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Former Red Elephant Niles breaking out on defensive line at Central Florida

Thomas Niles has a lot to like about playing football at the University of Central Florida.

July 19, 2013 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Rivera perfect, AL beats NL 3-0 in All-Star Game

NEW YORK - Mariano Rivera reported for work an inning early, and walked off to a fitting tribute.

July 16, 2013 | Mike Kirkpatrick Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Chase Elliott beginning to make own name on track

Chase Elliott isn't letting his family name dictate the direction of his racing career.

July 11, 2013 | Mitch Blomert | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grad Coker learning the ropes at North Carolina

Kanler Coker didn't register a single statistic for the North Carolina football team in 2012, but he was never far from action the entire year.

July 09, 2013 | Mitch Blomert | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Hefflinger promoted to Class AA Braves

Through his first 11 at-bats with the Mississippi Braves, Robby Hefflinger had nothing to show for his efforts. Apart from four strikeouts, the Gainesville High grad's stat line was filled entirely with zeroes.

July 06, 2013 | From Staff Reports | Staff sports picks


Dwight Howard tweets he's signing with Houston Rockets

Dwight Howard is joining the Rockets, leaving Los Angeles after one season to chase championships in Houston.

July 05, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former Flowery Branch LB Drummond looks to honor late father in final season at Tech

Linebacker Daniel Drummond is preparing to play his final season at Georgia Tech with a heavy heart and high expectations.

July 05, 2013 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


North Hall grad McCormack remains top Georgian at Peachtree Road Race

Even on a wet running surface, Ty McCormack didn't slip.

July 05, 2013 | Jared Putnam | Staff sports picks


Kenseth gambles late, wins at Kentucky

SPARTA, Ky. - Matt Kenseth has raced long enough to know that rough starts can still have good outcomes.

June 30, 2013 | By Gary Graves Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Sims hopeful for more playing time with Crimson Tide

When Blake Sims committed to play football at the University of Alabama, he was praised for his athletic ability. It was said that Sims could fit into the Crimson Tide's system in multiple ways, becoming a true difference maker for coach Nick Saban.

June 29, 2013 | Ed Hooper | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Maddox shining despite struggles of Vols' baseball team

Following a successful freshman season at Tennessee in 2012, Will Maddox believed he could make an even bigger impact as a sophomore. The former Gainesville standout did just that this year, even if he won't quite admit it.

June 23, 2013 | Ed Hooper | Staff sports picks


James leads Heat to another NBA championship

June 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Miami wins thrilling Game 6 of NBA Finals, force Game 7

MIAMI - LeBron James shrugged off a poor start to get 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, Ray Allen hit a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds to play to force overtime and the Miami Heat staved off elimination with a 103-100 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night.

June 19, 2013 | Jon Krawczynski Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Radio hosts at Atlanta sports talk station fired for mocking former NFL player with ALS

ATLANTA - The cast of an Atlanta sports radio show has been fired after mocking a former NFL player who has Lou Gehrig's disease, a station official said Monday.

June 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Rose breaks drought for Brits with US Open victory

ARDMORE, Pa. - Justin Rose could see all the pieces coming together in this U.S. Open.

June 16, 2013 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Buford graduate Connor Bennett signs minor-league deal with Cincinnati Reds

Connor Bennett, a 2015 Buford graduate, agreed to a contract with the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. The right-handed Bennett was selected in the 34th round of the MLB Draft in June, but said at the time he expected to turn down the offer and honor his scholarship to play at West Virginia.

July 02, 2015 | Colin Ochs | Staff sports picks


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


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