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Florida State and Virginia Tech are ACC's picks for title game

GREENSBORO, N.C. - It's an annual rite of summer in the Atlantic Coast Conference: Picking Florida State and Virginia Tech to meet in the league championship game.

July 23, 2012 | By Joedy McCreary Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Penn State football slammed with NCAA violations

INDIANAPOLIS - Penn State football was all but dismantled Monday by an NCAA ruling that wiped away 14 years of coach Joe Paterno's victories and imposed a mountain of fines and penalties, crippling a program whose pedophile assistant coach spent years molesting children, sometimes on school property.

July 23, 2012 | By Ralph Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Roddick claims Atlanta Open title

ATLANTA - Winning tournaments never gets old for Andy Roddick.

July 23, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Els captures British Open after Scott's collapse

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England - Ernie Els felt something special could happen at the British Open, and it did.

July 22, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This week: Runners from Gainesville, West Hall and Chestatee headed to USATF Junior Olympics

West Hall and Chestatee runners Ryan Sharry and Jason Dang will participate in the USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships beginning today at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md.

July 22, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


Skinns wins NGA event at Achasta

David Skinns fired a final-round 63 to claim the NGA Tour Classic by one stroke at Achasta Golf Course in Dahlonega on Sunday. He finished with a four-day score of 22-under par, 262.

July 22, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Taylor: A dad's difficult football decision

I can already see him looking at me through the bars of a helmet in a sporting goods store.

July 21, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


A Dangerous Game: Supporters hope to revive Return to Play Act

Republican state representative Sharon Cooper said he was disappointed when House Bill 673 didn't even draw a vote in this year's general assembly. Known as the Return To Play Act, it was a bipartisan bill was aimed at having a very specific protocol for athletes who suffered a concussion to be able to return to play at the high school and youth level of sports.

July 21, 2012 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


A Dangerous Game: Parents in favor of football despite risks

Dr. Tom Ross is of the belief that football is a game of acceptable risks. While there's always the possibility of injury in a game where physical contract is present, it's no more dangerous than daily activities we all take part in, such as traveling in a car.

July 21, 2012 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Scott carries 4-shot lead into final round of British Open

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England - Adam Scott has never had a better chance to end that long wait for a major championship - mostly because of that long putter.

July 21, 2012 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Steady Snedeker leads; Woods lurks at British Open

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England - Amid plenty of wayward swings, Brandt Snedeker and Adam Scott were steady as can be at the British Open.

July 20, 2012 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Scott takes 1st round lead at British Open

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England - Unlike the guys in charge of the weather forecast, Adam Scott got everything just about right Thursday in the British Open.

July 19, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Shaw, Murray on Davey O'Brien watch list

Flowery Branch graduate and current South Carolina junior quarterback Connor Shaw and Georgia junior quarterback Aaron Murray have been named to the 34-player 2012 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List announced Wednesday.

July 18, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Slive has unfinished business in SEC, staying put

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive has unfinished business and he isn't leaving what has lately become college football's penthouse anytime soon.

July 16, 2012 | By John Zenor Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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


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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


Vanderbilt holds Virginia to four hits in 5-1 win at College World Series

OMAHA, Neb. - Carson Fulmer combined with two relievers on a four-hitter, Will Toffey's two-run double broke a scoreless tie in the sixth, and defending national champion Vanderbilt opened the College World Series finals with a 5-1 victory over Virginia on Monday night.

June 22, 2015 | By Eric Olson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


ESPN: Report shows Pete Rose bet on Reds in 1986

BRISTOL, Conn. - ESPN says it obtained a notebook that shows Pete Rose bet on Cincinnati Reds games during his last season as an active player in 1986.

June 22, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jordan Spieth picks up stunning US Open victory on heels of Masters win

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - Jordan Spieth is halfway home to the Grand Slam, a prize only three of the biggest names in modern golf have ever chased.

June 22, 2015 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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