Chick-fil-A Sports Report:  Braves win;  game four today at 4:30 p.m. John McClellan’s high school picks for this weekend. Latest high school rankings. Alabama, Georgia remain no. 1, 2 in AP Top 25. Falcons fall to 1-4 after blowout lost to Pittsburgh.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Braves win; game four today at 4:30 p.m. John McClellan’s high school picks for this weekend. Latest high school rankings. Alabama, Georgia remain no. 1, 2 in AP Top 25. Falcons fall to 1-4 after blowout lost to Pittsburgh.

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

BASEBALL

Braves win, 6-5; host game four with Dodgers today at 4:30 p.m. Given all he has endured over the past few years, it was fitting that Freddie Freeman delivered the decisive blow to preserve the efforts of the many Braves who contributed to the season-extending 6-5 win over the Dodgers in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. Once closer Arodys Vizcaino had escaped potential disaster in the ninth inning of Sunday night’s “must win” game, the Braves could enjoy Ronald Acuna Jr.‘s jaw-dropping grand slam and celebrate Freeman’s timely contribution, a go-ahead homer off former teammate Alex Wood in the sixth inning. Extended release

Atlanta Braves: The Braves continue their playoff run this afternoon vs. the Dodgers. Braves are down 2-1 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: Braves beat Dodgers, 6-5.
Monday: Dodgers at Braves, 4:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1
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

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

John McClellan’s high school picksfor this weekend: Darlington over Trion; Rome, Cartersville, Calhoun should cruise. McClellan

Latest high school rankings: Darlington back in the top 10 for private schools. Rome, Calhoun hold at no. 1; Cartersville, no. 4; Rockmart, no. 3. Rankings 

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.


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.

Berry Vikings (6-0) hold at no. 14 in latest NCAA Division III rankings. Vikings

COLLEGES/football this Saturday:

Berry Football: Berry at Hendrix, 2 p.m. Schedule

Shorter Football:  Shorter at North Greenville, 2:30 p.m. Schedule

Georgia Bulldogs: At LSU, at 3:30 p.m., CBS. Schedule / SEC Schedule

Georgia Tech: At home vs. Duke, 12:20 p.m. Schedule  / ACC Schedule

COLLEGES/Other


NFL

Atlanta Falcons (1-4) after being blown out by Pittsburgh, 44-17. Next: Home Sunday vs. Bucs,  1 p.m., Fox  Schedule



COMMUNITY

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 Active.com. 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: www.romehalf.com or contact GoGo Running at The Shoe Box at 706-291-0752.
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