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The Masters: Augusta National shuts down again because of stormy weather

AUGUSTA- With severe storms bearing down on Augusta National, the club has been shut down for the second time this week.

April 05, 2017 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ernie Els gearing up for what could be his last Masters

AUGUSTA - Ernie Els has memories at every corner of Augusta National, typical of someone who is playing the Masters for the 23rd time.

April 03, 2017 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Fred Payne confident he'll achieve 'dream' of landing on NFL roster

On arguably the most important day of his football career so far, nerves never afflicted Fred Payne.

April 01, 2017 | Marcus Rodrigue | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grad Kanler Coker making the most of second Final Four appearance with North Carolina

Kanler Coker has certainly made the most of his opportunities.

March 31, 2017 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks


Larson takes Monster Energy race at Fontana with ease

A blistering first in qualifying. A surprising first in the Xfinity Series race.

March 26, 2017 | Steven Wine Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Thirty first-annual John Hunter Regatta finishes up Day 1 action

The 31st annual John Hunter Regatta started up Saturday at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park in Gainesville.

March 26, 2017 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Ryan Newman skips late pit stop, stuns NASCAR field in Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Ryan Newman gambled and skipped a tire-changing pit stop to move from seventh place to the lead and held on for the final two laps for a surprise victory in Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series race.

March 19, 2017 | By Bob Baum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


North Hall High graduate Paul Powers continues to thrive swimming at University of Michigan

Paul Powers only has to do one thing to achieve a state of serenity before each race.

March 13, 2017 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks


Martin Truex Jr. wins at Vegas, Kyle Busch bloodied in brawl

LAS VEGAS - Martin Truex Jr. finished speaking to reporters after winning the NASCAR Cup race Sunday and retreated into a corner of the media center where a tablet awaited with the video cued up.

March 12, 2017 | By Mike Cranston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Keselowski wins NASCAR race at Atlanta

Kevin Harvick ruined a dominating performance by going too fast on pit road Sunday, allowing Brad Keselowski to steal a NASCAR Monster Energy Cup victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

March 05, 2017 | Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High graduate D'Marcus Simonds scores 21 for Georgia State in win against Ga. Southern

Gainesville High graduate D'Marcus Simonds scored 21 points, Jeremy Hollowell totaled 15 points, 12 boards and five assists, and Georgia State outlasted Georgia Southern for a 72-67 win in the regular season finale for both teams on Saturday.

March 04, 2017 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


College Scoreboard: No. 4 North Georgia Softball gets first Top-10 win of the season

The fourth-ranked University of North Georgia softball team notched its first Top-10 matchup of the season, defeating No. 8 Saint Leo, 3-1, Sunday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

February 26, 2017 | Times Sports Reports | Staff sports picks


Piedmont College graduate Marvin Hudson reflects on experience umpiring 2016 World Series

In any given baseball game, it's commonplace to see the catcher and umpire share a continuous dialogue. The two men behind the plate are in constant communication, whether they're discussing balls and strikes or just making small talk.

February 25, 2017 | Marcus Rodrigue | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High graduate, UGA golfer Spencer Ralston finishes 10th overall in Puerto Rico Classic

Gainesville High graduate Spencer Ralston shot a 2-under 70 for the No. 9 University of Georgia men's golf team in the Puerto Rico Classic on Tuesday.

February 21, 2017 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Deshaun Watson receives second consecutive Davey O'Brien Award

FORT WORTH, Texas - Deshaun Watson is trying to approach everything leading up to the NFL draft as having fun and enjoying the process while preparing for another once-in-a-lifetime moment.

February 20, 2017 | Stephen Hawkins Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Austin Dillon picks up first Cup win at Coca-Cola 600

Hall of Fame car owner Richard Childress finally let the emotions flow when he looked up at the Charlotte Motor Speedway's scoring board after ...

May 29, 2017 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former Gainesville High catcher Michael Curry named First-Team All-SEC as a sophomore with Georgia

Michael Curry never took into account his age, or his own individual aspirations at that matter, when he was appointed team captain before the start ...

May 27, 2017 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks


College rowing championships scheduled for this weekend at Lake Lanier Olympic Park

The American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championships kicks off Saturday at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park.

May 25, 2017 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Kyle Busch claims $1M prize for winning Monster Energy All-Star race

CONCORD, N.C. - In a race built on brave, bold moments, Kyle Busch used one to win NASCAR's annual All-Star race and its $1 ...

May 21, 2017 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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