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Deshaun Watson throws for 2 TDs, runs for another in No. 3 Clemson's 54-0 win against Syracuse

Deshaun Watson threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third before leaving No. 3 Clemson's 54-0 win over Syracuse on Saturday with a bruised shoulder.

November 05, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Johnson wins Martinsville to gain spot in NASCAR’s finale

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - There was a time this summer when a seventh championship seemed out of reach for Jimmie Johnson.

October 31, 2016 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Joey Logano wins Talladega to advance in NASCAR’s playoffs

TALLADEGA - Joey Logano grabbed a critical win to give Team Penske one car in the next round of NASCAR's playoffs. Denny Hamlin edged Austin Dillon for a final spot in the field on a tiebreaker Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

October 23, 2016 | Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kevin Harvick wins at Kansas to reach next round of NASCAR Chase

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - No matter what kind of misfortune befalls Kevin Harvick in the early rounds of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, his team always seems to get things together when it matters.

October 16, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Watson, Clemson avoid upset in OT win over NC State

CLEMSON, S.C. - Deshaun Watson hit Artavis Scott with 10-yard touchdown pass in overtime and Marcus Edmond finished it with an interception in the end zone as No. 3 Clemson beat North Carolina State 24-17 on Saturday.

October 15, 2016 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Seattle Seahawks sign East Hall grad Sterling Bailey to practice squad

East Hall graduate Sterling Bailey was signed to the practice squad with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, after being released by the Indianapolis Colts reserve squad Sept. 27.

October 04, 2016 | Times Sports Reports | Staff sports picks


Michael Shank Racing earns 'fairy tale' victory at Petit Le Mans

Despite a one hour and four-minute delay in track repairs, Saturday's Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta showcased some monumental finishes on the track in Braselton.

October 01, 2016 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks


Clemson QB Watson lost in Jackson hype

CLEMSON, S.C. - No. 3 Louisville and quarterback Lamar Jackson have done the improbable - turned Clemson passer Deshaun Watson into an afterthought this weekend.

September 30, 2016 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Golfing legend Arnold Palmer dies at 87

Arnold Palmer brought a country-club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner's touch,

September 25, 2016 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local fans express optimism in Deshaun Watson's chances to find stride

It's not how you start, but how you finish.

September 21, 2016 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks


Martin Truex Jr. benefits from late re-start to pass Elliott, win Sprint Cup race in Chicago

Martin Truex Jr. shot to the front after a late re-start and pulled away to give his small Furniture Row Racing a NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff-opening victory Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.

September 18, 2016 | Mike Cranston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Rio Paralympic Games: Clarkesville native McKenzie Coan wins second gold medal

Clarkesville native and current Loyola Maryland student McKenzie Coan won her second-career gold medal at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.

September 15, 2016 | Times Sports Reports | Staff sports picks


Georgia State falls to Air Force, 48-14

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Tim McVey returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and scored on an 18-yard run, helping Air Force beat Georgia State 48-14 on Saturday for the Falcons' 14th straight home victory.

September 10, 2016 | Pat Graham Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Clemson overcomes McCloud's ball flip to hold off Troy, 30-24

CLEMSON - Gainesville graduate Deshaun Watson threw for three touchdowns and No. 2 Clemson avoided a host of mistakes - including an embarrassing early celebration punt-return gaffe by Ray-Ray McCloud that cost a TD - to hold off pesky Troy 30-24 on Saturday.

September 10, 2016 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Habersham Central grad King on a 'blessing' of a journey in NFL

It's been nine years since Habersham Central graduate Tavarres King took the field as a high school player and almost four years since he caught passes from Aaron Murray at the University of Georgia. Now, the 26-year-old will be suiting up as a member of the New York Giants.

September 06, 2016 | Zack Myers | Staff sports picks


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Gainesville native Deshaun Watson among more than 100 college players entering NFL draft early

NEW YORK - For the second straight year, more than 100 players are giving up college eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

January 20, 2017 | Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Thousands turn out for Clemson football parade, celebration

CLEMSON, S.C. - Around 70,000 smiling, cheering football fans turned out for the biggest party Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has thrown yet at Death ...

January 14, 2017 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


West Hall graduate Anthony Lotti already primed for success at Wisconsin

Anthony Lotti left home prepared. He knew it was going to take some acclimation after graduating from West Hall High and going on to kick ...

January 13, 2017 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks


Clemson QB, Gainesville High grad Deshaun Watson repeats as Manning Award winner

Clemson quarterback and Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson has been named the first repeat winner of the Manning Award, which is presented by the Sugar ...

January 12, 2017 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Deshaun Watson leaves Clemson, Swinney on solid ground

TAMPA, Fla. - Standing on college football's biggest stage and hoisting its top prize, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and dynamic quarterback Deshaun Watson shared the ...

January 10, 2017 | Mark Long Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville native, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson set for CFP national championship rematch with Alabama

Even with one game left to play, Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson already knows what he wants to be remembered for during his time at ...

January 08, 2017 | Marcus Rodrigue | Staff sports picks


Clemson QB Deshaun Watson gained a grasp of overcoming mistakes during years at Gainesville High

When Deshaun Watson was still just a kid at Gainesville High, back before the Heisman Trophy races and national championship chases, former Red Elephants quarterback ...

January 07, 2017 | Marcus Rodrigue | Staff sports picks


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