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Watson, Clemson avoid upset in OT win over NC State

CLEMSON, S.C. - Deshaun Watson hit Artavis Scott with 10-yard touchdown pass in overtime and Marcus Edmond finished it with an interception in the end zone as No. 3 Clemson beat North Carolina State 24-17 on Saturday.

October 15, 2016 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Seattle Seahawks sign East Hall grad Sterling Bailey to practice squad

East Hall graduate Sterling Bailey was signed to the practice squad with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, after being released by the Indianapolis Colts reserve squad Sept. 27.

October 04, 2016 | Times Sports Reports | Staff sports picks


Michael Shank Racing earns 'fairy tale' victory at Petit Le Mans

Despite a one hour and four-minute delay in track repairs, Saturday's Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta showcased some monumental finishes on the track in Braselton.

October 01, 2016 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks


Clemson QB Watson lost in Jackson hype

CLEMSON, S.C. - No. 3 Louisville and quarterback Lamar Jackson have done the improbable - turned Clemson passer Deshaun Watson into an afterthought this weekend.

September 30, 2016 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Golfing legend Arnold Palmer dies at 87

Arnold Palmer brought a country-club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner's touch,

September 25, 2016 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local fans express optimism in Deshaun Watson's chances to find stride

It's not how you start, but how you finish.

September 21, 2016 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks


Martin Truex Jr. benefits from late re-start to pass Elliott, win Sprint Cup race in Chicago

Martin Truex Jr. shot to the front after a late re-start and pulled away to give his small Furniture Row Racing a NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff-opening victory Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.

September 18, 2016 | Mike Cranston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Rio Paralympic Games: Clarkesville native McKenzie Coan wins second gold medal

Clarkesville native and current Loyola Maryland student McKenzie Coan won her second-career gold medal at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.

September 15, 2016 | Times Sports Reports | Staff sports picks


Georgia State falls to Air Force, 48-14

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Tim McVey returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and scored on an 18-yard run, helping Air Force beat Georgia State 48-14 on Saturday for the Falcons' 14th straight home victory.

September 10, 2016 | Pat Graham Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Clemson overcomes McCloud's ball flip to hold off Troy, 30-24

CLEMSON - Gainesville graduate Deshaun Watson threw for three touchdowns and No. 2 Clemson avoided a host of mistakes - including an embarrassing early celebration punt-return gaffe by Ray-Ray McCloud that cost a TD - to hold off pesky Troy 30-24 on Saturday.

September 10, 2016 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Habersham Central grad King on a 'blessing' of a journey in NFL

It's been nine years since Habersham Central graduate Tavarres King took the field as a high school player and almost four years since he caught passes from Aaron Murray at the University of Georgia. Now, the 26-year-old will be suiting up as a member of the New York Giants.

September 06, 2016 | Zack Myers | Staff sports picks


Martin Truex Jr. holds off Harvick for win at Southern 500

DARLINGTON, S.C. - Martin Truex Jr. took the lead with 28 laps to go and held off Kevin Harvick on the final restart to win the Southern 500 on Sunday night.

September 04, 2016 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


East Hall High graduate Sterling Bailey added to Indianapolis Colts' practice squad

On Sunday, East Hall High graduate Sterling Bailey was added to the nine-member practice squad for the Indianapolis Colts.

September 04, 2016 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Deshaun Watson leads No. 2 Clemson over Auburn, 19-13

AUBURN, Ala. - Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson passed for 248 yards, including 174 to Mike Williams in his return from an injury, and No. 2 Clemson escaped with a 19-13 victory over Auburn on Saturday night.

September 04, 2016 | By JOHN ZENOR Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kyle Larson claims first Sprint Cup victory after late restart in Michigan

Kyle Larson raced to his first Sprint Cup victory Sunday, taking the lead on a restart with nine laps remaining and holding off Chase Elliott at Michigan International Speedway in a duel between two of NASCAR's up-and-coming standouts.

August 28, 2016 | By Noah Trister Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


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Piedmont College graduate Marvin Hudson reflects on experience umpiring 2016 World Series

In any given baseball game, it's commonplace to see the catcher and umpire share a continuous dialogue. The two men behind the plate are ...

February 25, 2017 | Marcus Rodrigue | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High graduate, UGA golfer Spencer Ralston finishes 10th overall in Puerto Rico Classic

Gainesville High graduate Spencer Ralston shot a 2-under 70 for the No. 9 University of Georgia men's golf team in the Puerto Rico Classic ...

February 21, 2017 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Deshaun Watson receives second consecutive Davey O'Brien Award

FORT WORTH, Texas - Deshaun Watson is trying to approach everything leading up to the NFL draft as having fun and enjoying the process while preparing ...

February 20, 2017 | Stephen Hawkins Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Dawsonville's Chase Elliott wins pole for Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Chase Elliott nipped Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the final qualifying lap Sunday to win his second straight pole for the Daytona 500.

February 19, 2017 | Dan Gelston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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