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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


Prevost: If every day could be just like the Masters

Some people, particularly my young daughters, wish every day was Christmas.

April 06, 2015 | By Ben Prevost | Staff sports picks


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Lloyd scores 3 times as U.S. tops Japan 5-2 in Women's World Cup final

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Carli Lloyd came up big again. Three times.

July 05, 2015 | Anne Peterson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Buford graduate Connor Bennett signs minor-league deal with Cincinnati Reds

Connor Bennett, a 2015 Buford graduate, agreed to a contract with the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. The right-handed Bennett was selected in the 34th round of the MLB Draft in June, but said at the time he expected to turn down the offer and honor his scholarship to play at West Virginia.

July 02, 2015 | Colin Ochs | Staff sports picks


US heads to Women's World Cup final with 2-0 win over top-ranked Germany

MONTREAL - Carli Lloyd buried a penalty kick, Hope Solo got another shutout and the United States beat top-ranked Germany 2-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the title match at the Women's World Cup.

June 30, 2015 | By Anne M. Peterson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kyle Busch holds off brother Kurt to win at Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. - After two practice sessions at Sonoma Raceway, Kyle Busch spent an evening icing his surgically repaired left foot.

June 28, 2015 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Virginia wins first College World Series title with 4-2 victory over Vanderbilt

OMAHA, Neb.- After battling a spate of injuries and struggling to even reach its conference tournament, Virginia finished a magnificent postseason run to win its first baseball national championship.

June 25, 2015 | By Eric Olson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch graduate Brad Keller impressing for Single-A baseball team Kane County Cougars

The perfect end to Brad Keller's victory Sunday wasn't his teammate's walk-off RBI, closing the first half of the season on a five-game team winning streak or pitching three-hit ball through six innings.

June 23, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


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