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Rivera perfect, AL beats NL 3-0 in All-Star Game

NEW YORK - Mariano Rivera reported for work an inning early, and walked off to a fitting tribute.

July 16, 2013 | Mike Kirkpatrick Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Chase Elliott beginning to make own name on track

Chase Elliott isn't letting his family name dictate the direction of his racing career.

July 11, 2013 | Mitch Blomert | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grad Coker learning the ropes at North Carolina

Kanler Coker didn't register a single statistic for the North Carolina football team in 2012, but he was never far from action the entire year.

July 09, 2013 | Mitch Blomert | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Hefflinger promoted to Class AA Braves

Through his first 11 at-bats with the Mississippi Braves, Robby Hefflinger had nothing to show for his efforts. Apart from four strikeouts, the Gainesville High grad's stat line was filled entirely with zeroes.

July 06, 2013 | From Staff Reports | Staff sports picks


Dwight Howard tweets he's signing with Houston Rockets

Dwight Howard is joining the Rockets, leaving Los Angeles after one season to chase championships in Houston.

July 05, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former Flowery Branch LB Drummond looks to honor late father in final season at Tech

Linebacker Daniel Drummond is preparing to play his final season at Georgia Tech with a heavy heart and high expectations.

July 05, 2013 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


North Hall grad McCormack remains top Georgian at Peachtree Road Race

Even on a wet running surface, Ty McCormack didn't slip.

July 05, 2013 | Jared Putnam | Staff sports picks


Kenseth gambles late, wins at Kentucky

SPARTA, Ky. - Matt Kenseth has raced long enough to know that rough starts can still have good outcomes.

June 30, 2013 | By Gary Graves Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Sims hopeful for more playing time with Crimson Tide

When Blake Sims committed to play football at the University of Alabama, he was praised for his athletic ability. It was said that Sims could fit into the Crimson Tide's system in multiple ways, becoming a true difference maker for coach Nick Saban.

June 29, 2013 | Ed Hooper | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Maddox shining despite struggles of Vols' baseball team

Following a successful freshman season at Tennessee in 2012, Will Maddox believed he could make an even bigger impact as a sophomore. The former Gainesville standout did just that this year, even if he won't quite admit it.

June 23, 2013 | Ed Hooper | Staff sports picks


James leads Heat to another NBA championship

June 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Miami wins thrilling Game 6 of NBA Finals, force Game 7

MIAMI - LeBron James shrugged off a poor start to get 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, Ray Allen hit a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds to play to force overtime and the Miami Heat staved off elimination with a 103-100 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night.

June 19, 2013 | Jon Krawczynski Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Radio hosts at Atlanta sports talk station fired for mocking former NFL player with ALS

ATLANTA - The cast of an Atlanta sports radio show has been fired after mocking a former NFL player who has Lou Gehrig's disease, a station official said Monday.

June 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Rose breaks drought for Brits with US Open victory

ARDMORE, Pa. - Justin Rose could see all the pieces coming together in this U.S. Open.

June 16, 2013 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Biffle breezes to win at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Greg Biffle raced to his second straight Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway, easily holding off Kevin Harvick after points leader Jimmie Johnson smacked the wall in the final laps Sunday.

June 16, 2013 | By Noah Trister Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Atlanta lands MLS expansion soccer team for 2017

ATLANTA - Major League Soccer announced its newest franchise Wednesday, unveiling an expansion team for Atlanta that will begin play in 2017 at the city's new retractable roof stadium.

April 16, 2014 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Record-setting Olympian Phelps ending retirement

Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward possibly swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

April 14, 2014 | By Beth Harris Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Chase Elliott wins 2nd consecutive Nationwide race

DARLINGTON, S.C.- Chase Elliott missed his senior prom Friday, but wasn't too disappointed.

April 11, 2014 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former Gainesville QB Watson out with collarbone injury

CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson hurt his collarbone during a scrimmage Monday and won't play in this weekend's Orange & White game concluding spring practice.

April 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This year's Masters is there for the taking

AUGUSTA - One after another, some of the world's best players and favorites to win the Masters trudged up the hill on the opening hole to start their practice rounds.

April 08, 2014 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


MLS moving toward deal on Atlanta expansion team

ATLANTA - Major League Soccer is closing in on a deal with Falcons owner Arthur Blank to bring an expansion franchise to Atlanta's new downtown stadium.

April 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Chase Elliott arrives as NASCAR's rising star

FORT WORTH, Texas - Bill Elliott rarely got rattled during his three-plus decades racing at NASCAR's highest level. He worked hard, didn't worry about what was going on around him, and did his talking on the track.

April 05, 2014 | Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Chase Elliott grabs 1st Nationwide Series victory

FORT WORTH, Texas - When qualifying ended at Texas Motor Speedway, Chase Elliott hopped a fence and went on his way without a single fan bothering to stop him for an autograph or picture.

April 05, 2014 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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