLEGES/football:

Berry Football:  Berry beats Sewanee, 44-3. Improves to 6-0 overall & 4-0 in the SAA. Game recap. Next: Berry at Hendrix, 2 p.m. Saturday. Schedule

Shorter Football:  Hawks fall 48-17 to West Alabama. Next: Shorter at North Greenville, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Schedule

Georgia Bulldogs: Georgia over Vanderbilt, 41-13. Next: At LSU, Saturday at 3:30 p.m., CBS. Schedule / SEC Schedule

Georgia Tech: Next up: At home vs. Duke, Oct. 13 at 12:20 p.m. Schedule  / ACC Schedule


The Berry College volleyball team is set to host their “Dig Pink” breast cancer fundraiser on Tuesday night during the Vikings’ 6 p.m. match against Emory University. The event is also Berry’s Pack the House night, with fans encouraged to wear pink to the match. The matchup between the Vikings and Eagles will include pink T-shirt sales for $10, with 100% of the sales going to the SideOut Foundation. The SideOut Foundation partners with volleyball teams all over the country to inspire science and hope in the match against breast cancer. In volleyball, “side-out” means regaining control of the ball, and in the same way, the SideOut Foundation works to help people with breast cancer regain control of their lives through funding breast cancer research and support, empowering young athletes, and bringing together the volleyball community to help beat breast cancer. Other aspects of the “Dig Pink” match include fan BINGO, a pink t-shirt serving competition between sets two and three, pink balloons decorating the gym, and pink socks and laces as part of the volleyball players’ attire for the contest. In a partnership between both the Berry and Emory volleyball programs, the teams have set a $1,000 fundraising goal for the event. For more: click Vikings.


  • Georgia School for the Deaf beats Tennessee School for the Deaf, 60-42, on Saturday.

Latest high school football rankings coming later today. 

John McClellan’s high school picks: New picks for Oct. 12 coming Monday.

2018 high school football season. High School 2018.

High school softball (courtesy of John McClellan)

Georgia High School Association pairings involving local schools; series format: best of three series. Click each ‘class’ for the playoff bracket.

Class 2A
Therrell at Chattooga
Douglass of Atlanta at Rockmart
Pepperell at South Atlanta

Class 3A
North Hall at Sonoraville
Fannin County at Calhoun

Class 4A
Madison County at Cedartown

Class 5A
North Springs at Woodland

Class A power ratings won’t be final until Monday. Trion is definitely in on the public side. Darlington sits at Number 24 on the private side with 24 teams making the playoffs.


Atlanta Falcons (1-3).  Next: At Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Sunday, Fox  Schedule


Atlanta Braves: The Braves continue their playoff run tonight vs. the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Braves are down 0-2 in best of five series. Atlanta  / MLB playoffs
Thursday: Braves fall 6-0 to L.A.
Friday: Braves lose 3-0 to L.A..
Saturday: Off
Sunday: Dodgers at Braves, 8 p.m.
Monday: Dodgers at Braves (if necessary).
Tuesday: Off
Wednesday: Braves at Dodgers (if necessary)
 Rome Braves 2019 schedule: Rome opens on the road April 4 in Kannapolis. Schedule / Mills Fitzner’s photo gallery


Harbin Clinic Turkey Trot 5K and Health Wobble benefiting United Way of Bartow County is Saturday, Nov. 17. The long-running event adds Harbin Clinic as the title sponsor this year but keeps the same great course encircling Sam Smith Park and also serves as a qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race. Along with the 5K race, which starts at 9 a.m., the event will have a pre-race costume contest and a two-mile health wobble. The wobble is a two-mile, non-timed walk. “Harbin Clinic is excited to become a part of this Cartersville tradition and be able to help put a focus on health and wellness in Bartow County while also supporting the many great things the Bartow County United Way does in the community,” Harbin Clinic CEO Kenna Stock says. Wire2Wire Running will provide timing and results. Registration for the 5K is $25 and $20 for the health wobble, and people can sign up at To guarantee T-shirt size, participants need to be registered by Sunday, Nov. 11. Race-day registration for the 5K is $35 and $25 for the wobble. Packet pick up will be on Friday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the lobby of the United Way, 320 W. Cherokee Ave. Register for the Race

Dec. 8: Registration is under way for the annual #JamieStrong Rome Half Marathon to be held at State Mutual Stadium. In addition to the 13.1-mile Half Marathon, the event that is presented by GoGo Running includes a Half Marathon Relay and a 5- kilometer race. The Rome Half will once again benefit area middle and high school running programs with some of the proceeds benefiting the family of Rome teen runner Jamie Hughes (JamieStrong). All of the races start and end at State Mutual Stadium, with the 5k starting at 8 a.m. and the Half Marathon and Relay starting at 8:05. Half Marathon, Relay, and 5k Finishers receive long sleeve tech T’s, and will enjoy a post-race pancake breakfast provided by the Rome Braves. The area’s high school teams and athletes will be honored the night before at the 2018 GoGo Running All-Area Cross Country Banquet that will be held Friday, Dec. 7. For more: or contact GoGo Running at The Shoe Box at 706-291-0752.
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