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This week: Wimbledon takes center court

For a change of pace, tennis will dominate the week's sports scene with Wimbledon starting to pair down the field in anticipation of the finals on July 5.

June 29, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Former Vikings standout headed to play for Team USA in Holland

Ken Wise has never had a need for a passport, that is, until he received an important call from Great South Baseball League Commissioner Bill Park last Thursday saying he'd been selected to represent Team USA in the World Port Classic in Rotterdam, Holland.

June 29, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Long going the distance with running

It's his foresight for running that keeps Nick Long focused. He's not content with his list of achievements from a high school career at North Hall that included a team state title in cross country as a junior, and three individual state titles in track.

June 27, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Gainesville A's jump past Dawsonville

If you tried to make the case that summer baseball was just as much about battling the heat as playing strong fundamentally, the Gainesville A's probably wouldn't object to that point.

June 27, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


G-Braves fall further behind in standings with loss to Buffalo

LAWRENCEVILLE - Having a world-famous mascot visit Gwinnett Stadium on Friday night only served to mask the offensive woes for the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves.

June 27, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Gwinnett Braves fall to Buffalo

The Gwinnett Braves were hoping Barbara Canizares could turn the tide on an otherwise sluggish offensive night at the plate Thursday at Gwinnett Stadium.

June 26, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


O'Connell relishes victory at LeMans

Johnny O'Connell had the same reaction any red-blooded American would have after he captured the title in the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 14. O'Connell, a Flowery Branch resident, stood on the podium in front of a crowd estimated at nearly 100,000 fans, listening as the Stars Spangled Banner played in his honor, acknowledging his team's win in the GT1 class of the famed LeMans Series endurance race in France.

June 22, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


This week: Gainesville A's to face prep teams

The Gainesville Travelers and Gainesville A's will both stay occupied with a slate of games this week. The Travelers open the week against the Windward Blue team at 7 p.m. Tuesday at West Forsyth High. Then on Saturday, the Travelers play host to the Athens Pirates in a doubleheader at Flowery Branch High.

June 22, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Life in the minors: Gwinnett manager takes the ups and downs in stride

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Braves manager Dave Brundage had a smile that couldn't be undone before a recent game against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. It never gets old for this 12-year minor league manager to tell a player they've been called up to the majors.

June 20, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Summer conditioning: Johnson football team getting tough

OAKWOOD - Johnson High football coach Paul Friel is a forward thinking kind of guy. He's more concerned about thinking about the possibilities the upcoming season has to offer, instead of dwelling on a disappointing 2008 campaign. He knows looking back doesn't do anyone associated with the Knights' program any good.

June 19, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Eighth inning dooms Gwinnett Braves

LAWRENCEVILLE - The eighth inning wasn't kind at all to the Gwinnett Braves on Thursday at Gwinnett Stadium.

June 11, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Penland's passport to success

OAKWOOD - Adrian Penland is well aware that he's gotten a pretty fair shake out of life. For the past six years, this West Hall High graduate has been living his dream playing basketball overseas.

June 10, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Souther ready to take the field with Panthers

These days, Ethan Souther doesn't have a herd of teammates by his side during a workout at Chestatee High. Just weeks after graduating from the school, the former War Eagles quarterback comes back focused on his next journey, as a college football player.

June 10, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Lumpkin County hires five new coaches

Lumpkin County High's coaching staff will have a much different look next season, even though some of the names are familiar.

June 09, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Time in training yields double gold profits for Drummond

Daniel Drummond certainly passed the eye test at this year's track and field state championships.

June 07, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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