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University of North Georgia benefiting from top local talent in men's basketball program

Chris Faulkner didn't have much difficulty recruiting Hall County and the surrounding areas in 2013.

December 19, 2016 | Marcus Rodrigue The Times | Staff sports picks


Gainesville native Deshaun Watson says he’s best no matter what Heisman Trophy voters say

CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson quarterback and Gainesville native Deshaun Watson believes he is the best player in the country no matter what the Heisman Trophy voters say.

December 19, 2016 | Jeffrey Collins Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local golf: Whited makes hole in one at Chicopee Woods

Ronnie Whited sank a hole-in-one on Tuesday on No. 8 at the Chicopee Woods Golf Course in Gainesville. Whited used a seven iron and a Wilson Staff ball. Jeff Crawford and Mickey Bruce witnessed the shot.

December 17, 2016 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Former Atlanta Braves catcher Damon Berryhill named manager of Triple-A Gwinnett

Damon Berryhill, a catcher for the Braves, Cubs and three other teams in his 10-year playing career, has been named manager of Atlanta's Triple-A Gwinnett team.

December 12, 2016 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson finishes second in Heisman Trophy voting

Clemson quarterback and Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson finished runner-up to Louisville's Lamar Jackson in the Heisman Trophy voting on Saturday.

December 10, 2016 | Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High graduate and Heisman finalist Deshaun Watson has always strived for greatness

When Deshaun Watson and Fred Payne had the rare opportunity to sit down for lunch on Monday in Gainesville, Payne made sure to remind his best friend to stay poised and relaxed on this exciting journey, as well as something that has never been too hard to do for the two-time Heisman Trophy finalist.

December 09, 2016 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Deshaun Watson wins Davey O'Brien Award

ATLANTA (AP) - Deshaun Watson has won the Davey O'Brien award as the nation's top quarterback for the second year in a row, beating out Louisville's Lamar Jackson.

December 08, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Deshaun Watson’s trip to Heisman Trophy stage bumpier than 2015

CLEMSON, S.C. - He doesn't flash that easygoing smile as frequently. His play gets scrutinized and picked apart more, because many of the folks who gushed about Deshaun Watson's game a season ago now focus on the overthrows and critical interceptions.

December 06, 2016 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High graduate, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson named a Heisman Trophy finalist

Clemson quarterback and Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson is a Heisman Trophy finalist for the second consecutive season, joining Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers and Oklahoma teammates Baker Mayfield and Dede Westbrook.

December 05, 2016 | Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Washington make College Football Playoff

Conference championships matter. Head-to-head matters. Strength of schedule matters. Every game counts, though some seem to count more than others and good luck figuring out which ones count most.

December 04, 2016 | By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Watson throws for three TDs, Clemson tops Virginia Tech 42-35 for ACC title

ORLANDO, Fla. - Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson bolstered his Heisman Trophy candidacy by passing for three touchdowns and running for two more to lead third-ranked Clemson to a 42-35 victory over No. 19 Virginia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game on Saturday night.

December 03, 2016 | Fred Goodall Associated Press | Staff sports picks


East Hall graduate Watson seizes opportunity to shine at collegiate level

In the moment his team needed somebody to step up and make a play, Devin Watson was there.

November 30, 2016 | Zack Myers | Staff sports picks


QB Deshaun Watson, No. 3 Clemson looking to take final step into playoffs

CLEMSON, S.C. - The way Clemson coach Dabo Swinney sees it, the pressure is the same as it's been all season.

November 29, 2016 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Murphy: The case for Deshaun Watson in the Heisman Trophy race

Deshaun Watson's Heisman hopes are looking solid right now. What a difference a week makes.

November 28, 2016 | | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Watson tosses six touchdowns, No. 4 Clemson beats South Carolina 56-7

CLEMSON, S.C. - Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson tied his career high with six touchdown passes, three to Mike Williams, and No. 4 Clemson took another, strong step to the College Football Playoff with a 56-7 victory over rival South Carolina on Saturday night.

November 26, 2016 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Chestatee High grad, Olympian Arthur passing down weightlifting skills to next generation

Almost one year ago, Jenny Arthur inspired Hall County residents as a member of the U.S. Olympic weightlifting team in Rio de Janeiro.

July 22, 2017 | Marcus Rodrigue | Staff sports picks


North Hall graduate, Mercer football senior Marchman recognized for service work

Thomas Marchman was perceptive to the environment.

July 20, 2017 | By Layne Saliba The Times | Staff sports picks


Devotion on another level: Love of soccer takes Gainesville native Jesse Mendoza across the U.S.

There are fans and fair-weather fans, and then there are the devoted - ones who invest a great deal of their lives exploring and even sharing ...

July 19, 2017 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks


Former Gainesville High golfer Spencer Ralston qualifies for US Amateur

Gainesville High graduate Spencer Ralston, a rising sophomore golfer at the University of Georgia, shot a blistering 7-under par on the opening day of 36 ...

July 19, 2017 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Spencer Ralston in contention at The Players Amateur

After proving his worth in the Southeastern Conference during his freshman season at Georgia, Spencer Ralston is solidifying his place among the entire field of ...

July 14, 2017 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Local fans agree Atlanta United provides authentic experience

Just look around Bobby Dodd Stadium on any given match day for Atlanta United FC, and you'll see the city is abuzz with a ...

July 13, 2017 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks


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