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Mitchell: Former gold medalist an Olympic pioneer

There's always been something special about the Olympics to me.

July 26, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


McAlister hits a hole in one at Chattahoochee

Brad McAlister scored his first-ever hole-in-one on Tuesday at the Chattahoochee Golf Club. The rare shot happened on the third hole, which was playing 110 yards.

July 25, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Florida State and Virginia Tech are ACC's picks for title game

GREENSBORO, N.C. - It's an annual rite of summer in the Atlantic Coast Conference: Picking Florida State and Virginia Tech to meet in the league championship game.

July 23, 2012 | By Joedy McCreary Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Penn State football slammed with NCAA violations

INDIANAPOLIS - Penn State football was all but dismantled Monday by an NCAA ruling that wiped away 14 years of coach Joe Paterno's victories and imposed a mountain of fines and penalties, crippling a program whose pedophile assistant coach spent years molesting children, sometimes on school property.

July 23, 2012 | By Ralph Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Roddick claims Atlanta Open title

ATLANTA - Winning tournaments never gets old for Andy Roddick.

July 23, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Els captures British Open after Scott's collapse

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England - Ernie Els felt something special could happen at the British Open, and it did.

July 22, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This week: Runners from Gainesville, West Hall and Chestatee headed to USATF Junior Olympics

West Hall and Chestatee runners Ryan Sharry and Jason Dang will participate in the USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships beginning today at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md.

July 22, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


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


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Leonard: Final Four a who's-who of coaches

We're down to the Final Four, and it's like a reunion of college basketball's best coaches.

March 30, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Hamlin wins for 25th time, and fifth time at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Denny Hamlin just needed a visit to Martinsville Speedway to get his racing team back on track.

March 29, 2015 | By Hank Kurz Jr. Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Leonard: NCAA basketball title chase heats up

The race for college basketball's national championship heats up Thursday night.

March 26, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Brad Keselowski holds off Harvick late, wins at Fontana

FONTANA, Calif. - While Kevin Harvick chased Kurt Busch down the stretch in a battle of the best cars in the Fontana field, Brad Keselowski was buried in 17th place - until the yellow flags started flying.

March 22, 2015 | By Greg Beacham Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Xavier ends Georgia State's Cinderella run in NCAA Tournament

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - All the focus was on Georgia State's bench because of Ron Hunter, the coach's torn Achilles tendon, and the now famous stool he used to work the sidelines in the NCAA Tournament.

March 21, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local golf: Bennett makes ace at Chicopee Woods

Wayne Bennett made a hole-in-one at the Village No. 7 hole at Chicopee Woods Golf Course on March 16.

March 21, 2015 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Georgia State eager to extend feel-good story vs. Xavier

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Ron Hunter hobbled onto the podium with assistance from the little scooter he's been using to get around since suffering the most talked about injury in the NCAA Tournament.

March 21, 2015 | By Fred Goodall Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia State stuns Baylor, 57-56, on long 3-pointer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- R.J. Hunter kept firing away, eventually lifting 14th-seeded Georgia State over third-seeded Baylor and knocking his father right off his seat with the biggest shot of his life.

March 19, 2015 | By Fred Goodall Associated Press | Staff sports picks


High School Scoreboard: March 16

Jonathan Gettys led the Gainesville High baseball team to a 14-2 victory against Heritage on Monday in Conyers.

March 16, 2015 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Leonard: Butler's coach follows in friend's footsteps

March Madness is upon us. It begins with the First Four tonight and Wednesday. It culminates in the Final Four on April 4 and April 6.

March 16, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Pete Rose submits application for reinstatement to Manfred

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Pete Rose has submitted a new request to be reinstated to baseball, according to new Commissioner Rob Manfred.

March 16, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kevin Harvick wins fourth straight at Phoenix in a rout

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Kevin Harvick is redefining dominance at NASCAR's highest level.

March 15, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia State earns first automatic tourney bid since 2001

NEW ORLEANS - The basket had to be lowered so Georgia State coach Ron Hunter could cut the final pieces of the net following his team's 38-36 victory over Georgia Southern on Sunday to win the Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship game.

March 15, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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