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A Dangerous Game: How will head injuries affect football's future?

Owen Thomas loved football. And his mother, Kathy Brearley, loved that he loved it.

July 14, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


A Dangerous Game: Football fans clamor for hits, but safety is a concern

In 2004, the Madden football video game added the "Hit Stick" feature, a way to deliver high-impact tackles, to its best-selling NFL game.

July 14, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Ralston, Lasseter win respective divisions at Chateau Elan tourney

Spencer Ralston and Drew Lasseter, both of Gainesville, won their respective age divisions in an Atlanta Junior Golf Association tournament on Wednesday on the Woodlands Course at Chateau Elan.

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


Rucker wins heat in Barcelona

Flowery Branch graduate Erika Rucker, who is representing the United States at the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, finished first in heat six of six yesterday morning in the 400-meter dash and will move on to the second round at 3 p.m. today.

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


Giant blowout: NL routs AL 8-0 in All-Star game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Pablo Sandoval and Melky Cabrera turned the All-Star game into a Giant blowout.

July 11, 2012 | By Ronald Blum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Mixed results for Sheets in second Double-A start

PEARL, Miss. - Ben Sheets gave up three runs in 5 2-3 innings during his second start with the Double-A Mississippi Braves.

July 09, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Federer earns 7th Wimbledon title

WIMBLEDON, England - A Grand Slam title drought did indeed end in Sunday's historic and riveting Wimbledon final, only it was Roger Federer's lengthy-for-him gap between trophies that came to a close, rather than Britain's 76-year wait for a homegrown men's champion.

July 09, 2012 | By Howard Fendrich Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This week: Braves sending 4 to All-Star Game

The Atlanta Braves will be well represented in this week's All-Star Game on Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo. Braves second baseman Dan Uggla earned the start at second base, despite hitting below .230 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs. Uggla has struggled in the final 10 games, only managing two hits leading into Saturday night's game at Philadelphia.

July 08, 2012 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Owings will return to majors with San Diego as position player

SAN DIEGO - Injured San Diego Padres pitcher and Gainesville High graduate Micah Owings will attempt to return to the majors as a position player on Monday. He still holds the state record with 69 home runs in his career with the Red Elephants from 1999-2002.

July 07, 2012 | From staff, wire reports | Staff sports picks


Tony Stewart makes late move to win at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - There was no fire or rain. Still, another frantic finish at Daytona International Speedway.

July 07, 2012 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Branch grad Rucker headed to Junior World Championships

Erika Rucker has plenty of memories from her six years of running competitively.

July 05, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


Elliott cruises to win at World Crown 300

Dawsonville's Chase Elliott set the fast time in qualifying (16.609 seconds) and went on to win the World Crown 300 on Wednesday at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson.

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


North Hall grad McCormack is 1st Georgian to finish in Peachtree Road Race

It wasn't until well after he had finished that North Hall grad Ty McCormack, 19, found out that he was not only the top Georgia finisher for the second consecutive year at the Peachtree Road Race on Wednesday in Atlanta, but the fourth American overall.

July 04, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Gresham prepares for 29th running of World Crown 300

For 28 years, the World Crown 300, which runs at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, was held in the middle of November.

July 03, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


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


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Flowery Branch grad Jonathan Hughes opts for Georgia Tech over pro baseball deal

Delaying the start of his professional baseball career is a decision which Jonathan Hughes is completely comfortable with.

July 27, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Michael Shank Racing team prepares for Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta course

BRASELTON - Most people know the thrill of being handed a freshly laminated driver's license at 16 years of age, but not many have experienced ...

July 23, 2015 | Colin Ochs | Staff sports picks


Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson says he’s healthy and ready to lead Tigers to big things

MAULDIN, S.C. - Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson isn't focused on the praise and honors coming his way, no matter how high they pile up ...

July 23, 2015 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jamaica upsets US 2-1 in Gold Cup semifinals

ATLANTA - The United States had everything on its side. History. A raucous home crowd. And, supposedly, the better team.

July 22, 2015 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Buford's Olivia Shaw celebrating national title at MLB Pitch, Hit and Run competition

Get out the screwdrivers: Olivia Shaw needs room to figure out how she's going to organize the new gifts she received last weekend in ...

July 21, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Clemson, QB Deshaun Watson earn preseason ACC awards

PINEHURST, N.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney hopes Deshaun Watson takes another step forward this season.

July 21, 2015 | By Joedy McCreary Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Tennessee, Georgia Tech to meet in 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium

ATLANTA - Tennessee and Georgia Tech will open their 2017 seasons by facing each other Sept. 4 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

July 20, 2015 | | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Jackson Bishop wins City Championship

After a 1-hour weather delay Sunday afternoon, Gainesville High grad Jackson Bishop fired a final round 2-under-par 70 to become the 2015 City Champion at ...

July 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


New Brenau track and field coach Byron Kramer has high hopes for team

After winning conference championships in its first three years, Brenau University's Golden Tigers track and field team could be ready to make a significant ...

July 16, 2015 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Clemson coach Swinney says injured quarterback Deshaun Watson cleared for football work

SUNSET, S.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said injured quarterback Deshaun Watson was fully cleared by the school's medical staff to take part in ...

July 15, 2015 | | Staff sports picks


Trout homers leading off, and American League All-Stars top National League 6-3

Mike Trout flashed the skill that puts him at the front of baseball's new generation, just moments after four of the all-time greats had ...

July 14, 2015 | Ronald Blum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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