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Former Gainesville standouts thriving at Tennessee

For former Gainesville football star A.J. Johnson, the transition to the college game was fairly painless.

May 30, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


This week: Braves welcome in St. Louis Cardinals

The Atlanta Braves open a series with the defending World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals today in need of a series win.

May 27, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Kahne keeps Hendrick success rolling with win at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. - Welcome to the Hendrick family, Kasey Kahne.

May 27, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Franchitti claims 3rd Indy 500 title

INDIANAPOLIS - Dario Franchitti stamped his name in the record books, the latest three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.

May 27, 2012 | Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Keselowski holds off Kenseth to win at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. - The leader on the last lap isn't supposed to win at Talladega Superspeedway. Everybody knows that.

May 06, 2012 | Jenna Fryer | Staff sports picks


This week: Full slate of playoff games on tap

State playoffs, meets and matches will take place across the board in high school sports this week, and there are a number of teams around the area participating.

April 29, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


Busch takes Sprint Cup race at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. - Kyle Busch capped a perfect weekend Saturday night by winning the spring race at Richmond for the fourth consecutive year.

April 28, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jefferson grad Mosley drafted by New York Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The New York Giants filled a need on the offensive line taking Auburn offensive tackle Brandon Mosley, a Jefferson High graduate, with their second pick in the fourth round of the NFL Draft Saturday.

April 28, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Padres put Gainesville grad Owings on 15-day DL

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres have put pitcher Micah Owings on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm and called up right-hander Dale Thayer from Triple-A Tucson.

April 26, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia State dismisses QB, suspends 2 players after fight

ATLANTA - The junior quarterback of Georgia State University's football team has been dismissed and two other players suspended indefinitely after they were arrested in Atlanta.

April 20, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Creek mouths the best bet for stripers

Water temperatures are right around 70 degrees. Lake Lanier's water level is at 1,065.65, which is 5.35 feet below full pool of 1,071 feet. We should see an increase as the recent rains flow into the lake. Lake Lanier is clear on the main lake and mostly clear in the creeks and coves. The Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam is clear. Check generation schedules before heading out to the river at 770-945-1466.

April 19, 2012 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Staff sports picks


Biffle pulls away to give Roush another Texas win

FORT WORTH, Texas - Greg Biffle regained the lead when he charged under Jimmie Johnson with 30 laps left Saturday night, then pulled away to end his 49-race winless streak while giving owner Jack Roush another NASCAR Sprint Cup victory in Texas.

April 15, 2012 | Stephen Hawkins Associated Press | Staff sports picks


G-Braves score 7 in the 9th, top Norfolk in extras

Jose Constanza had a two-run triple to provide the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves the winning margin in a 14-12 comeback win against the Norfolk Tide on Wednesday afternoon in Norfolk, Va. The G-Braves (4-3) scored seven runs in the top of the ninth to send the game to extra innings and then won it with two runs in the top of the 11th.

April 11, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


This week: Hall County track meet returns

Hall County is bringing back an old tradition on Thursday with the track and field championships at Johnson High. After a few years away from holding the meet, Flowery Branch, Johnson, North Hall, East Hall and Chestatee will all be part of the field. Results have no bearing on seeding for region championships that come later this month.

April 08, 2012 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Watson wins Masters playoff over Oosthuizen

AUGUSTA - Bubba Watson started the day by watching the rarest shot in golf. He ended another thrill-a-minute Sunday at Augusta National with a signature shot of his own to win the Masters.

April 08, 2012 | By Eddie Pells Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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US heads to Women's World Cup final with 2-0 win over top-ranked Germany

MONTREAL - Carli Lloyd buried a penalty kick, Hope Solo got another shutout and the United States beat top-ranked Germany 2-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the title match at the Women's World Cup.

June 30, 2015 | By Anne M. Peterson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kyle Busch holds off brother Kurt to win at Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. - After two practice sessions at Sonoma Raceway, Kyle Busch spent an evening icing his surgically repaired left foot.

June 28, 2015 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Virginia wins first College World Series title with 4-2 victory over Vanderbilt

OMAHA, Neb.- After battling a spate of injuries and struggling to even reach its conference tournament, Virginia finished a magnificent postseason run to win its first baseball national championship.

June 25, 2015 | By Eric Olson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch graduate Brad Keller impressing for Single-A baseball team Kane County Cougars

The perfect end to Brad Keller's victory Sunday wasn't his teammate's walk-off RBI, closing the first half of the season on a five-game team winning streak or pitching three-hit ball through six innings.

June 23, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Vanderbilt holds Virginia to four hits in 5-1 win at College World Series

OMAHA, Neb. - Carson Fulmer combined with two relievers on a four-hitter, Will Toffey's two-run double broke a scoreless tie in the sixth, and defending national champion Vanderbilt opened the College World Series finals with a 5-1 victory over Virginia on Monday night.

June 22, 2015 | By Eric Olson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


ESPN: Report shows Pete Rose bet on Reds in 1986

BRISTOL, Conn. - ESPN says it obtained a notebook that shows Pete Rose bet on Cincinnati Reds games during his last season as an active player in 1986.

June 22, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jordan Spieth picks up stunning US Open victory on heels of Masters win

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - Jordan Spieth is halfway home to the Grand Slam, a prize only three of the biggest names in modern golf have ever chased.

June 22, 2015 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Henrik Stenson, Dustin Johnson share US Open lead after Day 1

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - So much for Chambers Bay being the star of this U.S. Open. Thursday turned into another horror show for Tiger Woods.

June 18, 2015 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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