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Kevin Harvick wins fourth straight at Phoenix in a rout

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Kevin Harvick is redefining dominance at NASCAR's highest level.

March 15, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia State earns first automatic tourney bid since 2001

NEW ORLEANS - The basket had to be lowered so Georgia State coach Ron Hunter could cut the final pieces of the net following his team's 38-36 victory over Georgia Southern on Sunday to win the Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship game.

March 15, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local golf: Stapp part of team, individual wins in Chicopee Woods dogfight

Luke James, Roger Stapp, Yoshi and Dave Jetter won last week's Wednesday dogfight event at Chicopee Woods.

March 14, 2015 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville native Reg Murphy grateful for Georgia Sports Hall of Fame induction

As Reg Murphy sat among a distinguished panel of athletic figures recently in Macon, there was one thought he couldn't shake from his mind.

March 14, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Clemson looking to establish QB depth behind Deshaun Watson during spring practice

CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is looking for a few good backups.

March 12, 2015 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Leonard: ACC quarterfinals provide plenty of intrigue

Some of the best sports days of the year are upon us. The Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball tournament quarterfinals are today. Next week, the NCAA tournament begins.

March 12, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Boeheim a winner at all costs

March Madness of a different sort erupted Friday, as the NCAA condemned the Syracuse basketball program.

March 10, 2015 | Denton Ashway | Staff sports picks


Defending champ Kevin Harvick claims first win of season at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - Defending NASCAR champion Kevin Harvick raced to his first victory of the season Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

March 08, 2015 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Leaving the Forgotten Five?

It's March. Time to get serious about college basketball.

March 03, 2015 | Denton Ashway | Staff sports picks


Jimmie Johnson pulls away for another Atlanta Sprint Cup win

HAMPTON - The season just started. The calendar hasn't even turned to spring. Yet Jimmie Johnson has all but wrapped up a shot at his record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup title.

March 01, 2015 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ashway: It's always game day at the college football Hall of Fame

College football fans have entered one of those dreaded "down times" on the annual calendar.

February 25, 2015 | Denton Ashway | Staff sports picks


Leonard: Logano's win fuels big dreams

Joey Logano continues his climb up the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ladder. His victory in the Daytona 500 on Sunday was the latest proof.

February 23, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Logano earns first Daytona 500 victory

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Joey Logano, the driver who has spent seven years trying to live up to impossible expectations, raced to his first career Daytona 500 victory Sunday as he continued to reward Roger Penske for catapulting him into one of NASCAR's top stars.

February 22, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kurt Busch loses appeal to overturn NASCAR suspension

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Kurt Busch has lost his appeal to be reinstated for the season-opening Daytona 500.

February 21, 2015 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Leonard: 5 things to watch during 2015 NASCAR season

Another NASCAR regular season is almost upon us. For the third time in four years, somebody other than Jimmie Johnson is the defending champion.

February 16, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


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Leonard: Final Four a who's-who of coaches

We're down to the Final Four, and it's like a reunion of college basketball's best coaches.

March 30, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Hamlin wins for 25th time, and fifth time at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Denny Hamlin just needed a visit to Martinsville Speedway to get his racing team back on track.

March 29, 2015 | By Hank Kurz Jr. Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Leonard: NCAA basketball title chase heats up

The race for college basketball's national championship heats up Thursday night.

March 26, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Brad Keselowski holds off Harvick late, wins at Fontana

FONTANA, Calif. - While Kevin Harvick chased Kurt Busch down the stretch in a battle of the best cars in the Fontana field, Brad Keselowski was buried in 17th place - until the yellow flags started flying.

March 22, 2015 | By Greg Beacham Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Xavier ends Georgia State's Cinderella run in NCAA Tournament

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - All the focus was on Georgia State's bench because of Ron Hunter, the coach's torn Achilles tendon, and the now famous stool he used to work the sidelines in the NCAA Tournament.

March 21, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local golf: Bennett makes ace at Chicopee Woods

Wayne Bennett made a hole-in-one at the Village No. 7 hole at Chicopee Woods Golf Course on March 16.

March 21, 2015 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Georgia State eager to extend feel-good story vs. Xavier

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Ron Hunter hobbled onto the podium with assistance from the little scooter he's been using to get around since suffering the most talked about injury in the NCAA Tournament.

March 21, 2015 | By Fred Goodall Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia State stuns Baylor, 57-56, on long 3-pointer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- R.J. Hunter kept firing away, eventually lifting 14th-seeded Georgia State over third-seeded Baylor and knocking his father right off his seat with the biggest shot of his life.

March 19, 2015 | By Fred Goodall Associated Press | Staff sports picks


High School Scoreboard: March 16

Jonathan Gettys led the Gainesville High baseball team to a 14-2 victory against Heritage on Monday in Conyers.

March 16, 2015 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Leonard: Butler's coach follows in friend's footsteps

March Madness is upon us. It begins with the First Four tonight and Wednesday. It culminates in the Final Four on April 4 and April 6.

March 16, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Pete Rose submits application for reinstatement to Manfred

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Pete Rose has submitted a new request to be reinstated to baseball, according to new Commissioner Rob Manfred.

March 16, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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