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Skinns wins NGA event at Achasta

David Skinns fired a final-round 63 to claim the NGA Tour Classic by one stroke at Achasta Golf Course in Dahlonega on Sunday. He finished with a four-day score of 22-under par, 262.

July 22, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Taylor: A dad's difficult football decision

I can already see him looking at me through the bars of a helmet in a sporting goods store.

July 21, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


A Dangerous Game: Supporters hope to revive Return to Play Act

Republican state representative Sharon Cooper said he was disappointed when House Bill 673 didn't even draw a vote in this year's general assembly. Known as the Return To Play Act, it was a bipartisan bill was aimed at having a very specific protocol for athletes who suffered a concussion to be able to return to play at the high school and youth level of sports.

July 21, 2012 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


A Dangerous Game: Parents in favor of football despite risks

Dr. Tom Ross is of the belief that football is a game of acceptable risks. While there's always the possibility of injury in a game where physical contract is present, it's no more dangerous than daily activities we all take part in, such as traveling in a car.

July 21, 2012 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Scott carries 4-shot lead into final round of British Open

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England - Adam Scott has never had a better chance to end that long wait for a major championship - mostly because of that long putter.

July 21, 2012 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Steady Snedeker leads; Woods lurks at British Open

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England - Amid plenty of wayward swings, Brandt Snedeker and Adam Scott were steady as can be at the British Open.

July 20, 2012 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Scott takes 1st round lead at British Open

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England - Unlike the guys in charge of the weather forecast, Adam Scott got everything just about right Thursday in the British Open.

July 19, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Shaw, Murray on Davey O'Brien watch list

Flowery Branch graduate and current South Carolina junior quarterback Connor Shaw and Georgia junior quarterback Aaron Murray have been named to the 34-player 2012 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List announced Wednesday.

July 18, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Slive has unfinished business in SEC, staying put

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive has unfinished business and he isn't leaving what has lately become college football's penthouse anytime soon.

July 16, 2012 | By John Zenor Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Rucker brings home gold medal

Flowery Branch graduate and University of South Carolina track athlete Erika Rucker won a gold medal Sunday in the World Junior Championships in Barcelona as part of the US women's 4x400 relay team.

July 15, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


A Dangerous Game: How will head injuries affect football's future?

Owen Thomas loved football. And his mother, Kathy Brearley, loved that he loved it.

July 14, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


A Dangerous Game: Football fans clamor for hits, but safety is a concern

In 2004, the Madden football video game added the "Hit Stick" feature, a way to deliver high-impact tackles, to its best-selling NFL game.

July 14, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Ralston, Lasseter win respective divisions at Chateau Elan tourney

Spencer Ralston and Drew Lasseter, both of Gainesville, won their respective age divisions in an Atlanta Junior Golf Association tournament on Wednesday on the Woodlands Course at Chateau Elan.

July 11, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Rucker wins heat in Barcelona

Flowery Branch graduate Erika Rucker, who is representing the United States at the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, finished first in heat six of six yesterday morning in the 400-meter dash and will move on to the second round at 3 p.m. today.

July 11, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Giant blowout: NL routs AL 8-0 in All-Star game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Pablo Sandoval and Melky Cabrera turned the All-Star game into a Giant blowout.

July 11, 2012 | By Ronald Blum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Leonard: Looking for NASCAR's next top sponsor

The announcement came Tuesday. Sprint will be the premier sponsor of NASCAR's top series through 2016, and then it's leaving.

December 16, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Local lifters strong in Loganville

LOGANVILLE - Iron Beast Gym co-owner Marcel of Allen of Gainesville assembled an all-star push/pull (benchpress and deadlift) team of powerlifters, bench press specialists, a strongman competitor and a novice lifter under the title of "Team 1%" to take the team championship against 11 other squads containing other elite lifters at the Body By George Southern Powerlifting Federation Championships held at the Covenant Christian Academy Gym over the weekend in Loganville.

December 15, 2014 | For The Times | Staff sports picks


Clemson's Watson scheduled for surgery, will miss bowl game

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson will have surgery Friday and miss the Tigers' upcoming bowl game.

December 10, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Paul Johnson Love Fest in full swing

The Paul Johnson Love Fest continued last week.

December 09, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Oregon QB Mariota headlines Heisman finalists

NEW YORK - The Heisman Trophy finalists would make one heck of an offense.

December 08, 2014 | By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Leonard: College Football Playoff a step forward

The inaugural College Football Playoff is here. Plenty of people are mad. It turns out that the more things change in college football, the more they stay the same.

December 07, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Alabama, Oregon, FSU and Ohio St. in 1st college playoff

GRAPEVINE, Texas - Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State have been selected to play in the first College Football Playoff.

December 07, 2014 | By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Sims steers No. 1 Alabama to Southeastern Conference title

ATLANTA - Alabama locked up another title, with plenty of style points for the playoff committee.

December 06, 2014 | Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


North Hall Elite Hitting Camp feature Red Sox's Hyers

North Hall High is hosting its Elite Hitting Camp this Saturday and Sunday. Boston Red Sox minor league hitting coordinator Tim Hyers is leading the camp.

December 03, 2014 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


SEC Banter: Missouri the classic underdog in SEC Championship

The twenty-third edition of college football's original conference championship game takes place this Saturday afternoon in Atlanta.

December 03, 2014 | By Ben Prevost For The Times | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Yellow Jackets' win vs. Georgia was crazy

Paul Johnson won't ever be accused of being loquacious. But quite often the taciturn Tech coach says a lot without saying much.

December 03, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Leonard: Frogs' leap to No. 3 doesn't make sense

The College Football Playoff rankings are getting downright laughable. How else can you explain the latest installment released Tuesday night?

December 03, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Local golf: Foursome takes group match victory

Joe Roberts, Al Raynes, Tommy Lowery and Johnny Nix won the Luna's Tuesday golf group's match last week at Chattahoochee Golf Course.

November 29, 2014 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Watson tosses 2 TDs, Clemson defeats South Carolina 35-17

CLEMSON, S.C. - No. 23 Clemson stopped the countdown on its losing streak to South Carolina. Now, the Tigers are looking to a new countdown to how many more Palmetto Bowl victories they might achieve behind freshmen Deshaun Watson, tailback Wayne Gallman and receiver Artavis Scott.

November 29, 2014 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Tiger star anchored by his Gainesville roots

November 25, 2014 | | Staff sports picks


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