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Volleyball, softball state playoffs lead packed week

All five local volleyball teams won their first round matches in the state tournament last week, and all five will play Tuesday for a shot at the third round and a ticket to the championship bracket.

October 17, 2011 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Former GHS linebacker making an impact for Vols

October 12, 2011 | | Staff sports picks


Shaw named SEC Offensive Player of the Week

Former Flowery Branch quarterback Connor Shaw was named the SEC Football Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in South Carolina's 54-3 rout of Kentucky.

October 10, 2011 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Johnson makes necessary adjustments on car to win at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Jimmie Johnson didn't qualify where he wanted, and his car never quite cooperated during the final practice session at Kansas Speedway. So he spent Saturday evening in the garage area, going over different setups with the rest of his team.

October 09, 2011 | By Dave Skretta Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former Flowery Branch star Shaw leads Gamecocks to big win

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina quarterback and former Flowery Branch star Connor Shaw threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns leading No. 18 South Carolina to a 54-3 win over Kentucky on Saturday.

October 08, 2011 | BY JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former Flowery Branch star re-named starting quarterback for Gamecocks

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Steve Spurrier isn't happy with No. 18 South Carolina's stumbling offense, so he's benching quarterback Stephen Garcia and inserting sophomore Connor Shaw back in the starting lineup.

October 04, 2011 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former Brave Jordan Schafer arrested

TAMPA, Fla.- Houston Astros' outfielder Jordan Schafer has been arrested in Florida and charged with felony possession of marijuana.

October 04, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grad Shaw named Gamecocks' QB

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Steve Spurrier's calling a quarterback shuffle for No. 18 South Carolina with sophomore Connor Shaw replacing inconsistent senior Stephen Garcia.

October 03, 2011 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Petit Le Mans revs up Saturday

BRASELTON - The beautiful thing about Petit Le Mans is that every lap is important. Tommy Milner saw that first-hand as his new teammates from Corvette edged out Ferrari on the final lap of the 2010 race in the GT class at Road Atlanta.

September 30, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Sellers racing on home track in Petit Le Mans

BRASELTON - With all his travels around the world as a driver for Porsche in the American Le Mans Series and development driver for Japanese manufacturer Falken Tire, Bryan Sellers is always glad to be back home with his wife Jamie in their adopted home of Braselton. Just in 2011, Sellers, who is originally from Dayton, Ohio, has flown an estimated 100,000 miles with all his ventures and commitments.

September 28, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


O'Connell taking on new role of broadcaster for Petit Le Mans

Johnny O'Connell has a personality fitting for keeping fans interested during a television broadcast of an American Le Mans Series race, even though his career as one of the sport's more accomplished drivers isn't necessarily finished.

September 27, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Audi pushes past Peugeot late in Monday qualifying at Road Atlanta

Audi Sport's Romain Dumas waited until the second-to-last lap Monday to set the fastest time in the second day of testing for the 14th annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda – a 1:08.394 (133.696 mph) lap at Road Atlanta. The Frenchman set the time in the diesel-powered Audi R18 TDI that he will share in Saturday's 1,000-mile/10-hour race with Timo Bernhard and Marcel Fassler.

September 26, 2011 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


This week: Petit Le Mans highlights busy week

The marathon of motorsports returns to Road Atlanta for the 14th Petit Le Mans endurance race Saturday at the 2.54-mile, 12-turn course in South Hall.

September 26, 2011 | By Bill Murphy bmurphy@gainesvilletimes.com | Staff sports picks


Former Flowery Branch grad Shaw named starting QB for South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Steve Spurrier is at it again with his quarterbacks.

September 01, 2011 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grads, brothers translate high school stardom into college football success

When Jaybo Shaw's phone rings during the day down in Statesboro, he has a good idea it's his younger brother, Connor, on the other end calling to chat.

August 27, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


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Leonard: Looking for NASCAR's next top sponsor

The announcement came Tuesday. Sprint will be the premier sponsor of NASCAR's top series through 2016, and then it's leaving.

December 16, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Local lifters strong in Loganville

LOGANVILLE - Iron Beast Gym co-owner Marcel of Allen of Gainesville assembled an all-star push/pull (benchpress and deadlift) team of powerlifters, bench press specialists, a strongman competitor and a novice lifter under the title of "Team 1%" to take the team championship against 11 other squads containing other elite lifters at the Body By George Southern Powerlifting Federation Championships held at the Covenant Christian Academy Gym over the weekend in Loganville.

December 15, 2014 | For The Times | Staff sports picks


Clemson's Watson scheduled for surgery, will miss bowl game

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson will have surgery Friday and miss the Tigers' upcoming bowl game.

December 10, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Paul Johnson Love Fest in full swing

The Paul Johnson Love Fest continued last week.

December 09, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Oregon QB Mariota headlines Heisman finalists

NEW YORK - The Heisman Trophy finalists would make one heck of an offense.

December 08, 2014 | By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Leonard: College Football Playoff a step forward

The inaugural College Football Playoff is here. Plenty of people are mad. It turns out that the more things change in college football, the more they stay the same.

December 07, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Alabama, Oregon, FSU and Ohio St. in 1st college playoff

GRAPEVINE, Texas - Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State have been selected to play in the first College Football Playoff.

December 07, 2014 | By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Sims steers No. 1 Alabama to Southeastern Conference title

ATLANTA - Alabama locked up another title, with plenty of style points for the playoff committee.

December 06, 2014 | Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


North Hall Elite Hitting Camp feature Red Sox's Hyers

North Hall High is hosting its Elite Hitting Camp this Saturday and Sunday. Boston Red Sox minor league hitting coordinator Tim Hyers is leading the camp.

December 03, 2014 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


SEC Banter: Missouri the classic underdog in SEC Championship

The twenty-third edition of college football's original conference championship game takes place this Saturday afternoon in Atlanta.

December 03, 2014 | By Ben Prevost For The Times | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Yellow Jackets' win vs. Georgia was crazy

Paul Johnson won't ever be accused of being loquacious. But quite often the taciturn Tech coach says a lot without saying much.

December 03, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Leonard: Frogs' leap to No. 3 doesn't make sense

The College Football Playoff rankings are getting downright laughable. How else can you explain the latest installment released Tuesday night?

December 03, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Local golf: Foursome takes group match victory

Joe Roberts, Al Raynes, Tommy Lowery and Johnny Nix won the Luna's Tuesday golf group's match last week at Chattahoochee Golf Course.

November 29, 2014 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Watson tosses 2 TDs, Clemson defeats South Carolina 35-17

CLEMSON, S.C. - No. 23 Clemson stopped the countdown on its losing streak to South Carolina. Now, the Tigers are looking to a new countdown to how many more Palmetto Bowl victories they might achieve behind freshmen Deshaun Watson, tailback Wayne Gallman and receiver Artavis Scott.

November 29, 2014 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Tiger star anchored by his Gainesville roots

November 25, 2014 | | Staff sports picks


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