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This week: Let the games begin

After months of preparation, the majority of high school football teams will finally kick off the regular season this week.

August 21, 2011 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


Busch wins first race at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Kyle Busch won his 23rd race on NASCAR's Sprint Cup circuit, pulling even with brother Kurt in career victories.

August 21, 2011 | By Noah Trister Associated Press | Staff sports picks


LCKC athletes kick off Senior Sprint World Championships

Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club athletes kicked off the Sprint World Championships Thursday in Szeged, Hungary.

August 18, 2011 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Former Trojan now coaching with UNC-Wilmington

Chris Stephens, a former North Hall baseball player and assistant coach, has been hired to the University of North Carolina-Wilmington baseball coaching staff as an assistant coach after serving on the staff at Presbyterian College for one season.

August 18, 2011 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Shaw looked at to lead Georgia Southern

STATESBORO - Georgia Southern exceeded expectations last season by advancing to the FCS semifinals under first-year coach Jeff Monken.

August 16, 2011 | George Henry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


For now, SEC will stick with its 12 schools

The Southeastern Conference is staying just as it is - for now.

August 14, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Bradley wins PGA in playoff after rousing comeback

August 14, 2011 | | Staff sports picks


Former Gainesville High star finds success in Bigs

The most impressive thing about Micah Owings' young pro baseball career so far might be how resilient he's been in the face of adversity. It's a trait he didn't have to learn at a young age after starring at Gainesville High, and both Georgia Tech and Tulane University. But after his second and most recent stint in the minor leagues, Owings, a right-hander relief pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks, has found peace and comfort in just doing what he can do help the team.

August 13, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Cunningham signs free agent deal with Tennessee Titans

When Chad Cunningham received a call from his agent Jimmy Sexton on Tuesday night, it put about 4 1/2 months worth of uncertainly to rest after a long NFL lockout.

July 27, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Fickey helped build shotgun program at Clemson

Wake Fickey has already found a sport that he'll stay involved with for many years to come.

July 26, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Out of bounds: College football's postseason problems

Change, it seems, is in the air.

July 23, 2011 | Brent Holloway | Staff sports picks


Oversigning: An in-depth look into 1 of college football's biggest controversies

Roster management.

July 16, 2011 | Adam Krohn | Staff sports picks


Humphrey resisting urge to play while rehabbing injury

Tasha Humphrey has no doubts she'll be right back in the ranks of the WNBA and women's professional basketball before long, it'll just take some time given the nature of her injury last year.

July 11, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Out of bounds: College football's season of scandals

It would be hard to rival the scandals that have marred college football in the last 12 months.

July 09, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


'Death' from above: The year a football program was banished

On Feb. 25, 1987, the NCAA issued a report that forever changed the landscape of college football. In the span of little more than six pages, it told the story of a program spun out of control, of boosters gone wild, of players being paid while coaches and administrators, at the very least, looked the other way.

July 09, 2011 | Brent Holloway | Staff sports picks


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Leonard: Looking for NASCAR's next top sponsor

The announcement came Tuesday. Sprint will be the premier sponsor of NASCAR's top series through 2016, and then it's leaving.

December 16, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Local lifters strong in Loganville

LOGANVILLE - Iron Beast Gym co-owner Marcel of Allen of Gainesville assembled an all-star push/pull (benchpress and deadlift) team of powerlifters, bench press specialists, a strongman competitor and a novice lifter under the title of "Team 1%" to take the team championship against 11 other squads containing other elite lifters at the Body By George Southern Powerlifting Federation Championships held at the Covenant Christian Academy Gym over the weekend in Loganville.

December 15, 2014 | For The Times | Staff sports picks


Clemson's Watson scheduled for surgery, will miss bowl game

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson will have surgery Friday and miss the Tigers' upcoming bowl game.

December 10, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Paul Johnson Love Fest in full swing

The Paul Johnson Love Fest continued last week.

December 09, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Oregon QB Mariota headlines Heisman finalists

NEW YORK - The Heisman Trophy finalists would make one heck of an offense.

December 08, 2014 | By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Leonard: College Football Playoff a step forward

The inaugural College Football Playoff is here. Plenty of people are mad. It turns out that the more things change in college football, the more they stay the same.

December 07, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Alabama, Oregon, FSU and Ohio St. in 1st college playoff

GRAPEVINE, Texas - Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State have been selected to play in the first College Football Playoff.

December 07, 2014 | By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Sims steers No. 1 Alabama to Southeastern Conference title

ATLANTA - Alabama locked up another title, with plenty of style points for the playoff committee.

December 06, 2014 | Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


North Hall Elite Hitting Camp feature Red Sox's Hyers

North Hall High is hosting its Elite Hitting Camp this Saturday and Sunday. Boston Red Sox minor league hitting coordinator Tim Hyers is leading the camp.

December 03, 2014 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


SEC Banter: Missouri the classic underdog in SEC Championship

The twenty-third edition of college football's original conference championship game takes place this Saturday afternoon in Atlanta.

December 03, 2014 | By Ben Prevost For The Times | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Yellow Jackets' win vs. Georgia was crazy

Paul Johnson won't ever be accused of being loquacious. But quite often the taciturn Tech coach says a lot without saying much.

December 03, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Leonard: Frogs' leap to No. 3 doesn't make sense

The College Football Playoff rankings are getting downright laughable. How else can you explain the latest installment released Tuesday night?

December 03, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Local golf: Foursome takes group match victory

Joe Roberts, Al Raynes, Tommy Lowery and Johnny Nix won the Luna's Tuesday golf group's match last week at Chattahoochee Golf Course.

November 29, 2014 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Watson tosses 2 TDs, Clemson defeats South Carolina 35-17

CLEMSON, S.C. - No. 23 Clemson stopped the countdown on its losing streak to South Carolina. Now, the Tigers are looking to a new countdown to how many more Palmetto Bowl victories they might achieve behind freshmen Deshaun Watson, tailback Wayne Gallman and receiver Artavis Scott.

November 29, 2014 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Tiger star anchored by his Gainesville roots

November 25, 2014 | | Staff sports picks


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