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Johnson holds off Keselowski for victory in Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas - Jimmie Johnson regained the lead on the final restart, beating Brad Keselowski in an ending two-lap shootout to win Sunday at Texas and add to his NASCAR Sprint Cup points lead with two races left.

November 04, 2012 | Stephen Hawkins Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Giants beat Tigers 4-3 in 10 innings for World Series sweep

DETROIT - Smart pitching. Clutch hitting. Sharp fielding. Plus an MVP Panda.

October 29, 2012 | By Ben Walker Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Johnson wins at Martinsville; takes points lead in Sprint Cup

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Jimmie Johnson raced to his seventh career Martinsville Speedway victory to take the season points lead with three event left, holding off Kyle Busch on a restart with five laps to go Sunday.

October 28, 2012 | By Hank Kurtz Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Giants beat Tigers 2-0 for 3-0 World Series lead

DETROIT - Nothing is stopping them - not even the Triple Crown winner at the plate with the bases loaded.

October 28, 2012 | By Ben Walker Associated Press | Staff sports picks


With small ball, Giants win 2-0 to take 2-0 World Series lead

SAN FRANCISCO - Madison Bumgarner pitched two-hit ball over seven innings, Brandon Crawford drove in the go-ahead run with a double-play grounder after a key bunt stopped just fair along the third-base line and the San Francisco Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 World Series lead.

October 25, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Sandoval, Giants take down Tigers in Game 1 of World Series

SAN FRANCISCO - With three mighty swings, Pablo Sandoval put the San Francisco Giants ahead in this World Series and put himself in a class with Mr. October.

October 25, 2012 | By Ben Walker Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This week: Buford softball back in familiar territory

Buford is headed to Columbus looking for a sixth consecutive state championship - and a first in Class AAA - as the state softball championships begin Thursday in Columbus.

October 21, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Matt Kenseth wins, Keselowski keeps points lead

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Matt Kenseth won for the second time in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship in a caution-marred race at repaved Kansas Speedway.

October 21, 2012 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia Racing Hall of Fame banquet set for Oct. 26

The 2012 Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Induction banquet will be held at 6 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, located inside the Dawsonville Municipal Complex in Dawsonville, Georgia.

October 17, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Beltran, Freese each hit 2-run homers for Cards in Game 1 win of NLCS

SAN FRANCISCO - This time, Carlos Beltran, David Freese and the St. Louis Cardinals took a six-run lead - and held onto it, barely.

October 14, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Tigers shut down Yankees 3-0 in Game 2 of ALCS

NEW YORK - Anibal Sanchez and the Detroit Tigers made the plays, benefited from an admitted missed call by an umpire and delivered during their few good opportunities at the plate.

October 14, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jeter hurt, Young stars as Tigers win ALCS opener

NEW YORK - Delmon Young doubled home the go-ahead run in the 12th inning after New York's Raul Ibanez hit another stunning game-tying home run during a four-run rally in the ninth, and the Detroit Tigers outlasted the Yankees 6-4 Saturday night in an AL championship series opener in which Derek Jeter was helped off the field with what appeared to be a serious leg injury.

October 14, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Bowyer wins on disastrous night for Keselowski

CONCORD, N.C. - Clint Bowyer picked up his first win in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship Saturday night, winning a fuel mileage race that ended in disaster for points leader Brad Keselowski.

October 13, 2012 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This week: Area volleyball tournaments start Tuesday

Ninth-ranked West Hall, North Hall, No. 8 East Hall and No. 7 Buford will all be vying for a top-four spot and a ticket to state when the Area 5-AAA volleyball tournament starts Tuesday.

October 07, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Kenseth wins when Stewart gets knocked upside down

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth won Sunday at Talladega Superpeedway, where a last-lap crash turned defending NASCAR champion Tony Stewart upside down.

October 07, 2012 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Leonard: NCAA basketball title chase heats up

The race for college basketball's national championship heats up Thursday night.

March 26, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Brad Keselowski holds off Harvick late, wins at Fontana

FONTANA, Calif. - While Kevin Harvick chased Kurt Busch down the stretch in a battle of the best cars in the Fontana field, Brad Keselowski was buried in 17th place - until the yellow flags started flying.

March 22, 2015 | By Greg Beacham Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Xavier ends Georgia State's Cinderella run in NCAA Tournament

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - All the focus was on Georgia State's bench because of Ron Hunter, the coach's torn Achilles tendon, and the now famous stool he used to work the sidelines in the NCAA Tournament.

March 21, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local golf: Bennett makes ace at Chicopee Woods

Wayne Bennett made a hole-in-one at the Village No. 7 hole at Chicopee Woods Golf Course on March 16.

March 21, 2015 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Georgia State eager to extend feel-good story vs. Xavier

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Ron Hunter hobbled onto the podium with assistance from the little scooter he's been using to get around since suffering the most talked about injury in the NCAA Tournament.

March 21, 2015 | By Fred Goodall Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia State stuns Baylor, 57-56, on long 3-pointer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- R.J. Hunter kept firing away, eventually lifting 14th-seeded Georgia State over third-seeded Baylor and knocking his father right off his seat with the biggest shot of his life.

March 19, 2015 | By Fred Goodall Associated Press | Staff sports picks


High School Scoreboard: March 16

Jonathan Gettys led the Gainesville High baseball team to a 14-2 victory against Heritage on Monday in Conyers.

March 16, 2015 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Leonard: Butler's coach follows in friend's footsteps

March Madness is upon us. It begins with the First Four tonight and Wednesday. It culminates in the Final Four on April 4 and April 6.

March 16, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Pete Rose submits application for reinstatement to Manfred

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Pete Rose has submitted a new request to be reinstated to baseball, according to new Commissioner Rob Manfred.

March 16, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kevin Harvick wins fourth straight at Phoenix in a rout

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Kevin Harvick is redefining dominance at NASCAR's highest level.

March 15, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia State earns first automatic tourney bid since 2001

NEW ORLEANS - The basket had to be lowered so Georgia State coach Ron Hunter could cut the final pieces of the net following his team's 38-36 victory over Georgia Southern on Sunday to win the Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship game.

March 15, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local golf: Stapp part of team, individual wins in Chicopee Woods dogfight

Luke James, Roger Stapp, Yoshi and Dave Jetter won last week's Wednesday dogfight event at Chicopee Woods.

March 14, 2015 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville native Reg Murphy grateful for Georgia Sports Hall of Fame induction

As Reg Murphy sat among a distinguished panel of athletic figures recently in Macon, there was one thought he couldn't shake from his mind.

March 14, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Clemson looking to establish QB depth behind Deshaun Watson during spring practice

CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is looking for a few good backups.

March 12, 2015 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Leonard: ACC quarterfinals provide plenty of intrigue

Some of the best sports days of the year are upon us. The Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball tournament quarterfinals are today. Next week, the NCAA tournament begins.

March 12, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


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