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David Ragan steals last-lap victory at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Rain and wrecks pushed NASCAR to the edge of darkness Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, where three of the biggest names in the sport led the field to final flag.

May 05, 2013 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


White County grad, Kentucky football player Lowery hospitalized after car wreck

The Georgia State Patrol says University of Kentucky safety and White County grad Ashely Lowery was not wearing a seat beat when he wrecked and got ejected from his car.

May 05, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Orb comes from behind to win at Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Orb was so far behind a wall of horses at the Kentucky Derby that even his jockey wasn't sure he could master the muddy track and make a run for the roses.

May 04, 2013 | By Mike Farrell Associated Press | Staff sports picks


North Hall grad Wright named to SSAC Gold Glove team

North Hall grad and current Emmanuel College senior Josh Wright has earned a spot on the Southern States Athletic Conference Gold Glove team as one of the best defensive pitchers in the league.

April 30, 2013 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch graduate Cross picked up by Buffalo Bills

Flowery Branch High graduate Izaan Cross signed a free agent deal with the Buffalo Bills on Monday. As a senior at Georgia Tech in 2012, the defensive end Cross had 26 tackles (15 solo) and 1 1/2 sacks for the Yellow Jackets.

April 29, 2013 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Harvick wins on sprint to finish in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. - Kevin Harvick won Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway by plowing through traffic on a two-lap sprint to the finish.

April 27, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


College Football Playoff to replace BCS

PASADENA, Calif. - The Bowl Championship Series will be replaced by the College Football Playoff.

April 23, 2013 | By Ralph D. Russo | Staff sports picks


Kenseth holds off Kahne to win at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Matt Kenseth knew that he had a front-running car Sunday.

April 21, 2013 | By Dave Skretta Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Adam Scott wins Masters in a playoff

AUGUSTA - Adam Scott has become the first Australian to win the Masters, beating Angel Cabrera on the second hole of a playoff on a rainy day at Augusta National.

April 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Snedeker, Cabrera tied for lead at Masters

AUGUSTA - Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera were tied for the lead after the third round of the Masters, a Saturday that will be remembered for Tiger Woods' penalty.

April 13, 2013 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Day leads after second round at Masters

AUGUSTA - The 14-year-old from China isn't going anywhere in a hurry. And this Masters is still a long way from taking shape.

April 12, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Garcia, Leishman shoot 66 for 1st-round Masters lead

AUGUSTA - Sergio Garcia might have written himself off too quickly at the Masters.

April 11, 2013 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Masters not always kind to favorites

AUGUSTA - The first tee shot clattered through a pair of pines on the left side of the 13th fairway, finally landing on the wrong side of Rae's Creek. Tiger Woods tried again, and this wasn't any better. Fans peered across the fairway and only heard the ball rifle through some bushes.

April 10, 2013 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local resident to attend 63rd straight Masters

Gainesville resident Ernie Williams was there when Sam Snead, who had just been in a car wreck, came to an Augusta hospital emergency room soon after the Masters.

April 09, 2013 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Louisville beats Michigan 82-76 for NCAA title

April 09, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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American Pharoah wins Preakness; Triple Crown try next

BALTIMORE (AP) - American Pharoah has Bob Baffert back in the Triple Crown groove.

May 16, 2015 | By Richard Rosenblatt AP Racing Writer | Staff sports picks


Sixth-ranked UNG Nighthawks softball team looks to continue success in Southeast Super Regional

Kim McMillan enjoys all the positive feedback she hears in the community about the University of North Georgia's softball success. Around Dahlonega, McMillan, the power-hitting first baseman for the Nighthawks, knows the success of the program matters to the people in the close-knit Lumpkin County community.

May 15, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


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