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Falcons secure playoff berth with Eagles' victory

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - DeSean Jackson scored on a 65-yard punt return on the final play of the game and the Philadelphia Eagles scored 28 points in the final 7:28 to stun the New York Giants 38-31 Sunday and take over first place in the NFC East. With the Philadelphia win, the Atlanta Falcons secured a playoff berth in the NFC.

December 19, 2010 | By Tom Canavan The Associated Press | Staff sports picks


McNabb benched in favor of Grossman

Donovan McNabb to second-string. Then to third-string. Then no guarantee that he'll be back next season.

December 17, 2010 | By Joseph White The Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jersey back where it belongs

Gainesville resident Mike McWhorter is a diehard baseball fan and collects memorabilia whenever he gets the chance. Nearly 20 years ago, a friend of his sister, who worked at the Astrodome in Houston, came across a vintage Astros jersey while the dome was undergoing renovations.

December 16, 2010 | Adam Krohn | Staff sports picks


Hall of Fame pitcher Feller dead at 92

CLEVELAND - Bob Feller, the Iowa farm boy whose powerful right arm earned him the nickname "Rapid Robert" and made him one of baseball's greatest pitchers during a Hall of Fame career with the Cleveland Indians, has died. He was 92.

December 15, 2010 | By Tom Withers The Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Cliff Lee to sign with Phillies

NEW YORK - Cliff Lee is returning to the Philadelphia Phillies, the team that traded him nearly one year ago.

December 14, 2010 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This week: Area hoops teams tuning up for Lanierland

This week is big for local high school basketball programs as they tune up for the upcoming Lanierland tournament. Chestatee, Johnson and West Hall will out play out-of-county matchups before the Hall County-based Lanierland begins on Dec. 20.

December 13, 2010 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Auburn's Newton wins Heisman trophy

NEW YORK - Cam Newton won the Heisman Trophy - as if there was any doubt.

December 11, 2010 | By Ralph Russo The Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Muschamp takes Gators job

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp has left the Longhorns to take over at Florida.

December 11, 2010 | By Jim Vertuno The Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Sandy Creek wins Class AAA state title

ATLANTA - Derrick Alexander rushed for 131 yards and scored a touchdown for Sandy Creek, but the Patriot defense was ultimately responsible for the Fayette County school's second straight state title.

December 11, 2010 | The Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Clinch County wins Class A football championship

ATLANTA - Clinch County's performance on Saturday wasn't perfect, but the Panthers finished off a perfect season.

December 11, 2010 | The Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia Southern set to play SoCon rival in playoffs

COLUMBIA, S.C. - For Wofford to continue its season of redemption, the Terriers will have to beat a Georgia Southern program trying to return to its national championship tradition.

December 10, 2010 | By Jeffrey Collins The Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Urban Meyer resigning at Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - After the worst season of his career Urban Meyer is stepping down at Florida, giving up one of the premier jobs in college football for the second time.

December 08, 2010 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


All-SEC team dominated by Auburn

ATLANTA - Cam Newton got an early start on awards week.

December 06, 2010 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Newton, James among 4 Heisman Trophy finalists

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and Oregon running back LaMichael James, two of the nation's most dynamic players, will meet in the national championship game next month.

December 06, 2010 | By John Marshall Associated Press | Staff sports picks


It's official: No. 1 Auburn vs. No. 2 Oregon for national title

A season spent talking about BCS busters will end with another clash of the big boys - just not the ones we've gotten used to seeing in the title game.

December 05, 2010 | By Ralph Russo The Associated Press | 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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