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Sergio Garcia wins in playoff at the Masters for first major victory

Sergio Garcia finally showed he has what it takes to win a major, and he has a green jacket to prove it.

April 09, 2017 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Teeing Off: My walk through the final holes of 2017 Masters

"Sergio's done."

April 09, 2017 | Vince Johnson For The Times | Staff sports picks

Jimmie Johnson slips past Logano late for Monster Energy Series win in Texas

Jimmie Johnson got his first win of the season, going from the back for the field to Victory Lane on Sunday at a Texas track that has changed since his first six wins there.

April 09, 2017 | Stephen Hawkins Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Teeing off from the Masters: Is Jordan Spieth the new Tiger?

He's not as physically imposing, as brash or the least bit polarizing. He doesn't pound drives past the field, and his swing feels less than effortlessly fluid.

April 08, 2017 | Vince Johnson | Staff sports picks

Rose, Garcia tied for lead at Masters in prelude to finale

AUGUSTA - Justin Rose charged from behind on the back nine at Augusta National. Sergio Garcia received the kind of break that allowed him to wonder if maybe the golfing gods are finally on his side after all these years.

April 08, 2017 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Ageless Fred Couples enters weekend near top of Masters leaderboard

AUGUSTA - Decades often converge at Augusta National Golf Club. In many ways, the week is a throwback – a world without cell phones and with a great deal of personal interaction.

April 07, 2017 | By Vince Johnson | Staff sports picks

Despite windy weather, gratitude abounds during opening round of the Masters

AUGUSTA - The wind gusts at Augusta National's Amen Corner on Thursday ripped hats off the heads of patrons. Golfers stepped away from their balls three and four times, often bringing the pace of play to a halt. Bathroom lines were moving even slower.

April 06, 2017 | By Vince Johnson | Staff sports picks

Predictions and More: Ranking the 2017 Masters Tournament


April 05, 2017 | Vince Johnson | Staff sports picks

Five things to know: Masters week

Pimento cheese perfection. A color wheel of spring. Loads of golf fans ascending to the grab the check mark on their bucket list.

April 05, 2017 | Vince Johnson | Staff sports picks

The Masters: Augusta National shuts down again because of stormy weather

AUGUSTA- With severe storms bearing down on Augusta National, the club has been shut down for the second time this week.

April 05, 2017 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Ernie Els gearing up for what could be his last Masters

AUGUSTA - Ernie Els has memories at every corner of Augusta National, typical of someone who is playing the Masters for the 23rd time.

April 03, 2017 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Gainesville High grad Fred Payne confident he'll achieve 'dream' of landing on NFL roster

On arguably the most important day of his football career so far, nerves never afflicted Fred Payne.

April 01, 2017 | Marcus Rodrigue | Staff sports picks

Flowery Branch grad Kanler Coker making the most of second Final Four appearance with North Carolina

Kanler Coker has certainly made the most of his opportunities.

March 31, 2017 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks

Larson takes Monster Energy race at Fontana with ease

A blistering first in qualifying. A surprising first in the Xfinity Series race.

March 26, 2017 | Steven Wine Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Thirty first-annual John Hunter Regatta finishes up Day 1 action

The 31st annual John Hunter Regatta started up Saturday at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park in Gainesville.

March 26, 2017 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks

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Gainesville graduate Deshaun Watson picked 12th overall by the Houston Texans in NFL draft

Deshaun Watson is the newest quarterback for the Houston Texans.

April 28, 2017 | Kristie Rieken Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Deshaun Watson’s high school coaches say NFL teams that pass on him will ‘regret it’

Michael Perry plans to be in the stands for Deshaun Watson's NFL debut. He'll probably find out Thursday night what city that game ...

April 26, 2017 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


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