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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


This week: Let the games begin

After months of preparation, the majority of high school football teams will finally kick off the regular season this week.

August 21, 2011 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


Busch wins first race at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Kyle Busch won his 23rd race on NASCAR's Sprint Cup circuit, pulling even with brother Kurt in career victories.

August 21, 2011 | By Noah Trister Associated Press | Staff sports picks


LCKC athletes kick off Senior Sprint World Championships

Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club athletes kicked off the Sprint World Championships Thursday in Szeged, Hungary.

August 18, 2011 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Former Trojan now coaching with UNC-Wilmington

Chris Stephens, a former North Hall baseball player and assistant coach, has been hired to the University of North Carolina-Wilmington baseball coaching staff as an assistant coach after serving on the staff at Presbyterian College for one season.

August 18, 2011 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Shaw looked at to lead Georgia Southern

STATESBORO - Georgia Southern exceeded expectations last season by advancing to the FCS semifinals under first-year coach Jeff Monken.

August 16, 2011 | George Henry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


For now, SEC will stick with its 12 schools

The Southeastern Conference is staying just as it is - for now.

August 14, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Bradley wins PGA in playoff after rousing comeback

August 14, 2011 | | Staff sports picks


Former Gainesville High star finds success in Bigs

The most impressive thing about Micah Owings' young pro baseball career so far might be how resilient he's been in the face of adversity. It's a trait he didn't have to learn at a young age after starring at Gainesville High, and both Georgia Tech and Tulane University. But after his second and most recent stint in the minor leagues, Owings, a right-hander relief pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks, has found peace and comfort in just doing what he can do help the team.

August 13, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Cunningham signs free agent deal with Tennessee Titans

When Chad Cunningham received a call from his agent Jimmy Sexton on Tuesday night, it put about 4 1/2 months worth of uncertainly to rest after a long NFL lockout.

July 27, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Fickey helped build shotgun program at Clemson

Wake Fickey has already found a sport that he'll stay involved with for many years to come.

July 26, 2011 | Bill Murphy | 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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