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Jeff Gordon deserves recognition for bounce-back season

...spent most of the race running in the top seven. At one time, all four were running in the top four.BEST RACE, FIRST RUNNER-UP: AJ Allmen dinger's battle with Marcos Ambrose in the closing laps at Watkins Glen provided the most-thrilling...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nascar/2014-12-17/jeff-gordon-deserves-recog
Michaux: Playoff system isn't perfect, but a good start

...College Football Playoff poll after beating a bad Iowa State team by only 52 points. The Bears leaped the Frogs to first runner-up status with a narrow quality victory over Kansas State.There are legitimate arguments to be made for all of the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-12-09/michaux-playoff-system-isnt-
Autistic student crowned Josey's homecoming queen

...field with the other candidates for the announcement of king and queen.When the announcer called out the name of the first runner-up for queen, Gay-Nesbitt said her heart was pounding. Clutching her daughter's right arm, with Adejah's...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/education/2014-10-16/autistic-student-crowned-
Millwood bids for stardom

DENVER -- It was the equivalent of a marathon, with the first runner starting in the early afternoon and the last one staggering home near midnight. That's how the Atlanta Braves viewed their first...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/04/20/oth_226459.shtml
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Illinois hopeful crowned Miss America

...tried to attract viewers by shedding tradition and including two-piece swimsuits for the first time in 50 years. The first runner-up was Miss North Carolina Michelle Warren, and the second runner-up was Miss Mississippi Myra Barginear. Miss...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1997/09/14/ent_214657.shtml
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Miss Augusta crowned

...was the first year of the People's Choice award, which was chosen by the audience. Gail Morrison Wheatley was the first runner-up and Christy Monique Bonaparte was second runner-up. Contestant Dana Clarke won the talent competition and was...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2001/08/11/met_318226.shtml
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Jones helps Braves to rally

...would have homered in his first two at-bats rather than striking out on six pitches. He would have thrown out the first runner that tested him, rather than throwing the ball into left field for his first error. Welcome to the big leagues, kid...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1996/08/16/met_199205.shtml
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Miss USA takes Miss Universe crown

...program for communication at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Miss Venezuela, 23-year-old Marena Bencomo, was the first runner-up, and Miss Trinidad and Tobago, 24-year-old Margot Bourgeois, was second runner-up. Contestants from 74...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1997/05/17/ent_208425.shtml
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Marathon champ proves Olympic win not a fluke

...victory in Atlanta wasn't just a one-race breakthrough. Roba finished in 2 hours, 26 minutes, 23 seconds, the first runner - male or female - to win in Boston after the Summer Games. She did it on a demanding, undulating stretch known for...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1997/04/22/oth_207181.shtml
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Flame relay begins after bad weather prevents full ceremony

...to Vasillis Dimitriades, a Greek skier who was the first runner in a relay that will reach Nagano, Japan, Feb. 7...the high priestess, as she handed the torch to the first runner. Instead of using the burnished steel mirror to light...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1997/12/20/oth_219364.shtml
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