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Tide rolls: 'Bama beats LSU, 21-0, for BCS title

NEW ORLEANS - Turns out, Alabama was the better team all along.

January 10, 2012 | By Blair Kerkhoff McClatchy Newspapers | Staff sports picks


No. 10 South Carolina beats No. 21 Nebraska 30-13

ORLANDO, Fla. - Flowery Branch grad and University of South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw threw for 230 yards and, along with a stingy defense that shut out No. 21 Nebraska in the final three quarters, led the Gamecoacks to a 30-13 win at the Capital One Bowl on Monday.

January 02, 2012 | By Kyle Hightower Associated Press | Staff sports picks


The Times sports stories of the year

As we turn the calendar to 2012, we can look back on all the local sports storylines that were on the radar prominently last year.

December 31, 2011 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Home for the Holidays: North Hall grad Mancin stays busy at Columbus State

Mary Mancin deserves a break.

December 28, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Chestatee grad leading the way at North Florida

When Parker Smith, a former basketball star at Chestatee High, went to Tennessee State, he was hoping for an opportunity to further his athletic career.

December 27, 2011 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


Home for the Holidays: Shaw builds on family's legacy

When the Shaw family gets together, they try not to talk exclusively about football.

December 26, 2011 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Home for the Holidays: No rest from running for Flowery Branch grad Rucker

FLOWERY BRANCH - For Erika Rucker, the challenge lies ahead.

December 25, 2011 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Home for the holidays: North Hall grad McCormack has big goals for running career

Ty McCormack is the kind of guy who doesn't dwell too long on his accomplishments. After a successful sophomore cross country season at Clemson University, the North Hall High graduate is already thinking ahead to the list of many goals he'd like to meet during the spring indoor and outdoor track and field seasons with the Tigers.

December 24, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Home for the Holidays: Burnette brothers chasing baseball dreams

Chase Burnette and his younger brother Jake are busy climbing the ladder to becoming major league baseball players.

December 23, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Georgia Southern taken down in FCS semifinals

FARGO, N.D. - Wide receiver Warren Holloway scored twice to help North Dakota State defeat Georgia Southern 35-7 Saturday in a Football Championship Subdivision semifinal.

December 17, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia Southern looks to attack North Dakota State with option

FARGO, N.D. - Dale Lennon built his career around stopping the option and he says North Dakota State will have a tough task this weekend in its playoff game against Georgia Southern, led by Flowery Branch grad Jaybo Shaw at quarterback and Buford grad Dominique Swope at running back.

December 14, 2011 | Dave Kolpack Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jaybo Shaw leads Georgia Southern past Maine

STATESBORO - Quarterback Jaybo Shaw ran for two touchdowns and threw for another Saturday to lead Georgia Southern to a 35-23 win over Maine in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

December 10, 2011 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Hassell, Georgia women top Mercer, 80-43

MACON - Only two days after setting her career high in scoring, Jasmine Hassell again took the lead with 16 points to lead No. 14 Georgia to an 80-43 win over Mercer on Tuesday night.

December 06, 2011 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia Southern advances to third round

STATESBORO - Dominique Swope, a Buford grad, ran for two touchdowns and 255 yards in a game dominated by both offenses as Georgia Southern held on to beat Old Dominion 55-48 Saturday in the second round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

December 03, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This week: Gainesville, Buford football to play in semifinals on Friday

The lights will stay on Friday night at City Park Stadium.

November 27, 2011 | By David Mitchell dmitchell@gainesvilletimes.com | 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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