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Tide rolls: 'Bama beats LSU, 21-0, for BCS title

NEW ORLEANS - Turns out, Alabama was the better team all along.

January 10, 2012 | By Blair Kerkhoff McClatchy Newspapers | Staff sports picks


No. 10 South Carolina beats No. 21 Nebraska 30-13

ORLANDO, Fla. - Flowery Branch grad and University of South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw threw for 230 yards and, along with a stingy defense that shut out No. 21 Nebraska in the final three quarters, led the Gamecoacks to a 30-13 win at the Capital One Bowl on Monday.

January 02, 2012 | By Kyle Hightower Associated Press | Staff sports picks


The Times sports stories of the year

As we turn the calendar to 2012, we can look back on all the local sports storylines that were on the radar prominently last year.

December 31, 2011 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Home for the Holidays: North Hall grad Mancin stays busy at Columbus State

Mary Mancin deserves a break.

December 28, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Chestatee grad leading the way at North Florida

When Parker Smith, a former basketball star at Chestatee High, went to Tennessee State, he was hoping for an opportunity to further his athletic career.

December 27, 2011 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


Home for the Holidays: Shaw builds on family's legacy

When the Shaw family gets together, they try not to talk exclusively about football.

December 26, 2011 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Home for the Holidays: No rest from running for Flowery Branch grad Rucker

FLOWERY BRANCH - For Erika Rucker, the challenge lies ahead.

December 25, 2011 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Home for the holidays: North Hall grad McCormack has big goals for running career

Ty McCormack is the kind of guy who doesn't dwell too long on his accomplishments. After a successful sophomore cross country season at Clemson University, the North Hall High graduate is already thinking ahead to the list of many goals he'd like to meet during the spring indoor and outdoor track and field seasons with the Tigers.

December 24, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Home for the Holidays: Burnette brothers chasing baseball dreams

Chase Burnette and his younger brother Jake are busy climbing the ladder to becoming major league baseball players.

December 23, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Georgia Southern taken down in FCS semifinals

FARGO, N.D. - Wide receiver Warren Holloway scored twice to help North Dakota State defeat Georgia Southern 35-7 Saturday in a Football Championship Subdivision semifinal.

December 17, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia Southern looks to attack North Dakota State with option

FARGO, N.D. - Dale Lennon built his career around stopping the option and he says North Dakota State will have a tough task this weekend in its playoff game against Georgia Southern, led by Flowery Branch grad Jaybo Shaw at quarterback and Buford grad Dominique Swope at running back.

December 14, 2011 | Dave Kolpack Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jaybo Shaw leads Georgia Southern past Maine

STATESBORO - Quarterback Jaybo Shaw ran for two touchdowns and threw for another Saturday to lead Georgia Southern to a 35-23 win over Maine in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

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


Hassell, Georgia women top Mercer, 80-43

MACON - Only two days after setting her career high in scoring, Jasmine Hassell again took the lead with 16 points to lead No. 14 Georgia to an 80-43 win over Mercer on Tuesday night.

December 06, 2011 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia Southern advances to third round

STATESBORO - Dominique Swope, a Buford grad, ran for two touchdowns and 255 yards in a game dominated by both offenses as Georgia Southern held on to beat Old Dominion 55-48 Saturday in the second round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

December 03, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This week: Gainesville, Buford football to play in semifinals on Friday

The lights will stay on Friday night at City Park Stadium.

November 27, 2011 | By David Mitchell dmitchell@gainesvilletimes.com | Staff sports picks


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John Isner wins Atlanta Open for 3rd straight year, beating Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-3

ATLANTA - John Isner won the Atlanta Open for the third straight year, beating Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday at Atlantic Station.

August 02, 2015 | By Matt Winkeljohn Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Matt Kenseth stretches fuel, steals win away from Kyle Busch, Joey Logano at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. - Matt Kenseth stretched his fuel and zipped past the fading leaders in the final thrilling laps Sunday to win the NASCAR Sprint ...

August 02, 2015 | By Dan Gelston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Johnson High senior Will Crain wins gold medal at 2015 Special Olympics World Games

Johnson High senior Will Crain secured a gold medal in the 500-meter kayak Thursday at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

July 31, 2015 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


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


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