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This week: Area traditionals on tap for local wrestlers

After an exciting finish to the Hall County duals championships on Saturday, area wrestling teams will hit the mats again, this time for area traditionals tournaments.

January 29, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


This week: Big subregion games on tap for local teams

The Gainesville boys have Tuesday's game against Walnut Grove (17-3, 7-1 Region 8-AAA South) circled on the calendar.

January 22, 2012 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Former Penn State Coach Joe Paterno dies

January 22, 2012 | | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad named All-American

Gainesville High graduate A.J. Johnson was named to the Freshman All-America Team by Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) after recording 80 tackles and starting 10 games as a freshman linebacker for the University of Tennessee this season.

January 10, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Tide rolls: 'Bama beats LSU, 21-0, for BCS title

NEW ORLEANS - Turns out, Alabama was the better team all along.

January 10, 2012 | By Blair Kerkhoff McClatchy Newspapers | Staff sports picks


No. 10 South Carolina beats No. 21 Nebraska 30-13

ORLANDO, Fla. - Flowery Branch grad and University of South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw threw for 230 yards and, along with a stingy defense that shut out No. 21 Nebraska in the final three quarters, led the Gamecoacks to a 30-13 win at the Capital One Bowl on Monday.

January 02, 2012 | By Kyle Hightower Associated Press | Staff sports picks


The Times sports stories of the year

As we turn the calendar to 2012, we can look back on all the local sports storylines that were on the radar prominently last year.

December 31, 2011 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Home for the Holidays: North Hall grad Mancin stays busy at Columbus State

Mary Mancin deserves a break.

December 28, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Chestatee grad leading the way at North Florida

When Parker Smith, a former basketball star at Chestatee High, went to Tennessee State, he was hoping for an opportunity to further his athletic career.

December 27, 2011 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


Home for the Holidays: Shaw builds on family's legacy

When the Shaw family gets together, they try not to talk exclusively about football.

December 26, 2011 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Home for the Holidays: No rest from running for Flowery Branch grad Rucker

FLOWERY BRANCH - For Erika Rucker, the challenge lies ahead.

December 25, 2011 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Home for the holidays: North Hall grad McCormack has big goals for running career

Ty McCormack is the kind of guy who doesn't dwell too long on his accomplishments. After a successful sophomore cross country season at Clemson University, the North Hall High graduate is already thinking ahead to the list of many goals he'd like to meet during the spring indoor and outdoor track and field seasons with the Tigers.

December 24, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Home for the Holidays: Burnette brothers chasing baseball dreams

Chase Burnette and his younger brother Jake are busy climbing the ladder to becoming major league baseball players.

December 23, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Georgia Southern taken down in FCS semifinals

FARGO, N.D. - Wide receiver Warren Holloway scored twice to help North Dakota State defeat Georgia Southern 35-7 Saturday in a Football Championship Subdivision semifinal.

December 17, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia Southern looks to attack North Dakota State with option

FARGO, N.D. - Dale Lennon built his career around stopping the option and he says North Dakota State will have a tough task this weekend in its playoff game against Georgia Southern, led by Flowery Branch grad Jaybo Shaw at quarterback and Buford grad Dominique Swope at running back.

December 14, 2011 | Dave Kolpack Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Keselowski takes opening round in Chase for Sprint Cup championship

JOLIET, Ill. - With a daring drive through the middle, Brad Keselowski showed how badly he wants to win another championship.

September 14, 2014 | Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


5 things to know about NASCAR's Chase

NASCAR's version of the playoffs, the Chase, begins today at Chicagoland Speedway.

September 14, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Powers wins big in Hawaii before heading to Michigan

Paul Powers didn't have much time to settle in for his first semester of classes at the University of Michigan, and the swimmer didn't mind one bit.

September 02, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Kahne passes Kenseth for Atlanta win, earns Chase spot

HAMPTON - Kasey Kahne's "downer" year received an important boost when he overcame his struggles with restarts with a big power move when he needed it the most.

September 01, 2014 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Watson makes most of opportunity in Clemson debut

ATHENS - Deshaun Watson didn't know when his moment was coming. That didn't stop him from making the most of it.

August 31, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


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