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Flowery Branch grad Coker on 'business trip' with UNC at Final Four in Houston

Last summer, 2012 Flowery Branch High graduate Kanler Coker made a switch from playing football for the University of North Carolina to playing basketball for the Tar Heels.

April 01, 2016 | Zack Myers | Staff sports picks


Lanierland Auburn Club to host offensive line coach, Tigers mascot

The Lanierland Auburn Club will host Auburn University offensive line coach Herb Hand and the Auburn Tigers mascot Aubieat its annual meeting on April 25 at Eagle Ranch in Chestnut Mountain.

March 29, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


UNC, Syracuse punch tickets to Final Four

PHILADELPHIA - Brice Johnson had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead North Carolina to an 88-74 victory over Notre Dame on Sunday night, leaving the Tar Heels as the only No. 1 seed in the Final Four.

March 27, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Bolstered by local talent, Piedmont College baseball team flirting with top 25 of D-III rankings

The day after Breck Davidson's freshman season at Piedmont College ended, coach Jim Peeples pulled his ball club together in the team's indoor facility and decided to make a lineup change.

March 23, 2016 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


NCAA Tournament roundup: Texas A&M wins in 2OT to reach Sweet 16

OKLAHOMA CITY - Alex Caruso scored 25 points as Texas A&M overcame a 10-point deficit with less than 30 seconds remaining in regulation to come back for a 92-88 double overtime victory over Northern Iowa in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night.

March 20, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jimmie Johnson gets past Harvick in OT to win at Fontana

FONTANA, Calif. - Jimmie Johnson somehow saved his fastest lap for last, and Southern California's favorite racing son soared to another historic victory.

March 20, 2016 | By Greg Beacham Associated Press | Staff sports picks


North Hall grad Paul Powers wins with conference-record time in 50 freestyle in Big Ten swim meet

The reaction from Paul Powers conveyed pure joy after he touched the wall first in the Big Ten Conference's 50-yard freestyle championship race Feb. 25 at Purdue University.

March 14, 2016 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Georgia golfer, Habersham Central grad Lee McCoy finishes 4th at Innisbrook

PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Georgia senior Lee McCoy grew up at Innisbrook and lost track of the number of times he has played the Copperhead course.

March 13, 2016 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kansas, UNC, Virginia, Oregon earn No. 1 seeds for March Madness

A topsy-turvy season in college basketball delivered a few more twists when the brackets came out Sunday.

March 13, 2016 | By Eddie Pells Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kevin Harvick nips Carl Edwards in wild finish for 8th Phoenix win

AVONDALE, Ariz. - For the second time in a month, two cars crossed the finish line seemingly together and no one was sure who won.

March 13, 2016 | By Mike Cranston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Brenau's Courtney Hayward shining in 'passionate' leadership role

Brenau University's swim team has been on a tear the last two years, winning the Appalachian Swimming Conference championship and placing third at the NAIA Swimming & Diving Championships in back-to-back seasons.

March 10, 2016 | Zack Myers | Staff sports picks


Former Atlanta Falcons RB Jerious Norwood to serve as judge in N. Georgia All-Star Classic

The fifth annual North Georgia All-Star Basketball Classic is scheduled for March 19 at Gainesville High. The day begins with a 3-point shootout at 1 p.m., followed by the slam dunk contest at 2. The girls' game will start at 3 p.m., with the boys' game to follow.

March 08, 2016 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Brad Keselowski passes Kyle Busch late to win at Las Vegas for 2nd win in 3 years

LAS VEGAS - Brad Keselowski passed Kyle Busch with five laps to go Sunday and surged to his second win in three years in the NASCAR race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway under weird and windy weather conditions.

March 06, 2016 | By Greg Beacham Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local golf: Threesome claims Stableford victory at Chattahoochee Golf Course

The Chattahoochee Men's Golf Asspciation played a Stableford points game Wednesday at the Chattahoochee Golf Course.

March 06, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Hayward's freestyle victory pushes Brenau swimming team into 4th place in NAIA championships

COLUMBUS - Brenau junior Courtney Hayward's theme song is "Eye of the Tiger."

March 03, 2016 | By Karen Rosen For The Times | Staff sports picks


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Gainesville grad Johnson's Tennessee rape trial pushed back again

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The trial dates for Tennessee football players A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams are getting pushed back again as they face aggravated rape ...

May 31, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Martin Truex Jr. leads Sprint Cup record 588 of 600 miles to win Coca-Cola 600

CONCORD, N.C. - Martin Truex Jr. didn't avoid ladders or black cats, never worried about cracking mirrors or stepping on cracks. He knew his ...

May 29, 2016 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Teheran fights blister in Atlanta Braves’ 7-3 loss to Miami Marlins

ATLANTA - There was some good news for the Braves in Julio Teheran's subpar performance against the Marlins.

May 29, 2016 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Alexander Rossi pulls off stunning upset in 100th Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS - An American took the Andretti family to victory lane in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

May 29, 2016 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local golf: Foursome earns best ball win at Chattahoochee

The Chattahoochee Men's Golf Association played a two best ball tournament this week.

May 29, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


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


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