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Gainesville grad Watson among finalists for Walter Camp player of the year

Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Iowa cornerback Desmond King are the five finalists for the Walter Camp player of the year award.

December 02, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Top-ranked Clemson, No. 8 North Carolina look to increase ball security in ACC title game

CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney still can't wrap his head around it: The Tigers routinely lose the turnover battle and yet win the game.

December 02, 2015 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Deshaun Watson voted ACC Player of the Year by writers group

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, a Gainesville High graduate, is the Atlantic Coast Conference's player of the year.

December 02, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ellison, Georgia Southern romp South Alabama 55-17 in Statesboro

STATESBORO, Ga. - Habersham Central graduate Kevin Ellison and Matt Breida rushed for two touchdowns apiece and Ellison threw for another score as Georgia Southern ran past South Alabama 55-17 on Saturday.

November 28, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Watson's 4 TDs boost No. 1 Clemson past Gamecocks

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Deshaun Watson isn't giving up on Clemson's step-by-step approach, not when it's worked so well.

November 28, 2015 | By Pete Iocabelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kyle Busch holds off Harvick to close season with 1st Cup championship

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Kyle Busch opened the season in a hospital bed and ended it in victory lane with the championship trophy.

November 22, 2015 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville graduate Deshaun Watson, No. 1 Clemson romp past Wake Forest 33-13

CLEMSON, S.C. - Deshaun Watson and No. 1 Clemson enjoyed another big day and kept on track for the College Football Playoff with a 33-13 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday.

November 21, 2015 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Deshaun Watson aiming to keep Heisman Trophy in a QB's hands

CLEMSON, S.C. - In the year of the running back, Gainesville High graduate and Clemson sophomore quarterback Deshaun Watson is making a late push to keep the Heisman Trophy in a quarterback's hands.

November 16, 2015 | By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. advance in Chase after rain-shortened Phoenix race

AVONDALE, Ariz. - NASCAR's championship field was set Sunday at rain-soaked Phoenix International Raceway when the race was called 93 laps from the scheduled finish - denying Joey Logano and three others a chance to race their way into the finale.

November 16, 2015 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Watson, Tigers hold off Syracuse 37-27

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Deshaun Watson had a big day for No. 1 Clemson with 461 total yards and three touchdowns as the top-ranked Tigers held off Syracuse 37-27 on Saturday.

November 14, 2015 | By John Kekis Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jimmie Johnson passes Keselowski late to win 3rd straight at Texas

Jimmie Johnson raced to his fourth consecutive Texas fall victory, overcoming Brad Keselowski's dominating Chase-contending car with three laps to go Sunday.

November 08, 2015 | Stephen Hawkins Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Deshaun Watson’s TD pass, Gallman’s TD run rally No. 3 Clemson past Florida State 23-13

CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney put on a slideshow for his team this week with pictures of the College Football Playoff title site in Arizona and the White House, a privilege reserved for national champions.

November 07, 2015 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


No. 3 Clemson looking to take control of ACC Atlantic Division against No. 17 Florida State

CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney won't have to ramp up his enthusiasm this week with No. 17 Florida State in town to take on the third-ranked Tigers.

November 06, 2015 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Hall County pair 'very ready' to take on Ironman Florida challenge

Lisa Morris and Cindy Starke were both looking for a fresh perspective in their own careers.

November 04, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Atlanta to host 2018 College Football Playoff national championship game

Atlanta, New Orleans and Santa Clara, California, were selected to host College Football Playoff national championship games from a group of nine cities and regions that were vying for the event.

November 04, 2015 | By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Denver Broncos defense dominates Carolina Panthers in 24-10 Super Bowl win

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Peyton Manning gave himself a chance to have a Super ending to his career. Von Miller and the Denver defense made the ...

February 07, 2016 | By Barry Wilner Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Semi-pro Georgia Wolves football team providing 'second chance' for avid athletes

Second chances in sports are hard to come by.

January 30, 2016 | Zack Myers | Staff sports picks


Globetrotter Legends team to play celebrity basketball game against Hall County All-Stars in March

A team of Harlem Globetrotter "legends" will play a celebrity basketball game against a Hall County All-Star team March 19 at Riverside Military Academy.

January 28, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Deshaun Watson will entertain leaving Clemson after 2016 for the NFL Draft

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, a 2014 Gainesville High graduate, has his eye on the NFL and says he could leave a season ...

January 27, 2016 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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