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Baylor beats Notre Dame 80-61 for title

DENVER - Brittney Griner came up big for Baylor, scoring 26 points and grabbing 13 rebounds to help the Lady Bears finish off an undefeated season with an 80-61 win over Notre Dame in the national championship game Tuesday night.

April 03, 2012 | By Doug Feinberg Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kentucky claims NCAA title with win over Kansas

NEW ORLEANS - This NCAA tournament was described as Kentucky's to lose.

April 03, 2012 | By Shannon Ryan Chicago Tribune | Staff sports picks


This week: No break for area baseball

It's spring break for Hall County schools, but a number of local baseball teams can't afford to take a week off with big games this week.

April 01, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


NASCAR: Newton wins in wild finish at Martinsville

April 01, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kansas completes 2nd-half comeback against Ohio State in Final Four

NEW ORLEANS - The tightrope walk rocks on for the Jayhawks.

March 31, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kentucky off to title game, beats Louisville 69-61

NEW ORLEANS - Bragging rights in the Bluegrass State are mighty nice.

March 31, 2012 | By Nancy Armour Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Lanier National Speedway to host final race on schedule Saturday

The Lanier National Speedway will host its final race for the foreseeable future Saturday with the 2012 Ice Cold Shriners Bowl, track owner Donnie Clack said.

March 30, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


This Week: East Hall senior to compete in 3-point contest

East Hall senior Jasmine Jenkins will compete in the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk and 3-point Championship at 8 p.m. March 30 at the Alario Center in New Orleans.

March 25, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


Stewart wins rain-shortened race in Fontana

FONTANA, Calif. - Tony Stewart got his second NASCAR victory of the season Sunday when rain shortened the race at Auto Club Speedway by 71 laps.

March 25, 2012 | By Greg Beacham Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Bracket Bust 2012: Follow The Times' contest here

March 23, 2012 | | Staff sports picks


Brad Keselowski dominates to win at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Brad Keselowski used Bristol Motor Speedway last fall to cement his spot in NASCAR's championship race.

March 18, 2012 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This week: GHSA to meet in Macon today

The Georgia High School Association will meet today in Macon for its March state executive committee meeting.

March 18, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


Milton Martin Honda Classic canceled due to weather

The NGA Tour was forced to cancel the Milton Martin Honda Classic on Sunday due to numerous weather delays and unplayable course conditions at the Chattahoochee Golf Course in Gainesville.

March 18, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Gibson grabs individual, team wins at Chicopee Woods

Gayle Gibson finished first individually, as well as in team results in Wednesday's Dogfight at Chicopee Woods Golf Course.

March 17, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Savage maintains slim lead at Chattahoochee

Former Florida State University standout Matt Savage holds the clubhouse lead at 7-under par at the Milton Martin Honda Classic at the Chattahoochee Golf Club in Gainesville after inclement weather caused the tournament to be delayed for the third consecutive day.

March 17, 2012 | From staff reports | 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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