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Ohio State knocks off Oregon in national championship game, 42-20

Ohio State can add the newest version of the national championship trophy to a case that already has a bunch of the old ones.

January 13, 2015 | By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Oregon Ducks punter Ian Wheeler got his start in Northeast Georgia

Ian Wheeler is exactly where he said he would be. He's punting for the Oregon Ducks.

January 11, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Local golf: Luna's Tuesday event held at Chimney Oaks

Stan Davidson, Jr., Nelson Wright, Jerry Johns and Don Rogers won last week's Luna's Tuesday golf group's match at Chimney Oaks Golf Course.

January 10, 2015 | | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Lessons from bowl season

Bowl season!

January 06, 2015 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


SEC's dominance over in college football for now

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - It was bound to happen.

January 02, 2015 | By John Zenor Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Sims, Alabama fall to Ohio State in Sugar Bowl, 42-35

NEW ORLEANS - Cardale Jones came through again at the Sugar Bowl. Ezekiel Elliott ran all over mighty Alabama. And Urban Meyer's quest to turn Ohio State into SEC North is one victory away from a national championship.

January 01, 2015 | Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Looking back at 2014's top sports stories

The top sports stories of 2014 for area fans often had as much to do with hometown standouts who had gone on to success in other places as it did with those still on the local scene.

December 31, 2014 | By Jared Putnam and Clark Leonard sports@gainesvilletimes.com | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Bold sports predictions for 2015

The Great Dentoni!

December 31, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grad Shaw, Browns fall to Ravens, 20-10

BALTIMORE- The Baltimore Ravens couldn't help watching the scoreboard in the midst of a game they had to win to reach the playoffs.

December 28, 2014 | David Ginsburg Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Murphy: Playoff format will satisfy college football's hearty fans

The ballyhooed college football playoff is finally here.

December 26, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grad Connor Shaw named Cleveland Browns starter at QB for Sunday's game

BEREA, Ohio- Rookie quarterback Connor Shaw will come off Cleveland's practice squad and start the season finale on Sunday against Baltimore.

December 26, 2014 | Tom Withers Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Sims' rise from afterthought to star powers Alabama

Don't tell Blake Sims he's in a competition.

December 24, 2014 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Gifts for our friends in sports world

Tis the season of giving.

December 23, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Niles making major defensive impact at Central Florida

Thomas Niles is carving out quite a legacy at the University of Central Florida.

December 22, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Local golf: CMGA holds 2 best ball event

Gene Weschler, Bob Pyne, Gary Moses and Johnny Little won the Chattahochee Men's Golf Association's two best ball, net points game last Wednesday at the Chattahoochee Golf Course.

December 22, 2014 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


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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


Prevost: If every day could be just like the Masters

Some people, particularly my young daughters, wish every day was Christmas.

April 06, 2015 | By Ben Prevost | Staff sports picks


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