Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Gulf South Conference announces Spring Championship series for soccer, volleyball. NFL Divisional Round playoffs: Packers, Bills advance. Two more games today.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Gulf South Conference announces Spring Championship series for soccer, volleyball. NFL Divisional Round playoffs: Packers, Bills advance. Two more games today.

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Gulf South Conference announces Spring Championship Series for soccer and volleyball (includes Shorter University): 
(Media release) The Gulf South Conference Board of Directors has approved a 2021 Spring Championship Series for the sports of soccer and volleyball. Men’s and women’s soccer teams will open their seasons the week of February 11th, while volleyball teams will begin play on March 3rd.

“The Spring Championship Series will provide the chance for significant competition for our soccer and volleyball student-athletes,” said GSC Commissioner Matt Wilson. “Administrators and coaches across the league have actively worked towards finding opportunities for the student-athletes who were affected by the cancellation of the fall season, and I’m proud of collaborative effort that has created these events.”

Men’s and women’s soccer will include pool play and a final bracket. The GSC men’s soccer teams will be split into two groups of five, and the women’s teams will be split into two groups of six. The pools were developed to facilitate efficient competition opportunities for GSC student-athletes and institutions. Schools will play one pool game per week and each GSC team will advance to a final tournament, which will conclude with a championship game at a site to be determined.

The volleyball format will also include pool play and a final bracket. The GSC volleyball teams will be split into one group of five and one group of six. Similar to soccer, the volleyball pools were developed to facilitate efficient competition opportunities for GSC student-athletes and institutions. Pool play will include a mix of single matches and dual matches. Each GSC team will advance to a final tournament, which will conclude with a championship game at a site to be determined.

Following NCAA policy, the GSC will collect statistics and results from these spring seasons. Wins and losses will count towards all-time standings and coach records, while teams and student-athletes are eligible for single game records and numbers will count towards career records. Spring Championship Series Championships will not count as official GSC Championships.


NFL

What’s next in the National Football League’s playoffs: For more, click NFL

Divisional round

Today:

  • AFC Divisional: Browns vs. Chiefs, 3:05 p.m., CBS
  • NFC Divisional: Tampa Bay vs. Saints, 6:40 p.m., Fox.

Saturday:

  • NFC Divisional: Green Bay over Rams, 32-18.
  • AFC Divisional: Bills top Ravens, 17-3.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL/local

Berry College: The tentative plan is to have a five-game football season begin sometime in February. The schedule will be finalized soon.

  • No outside fans at Berry/SAA events per COVID concerns. Fans will be limited to only students, faculty, and staff members that are part of an SAA institution’s COVID-19 on-campus community. Please visit www.SAA-Sports.com.

Shorter Hawks: Shorter head football coach Zach Morrison says football practice will begin at the end of January with a five-game schedule slated to begin on Feb. 27 with a game at Kennesaw State University. Two of the games will be played at home including the March 20 showdown against Edwards Waters College and March 27 against Fort Valley State University. Shorter’s home games will be played at Darlington’s Chris Hunter Stadium.


BASEBALL

Atlanta Braves open spring training Feb. 27: The Braves will be based as the new spring training campus in North Port on the coast of Southwest Florida. The inaugural season was cut short by the pandemic in 2020. The first game of the Grapefruit League is Feb. 27 at Baltimore. The first “home” game is March 1 vs. the Nationals. Spring schedule

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