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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


Georgia Southern wallops Georgia State, 69-31

Matt Breida ran for 201 yards and four touchdowns, including a 75-yarder on the opening play of the second half, leading Georgia Southern to a 69-31 win over Georgia State on Saturday.

October 25, 2014 | Charles Odum Associated Press | 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


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