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Kyle Busch sails away from Harvick after wreck, finally earns first Sprint Cup win at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Kyle Busch has seemingly dozens of reasons to despise Kansas Speedway, from the two times he crashed out of Chase races to the innumerable misfortunes in other series.

May 07, 2016 | By Dave Skretta Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Nyquist stays undefeated with Kentucky Derby victory

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Nyquist won the Kentucky Derby by 1 ¼ lengths on Saturday, improving to 8-0 in his career as the fourth consecutive favorite to win the race.

May 07, 2016 | By Beth Harris Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Formula Drift invades Road Atlanta this weekend

BRASELTON - If you see a cloud of smoke over Braselton today, don't fret, they're just burning rubber at Drift Atlanta.

May 07, 2016 | Colin Ochs | Staff sports picks


Keselowski avoids crash-filled finish to win at Talladega

Brad Keselowski won a demolition derby at Talladega Superspeedway, where multiple wrecks caused two cars to go airborne and led to millions of dollars in damage to race teams.

May 01, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Ben Hefner, Tim Hornsby qualify for Pan American Games

In the biggest race of his career, nothing was going right for Gainesville's Ben Hefner.

April 30, 2016 | By David Purdum For The Times | Staff sports picks


Dawsonville native Chase Elliott wins pole at Talladega 30 years after his dad

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Chase Elliott wasn't born yet when his father turned a record-setting lap to win the pole at Talladega Superspeedway.

April 30, 2016 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Carl Edwards passes Kyle Busch on last lap to win at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. - Carl Edwards had been grinding for 30 laps, doing everything he could to catch Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch in a two-way breakaway from the pack at Richmond International Raceway.

April 24, 2016 | By Hank Kurz Jr. Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Brenau outdoor track & field team secures fourth consecutive SSAC championship

Brenau University's outdoor track & field team picked up its fourth consecutive Southern States Athletic Conference Championship April 23 in Mobile, Alabama.

April 23, 2016 | | Staff sports picks


Drivers excited for daytime racing at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. - Denny Hamlin has gotten accustomed to having Sundays off when NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series comes to Richmond International Raceway, where the premier series has traditionally raced under the lights on Saturday night.

April 23, 2016 | By Hank Kurz Jr. Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former East Hall standout Frank Davis recognized as one of nation's top assistant coaches

On the rare occasions where Frank Davis gets to come back home, he can't stay long.

April 22, 2016 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Times reporter hops on back of speedy Superbike as MotoAmerica comes to Road Atlanta this weekend

In preparation for the Suzuki Superbike Shootout of Georgia at Road Atlanta this weekend, I was asked to participate in a ride-along on the back of a Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike and yes, it was as impressive as it sounds.

April 14, 2016 | Colin Ochs | Staff sports picks


VIDEO: Cornett family seek to 'make a difference,' raise awareness of blood cancers through Ironman

Robert Cornett has a lot of time to think when he's running.

April 13, 2016 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Vince Johnson: What I'll remember from the 2016 Masters

Here's what I'll remember from the 2016 Masters.

April 11, 2016 | | Staff sports picks


Danny Willett wins the Masters after Spieth's shocking collapse

AUGUSTA - Jordan Spieth couldn't bear to watch, turning his head before another shot splashed into Rae's Creek. Moments later, Danny Willett looked up at the large leaderboard at the 15th green and couldn't believe what he saw.

April 10, 2016 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Vince Johnson: Windy conditions setup superstar showdown Saturday in Augusta

Augusta National reminded us Friday that diamonds are made under pressure.

April 08, 2016 | | Staff sports picks


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VIDEO: 'We have to try': Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club seeking to recruit, retain more female paddlers

Farran Smith's first introduction to paddle sports wasn't her idea - for the most part, she was just watching her older brother Emerson glide ...

May 26, 2016 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Atlanta Braves give up decisive run in 13th inning of 3-2 loss to Brewers

ATLANTA - Jonathan Villar's run-scoring single in the 13th inning gave the Milwaukee Brewers a 3-2 victory over the Braves, sending Atlanta to another home ...

May 26, 2016 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Parsons, Martin, Hendrick selected to NASCAR Hall of Fame

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Drivers Benny Parsons and Mark Martin and car owners Rick Hendrick, Richard Childress and Raymond Parks were inducted into the NASCAR Hall ...

May 25, 2016 | By Steve Reed Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Lake Lanier Olympic Park to host ACRA National Championship Regatta this weekend

The 2016 American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) National Championship Regatta will be held at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park on Saturday and Sunday.

May 24, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Area paddlers seek Olympic berths through this weekend's Pan American Championships

Claudiu Ciur believes that the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club has its best chance in recent memory to place multiple local athletes in the upcoming ...

May 18, 2016 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Former Atlanta Falcon Todd Weiner hosting USA Football Fundamentals clinic

Former Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Todd Weiner will be hosting a USA Football Fundamentals clinic for children ages 6-15.

May 18, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Robert Sapp Baseball Camp coming to Flowery Branch in June

The 36th annual Robert Sapp Baseball Camp will be held June 20-24 at Hog Mountain Baseball Complex in Flowery Branch.

May 18, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Clemson QB Deshaun Watson says he’s not great yet, but working on it

NEW ORLEANS - Clemson quarterback and Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson wasn't expecting any revelations about what he could have done differently to lead the ...

May 17, 2016 | By Brett Martel Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Semi-pro Georgia Wolves advance to National Development Football League championship with 12-0 win

The Georgia Wolves defeated the Columbus Truth 12-0 in the National Development Football League semifinals Saturday.

May 16, 2016 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Matt Kenseth holds off Kyle Larson for thrilling NASCAR victory at Dover

DOVER, Del. - Matt Kenseth held off Kyle Larson in a thrilling run down the stretch to win a wreck-filled race Sunday at Dover International Speedway.

May 15, 2016 | | Staff sports picks


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