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O'Connell taking on new role of broadcaster for Petit Le Mans

Johnny O'Connell has a personality fitting for keeping fans interested during a television broadcast of an American Le Mans Series race, even though his career as one of the sport's more accomplished drivers isn't necessarily finished.

September 27, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Audi pushes past Peugeot late in Monday qualifying at Road Atlanta

Audi Sport's Romain Dumas waited until the second-to-last lap Monday to set the fastest time in the second day of testing for the 14th annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda – a 1:08.394 (133.696 mph) lap at Road Atlanta. The Frenchman set the time in the diesel-powered Audi R18 TDI that he will share in Saturday's 1,000-mile/10-hour race with Timo Bernhard and Marcel Fassler.

September 26, 2011 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


This week: Petit Le Mans highlights busy week

The marathon of motorsports returns to Road Atlanta for the 14th Petit Le Mans endurance race Saturday at the 2.54-mile, 12-turn course in South Hall.

September 26, 2011 | By Bill Murphy bmurphy@gainesvilletimes.com | Staff sports picks


Former Flowery Branch grad Shaw named starting QB for South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Steve Spurrier is at it again with his quarterbacks.

September 01, 2011 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grads, brothers translate high school stardom into college football success

When Jaybo Shaw's phone rings during the day down in Statesboro, he has a good idea it's his younger brother, Connor, on the other end calling to chat.

August 27, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


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


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Atlanta lands MLS expansion soccer team for 2017

ATLANTA - Major League Soccer announced its newest franchise Wednesday, unveiling an expansion team for Atlanta that will begin play in 2017 at the city's new retractable roof stadium.

April 16, 2014 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Record-setting Olympian Phelps ending retirement

Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward possibly swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

April 14, 2014 | By Beth Harris Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Chase Elliott wins 2nd consecutive Nationwide race

DARLINGTON, S.C.- Chase Elliott missed his senior prom Friday, but wasn't too disappointed.

April 11, 2014 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former Gainesville QB Watson out with collarbone injury

CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson hurt his collarbone during a scrimmage Monday and won't play in this weekend's Orange & White game concluding spring practice.

April 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This year's Masters is there for the taking

AUGUSTA - One after another, some of the world's best players and favorites to win the Masters trudged up the hill on the opening hole to start their practice rounds.

April 08, 2014 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


MLS moving toward deal on Atlanta expansion team

ATLANTA - Major League Soccer is closing in on a deal with Falcons owner Arthur Blank to bring an expansion franchise to Atlanta's new downtown stadium.

April 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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