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This week: Hall County Golf Championships start today

With the high school basketball season in the books, it's time again for the spring sports to take center stage.

March 12, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


Stewart uses bold move late to win at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - Timing the restart perfectly, Tony Stewart dove to the edge of the apron and ducked under the two cars in front of him.

March 12, 2012 | By John Marshall Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grad gets NCAA bid

Flowery Branch graduate Erika Rucker earned an invitation to the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships Monday night from the Division I Men's and Women's Track and Field Committee as part of the South Carolina Gamecocks track and field program.

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


This week: North Hall, Buford girls headed to Macon

Two area girls basketball teams are headed to Macon this week for the state tournament semifinals.

March 04, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Hamlin holds off Harvick to win in Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Denny Hamlin spent nearly two months of the offseason in the Scottsdale area, hoping to get away from racing for a while, reinvigorate himself for the 2012 season.

March 04, 2012 | By John Marshall Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grad named top SEC freshman

University of South Carolina sprinter Erika Rucker has been selected as the Southeastern Conference 2012 Indoor Freshman Runner of the Year the league announced Thursday.

March 02, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Kenseth wins Daytona race marred by fire, rain

February 28, 2012 | | Staff sports picks


NASCAR postpones Daytona 500 for first time ever

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Daytona 500 has been postponed for the first time in its 54-year history.

February 26, 2012 | By Mark Long Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ga. State studies possible move to FBS

ATLANTA - Georgia State is studying a possible move to the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, just two seasons after launching its program.

February 21, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Carr named to SEC All-Academic Honor Roll

Gainesville graduate Daunte Carr has been named to the Southeastern Conference All-Academic Honor Roll while majoring in Kinesiology. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above, be on scholarship or a letterwinners, have completed 24 semester hours and have been a member of a varsity squad for the entire year.

February 20, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Stewart, Brewster lead Truett-McConnell baseball to wins

The Truett-McConnell College baseball team won the opening game of their three-game series Friday night at Clearwater Christian College by a final score of 6-4.

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


Chestatee grad earns conference honors

North Florida University guard and former Chestatee standout Parker Smith was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday.

February 09, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Manning, Giants rally past Patriots to win Super Bowl

February 05, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville resident and former coach reflects on Super Bowl appearance

It was Jan. 25, 1981, and Gainesville resident Chuck Clausen was coaching in the Super Bowl.

February 04, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


North Hall grad McCormack wins two events in New York

North Hall grad and Clemson University sophomore Ty McCormack won a pair of races at the New Balance Invitational in New York on Friday and Saturday.

February 04, 2012 | | 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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