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Branch grad Rucker qualifies for World Junior Championships

Former Flowery Branch High and current South Carolina runner Erika Rucker qualified for the International Association of Athletics Federation World Junior Championships after taking second overall in the 400-meter dash at the USA Junior National Championships this weekend.

June 19, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Simpson outlasts McDowell, Thompson to win US Open

SAN FRANCISCO - Overlooked for so much of the week, Simpson emerged on a fog-filled Sunday at The Olympic Club with four birdies around the turn and a tough chip out of a hole to the right of the 18th green that he converted into par for a 2-under 68.

June 18, 2012 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This week: Braves take on Yankees

The Braves are ready to tackle a three-game series in the Big Apple starting today. But, this time, it isn't against the Mets. Instead, Atlanta is playing an Interleague series against the Yankees. Last week, these two played in Atlanta with the Yankees leaving with a three-game sweep.

June 17, 2012 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Earnhardt Jr. ends drought with win in Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. raced to his first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory in four years, ending a 143-race winless streak Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

June 17, 2012 | By Noah Trister Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Father's Day tournament in its 3rd year at Chateau Elan

Three years ago, looking for an event to celebrate Father's Day with a specific focus on the kids, the Chateau Elan Golf Club held its first Dad and Junior Scramble Golf Tournament.

June 15, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


Durant powers Thunder past LeBron, Heat 105-94

OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant showed LeBron James how to play the fourth quarter in the NBA Finals.

June 12, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Longtime sportscaster, Gainesville grad Fusselle dies

Warner Fusselle, a Gainesville High graduate and the radio voice of the Brooklyn Cyclones Minor League baseball team since 2001, died Sunday night at the age of 68 after suffering a massive heart attack.

June 11, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Thunder headed to NBA finals, beat Spurs 107-99

OKLAHOMA CITY - After years of nagging Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks not to take him out of games, Kevin Durant finally got his wish.

June 06, 2012 | By Jeff Latzke Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Celtics take control of East, beat Heat 94-90

MIAMI - Paul Pierce watched the shot sail just over LeBron James' outstretched arm. And when it swished, he turned toward the Boston bench, shaking his head.

June 05, 2012 | By Tim Reynolds Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Celtics beat Heat in OT, even series at 2-2

BOSTON - Rajon Rondo had 15 points and 15 assists, and scored the final three points of the Boston Celtics' 93-91 overtime victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday night that evened the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece.

June 04, 2012 | By Brian Mahoney Associated Press | Staff sports picks


IronDawgs sweep team titles in Jonesboro

The Georgia IronDawgs, a powerlifting team based out of Gainesville, swept the team titles at the American Powerlifting Committee 10th Anniversary National Championships on Sunday. They won in the benchpress and powerlifting categories at the Clarion Hotel in Jonesboro.

June 03, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


This week: Braves look to get on track in Miami

The Atlanta Braves have lost some ground in the NL East over the past 10 games, but are looking to continue the good work they got in a win against the Nationals on Sunday.

June 03, 2012 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Johnson wins for 7th time at Dover

DOVER, Del.- Jimmie Johnson was the mane man at Dover.

June 03, 2012 | By Dan Gelston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former Gainesville standouts thriving at Tennessee

For former Gainesville football star A.J. Johnson, the transition to the college game was fairly painless.

May 30, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


This week: Braves welcome in St. Louis Cardinals

The Atlanta Braves open a series with the defending World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals today in need of a series win.

May 27, 2012 | Zac Taylor | 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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