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East Hall High grad, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Sterling Bailey holding autograph session

Former East Hall High football standout Sterling Bailey, who now plays for the Minnesota Vikings, will be signing autographs from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday while the Region 7-AAA basketball tournament is taking place in the school's gymnasium.

February 06, 2017 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville resident Susan Harkins overcame injury to win 4 medals at World Karate Championships

Susan Harkins has overcome countless obstacles. Injuries have accounted for many that have made the road tougher to remaining proficient in karate.

February 02, 2017 | Marcus Etienne The Times | Staff sports picks


Gainesville group raises money for 1,300-square-foot banner to honor Deshaun Watson

While driving around Gainesville shortly after Clemson won the College Football Playoff national championship, Louis Hokayem saw the ideal spot.

January 30, 2017 | Marcus Rodrigue | Staff sports picks


Gainesville residents create fundraiser for 1,300-square-foot Deshaun Watson banner

A group of Gainesville residents have created a fundraiser to hang a huge banner on a downtown building honoring area native and former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.

January 25, 2017 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville native Deshaun Watson among more than 100 college players entering NFL draft early

NEW YORK - For the second straight year, more than 100 players are giving up college eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

January 20, 2017 | Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Thousands turn out for Clemson football parade, celebration

CLEMSON, S.C. - Around 70,000 smiling, cheering football fans turned out for the biggest party Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has thrown yet at Death Valley to celebrate the school's first national championship in 35 years.

January 14, 2017 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


West Hall graduate Anthony Lotti already primed for success at Wisconsin

Anthony Lotti left home prepared. He knew it was going to take some acclimation after graduating from West Hall High and going on to kick for the football program at the University of Wisconsin.

January 13, 2017 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks


Clemson QB, Gainesville High grad Deshaun Watson repeats as Manning Award winner

Clemson quarterback and Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson has been named the first repeat winner of the Manning Award, which is presented by the Sugar Bowl to the nation's top college quarterback after the postseason.

January 12, 2017 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Deshaun Watson leaves Clemson, Swinney on solid ground

TAMPA, Fla. - Standing on college football's biggest stage and hoisting its top prize, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and dynamic quarterback Deshaun Watson shared the ultimate hug and a few private words.

January 10, 2017 | Mark Long Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville native, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson set for CFP national championship rematch with Alabama

Even with one game left to play, Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson already knows what he wants to be remembered for during his time at Clemson.

January 08, 2017 | Marcus Rodrigue | Staff sports picks


Clemson QB Deshaun Watson gained a grasp of overcoming mistakes during years at Gainesville High

When Deshaun Watson was still just a kid at Gainesville High, back before the Heisman Trophy races and national championship chases, former Red Elephants quarterback coach Michael Perry instilled in him a simple principle.

January 07, 2017 | Marcus Rodrigue | Staff sports picks


Winter weather update: Area sporting events rescheduled as winter storm approaches Friday

The scheduling shuffle continues for all high school sports teams in the area in preparation of Winter Storm Helena.

January 06, 2017 | Times Sports Reports | Staff sports picks


No. 2 Clemson blanks No. 3 Ohio State to win Fiesta Bowl

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Deshaun Watson ran for two touchdowns and threw another and No. 3 Clemson crushed No. 2 Ohio State 31-0 Saturday night in the Fiesta Bowl to set up a rematch with Alabama for the College Football Playoff national championship.

December 31, 2016 | Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


College Football Playoff: Alabama wears down Washington 24-7 in Peach Bowl, now heads to title game

ATLANTA - Alabama is heading back to the national championship game.

December 31, 2016 | Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ogokie, Georgia Tech dismantle No. 9 North Carolina 75-63

ATLANTA - Josh Okogie scored 26 points, Ben Lammers had 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Georgia Tech pulled off a major upset with a 75-63 victory over No. 9 North Carolina on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

December 31, 2016 | George Henry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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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 ...

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 ...

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


Dawsonville's Chase Elliott wins pole for Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Chase Elliott nipped Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the final qualifying lap Sunday to win his second straight pole for the Daytona 500.

February 19, 2017 | Dan Gelston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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