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Georgia State buys Turner Field, plans to convert to football stadium

ATLANTA - Georgia State received approval Wednesday to purchase Turner Field for $22.8 million, clearing the way to convert the former home of the Atlanta Braves into a downsized college football stadium.

November 09, 2016 | | Staff sports picks

Gainesville grad Ralston places 8th, UGA golf 2nd in Hawaii

Gainesville High graduate Spencer Ralston tied for eighth as the University of Georgia golf team placed second at the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic on Sunday in Lahaina, Hawaii.

November 07, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks

Banged-up Deshaun Watson expected to play for Clemson Tigers on Saturday

The Deshaun Watson watch is on at No. 3 Clemson.

November 07, 2016 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Carl Edwards secures spot in title race with rain-shortened win at Texas Motor Speedway

FORT WORTH, Texas - Carl Edwards got the victory he desperately needed to earn a championship-contending spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale, winning at Texas on Sunday night in a race shortened by 41 laps because of rain after the start was delayed nearly six hours.

November 07, 2016 | By Stephen Hawkins Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Deshaun Watson throws for 2 TDs, runs for another in No. 3 Clemson's 54-0 win against Syracuse

Deshaun Watson threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third before leaving No. 3 Clemson's 54-0 win over Syracuse on Saturday with a bruised shoulder.

November 05, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Johnson wins Martinsville to gain spot in NASCAR’s finale

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - There was a time this summer when a seventh championship seemed out of reach for Jimmie Johnson.

October 31, 2016 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Joey Logano wins Talladega to advance in NASCAR’s playoffs

TALLADEGA - Joey Logano grabbed a critical win to give Team Penske one car in the next round of NASCAR's playoffs. Denny Hamlin edged Austin Dillon for a final spot in the field on a tiebreaker Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

October 23, 2016 | Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Kevin Harvick wins at Kansas to reach next round of NASCAR Chase

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - No matter what kind of misfortune befalls Kevin Harvick in the early rounds of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, his team always seems to get things together when it matters.

October 16, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Watson, Clemson avoid upset in OT win over NC State

CLEMSON, S.C. - Deshaun Watson hit Artavis Scott with 10-yard touchdown pass in overtime and Marcus Edmond finished it with an interception in the end zone as No. 3 Clemson beat North Carolina State 24-17 on Saturday.

October 15, 2016 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Seattle Seahawks sign East Hall grad Sterling Bailey to practice squad

East Hall graduate Sterling Bailey was signed to the practice squad with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, after being released by the Indianapolis Colts reserve squad Sept. 27.

October 04, 2016 | Times Sports Reports | Staff sports picks

Michael Shank Racing earns 'fairy tale' victory at Petit Le Mans

Despite a one hour and four-minute delay in track repairs, Saturday's Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta showcased some monumental finishes on the track in Braselton.

October 01, 2016 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks

Clemson QB Watson lost in Jackson hype

CLEMSON, S.C. - No. 3 Louisville and quarterback Lamar Jackson have done the improbable - turned Clemson passer Deshaun Watson into an afterthought this weekend.

September 30, 2016 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Golfing legend Arnold Palmer dies at 87

Arnold Palmer brought a country-club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner's touch,

September 25, 2016 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Local fans express optimism in Deshaun Watson's chances to find stride

It's not how you start, but how you finish.

September 21, 2016 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks

Martin Truex Jr. benefits from late re-start to pass Elliott, win Sprint Cup race in Chicago

Martin Truex Jr. shot to the front after a late re-start and pulled away to give his small Furniture Row Racing a NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff-opening victory Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.

September 18, 2016 | Mike Cranston Associated Press | Staff sports picks

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Gainesville native Clay Howarth carving out niche as successful mountain runner

Gainesville native Clay Howarth was thinking about ending his pursuit of mountain running when he developed a painful plantar fasciitis injury to the bottom of ...

June 26, 2017 | By Marcus Etienne The Times | Staff sports picks

Kevin Harvick captures his first win of season at Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. - Kevin Harvick led a 1-2-3 podium sweep for Ford while proving that veteran experience still counts for something in NASCAR.

June 25, 2017 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Kyle Larson holds off Elliott for Monster Energy Cup Series win at Michigan

Kyle Larson took control on a restart with five laps remaining and raced to his second NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season, holding off ...

June 18, 2017 | Noah Trister Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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