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Murphy: Playoff format will satisfy college football's hearty fans

The ballyhooed college football playoff is finally here.

December 26, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grad Connor Shaw named Cleveland Browns starter at QB for Sunday's game

BEREA, Ohio- Rookie quarterback Connor Shaw will come off Cleveland's practice squad and start the season finale on Sunday against Baltimore.

December 26, 2014 | Tom Withers Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Sims' rise from afterthought to star powers Alabama

Don't tell Blake Sims he's in a competition.

December 24, 2014 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Gifts for our friends in sports world

Tis the season of giving.

December 23, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Niles making major defensive impact at Central Florida

Thomas Niles is carving out quite a legacy at the University of Central Florida.

December 22, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Local golf: CMGA holds 2 best ball event

Gene Weschler, Bob Pyne, Gary Moses and Johnny Little won the Chattahochee Men's Golf Association's two best ball, net points game last Wednesday at the Chattahoochee Golf Course.

December 22, 2014 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Leonard: Looking for NASCAR's next top sponsor

The announcement came Tuesday. Sprint will be the premier sponsor of NASCAR's top series through 2016, and then it's leaving.

December 16, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Local lifters strong in Loganville

LOGANVILLE - Iron Beast Gym co-owner Marcel of Allen of Gainesville assembled an all-star push/pull (benchpress and deadlift) team of powerlifters, bench press specialists, a strongman competitor and a novice lifter under the title of "Team 1%" to take the team championship against 11 other squads containing other elite lifters at the Body By George Southern Powerlifting Federation Championships held at the Covenant Christian Academy Gym over the weekend in Loganville.

December 15, 2014 | For The Times | Staff sports picks


Clemson's Watson scheduled for surgery, will miss bowl game

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson will have surgery Friday and miss the Tigers' upcoming bowl game.

December 10, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Paul Johnson Love Fest in full swing

The Paul Johnson Love Fest continued last week.

December 09, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Oregon QB Mariota headlines Heisman finalists

NEW YORK - The Heisman Trophy finalists would make one heck of an offense.

December 08, 2014 | By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Leonard: College Football Playoff a step forward

The inaugural College Football Playoff is here. Plenty of people are mad. It turns out that the more things change in college football, the more they stay the same.

December 07, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Alabama, Oregon, FSU and Ohio St. in 1st college playoff

GRAPEVINE, Texas - Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State have been selected to play in the first College Football Playoff.

December 07, 2014 | By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Sims steers No. 1 Alabama to Southeastern Conference title

ATLANTA - Alabama locked up another title, with plenty of style points for the playoff committee.

December 06, 2014 | Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


North Hall Elite Hitting Camp feature Red Sox's Hyers

North Hall High is hosting its Elite Hitting Camp this Saturday and Sunday. Boston Red Sox minor league hitting coordinator Tim Hyers is leading the camp.

December 03, 2014 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


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Lakeview Academy grad Ralston Cash flourishing since call up to pitch for Triple-A Dodgers

Ralston Cash received some of the best news of his life as a pro baseball player in an unforgettable manner. The 24-year-old Lakeview Academy graduate ...

July 26, 2016 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Road to Rio: Fans encouraged to show support for Olympic bound Chestatee grad Jenny Arthur

Chestatee High graduate Jenny Arthur is headed to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics to compete for the United States' weightlifting team.

July 25, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Deshaun Watson picked as preseason ACC Player of Year

Clemson quarterback and 2014 Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson are the preseason picks for Atlantic Coast Conference favorite and player of the year.

July 25, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Spencer Ralston shoots final-round 66, ties for 4th in Palmetto Amateur

Gainesville High grad Spencer Ralston finished tied for fourth at the 2016 Palmetto Amateur at the Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, South Carolina.

July 24, 2016 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Chestatee High grad, Olympic qualifier Jenny Arthur to appear in CNN interview

Chestatee High graduate and Team USA weightlifter to the Rio Summer Olympics Jenny Arthur will be the subject of an interview to air on CNN ...

July 22, 2016 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Deshaun Watson, Clemson aiming for ACC repeat in 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Clemson star quarterback and Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson is driven by the goal of winning another Atlantic Coast Conference championship and ...

July 22, 2016 | Aaron Beard Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High graduate Jackson Bishop qualifies for U.S. Amateur Golf Championship

Gainesville High graduate Jackson Bishop is moving on to compete for the U.S. Amateur Championship in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. after tying for second place ...

July 20, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High graduate Spencer Ralston places second at Georgia Amateur Golf Championship

Recent Gainesville High graduate Spencer Ralston finished second Sunday in the Georgia Amateur Golf Championship at the Brookhaven Course of Capital City Club in Atlanta ...

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


Stenson closes strong to win battle against Mickelson for British Open title

TROON, Scotland - Henrik Stenson is the champion golfer of the year, thanks to a final round for the ages.

July 17, 2016 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Clarkesville's McKenzie Coan earns spot on US Paralympic Team to swim in Rio Summer Games

Beginning in August, some of the greatest athletes on the planet will descend on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in attempt to bring home Olympic hardware ...

July 16, 2016 | Zack Myers | Staff sports picks


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