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Gainesville High graduate and Heisman finalist Deshaun Watson has always strived for greatness

When Deshaun Watson and Fred Payne had the rare opportunity to sit down for lunch on Monday in Gainesville, Payne made sure to remind his best friend to stay poised and relaxed on this exciting journey, as well as something that has never been too hard to do for the two-time Heisman Trophy finalist.

December 09, 2016 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Deshaun Watson wins Davey O'Brien Award

ATLANTA (AP) - Deshaun Watson has won the Davey O'Brien award as the nation's top quarterback for the second year in a row, beating out Louisville's Lamar Jackson.

December 08, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Deshaun Watson’s trip to Heisman Trophy stage bumpier than 2015

CLEMSON, S.C. - He doesn't flash that easygoing smile as frequently. His play gets scrutinized and picked apart more, because many of the folks who gushed about Deshaun Watson's game a season ago now focus on the overthrows and critical interceptions.

December 06, 2016 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High graduate, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson named a Heisman Trophy finalist

Clemson quarterback and Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson is a Heisman Trophy finalist for the second consecutive season, joining Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers and Oklahoma teammates Baker Mayfield and Dede Westbrook.

December 05, 2016 | Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Washington make College Football Playoff

Conference championships matter. Head-to-head matters. Strength of schedule matters. Every game counts, though some seem to count more than others and good luck figuring out which ones count most.

December 04, 2016 | By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Watson throws for three TDs, Clemson tops Virginia Tech 42-35 for ACC title

ORLANDO, Fla. - Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson bolstered his Heisman Trophy candidacy by passing for three touchdowns and running for two more to lead third-ranked Clemson to a 42-35 victory over No. 19 Virginia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game on Saturday night.

December 03, 2016 | Fred Goodall Associated Press | Staff sports picks


East Hall graduate Watson seizes opportunity to shine at collegiate level

In the moment his team needed somebody to step up and make a play, Devin Watson was there.

November 30, 2016 | Zack Myers | Staff sports picks


QB Deshaun Watson, No. 3 Clemson looking to take final step into playoffs

CLEMSON, S.C. - The way Clemson coach Dabo Swinney sees it, the pressure is the same as it's been all season.

November 29, 2016 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Murphy: The case for Deshaun Watson in the Heisman Trophy race

Deshaun Watson's Heisman hopes are looking solid right now. What a difference a week makes.

November 28, 2016 | | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Watson tosses six touchdowns, No. 4 Clemson beats South Carolina 56-7

CLEMSON, S.C. - Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson tied his career high with six touchdown passes, three to Mike Williams, and No. 4 Clemson took another, strong step to the College Football Playoff with a 56-7 victory over rival South Carolina on Saturday night.

November 26, 2016 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jimmie Johnson nabs record-tying 7th NASCAR championship

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Jimmie Johnson tied Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt with a record seven NASCAR championships when the hard-luck breaks of racing turned Sunday's title-deciding finale into his crowning moment.

November 20, 2016 | Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Simonds scores 13 for Ga. State in loss at No. 20 Purdue

Caleb Swanigan scored 18 points and No. 15 Purdue scored the final 20 points of the game to rally and beat Georgia State 64-56 on Friday night in the Cancun Challenge opener.

November 18, 2016 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grad Ishmael Hollis picking up with another run at pro basketball in Europe

Ishmael Hollis has traveled the world playing basketball. And with each stop, he gains a new appreciation for a different style, a different pace of the game.

November 16, 2016 | Zack Myers | Staff sports picks


Logano wins Phoenix, joined by Kyle Busch is Sprint Cup championship race

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Matt Kenseth's misfortune gave Joey Logano a chance to race for the championship.

November 13, 2016 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia State football fires coach Trent Miles after 2-8 start

ATLANTA - Georgia State has fired coach Trent Miles after less than four years on the job.

November 13, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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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


Ryan Newman skips late pit stop, stuns NASCAR field in Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Ryan Newman gambled and skipped a tire-changing pit stop to move from seventh place to the lead and held on for the final ...

March 19, 2017 | By Bob Baum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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