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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


Kahne keeps Hendrick success rolling with win at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. - Welcome to the Hendrick family, Kasey Kahne.

May 27, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Franchitti claims 3rd Indy 500 title

INDIANAPOLIS - Dario Franchitti stamped his name in the record books, the latest three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.

May 27, 2012 | Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Keselowski holds off Kenseth to win at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. - The leader on the last lap isn't supposed to win at Talladega Superspeedway. Everybody knows that.

May 06, 2012 | Jenna Fryer | Staff sports picks


This week: Full slate of playoff games on tap

State playoffs, meets and matches will take place across the board in high school sports this week, and there are a number of teams around the area participating.

April 29, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


Busch takes Sprint Cup race at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. - Kyle Busch capped a perfect weekend Saturday night by winning the spring race at Richmond for the fourth consecutive year.

April 28, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jefferson grad Mosley drafted by New York Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The New York Giants filled a need on the offensive line taking Auburn offensive tackle Brandon Mosley, a Jefferson High graduate, with their second pick in the fourth round of the NFL Draft Saturday.

April 28, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Padres put Gainesville grad Owings on 15-day DL

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres have put pitcher Micah Owings on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm and called up right-hander Dale Thayer from Triple-A Tucson.

April 26, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia State dismisses QB, suspends 2 players after fight

ATLANTA - The junior quarterback of Georgia State University's football team has been dismissed and two other players suspended indefinitely after they were arrested in Atlanta.

April 20, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Creek mouths the best bet for stripers

Water temperatures are right around 70 degrees. Lake Lanier's water level is at 1,065.65, which is 5.35 feet below full pool of 1,071 feet. We should see an increase as the recent rains flow into the lake. Lake Lanier is clear on the main lake and mostly clear in the creeks and coves. The Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam is clear. Check generation schedules before heading out to the river at 770-945-1466.

April 19, 2012 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Staff sports picks


Biffle pulls away to give Roush another Texas win

FORT WORTH, Texas - Greg Biffle regained the lead when he charged under Jimmie Johnson with 30 laps left Saturday night, then pulled away to end his 49-race winless streak while giving owner Jack Roush another NASCAR Sprint Cup victory in Texas.

April 15, 2012 | Stephen Hawkins Associated Press | Staff sports picks


G-Braves score 7 in the 9th, top Norfolk in extras

Jose Constanza had a two-run triple to provide the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves the winning margin in a 14-12 comeback win against the Norfolk Tide on Wednesday afternoon in Norfolk, Va. The G-Braves (4-3) scored seven runs in the top of the ninth to send the game to extra innings and then won it with two runs in the top of the 11th.

April 11, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


This week: Hall County track meet returns

Hall County is bringing back an old tradition on Thursday with the track and field championships at Johnson High. After a few years away from holding the meet, Flowery Branch, Johnson, North Hall, East Hall and Chestatee will all be part of the field. Results have no bearing on seeding for region championships that come later this month.

April 08, 2012 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Watson wins Masters playoff over Oosthuizen

AUGUSTA - Bubba Watson started the day by watching the rarest shot in golf. He ended another thrill-a-minute Sunday at Augusta National with a signature shot of his own to win the Masters.

April 08, 2012 | By Eddie Pells Associated Press | 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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