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Jimmie Johnson nabs record-tying 7th NASCAR championship

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Jimmie Johnson tied Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt with a record seven NASCAR championships when the hard-luck breaks of racing turned Sunday's title-deciding finale into his crowning moment.

November 20, 2016 | Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Simonds scores 13 for Ga. State in loss at No. 20 Purdue

Caleb Swanigan scored 18 points and No. 15 Purdue scored the final 20 points of the game to rally and beat Georgia State 64-56 on Friday night in the Cancun Challenge opener.

November 18, 2016 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grad Ishmael Hollis picking up with another run at pro basketball in Europe

Ishmael Hollis has traveled the world playing basketball. And with each stop, he gains a new appreciation for a different style, a different pace of the game.

November 16, 2016 | Zack Myers | Staff sports picks


Logano wins Phoenix, joined by Kyle Busch is Sprint Cup championship race

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Matt Kenseth's misfortune gave Joey Logano a chance to race for the championship.

November 13, 2016 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia State football fires coach Trent Miles after 2-8 start

ATLANTA - Georgia State has fired coach Trent Miles after less than four years on the job.

November 13, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville resident Juan Soto gets 1st marathon win at Savannah

About five miles into the Savannah Marathon, Juan Soto had a question for the leg captain biking beside him.

November 13, 2016 | By Marcus Rodrigue For The Times | Staff sports picks


Georgia State buys Turner Field, plans to convert to football stadium

ATLANTA - Georgia State received approval Wednesday to purchase Turner Field for $22.8 million, clearing the way to convert the former home of the Atlanta Braves into a downsized college football stadium.

November 09, 2016 | | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Ralston places 8th, UGA golf 2nd in Hawaii

Gainesville High graduate Spencer Ralston tied for eighth as the University of Georgia golf team placed second at the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic on Sunday in Lahaina, Hawaii.

November 07, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Banged-up Deshaun Watson expected to play for Clemson Tigers on Saturday

The Deshaun Watson watch is on at No. 3 Clemson.

November 07, 2016 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Carl Edwards secures spot in title race with rain-shortened win at Texas Motor Speedway

FORT WORTH, Texas - Carl Edwards got the victory he desperately needed to earn a championship-contending spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale, winning at Texas on Sunday night in a race shortened by 41 laps because of rain after the start was delayed nearly six hours.

November 07, 2016 | By Stephen Hawkins Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Deshaun Watson throws for 2 TDs, runs for another in No. 3 Clemson's 54-0 win against Syracuse

Deshaun Watson threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third before leaving No. 3 Clemson's 54-0 win over Syracuse on Saturday with a bruised shoulder.

November 05, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Johnson wins Martinsville to gain spot in NASCAR’s finale

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - There was a time this summer when a seventh championship seemed out of reach for Jimmie Johnson.

October 31, 2016 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Joey Logano wins Talladega to advance in NASCAR’s playoffs

TALLADEGA - Joey Logano grabbed a critical win to give Team Penske one car in the next round of NASCAR's playoffs. Denny Hamlin edged Austin Dillon for a final spot in the field on a tiebreaker Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

October 23, 2016 | Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kevin Harvick wins at Kansas to reach next round of NASCAR Chase

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - No matter what kind of misfortune befalls Kevin Harvick in the early rounds of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, his team always seems to get things together when it matters.

October 16, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Watson, Clemson avoid upset in OT win over NC State

CLEMSON, S.C. - Deshaun Watson hit Artavis Scott with 10-yard touchdown pass in overtime and Marcus Edmond finished it with an interception in the end zone as No. 3 Clemson beat North Carolina State 24-17 on Saturday.

October 15, 2016 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Gainesville grad Deshaun Watson wins Davey O'Brien Award

ATLANTA (AP) - Deshaun Watson has won the Davey O'Brien award as the nation's top quarterback for the second year in a row, beating ...

December 08, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Deshaun Watson’s trip to Heisman Trophy stage bumpier than 2015

CLEMSON, S.C. - He doesn't flash that easygoing smile as frequently. His play gets scrutinized and picked apart more, because many of the folks ...

December 06, 2016 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High graduate, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson named a Heisman Trophy finalist

Clemson quarterback and Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson is a Heisman Trophy finalist for the second consecutive season, joining Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Michigan linebacker ...

December 05, 2016 | Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Washington make College Football Playoff

Conference championships matter. Head-to-head matters. Strength of schedule matters. Every game counts, though some seem to count more than others and good luck figuring out ...

December 04, 2016 | By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Watson throws for three TDs, Clemson tops Virginia Tech 42-35 for ACC title

ORLANDO, Fla. - Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson bolstered his Heisman Trophy candidacy by passing for three touchdowns and running for two more to lead third-ranked ...

December 03, 2016 | Fred Goodall Associated Press | Staff sports picks


East Hall graduate Watson seizes opportunity to shine at collegiate level

In the moment his team needed somebody to step up and make a play, Devin Watson was there.

November 30, 2016 | Zack Myers | Staff sports picks


QB Deshaun Watson, No. 3 Clemson looking to take final step into playoffs

CLEMSON, S.C. - The way Clemson coach Dabo Swinney sees it, the pressure is the same as it's been all season.

November 29, 2016 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Murphy: The case for Deshaun Watson in the Heisman Trophy race

Deshaun Watson's Heisman hopes are looking solid right now. What a difference a week makes.

November 28, 2016 | | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Watson tosses six touchdowns, No. 4 Clemson beats South Carolina 56-7

CLEMSON, S.C. - Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson tied his career high with six touchdown passes, three to Mike Williams, and No. 4 Clemson took ...

November 26, 2016 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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