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This week: GHSA voting on reclassification Monday in Thomaston

The Georgia High School Association executive committee meets today in Thomaston to finalize news classifications around the state.

November 21, 2011 | David Mitchell Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Stewart claims NASCAR championship

HOMESTEAD, FLA. - Tony Stewart insisted he wasn't a title contender when NASCAR's championship race began.

November 20, 2011 | Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia Southern stays competitive in 45-21 loss to No. 3 Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Trent Richardson rushed for 175 yards and scored three touchdowns to power No. 3 Alabama to a 45-21 victory over Georgia Southern on Saturday.

November 19, 2011 | By John Zenor Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grad Connor Shaw leads South Carolina past The Citadel

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Connor Shaw, a Flowery Branch grad, threw for 217 yards and three touchdowns, including Alshon Jeffery's first scoring catch in more than a month, and No. 14 South Carolina defeated The Citadel 34-20 on Saturday.

November 19, 2011 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former Chestatee star Smith scores 17 in loss to Gators

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Former Chestatee star Parker Smith led North Florida in a losing effort at Florida on Thursday. The junior scored 17 points and grabbed two rebounds, but the No. 7 Gators bounced back from a loss at Ohio State to win, 91-55.

November 17, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia Southern wins Southern Conference championship

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Dominique Swope rushed for a career-high 165 yards to lead Georgia Southern to a 31-10 victory over Wofford on Saturday, giving the Eagles the Southern Conference championship.

November 12, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Connor Shaw leads Gamecocks past Gators

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Quarterback Connor Shaw, a Flowery Branch High grad, ran for 88 yards and two touchdowns to lead South Carolina to a 17-12 win over Florida on Saturday.

November 12, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Penn State trustees oust Paterno; students react

November 09, 2011 | By Genaro C. Armas Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Shaw cleared to practice for banged up Gamecocks

One starter returns, while another's status is in doubt.

November 08, 2011 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Peach State prepares for 3 important games

ATLANTA - For football fans in the state of Georgia, this is about as good as it gets.

November 07, 2011 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This week: High school football playoffs under way Friday

The high school football playoffs begin Friday night, with a number of local teams taking part.

November 07, 2011 | By Zac Taylor ztaylor@gainesvilletimes.com | Staff sports picks


Stewart wins at Martinsville on a restart

MARTINSVILLE, Virginia - Tony Stewart hadn't won a race all season and didn't list himself as a championship contender when asked to handicap the field before NASCAR's 10-race playoffs got going.

October 30, 2011 | By Hank Kurz Jr. Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Shaw, Gamecocks defeat Tennessee 14-3

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Flowery Branch grad Connor Shaw threw for one touchdown and ran for another as No. 14 South Carolina survived Tennessee with a 14-3 victory on Saturday night.

October 29, 2011 | By Beth Rucker Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Shaw struggles in Eagles' 1st loss of the season

BOONE, N.C. - Jamal Jackson threw for three touchdowns and Appalachian State's defense stood firm in the fourth quarter in a 24-17 victory over previously unbeaten Georgia Southern on Saturday.

October 29, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former North Hall standout chasing dream in mixed martial arts

Stephen Flanagan has always been fighting. What he's fought has, of course, changed over the years.

October 25, 2011 | By David Mitchell dmitchell@gainesvilletimes.com | 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


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