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Mexico surges into World Cup knockout stage

RECIFE, Brazil - Mexico surged into the World Cup's knockout stage for a sixth straight time Monday with a 3-1 win against Croatia.

June 23, 2014 | By Brett Martel Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Netherlands wins World Cup Group B, hands Chile first loss

SAO PAULO - Two substitutes, two goals.

June 23, 2014 | By Mike Corder Associated Press | Staff sports picks


US settles for 2-2 World Cup draw with Portugal

MANAUS, Brazil - They were less than 30 seconds away.

June 22, 2014 | Ronald Blum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Edwards wins 1st road-course race at Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. - Carl Edwards made Roush Fenway Racing the unlikely organization to end Hendrick Motorsports' five-race winning streak.

June 22, 2014 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Costa Rica continues to surprise at World Cup with win over Italy

RECIFE, Brazil - Costa Rica has turned the tables on the team's World Cup expectations.

June 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


England's chances fading at World Cup after loss to Uruguay

SAO PAULO - Luis Suarez scored twice to give Uruguay a 2-1 victory over England at the World Cup on Thursday, making an instant impact on his return from injury to revive his team's Group D campaign.

June 19, 2014 | By Rob Harris Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former Jefferson QB Shirreffs transferring from NC State

Former Jefferson High quarterback Bryant Shirreffs is transferring after one year at N.C. State.

June 18, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Mexico holds host Brazil to 0-0 draw in World Cup

FORTALEZA, Brazil - He was called a hero and a savior by his Mexican teammates. His Brazilian opponents said he produced miracles.

June 17, 2014 | By Tales Azzoni Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Dempsey, Brooks lift US to 2-1 win over Ghana

NATAL, Brazil- After Clint Dempsey's historic early goal, the United States spent more than an hour struggling to hold off wave after wave of Ghana attacks. It was no surprise when Ghana tied the game in the 82nd minute.

June 16, 2014 | Jim Vertuno Associated Press | Staff sports picks


MLB Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dies of cancer at 54

SAN DIEGO - Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has died of cancer at 54.

June 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Spurs finish off Heat with 104-87 win in Game 5

SAN ANTONIO - From their low moment in the NBA Finals, back to the top of the league. The San Antonio Spurs turned the rematch with the Miami Heat into no match at all.

June 15, 2014 | By Brian Mahoney Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kaymer closes out wire-to-wire US Open win

PINEHURST, N.C. - Martin Kaymer returned to the elite in golf with a U.S. Open victory that ranks among the best.

June 15, 2014 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Johnson breaks through with first win at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich - Jimmie Johnson finally won a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.

June 15, 2014 | By Noah Trister Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kaymer sets US Open 2-day scoring record at 10-under

PINEHURST, N.C. - Martin Kaymer is playing a brand of golf rarely seen in the U.S. Open. It might even be enough for soccer-mad Germany to pay attention.

June 13, 2014 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Teams from Oklahoma, D.C. to join Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club for Southern Invitational

Training can be a brutal process for canoe and kayak racers. With practices at least twice a day, six days a week as part of the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club, Owen Farley-Klacik said he and his teammates have to keep an eye toward the end game.

June 13, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


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Ashway: Never too late to set a world record

It's never too late to set a world record.

July 29, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Ralston falls by 1 hole in U.S. Junior Amateur match play

WOODLANDS, Texas - Gainesville golfer Spencer Ralston lost his match in the round of 64 by one hole at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship on Wednesday.

July 23, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Ralston advances to U.S. Junior Amateur match play

WOODLANDS, Texas - Gainesville's Spencer Ralston has qualified for the round of 64 match play in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at The Club at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus Course).

July 22, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


North Georgia installing turf on sports fields at Dahlonega campus

The University of North Georgia plans to install turf on sports fields on the Dahlonega Campus, allowing the facilities to be used for both athletics and intramural sports.

July 22, 2014 | For The Times | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Rory dominated defenseless Royal Liverpool

Rory McIlroy's come a long way in the past three months.

July 22, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Nix cruises to Gainesville City Championship

Morgan Nix shot a blistering 5-under par 67 in the final round of the 2014 Gainesville City Championship on Sunday at Chattahoochee Golf Course to finish the tournament with a 7-stroke victory.

July 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Elliott wins 3rd NASCAR Nationwide race of season

JOLIET, Ill. - Chase Elliott is proving to be a quick study. A few questions for his teammates and a couple practice laps, and he was ready to roll in his first race at Chicagoland Speedway.

July 20, 2014 | By Jay Cohen Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local golf roundup: Nix maintains City Championship lead

The second round of the 2014 Gainesville City Championship was completed on Saturday at Chattahoochee Golf Club. The second round was scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m., but the start was delayed until 1:30 p.m. due to heavy rains.

July 19, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


IronDawgs make strong showing in Georgia Games

It was a good day for members of the Georgia IronDawgs Powerlifting team Saturday at the 2014 edition of the Georgia Games in Gainesville. The IronDawgs came away with a number of gold medals as well as some of the best performances of the day in the meet held at their home gym, the Iron Beast.

July 19, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


Rory roars late to lead by 6 at British Open

HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy looks as if he had just thrown a knockout punch at the British Open, and it was only Saturday.

July 19, 2014 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


McIlroy shoots 66, remains in lead at British Open

HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy only saw birdies at Royal Liverpool, mostly on his scorecard, and even one pheasant that trotted across the eighth green as he was lining up a putt. That was but a minor interruption in his command performance Friday in the British Open.

July 18, 2014 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


McIlroy, Woods deliver in Round 1 of British Open

HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy had everything go his way Thursday in the British Open.

July 17, 2014 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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