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This Masters has endless possibilities

AUGUSTA - On the far end of the course Wednesday, near the only palm tree at Augusta National, Lee Westwood rolled long putts across the fourth green as he practiced alone on a quiet afternoon before the Masters.

April 06, 2011 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Mickelson a clear favorite at Masters

AUGUSTA - He is the talk of the Masters, and for good reason. No other player can top his record at Augusta National over the last decade, with three green jackets, eight finishes in the top five and a signature moment just about every year.

April 05, 2011 | Doug Ferguson The Associated Press | Staff sports picks


UConn defeats Butler 53-41 for 3rd national title

HOUSTON - The only thing that could stop Kemba Walker and Connecticut's amazing run was the final buzzer.

April 05, 2011 | By Eddie Pells Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Butler back in national title game

April 02, 2011 | By Nancy Armour The Associated Press | Staff sports picks


IUPUI's Ron Hunter takes over at Georgia St.

ATLANTA - Ron Hunter left IUPUI after 17 seasons to take over at Georgia State, a men's basketball program that has struggled through most of its existence.

March 21, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks




This week: Hooters Tour returns to Chattahoochee

The fairways and greens at Chattahoochee Golf Club will be filled with professionals this week, as the National Golf Association, presented by Hooters of America, returns for the Charter Childhood Cancer Awareness Classic that starts today and ends Sunday.

March 21, 2011 | Jonathan Zopf | Staff sports picks


Tech, Georgia women land NCAA bids

ATLANTA - Georgia will open the NCAA tournament in a familiar SEC arena and Georgia Tech will travel to Columbus, Ohio, for first-round games this weekend.

March 14, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This week: Hall County championships tee off Monday

The tournament's official name, and what's engraved on the trophy, is the Royal Lakes Invitational, but area high schoolgolf teams refer to it as the Hall County championships.

March 13, 2011 | Adam Krohn | Staff sports picks


OSU, KU, Pitt and Duke get top seeds for tourney

Ohio State, Kansas, Pittsburgh and defending champion Duke have been awarded the top seeds in this year's NCAA tournament, an expanded version of March Madness that will include 68 teams.

March 13, 2011 | By Eddie Pells Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Edwards wins at Kobalt Tools 400

Carl Edwards believed he should have opened the season with two wins, and the disappointment of missing Victory Lane carried with him into Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

March 06, 2011 | Jenna Fryer The Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Brogdon makes rifle national championships

Dawsonville native Mattie Brogdon has been named a competitor in the NCAA Rifle Championship to be held March 11-12 in Columbus.

February 24, 2011 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


20-year-old Bayne wins the Daytona 500

February 20, 2011 | | Staff sports picks


Son of 'Wild Bill' signs racing deal

Hendrick Motorsports has signed 15-year old Chase Elliott to a multi-year driver agreement.

February 16, 2011 | From staff, wire reports | Staff sports picks


Georgia State football to open 2011 at the Dome

ATLANTA - A Thursday night season opener, games against two 2010 playoff teams and two trips to Texas highlight Georgia State's 2011 football schedule, announced Wednesday by the school.

February 09, 2011 | From staff reports | 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


Chase Elliott arrives as NASCAR's rising star

FORT WORTH, Texas - Bill Elliott rarely got rattled during his three-plus decades racing at NASCAR's highest level. He worked hard, didn't worry about what was going on around him, and did his talking on the track.

April 05, 2014 | Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Chase Elliott grabs 1st Nationwide Series victory

FORT WORTH, Texas - When qualifying ended at Texas Motor Speedway, Chase Elliott hopped a fence and went on his way without a single fan bothering to stop him for an autograph or picture.

April 05, 2014 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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