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Harvick wins Homestead, claims first NASCAR title

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Kevin Harvick charged through the field, picking off car after car, passing two other title contenders on a series of restarts. As he aggressively chased the victory and his first Sprint Cup title, it was clear that winning did indeed matter most in NASCAR's new championship formula.

November 16, 2014 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Elliott celebrates Nationwide title after Homestead

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Chase Elliott could let Matt Kenseth take a spin with the checkered flag. Even without the win, Elliott had a championship celebration waiting for him in Victory Lane.

November 15, 2014 | Dan Gelston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Leonard: Rankings out of quack

So you thought this was going to be different, this College Football Playoff business. It was going to remove all the controversy that marked the Bowl Championship Series.

November 12, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Cleveland Browns aren't so bad anymore

LeBron James returned to Cleveland earlier this year with the stated goal of giving the city a winning team.

November 11, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Elliott clinches Nationwide title, becomes youngest champion in NASCAR history

AVONDALE, Ariz.- Chase Elliott became the youngest champion in NASCAR history on Saturday when he wrapped up the Nationwide Series title at Phoenix International Raceway.

November 08, 2014 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


SEC Banter: LSU-Bama rivalry is SEC's most meaningful

Buckle your chin straps, put on your big-boy britches, and settle in for a primetime SEC slug-fest as fourth-ranked Alabama (7-1, 4-1 SEC) travels to Baton Rouge to face No. 14 LSU (7-2, 3-2 SEC) this Saturday night on the bayou.

November 05, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Momentum shifted Georgia-Florida game

Georgia 34, Missouri 0.

November 05, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Johnson wins at Texas, Gordon irate at Keselowski

FORT WORTH, Texas - Brad Keselowski's face was puffy, and he took a couple quick drinks of water to wash the blood from his mouth. So close to a big playoff win, Jeff Gordon was left with a cut on his lip.

November 02, 2014 | Stephen Hawkins Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ellison's 3 TDs push Georgia Southern past Troy

STATESBORO, Ga. - Quarterback Kevin Ellison had three short touchdown runs, and L.A. Ramsby ran for two more scores to help Georgia Southern rout Troy 42-10 on Thursday night.

October 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Bumgarner, Giants beat Royals 3-2 to win World Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A giant, indeed.

October 30, 2014 | By Ronald Blum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Prevost: Halloween weekend makes for scary matchups

Ghosts, ghouls and goblins across the South - they're huge SEC fans - know Halloween in the nation's finest conference means one thing: the All Hallow's Eve edition of SEC Banter.

October 29, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Staff sports picks


Royals' Ventura pays tribute to friend with gem

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Yordano Ventura found his own way to honor his close friend Oscar Taveras on Tuesday night, pitching the Kansas City Royals past the San Francisco Giants in Game 6 of the World Series.

October 29, 2014 | By Dave Skretta Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Mississippi State, Florida State top first playoff poll ranking

GRAPEVINE, Texas - The College Football Playoff selection committee has spoken - and it likes the SEC.

October 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Bumgarner puts Giants win away from title

SAN FRANCISCO - With every pitch, Madison Bumgarner etched his place among the World Series greats.

October 27, 2014 | By Ben Walker Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Giants crush Royals to tie World Series 2-2

SAN FRANCISCO - Down three runs and in danger of getting pushed to the World Series brink, Pablo Sandoval and the San Francisco Giants raised up some Panda-monium.

October 26, 2014 | By Ronald Blum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Pat Summitt, winningest coach in DI history, died at 64

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Pat Summitt put women's basketball on her back, breaking down barriers with her indomitable spirit and demanding respect for female athletes on ...

June 28, 2016 | By Steve Megargee Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local basketball fans remember Tennessee coach Pat Summitt as ‘role model for women’

Local residents are remembering Pat Summitt for her pursuit of women's equality both on and off the basketball court and her public battle with ...

June 28, 2016 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Dustin Johnson wins US Open at Oakmont for first major title

OAKMONT, Pa. - All the chaos and confusion couldn't stop Dustin Johnson from proving he had the head to be a U.S. Open champion.

June 19, 2016 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Two-time Atlanta Marathon winner Wes Wessley brings 40 years of running expertise to the community

Twelve years ago, the Lanier Running Club was running on fumes.

June 17, 2016 | Colin Ochs | Staff sports picks


'Persistent determination' earned North Hall grad Jared Oliver a chance with Red Sox organization

Curiosity got the best of North Hall graduate Jared Oliver as he stopped at a red light on the way home last week.

June 14, 2016 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


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