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Keselowski pulls away for Kentucky NASCAR win

SPARTA, Ky. - Driving his backup car, Brad Keselowski raced to third win of the year, grabbing the lead with 55 laps remaining and holding off all challengers Saturday night in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway.

June 30, 2012 | By Rusty Miller Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Couple traveling across country to tell minor league baseball's stories

Matt and Carolyn LaWell sat down on Saturday in the press box at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.

June 30, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


This week: High school teams coming out for passing camp

The Gainesville/Hall County Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host its 2012 passing camp and lineman challenge at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Johnson High.

June 24, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


James' triple-double lifts Heat to NBA title

MIAMI - MIAMI - The decision is final: LeBron James made the right call coming to Miami.

June 22, 2012 | By Brian Mahoney Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Branch grad Rucker qualifies for World Junior Championships

Former Flowery Branch High and current South Carolina runner Erika Rucker qualified for the International Association of Athletics Federation World Junior Championships after taking second overall in the 400-meter dash at the USA Junior National Championships this weekend.

June 19, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Simpson outlasts McDowell, Thompson to win US Open

SAN FRANCISCO - Overlooked for so much of the week, Simpson emerged on a fog-filled Sunday at The Olympic Club with four birdies around the turn and a tough chip out of a hole to the right of the 18th green that he converted into par for a 2-under 68.

June 18, 2012 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This week: Braves take on Yankees

The Braves are ready to tackle a three-game series in the Big Apple starting today. But, this time, it isn't against the Mets. Instead, Atlanta is playing an Interleague series against the Yankees. Last week, these two played in Atlanta with the Yankees leaving with a three-game sweep.

June 17, 2012 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Earnhardt Jr. ends drought with win in Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. raced to his first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory in four years, ending a 143-race winless streak Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

June 17, 2012 | By Noah Trister Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Father's Day tournament in its 3rd year at Chateau Elan

Three years ago, looking for an event to celebrate Father's Day with a specific focus on the kids, the Chateau Elan Golf Club held its first Dad and Junior Scramble Golf Tournament.

June 15, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


Durant powers Thunder past LeBron, Heat 105-94

OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant showed LeBron James how to play the fourth quarter in the NBA Finals.

June 12, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Longtime sportscaster, Gainesville grad Fusselle dies

Warner Fusselle, a Gainesville High graduate and the radio voice of the Brooklyn Cyclones Minor League baseball team since 2001, died Sunday night at the age of 68 after suffering a massive heart attack.

June 11, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Thunder headed to NBA finals, beat Spurs 107-99

OKLAHOMA CITY - After years of nagging Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks not to take him out of games, Kevin Durant finally got his wish.

June 06, 2012 | By Jeff Latzke Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Celtics take control of East, beat Heat 94-90

MIAMI - Paul Pierce watched the shot sail just over LeBron James' outstretched arm. And when it swished, he turned toward the Boston bench, shaking his head.

June 05, 2012 | By Tim Reynolds Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Celtics beat Heat in OT, even series at 2-2

BOSTON - Rajon Rondo had 15 points and 15 assists, and scored the final three points of the Boston Celtics' 93-91 overtime victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday night that evened the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece.

June 04, 2012 | By Brian Mahoney Associated Press | Staff sports picks


IronDawgs sweep team titles in Jonesboro

The Georgia IronDawgs, a powerlifting team based out of Gainesville, swept the team titles at the American Powerlifting Committee 10th Anniversary National Championships on Sunday. They won in the benchpress and powerlifting categories at the Clarion Hotel in Jonesboro.

June 03, 2012 | From staff reports | 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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