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Rucker brings home gold medal

Flowery Branch graduate and University of South Carolina track athlete Erika Rucker won a gold medal Sunday in the World Junior Championships in Barcelona as part of the US women's 4x400 relay team.

July 15, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


A Dangerous Game: How will head injuries affect football's future?

Owen Thomas loved football. And his mother, Kathy Brearley, loved that he loved it.

July 14, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


A Dangerous Game: Football fans clamor for hits, but safety is a concern

In 2004, the Madden football video game added the "Hit Stick" feature, a way to deliver high-impact tackles, to its best-selling NFL game.

July 14, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Ralston, Lasseter win respective divisions at Chateau Elan tourney

Spencer Ralston and Drew Lasseter, both of Gainesville, won their respective age divisions in an Atlanta Junior Golf Association tournament on Wednesday on the Woodlands Course at Chateau Elan.

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


Rucker wins heat in Barcelona

Flowery Branch graduate Erika Rucker, who is representing the United States at the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, finished first in heat six of six yesterday morning in the 400-meter dash and will move on to the second round at 3 p.m. today.

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


Giant blowout: NL routs AL 8-0 in All-Star game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Pablo Sandoval and Melky Cabrera turned the All-Star game into a Giant blowout.

July 11, 2012 | By Ronald Blum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Mixed results for Sheets in second Double-A start

PEARL, Miss. - Ben Sheets gave up three runs in 5 2-3 innings during his second start with the Double-A Mississippi Braves.

July 09, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Federer earns 7th Wimbledon title

WIMBLEDON, England - A Grand Slam title drought did indeed end in Sunday's historic and riveting Wimbledon final, only it was Roger Federer's lengthy-for-him gap between trophies that came to a close, rather than Britain's 76-year wait for a homegrown men's champion.

July 09, 2012 | By Howard Fendrich Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This week: Braves sending 4 to All-Star Game

The Atlanta Braves will be well represented in this week's All-Star Game on Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo. Braves second baseman Dan Uggla earned the start at second base, despite hitting below .230 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs. Uggla has struggled in the final 10 games, only managing two hits leading into Saturday night's game at Philadelphia.

July 08, 2012 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Owings will return to majors with San Diego as position player

SAN DIEGO - Injured San Diego Padres pitcher and Gainesville High graduate Micah Owings will attempt to return to the majors as a position player on Monday. He still holds the state record with 69 home runs in his career with the Red Elephants from 1999-2002.

July 07, 2012 | From staff, wire reports | Staff sports picks


Tony Stewart makes late move to win at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - There was no fire or rain. Still, another frantic finish at Daytona International Speedway.

July 07, 2012 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Branch grad Rucker headed to Junior World Championships

Erika Rucker has plenty of memories from her six years of running competitively.

July 05, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


Elliott cruises to win at World Crown 300

Dawsonville's Chase Elliott set the fast time in qualifying (16.609 seconds) and went on to win the World Crown 300 on Wednesday at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson.

July 05, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


North Hall grad McCormack is 1st Georgian to finish in Peachtree Road Race

It wasn't until well after he had finished that North Hall grad Ty McCormack, 19, found out that he was not only the top Georgia finisher for the second consecutive year at the Peachtree Road Race on Wednesday in Atlanta, but the fourth American overall.

July 04, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Gresham prepares for 29th running of World Crown 300

For 28 years, the World Crown 300, which runs at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, was held in the middle of November.

July 03, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


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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


Masters offers a major learning curve for most players

AUGUSTA - Tiger Woods was the exception. Ben Crenshaw was closer to the rule.

April 08, 2015 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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