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Gainesville High's Bishop wins Rudolph Junior Classic golf tourney

Gainesville High's Jackson Bishop took top overall honors and won the 16-18 division at the Rudolph Junior Classic on Sunday at Chattahoochee Golf Club.

February 03, 2014 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


NASCAR creates winner-take-all championship format

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Say goodbye to the NASCAR era when a driver, fresh off a satisfying, top-10 finish, climbs from the car and raves about what a good points day it was.

January 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Storm threatens status of games in Atlanta area

ATLANTA - The deep freeze which engulfed the Southeast on Tuesday forced the Detroit Pistons' game at the Atlanta Hawks set for Wednesday night to be postponed and threatened the status of other contests.

January 29, 2014 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Ford chasing NFL dreams after college setbacks

Gerald Ford has been through a lot in his life. From being displaced from his home by Hurricane Katrina, eventually finding a new home in Gainesville, to being ineligible for a pair of football seasons at Valdosta State. Ford has defied the odds more than once.

January 26, 2014 | Ed Hooper | Staff sports picks


Wawrinka wins Australian Open vs. injury-slowed Nadal

MELBOURNE, Australia - Stan Wawrinka added a win over Rafael Nadal to his list of firsts in a stunning run to his maiden Grand Slam title, extending his rival's injury-cursed run at the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 upset in Sunday's final.

January 26, 2014 | John Pye Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Arbitrator rules A-Rod should be suspended for 2014 season

NEW YORK - Alex Rodriguez's drug suspension was cut to 162 games from 211 by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, a decision that sidelines the New York Yankees third baseman the entire 2014 season.

January 11, 2014 | By Ronald Blum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia Southern names Willie Fritz head football coach

STATESBORO - Georgia Southern on Friday named Sam Houston State coach Willie Fritz to lead the Eagles into their new era as a Football Bowl Subdivision team.

January 10, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Florida State chips away at Auburn for 34-31 national championship

PASADENA, Calif. - Jameis Winston and Florida State faced down adversity for the first time this season, and showed they could take a punch if that's what it took to win a national championship.

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


Chase Elliott to run for Nationwide title with NAPA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Budding star Chase Elliott has landed a full-time NASCAR ride for 2014 with JR Motorsports, with surprise sponsorship from NAPA Auto Parts.

January 06, 2014 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Freshman QB Knight leads No. 11 Oklahoma past No. 3 Alabama in Sugar Bowl

NEW ORLEANS - Bob Stoops declined to announce a starting quarterback before the Sugar Bowl, and when freshman Trevor Knight took the field on the Sooners' first possession, Alabama's defenders couldn't have anticipated what was in store.

January 03, 2014 | Brett Martel Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Braves' relocation plan leads top stories of past year

The top sports stories of the year for those who follow the local sports scene - from the pros down to high school - are usually easy to identify. They're the items that keep fans talking and, in some cases, debating for a long time. The top sports stories often come out of nowhere, which is why they are so hotly debated, while others are much more anticipated.

December 31, 2013 | By Jared Putnam and Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Lakeview Academy holding basketball clinic to benefit former student

Lakeview Academy is hosting the "Hoops for Daniel" fundraising basketball clinic and 3-on-3 tournament for students in third-sixth grades on Dec. 29 at the school in Gainesville.

December 17, 2013 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Florida State's Winston wins Heisman by landslide

NEW YORK - Jameis Winston left voters no choice but to give him the Heisman Trophy.

December 15, 2013 | BY RALPH D. RUSSO Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Johnson picked as First-Team All-SEC linebacker

ATLANTA - University of Tennessee middle linebacker and Gainesville High graduate A.J. Johnson was named All-SEC on Monday after recording 106 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss for the Volunteers in 2013. The junior has been a three-year starter for Tennessee.

December 09, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Florida State, Ohio State jump to top two spots in BCS

Florida State and Ohio State are in position to play for the BCS national championship, though Auburn and Missouri are close enough behind in the BCS standings to put pressure on the Buckeyes.

December 01, 2013 | Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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John Isner wins Atlanta Open for 3rd straight year, beating Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-3

ATLANTA - John Isner won the Atlanta Open for the third straight year, beating Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday at Atlantic Station.

August 02, 2015 | By Matt Winkeljohn Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Matt Kenseth stretches fuel, steals win away from Kyle Busch, Joey Logano at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. - Matt Kenseth stretched his fuel and zipped past the fading leaders in the final thrilling laps Sunday to win the NASCAR Sprint ...

August 02, 2015 | By Dan Gelston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Johnson High senior Will Crain wins gold medal at 2015 Special Olympics World Games

Johnson High senior Will Crain secured a gold medal in the 500-meter kayak Thursday at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

July 31, 2015 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grad Jonathan Hughes opts for Georgia Tech over pro baseball deal

Delaying the start of his professional baseball career is a decision which Jonathan Hughes is completely comfortable with.

July 27, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Michael Shank Racing team prepares for Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta course

BRASELTON - Most people know the thrill of being handed a freshly laminated driver's license at 16 years of age, but not many have experienced ...

July 23, 2015 | Colin Ochs | Staff sports picks


Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson says he’s healthy and ready to lead Tigers to big things

MAULDIN, S.C. - Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson isn't focused on the praise and honors coming his way, no matter how high they pile up ...

July 23, 2015 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jamaica upsets US 2-1 in Gold Cup semifinals

ATLANTA - The United States had everything on its side. History. A raucous home crowd. And, supposedly, the better team.

July 22, 2015 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Buford's Olivia Shaw celebrating national title at MLB Pitch, Hit and Run competition

Get out the screwdrivers: Olivia Shaw needs room to figure out how she's going to organize the new gifts she received last weekend in ...

July 21, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Clemson, QB Deshaun Watson earn preseason ACC awards

PINEHURST, N.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney hopes Deshaun Watson takes another step forward this season.

July 21, 2015 | By Joedy McCreary Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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