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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


Slive has unfinished business in SEC, staying put

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive has unfinished business and he isn't leaving what has lately become college football's penthouse anytime soon.

July 16, 2012 | By John Zenor Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Kurt Busch leads 291 laps in dominating Richmond victory

RICHMOND, Va. - Kurt Busch has spent time this year in a Delaware courtroom, then on NASCAR's sidelines as he served a three-race suspension for an alleged domestic assault on a former girlfriend.

April 26, 2015 | By Hank Kurz Jr. Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Matt Kenseth ends 51-race drought with win at rainy Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. - After four rain delays and 11 extra laps, Matt Kenseth finally drove to victory lane.

April 19, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez found guilty of 1st-degree murder

FALL RIVER, Mass. - Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 million contract and a standout career ahead of him.

April 15, 2015 | By Michelle R. Smith Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Johnson: Spieth played, and won, the right way

History will remember the 2015 Masters as Jordan Spieth's Masters Tournament, and that's a good thing.

April 12, 2015 | | Staff sports picks


Jordan Spieth wins Masters, becomes first wire-to-wire winner since 1976

AUGUSTA - Jordan Spieth tapped in his final putt to cap off a record performance and bent over in relief. He just as easily could have been taking a bow.

April 12, 2015 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jimmie Johnson gets 5th Sprint Cup win at Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas - Jimmie Johnson led 128 laps to get his fifth career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

April 12, 2015 | By Stephen Hawkins Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Johnson: It's winning time for Jordan Spieth

AUGUSTA - Every eye in the world is on you, Jordan Spieth.

April 11, 2015 | By Vince Johnson | Staff sports picks


Spieth sets another scoring record, leads big at the Masters

AUGUSTA - Jordan Spieth walked off the 18th green Saturday with another Masters record, a four-shot lead and a solemn look that suggested he knew he was still a long way off from being measured for a green jacket.

April 11, 2015 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local golf roundup: CMGA holds 3 best ball aggregated net strokes game

The Chattahoochee Men's Golf Association played a three best ball, aggregated net strokes game last Wednesday at the Chattahoochee Golf Course.

April 11, 2015 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Johnson: Can Spieth be stopped?

AUGUSTA - How do you stop Jordan Spieth?

April 10, 2015 | By Vince Johnson | Staff sports picks


Spieth sets 36-hole Masters scoring record

AUGUSTA - Jordan Spieth is making the Masters look easy.

April 10, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Johnson: Spieth no stranger to Augusta's pressure

"I believe in fate. Fate has dictated another championship here, as it has done so many times" – Ben Crenshaw, after the 1995 Masters.

April 09, 2015 | By Vince Johnson | Staff sports picks


Jordan Spieth has 64 for best opening round at Masters in 19 years

AUGUSTA - Jordan Spieth pulled off the unthinkable Thursday. With the best opening round in 19 years, he managed to make the Masters about a lot more than the Grand Slam bid of Rory McIlroy and the curious return of Tiger Woods.

April 09, 2015 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Leonard: 4 who could win first major at Masters

It's inevitable. You'll hear plenty about Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods this week.

April 08, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Johnson: Spieth hopes to live dream vs. Tiger Woods

"It's been a dream of mine to be in contention with Tiger Woods in a major championship at Augusta … to try and take Tiger down on the back nine of Augusta," Jordan Spieth said Tuesday.

April 08, 2015 | By Vince Johnson | Staff sports picks


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