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Virginia, Florida, Arizona, Wichita State claim No. 1 seeds for NCAA Tournament

The surprises start at the top of the NCAA tournament bracket: Virginia is a No. 1 seed.

March 16, 2014 | By Eddie Pells Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia State tops Arkansas State in Sun Belt semifinals

Ryan Harrow scored 20 points and R.J. Hunter had 16 as top-seeded Georgia State eased to a 72-45 win over fourth-seeded Arkansas State in the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference tournament on Saturday.

March 15, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Keselowski edges out Junior on final lap for win at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - Brad Keselowski surged ahead on the final lap when Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran out of fuel, claiming a dramatic victory Sunday in the NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

March 09, 2014 | Greg Beacham Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Watson in running for starting job at QB as Clemson starts spring practice

CLEMSON, S.C. - For the first time in five years, Clemson has questions at quarterback.

March 05, 2014 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Seahawks crush Broncos, 43-8, to win Super Bowl XLVIII

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.- The Seattle Seahawks' mantra all season was to make each day a championship day.

February 03, 2014 | By Barry Wilner Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High's Bishop wins Rudolph Junior Classic golf tourney

Gainesville High's Jackson Bishop took top overall honors and won the 16-18 division at the Rudolph Junior Classic on Sunday at Chattahoochee Golf Club.

February 03, 2014 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


NASCAR creates winner-take-all championship format

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Say goodbye to the NASCAR era when a driver, fresh off a satisfying, top-10 finish, climbs from the car and raves about what a good points day it was.

January 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Storm threatens status of games in Atlanta area

ATLANTA - The deep freeze which engulfed the Southeast on Tuesday forced the Detroit Pistons' game at the Atlanta Hawks set for Wednesday night to be postponed and threatened the status of other contests.

January 29, 2014 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Ford chasing NFL dreams after college setbacks

Gerald Ford has been through a lot in his life. From being displaced from his home by Hurricane Katrina, eventually finding a new home in Gainesville, to being ineligible for a pair of football seasons at Valdosta State. Ford has defied the odds more than once.

January 26, 2014 | Ed Hooper | Staff sports picks


Wawrinka wins Australian Open vs. injury-slowed Nadal

MELBOURNE, Australia - Stan Wawrinka added a win over Rafael Nadal to his list of firsts in a stunning run to his maiden Grand Slam title, extending his rival's injury-cursed run at the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 upset in Sunday's final.

January 26, 2014 | John Pye Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Arbitrator rules A-Rod should be suspended for 2014 season

NEW YORK - Alex Rodriguez's drug suspension was cut to 162 games from 211 by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, a decision that sidelines the New York Yankees third baseman the entire 2014 season.

January 11, 2014 | By Ronald Blum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia Southern names Willie Fritz head football coach

STATESBORO - Georgia Southern on Friday named Sam Houston State coach Willie Fritz to lead the Eagles into their new era as a Football Bowl Subdivision team.

January 10, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Florida State chips away at Auburn for 34-31 national championship

PASADENA, Calif. - Jameis Winston and Florida State faced down adversity for the first time this season, and showed they could take a punch if that's what it took to win a national championship.

January 07, 2014 | Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Chase Elliott to run for Nationwide title with NAPA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Budding star Chase Elliott has landed a full-time NASCAR ride for 2014 with JR Motorsports, with surprise sponsorship from NAPA Auto Parts.

January 06, 2014 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Freshman QB Knight leads No. 11 Oklahoma past No. 3 Alabama in Sugar Bowl

NEW ORLEANS - Bob Stoops declined to announce a starting quarterback before the Sugar Bowl, and when freshman Trevor Knight took the field on the Sooners' first possession, Alabama's defenders couldn't have anticipated what was in store.

January 03, 2014 | Brett Martel Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Nix cruises to Gainesville City Championship

Morgan Nix shot a blistering 5-under par 67 in the final round of the 2014 Gainesville City Championship on Sunday at Chattahoochee Golf Course to finish the tournament with a 7-stroke victory.

July 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Elliott wins 3rd NASCAR Nationwide race of season

JOLIET, Ill. - Chase Elliott is proving to be a quick study. A few questions for his teammates and a couple practice laps, and he was ready to roll in his first race at Chicagoland Speedway.

July 20, 2014 | By Jay Cohen Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local golf roundup: Nix maintains City Championship lead

The second round of the 2014 Gainesville City Championship was completed on Saturday at Chattahoochee Golf Club. The second round was scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m., but the start was delayed until 1:30 p.m. due to heavy rains.

July 19, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


IronDawgs make strong showing in Georgia Games

It was a good day for members of the Georgia IronDawgs Powerlifting team Saturday at the 2014 edition of the Georgia Games in Gainesville. The IronDawgs came away with a number of gold medals as well as some of the best performances of the day in the meet held at their home gym, the Iron Beast.

July 19, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


Rory roars late to lead by 6 at British Open

HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy looks as if he had just thrown a knockout punch at the British Open, and it was only Saturday.

July 19, 2014 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


McIlroy shoots 66, remains in lead at British Open

HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy only saw birdies at Royal Liverpool, mostly on his scorecard, and even one pheasant that trotted across the eighth green as he was lining up a putt. That was but a minor interruption in his command performance Friday in the British Open.

July 18, 2014 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


McIlroy, Woods deliver in Round 1 of British Open

HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy had everything go his way Thursday in the British Open.

July 17, 2014 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


5 to watch at British Open (not named Tiger, Phil or Rory)

As the British Open starts super early Thursday morning, the chase for another major championship commences.

July 16, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Jeter, Trout lead AL past NL, 5-3

MINNEAPOLIS - Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball's national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and then delivered two final All-Star hits.

July 15, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club paddlers surprise at Lake Placid

Five competitors from the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club headed to the Lake Placid International Regatta earlier this month in New York for the competition and experience.

July 15, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Moon sets another powerlifting record

LEBANON, Tenn. - Georgia IronDawg Tim "T" Moon of Gainesville made it three wins in four weeks Saturday when he took the Equipped Benchpress title in the "Bash for Cash" put on by the Elite Powerlifting Federation.

July 15, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


Germany wins World Cup on late goal against Argentina

RIO DE JANEIRO - With two quick and sublimely deft touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title.

July 13, 2014 | By Mattias Karen Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Keselowski completes NASCAR sweep at New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. - Brad Keselowski completed a flawless weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and won Sunday under a green-white checkered finish.

July 13, 2014 | By Dan Gelston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville golfer ties for 15th at Georgia Amateur

MACON - Gainesville High's Jackson Bishop tied for 15th at the Georgia Amateur Championship on Sunday.

July 13, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


Netherlands shuts out Brazil for 3rd place at World Cup

BRASILIA, Brazil - Robin van Persie and Daley Blind scored early goals to help give the Netherlands a 3-0 win over host Brazil in the third-place match at the World Cup on Saturday.

July 12, 2014 | By Tales Azzoni Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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