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Murray focuses on Georgia's hopes, puts off NFL talk

ATHENS - Aaron Murray has already received some lofty praise, should he decide to enter the NFL draft.

November 23, 2012 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Keselowski claims 1st Sprint Cup title

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Here's a tweet for Brad Keselowski: NASCAR champion. Roger Penske must like the sound of that, too.

November 18, 2012 | Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Wild race blows championship open for Keselowski

AVONDALE, Ariz. - When the fighting stopped, the oil had dried and the last of the wrecked cars had been towed away, Brad Keselowski found himself on the brink of a first Sprint Cup title for himself and team owner Roger Penske.

November 11, 2012 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Johnson holds off Keselowski for victory in Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas - Jimmie Johnson regained the lead on the final restart, beating Brad Keselowski in an ending two-lap shootout to win Sunday at Texas and add to his NASCAR Sprint Cup points lead with two races left.

November 04, 2012 | Stephen Hawkins Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Giants beat Tigers 4-3 in 10 innings for World Series sweep

DETROIT - Smart pitching. Clutch hitting. Sharp fielding. Plus an MVP Panda.

October 29, 2012 | By Ben Walker Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Johnson wins at Martinsville; takes points lead in Sprint Cup

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Jimmie Johnson raced to his seventh career Martinsville Speedway victory to take the season points lead with three event left, holding off Kyle Busch on a restart with five laps to go Sunday.

October 28, 2012 | By Hank Kurtz Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Giants beat Tigers 2-0 for 3-0 World Series lead

DETROIT - Nothing is stopping them - not even the Triple Crown winner at the plate with the bases loaded.

October 28, 2012 | By Ben Walker Associated Press | Staff sports picks


With small ball, Giants win 2-0 to take 2-0 World Series lead

SAN FRANCISCO - Madison Bumgarner pitched two-hit ball over seven innings, Brandon Crawford drove in the go-ahead run with a double-play grounder after a key bunt stopped just fair along the third-base line and the San Francisco Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 World Series lead.

October 25, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Sandoval, Giants take down Tigers in Game 1 of World Series

SAN FRANCISCO - With three mighty swings, Pablo Sandoval put the San Francisco Giants ahead in this World Series and put himself in a class with Mr. October.

October 25, 2012 | By Ben Walker Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This week: Buford softball back in familiar territory

Buford is headed to Columbus looking for a sixth consecutive state championship - and a first in Class AAA - as the state softball championships begin Thursday in Columbus.

October 21, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Matt Kenseth wins, Keselowski keeps points lead

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Matt Kenseth won for the second time in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship in a caution-marred race at repaved Kansas Speedway.

October 21, 2012 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia Racing Hall of Fame banquet set for Oct. 26

The 2012 Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Induction banquet will be held at 6 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, located inside the Dawsonville Municipal Complex in Dawsonville, Georgia.

October 17, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Beltran, Freese each hit 2-run homers for Cards in Game 1 win of NLCS

SAN FRANCISCO - This time, Carlos Beltran, David Freese and the St. Louis Cardinals took a six-run lead - and held onto it, barely.

October 14, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Tigers shut down Yankees 3-0 in Game 2 of ALCS

NEW YORK - Anibal Sanchez and the Detroit Tigers made the plays, benefited from an admitted missed call by an umpire and delivered during their few good opportunities at the plate.

October 14, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jeter hurt, Young stars as Tigers win ALCS opener

NEW YORK - Delmon Young doubled home the go-ahead run in the 12th inning after New York's Raul Ibanez hit another stunning game-tying home run during a four-run rally in the ninth, and the Detroit Tigers outlasted the Yankees 6-4 Saturday night in an AL championship series opener in which Derek Jeter was helped off the field with what appeared to be a serious leg injury.

October 14, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez found guilty of 1st-degree murder

FALL RIVER, Mass. - Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 million contract and a standout career ahead of him.

April 15, 2015 | By Michelle R. Smith Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Johnson: Spieth played, and won, the right way

History will remember the 2015 Masters as Jordan Spieth's Masters Tournament, and that's a good thing.

April 12, 2015 | | Staff sports picks


Jordan Spieth wins Masters, becomes first wire-to-wire winner since 1976

AUGUSTA - Jordan Spieth tapped in his final putt to cap off a record performance and bent over in relief. He just as easily could have been taking a bow.

April 12, 2015 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jimmie Johnson gets 5th Sprint Cup win at Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas - Jimmie Johnson led 128 laps to get his fifth career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

April 12, 2015 | By Stephen Hawkins Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Johnson: It's winning time for Jordan Spieth

AUGUSTA - Every eye in the world is on you, Jordan Spieth.

April 11, 2015 | By Vince Johnson | Staff sports picks


Spieth sets another scoring record, leads big at the Masters

AUGUSTA - Jordan Spieth walked off the 18th green Saturday with another Masters record, a four-shot lead and a solemn look that suggested he knew he was still a long way off from being measured for a green jacket.

April 11, 2015 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local golf roundup: CMGA holds 3 best ball aggregated net strokes game

The Chattahoochee Men's Golf Association played a three best ball, aggregated net strokes game last Wednesday at the Chattahoochee Golf Course.

April 11, 2015 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Johnson: Can Spieth be stopped?

AUGUSTA - How do you stop Jordan Spieth?

April 10, 2015 | By Vince Johnson | Staff sports picks


Spieth sets 36-hole Masters scoring record

AUGUSTA - Jordan Spieth is making the Masters look easy.

April 10, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Johnson: Spieth no stranger to Augusta's pressure

"I believe in fate. Fate has dictated another championship here, as it has done so many times" – Ben Crenshaw, after the 1995 Masters.

April 09, 2015 | By Vince Johnson | Staff sports picks


Jordan Spieth has 64 for best opening round at Masters in 19 years

AUGUSTA - Jordan Spieth pulled off the unthinkable Thursday. With the best opening round in 19 years, he managed to make the Masters about a lot more than the Grand Slam bid of Rory McIlroy and the curious return of Tiger Woods.

April 09, 2015 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Leonard: 4 who could win first major at Masters

It's inevitable. You'll hear plenty about Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods this week.

April 08, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Johnson: Spieth hopes to live dream vs. Tiger Woods

"It's been a dream of mine to be in contention with Tiger Woods in a major championship at Augusta … to try and take Tiger down on the back nine of Augusta," Jordan Spieth said Tuesday.

April 08, 2015 | By Vince Johnson | Staff sports picks


Masters offers a major learning curve for most players

AUGUSTA - Tiger Woods was the exception. Ben Crenshaw was closer to the rule.

April 08, 2015 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Prevost: If every day could be just like the Masters

Some people, particularly my young daughters, wish every day was Christmas.

April 06, 2015 | By Ben Prevost | Staff sports picks


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