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Henrik Stenson, Dustin Johnson share US Open lead after Day 1

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - So much for Chambers Bay being the star of this U.S. Open. Thursday turned into another horror show for Tiger Woods.

June 18, 2015 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Leonard: Rory, Spieth lead deep U.S. Open

Professional golf is in a great place right now.

June 17, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Golden State Warriors defeat Cleveland Cavaliers, win first NBA title since 1975

CLEVELAND - Revived by a fresh-faced shooting superstar and a first-year coach who made them believe, the Golden State Warriors again reign supreme.

June 16, 2015 | By Tom Withers Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia's Lee McCoy 'relaxed' heading into U.S. Open test

Sinking a birdie putt at practice Monday, Lee McCoy received an unexpected but warm round of applause. This week, he's hoping to make that feeling last as long as possible.

June 16, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


UNG softball coaches named D-II staff of year

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The University of North Georgia softball coaching staff has been named the NCAA Division II National Coaching Staff of the Year, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced Tuesday. It is the first time a UNG staff has ever garnered national coach of the year honors.

June 16, 2015 | Time staff reports | Staff sports picks


Golden State Warriors dominate late for Game 5 win over Cleveland Cavaliers, 104-91

OAKLAND, Calif. - Stephen Curry came off a screen, dribbled behind his back and crossed over Matthew Dellavedova. He stepped back and swished a 3-pointer, then pounded his chest and pointed to the roof, seemingly controlling the sellout crowd of 19,596 on his fingertips.

June 14, 2015 | By Antonio Gonzalez Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kurt Busch wins rain-shortened race at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Kyle Larson knew the rain was coming - and wanted it to arrive as soon as possible.

June 14, 2015 | By Noah Trister Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Golden State Warriors control Game 5 on road, tie series 2-2 with Cleveland Cavaliers

CLEVELAND - No panic, no playing around. Just California cool.

June 11, 2015 | By Tom Withers Associated Press | Staff sports picks


LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers survive Golden State comeback to win Game 3, 96-91

CLEVELAND - LeBron James came home last summer to win a championship - one like no other.

June 10, 2015 | By Tom Withers Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Habersham Central graduate Lee McCoy earns spot in U.S. Open

ATHENS - Former area golf standout Lee McCoy earned a spot in the U.S. Open on Monday during sectional qualifying tournaments.

June 09, 2015 | From staff and wire reports | Staff sports picks


LeBron James' triple-double leads Cleveland Cavaliers past Golden State Warriors 95-93 in OT

OAKLAND, Calif. - The final buzzer sounded, and LeBron James wasn't done.

June 08, 2015 | By Antonio Gonzalez Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Blake Sims suiting up in Canadian Football League after signing with Toronto Argonauts

The transition from Tuscaloosa to Toronto isn't that dramatic for Blake Sims. He's still playing football. Now he's crossed the border to begin his professional career with the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League.

June 06, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


American Pharoah becomes first triple crown winner in 37 years

NEW YORK - At long last, the Triple Crown drought is over.

June 06, 2015 | Beth Harris Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Thackham: Hall County athletes were impressive throughout the 2014/2015 season

On one of my first nights at The Times, in late August, I remember helping to design the Flowery Branch football preview capsules, utterly clueless of how the Falcons would fare in the coming season. Perhaps I should have cut my summer internship short a little sooner.

June 05, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Golden State overcomes LeBron James' 44 points to beat Cavs 108-100 in OT

OAKLAND, Calif. - After an eight-day break, the NBA's top teams and biggest stars put on quite a show.

June 05, 2015 | By Antonio Gonzalez Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Lloyd scores 3 times as U.S. tops Japan 5-2 in Women's World Cup final

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Carli Lloyd came up big again. Three times.

July 05, 2015 | Anne Peterson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Buford graduate Connor Bennett signs minor-league deal with Cincinnati Reds

Connor Bennett, a 2015 Buford graduate, agreed to a contract with the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. The right-handed Bennett was selected in the 34th round of the MLB Draft in June, but said at the time he expected to turn down the offer and honor his scholarship to play at West Virginia.

July 02, 2015 | Colin Ochs | Staff sports picks


US heads to Women's World Cup final with 2-0 win over top-ranked Germany

MONTREAL - Carli Lloyd buried a penalty kick, Hope Solo got another shutout and the United States beat top-ranked Germany 2-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the title match at the Women's World Cup.

June 30, 2015 | By Anne M. Peterson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kyle Busch holds off brother Kurt to win at Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. - After two practice sessions at Sonoma Raceway, Kyle Busch spent an evening icing his surgically repaired left foot.

June 28, 2015 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Virginia wins first College World Series title with 4-2 victory over Vanderbilt

OMAHA, Neb.- After battling a spate of injuries and struggling to even reach its conference tournament, Virginia finished a magnificent postseason run to win its first baseball national championship.

June 25, 2015 | By Eric Olson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch graduate Brad Keller impressing for Single-A baseball team Kane County Cougars

The perfect end to Brad Keller's victory Sunday wasn't his teammate's walk-off RBI, closing the first half of the season on a five-game team winning streak or pitching three-hit ball through six innings.

June 23, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Vanderbilt holds Virginia to four hits in 5-1 win at College World Series

OMAHA, Neb. - Carson Fulmer combined with two relievers on a four-hitter, Will Toffey's two-run double broke a scoreless tie in the sixth, and defending national champion Vanderbilt opened the College World Series finals with a 5-1 victory over Virginia on Monday night.

June 22, 2015 | By Eric Olson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


ESPN: Report shows Pete Rose bet on Reds in 1986

BRISTOL, Conn. - ESPN says it obtained a notebook that shows Pete Rose bet on Cincinnati Reds games during his last season as an active player in 1986.

June 22, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jordan Spieth picks up stunning US Open victory on heels of Masters win

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - Jordan Spieth is halfway home to the Grand Slam, a prize only three of the biggest names in modern golf have ever chased.

June 22, 2015 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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