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Thunder headed to NBA finals, beat Spurs 107-99

OKLAHOMA CITY - After years of nagging Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks not to take him out of games, Kevin Durant finally got his wish.

June 06, 2012 | By Jeff Latzke Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Celtics take control of East, beat Heat 94-90

MIAMI - Paul Pierce watched the shot sail just over LeBron James' outstretched arm. And when it swished, he turned toward the Boston bench, shaking his head.

June 05, 2012 | By Tim Reynolds Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Celtics beat Heat in OT, even series at 2-2

BOSTON - Rajon Rondo had 15 points and 15 assists, and scored the final three points of the Boston Celtics' 93-91 overtime victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday night that evened the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece.

June 04, 2012 | By Brian Mahoney Associated Press | Staff sports picks


IronDawgs sweep team titles in Jonesboro

The Georgia IronDawgs, a powerlifting team based out of Gainesville, swept the team titles at the American Powerlifting Committee 10th Anniversary National Championships on Sunday. They won in the benchpress and powerlifting categories at the Clarion Hotel in Jonesboro.

June 03, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


This week: Braves look to get on track in Miami

The Atlanta Braves have lost some ground in the NL East over the past 10 games, but are looking to continue the good work they got in a win against the Nationals on Sunday.

June 03, 2012 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Johnson wins for 7th time at Dover

DOVER, Del.- Jimmie Johnson was the mane man at Dover.

June 03, 2012 | By Dan Gelston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former Gainesville standouts thriving at Tennessee

For former Gainesville football star A.J. Johnson, the transition to the college game was fairly painless.

May 30, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


This week: Braves welcome in St. Louis Cardinals

The Atlanta Braves open a series with the defending World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals today in need of a series win.

May 27, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Kahne keeps Hendrick success rolling with win at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. - Welcome to the Hendrick family, Kasey Kahne.

May 27, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Franchitti claims 3rd Indy 500 title

INDIANAPOLIS - Dario Franchitti stamped his name in the record books, the latest three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.

May 27, 2012 | Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Keselowski holds off Kenseth to win at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. - The leader on the last lap isn't supposed to win at Talladega Superspeedway. Everybody knows that.

May 06, 2012 | Jenna Fryer | Staff sports picks


This week: Full slate of playoff games on tap

State playoffs, meets and matches will take place across the board in high school sports this week, and there are a number of teams around the area participating.

April 29, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


Busch takes Sprint Cup race at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. - Kyle Busch capped a perfect weekend Saturday night by winning the spring race at Richmond for the fourth consecutive year.

April 28, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jefferson grad Mosley drafted by New York Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The New York Giants filled a need on the offensive line taking Auburn offensive tackle Brandon Mosley, a Jefferson High graduate, with their second pick in the fourth round of the NFL Draft Saturday.

April 28, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Padres put Gainesville grad Owings on 15-day DL

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres have put pitcher Micah Owings on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm and called up right-hander Dale Thayer from Triple-A Tucson.

April 26, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Ashway: Translating SEC coachspeak

SEC Media Days? That's a misnomer.

August 20, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Local golf: Luna's Tuesday event held at Crystal Falls

Bud Black, Sam McGee, Frank Waggoner and Don Rogers won last week's Luna's Tuesday golf group's match at Crystal Falls Golf Course.

August 19, 2014 | | Staff sports picks


Fishing report: Bass anglers must be willing to adapt

Lake Lanier's water level has barely dropped at 1,070.06 or .94 feet below a full pool of 1,071. Water temperature are also lower than normal for August in the lower 80s, which has helped the fishing. Lake Lanier is clear on the main lake and clear in the rivers and creeks.

August 14, 2014 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Staff sports picks


McIlroy wins thrilling PGA Championship on soggy turf

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The challenge finally arrived for Rory McIlroy, and he was better than ever Sunday to win the PGA Championship.

August 10, 2014 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Allmendinger wins at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - AJ Allmendinger beat Marcos Ambrose on a two-lap dash to the finish to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International on a somber Sunday.

August 10, 2014 | John Kekis Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Tony Stewart pulls out of race after hitting, killing driver at dirt track

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Tony Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen Sunday, 12 hours after the three-time champion struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York.

August 10, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local golf roundup: 2 groups tie for Chattahoochee Men top honors

Two groups tied for first in last Wednesday's Chattahoochee Men's Golf Association event at the Chattahoochee Golf Course.

August 10, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


McIlroy has company heading to Sunday at PGA Championship

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Rory McIlroy played the kind of golf Saturday that typically would put him in control at a major championship. Staked to a one-shot lead in the PGA Championship, he made three birdies over his last four holes for a 4-under 67.

August 09, 2014 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


McIlroy roars into PGA Championship lead through 2 rounds

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Rory McIlroy tracked the flight of his drive as long as he could against the rain clouds over Valhalla on Friday, not quite sure where it landed. He turned to his caddie for confirmation and asked, "Was it good?"

August 08, 2014 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Rory one shot back of leaders at PGA Championship

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Rory McIlroy showed no sign of letting up. Lee Westwood might just be getting started.

August 07, 2014 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


NCAA board votes to give top conferences more power

INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA Board of Directors overwhelmingly approved a package of historic reforms Thursday that will give the nation's five biggest conferences the ability to unilaterally change some of the basic rules governing college sports.

August 07, 2014 | By Michael Marot Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Leonard: Call Rory a favorite, not a shoo-in

It's time for another major tournament, and Rory McIlroy is the overwhelming favorite in the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club.

August 06, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Tiger arrives at Valhalla to test ailing back

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - After a bit of confusion, Tiger Woods finally arrived at Valhalla on Wednesday.

August 06, 2014 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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