I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and will have a safe and prosperous New Year. Hopefully in 2021 the world can return to some kind of normalcy in our everyday lives.

The Charlton County basketball teams will return to action on Wednesday, December 30 when they host Irwin County. This game was originally scheduled for Monday, but with Irwin playing in the state football finals it was rescheduled. The JV boys will play at 2:00 p.m. with the varsity girls in action starting at 3:30 p.m. and the boys scheduled to tip off at 5:00 p.m..

Courtney Williams and her Galatasaray squad in Turkey returned to regular season action and improved to 12-1 in league play. Williams scored 18 points in their win.

Chris Milton was placed on the injured reserve list by the Tennessee Titans last week with an undisclosed knee injury. It is unknown as to when he may return this season.

College bowl season is underway with many of the lesser known bowls and teams in action. Two Georgia schools picked up wins as Georgia Southern beat Louisiana Tech 38-3 in the New Orleans Bowls, while Georgia State defeated Western Kentucky 39-21 in the Lending Tree Bowl. The biggest game thus far had Liberty University ending the undefeated season of upstart Coastal Carolina 37-34 in overtime at the Cure Bowl.

Florida will return to action on Wednesday as they face Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, while Georgia opens up the New Year’s Day action when they face Cincinnati in the Peach Bowl. That game will be followed up by the two national semifinal playoff games. Alabama will face Notre Dame and will be followed by Clemson and Ohio State.

The Jacksonville Jaguars fell to 1-14 on the season after getting hammered by the Chicago Bears 41-17. With the loss and the New York Jets winning, the Jaguars have locked up the number one pick in the NFL Draft, which is expected to be Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

While the Atlanta Falcons played the high scoring Kansas City Chiefs, a late missed field goal cost them a chance for overtime as they lost 17-14 to fall to 4-11.

On Christmas Day, Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints, tied an NFL record set in 1929 by rushing for six touchdowns in the Saints' 52-33 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Heading into the final week of the regular season, the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers have clinched division titles in the AFC, while in the NFC the Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks have claimed division titles.

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher and Hall of Famer Phil Niekro passed away Sunday at the age of 81. Niekro was famous for his knuckleball which helped him to win 318 major league games, mostly for the Braves.

The NBA has returned to action and the Atlanta Hawks are undefeated. While they have only played two games, they seem to be playing so much better than a year ago. Guard Trey Young is leading the way averaging 36.5 points per game.