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Keselowski takes opening round in Chase for Sprint Cup championship

JOLIET, Ill. - With a daring drive through the middle, Brad Keselowski showed how badly he wants to win another championship.

September 14, 2014 | Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


5 things to know about NASCAR's Chase

NASCAR's version of the playoffs, the Chase, begins today at Chicagoland Speedway.

September 14, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Powers wins big in Hawaii before heading to Michigan

Paul Powers didn't have much time to settle in for his first semester of classes at the University of Michigan, and the swimmer didn't mind one bit.

September 02, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Kahne passes Kenseth for Atlanta win, earns Chase spot

HAMPTON - Kasey Kahne's "downer" year received an important boost when he overcame his struggles with restarts with a big power move when he needed it the most.

September 01, 2014 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Watson makes most of opportunity in Clemson debut

ATHENS - Deshaun Watson didn't know when his moment was coming. That didn't stop him from making the most of it.

August 31, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Stewart set for NASCAR return at Atlanta Motor Speedway

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Tony Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race.

August 28, 2014 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville golfer ties for 7th in Georgia Senior Championship

ALBANY - Walter Hope of Gainesville tied for seventh in the Georgia Senior Championship at Doublegate Country Club.

August 28, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


NFL adopts stronger penalties for domestic violence

NEW YORK - NFL players will be subject to a six-week suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment from the league for a second under a new policy outlined by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

August 28, 2014 | By Howard Fendrich Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia State wins opener 38-37 over Abilene Christian

Wil Lutz kicked a 26-yard field goal with 4 seconds left and Georgia State won for the first time as an FBS member, beating Abilene Christian 38-37 on Wednesday night.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Leonard: NASCAR's changes have paid off

NASCAR was chasing buzz rather than being concerned with a true champion when it made points system changes in the offseason.

August 27, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Logano surges past Kenseth for first victory at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Joey Logano surged past Matt Kenseth with 44 laps to go and won for the first time in his career at Bristol Motor Speedway, foiling Kenseth's gambling attempt to secure a spot in NASCAR's playoffs.

August 23, 2014 | Hank Kurz Jr. Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Translating SEC coachspeak

SEC Media Days? That's a misnomer.

August 20, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Local golf: Luna's Tuesday event held at Crystal Falls

Bud Black, Sam McGee, Frank Waggoner and Don Rogers won last week's Luna's Tuesday golf group's match at Crystal Falls Golf Course.

August 19, 2014 | | Staff sports picks


Fishing report: Bass anglers must be willing to adapt

Lake Lanier's water level has barely dropped at 1,070.06 or .94 feet below a full pool of 1,071. Water temperature are also lower than normal for August in the lower 80s, which has helped the fishing. Lake Lanier is clear on the main lake and clear in the rivers and creeks.

August 14, 2014 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Staff sports picks


McIlroy wins thrilling PGA Championship on soggy turf

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The challenge finally arrived for Rory McIlroy, and he was better than ever Sunday to win the PGA Championship.

August 10, 2014 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Ellison's 3 TDs push Georgia Southern past Troy

STATESBORO, Ga. - Quarterback Kevin Ellison had three short touchdown runs, and L.A. Ramsby ran for two more scores to help Georgia Southern rout Troy 42-10 on Thursday night.

October 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Bumgarner, Giants beat Royals 3-2 to win World Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A giant, indeed.

October 30, 2014 | By Ronald Blum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Prevost: Halloween weekend makes for scary matchups

Ghosts, ghouls and goblins across the South - they're huge SEC fans - know Halloween in the nation's finest conference means one thing: the All Hallow's Eve edition of SEC Banter.

October 29, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Staff sports picks


Royals' Ventura pays tribute to friend with gem

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Yordano Ventura found his own way to honor his close friend Oscar Taveras on Tuesday night, pitching the Kansas City Royals past the San Francisco Giants in Game 6 of the World Series.

October 29, 2014 | By Dave Skretta Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Mississippi State, Florida State top first playoff poll ranking

GRAPEVINE, Texas - The College Football Playoff selection committee has spoken - and it likes the SEC.

October 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Bumgarner puts Giants win away from title

SAN FRANCISCO - With every pitch, Madison Bumgarner etched his place among the World Series greats.

October 27, 2014 | By Ben Walker Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Giants crush Royals to tie World Series 2-2

SAN FRANCISCO - Down three runs and in danger of getting pushed to the World Series brink, Pablo Sandoval and the San Francisco Giants raised up some Panda-monium.

October 26, 2014 | By Ronald Blum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia Southern wallops Georgia State, 69-31

Matt Breida ran for 201 yards and four touchdowns, including a 75-yarder on the opening play of the second half, leading Georgia Southern to a 69-31 win over Georgia State on Saturday.

October 25, 2014 | Charles Odum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Royals hang on 3-2, take 2-1 World Series lead on Giants

October 24, 2014 | | Staff sports picks


Georgia State, Georgia Southern starting rivalry

ATLANTA - The state of Georgia's two GSUs - Georgia State and Georgia Southern - will play for the first time as new Sun Belt Conference rivals on Saturday.

October 23, 2014 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Royals clobber Giants, 7-2, to even World Series

October 23, 2014 | | Staff sports picks


Bumgarner, Giants stop Royals 7-1 in Series opener

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants put a sudden stop to the Kansas City Royals' perfect postseason roll.

October 21, 2014 | By Ronald Blum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Without Gurley, Dawgs keep on winning

Let the naysayers beware.

October 21, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison

PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van with barred windows Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

October 21, 2014 | By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and GERALD IMRAY Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Lake Lanier Junior Crew rowing team strong at Clemson

The Lake Lanier Junior Crew's rowing team earned multiple medals at Clemson University's Tail of the Tiger Regatta.

October 20, 2014 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


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