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Atlanta Dream puts on practice for Gainesville fans

Adrienne Battle and her 13-year old daughter, Mikeisha, were two of the earliest to arrive at the Gainesville Middle gym on Tuesday afternoon.

July 30, 2013 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad tackling new job as Southern Mississippi assistant football coach

Andrew Thacker will always have an open invitation from his stepfather and former coach, Gainesville High's Bruce Miller, to visit and scout Red Elephant players during any appropriate recruiting periods.

July 26, 2013 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Atlanta impresses soccer tournament organizers

ATLANTA - The organizers of an international soccer tournament that recently stopped in Atlanta say they can see the city hosting bigger matches in the future.

July 22, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Moore wins City Golf Championship

Stuart Moore shot a 70 in the final round of the City Championship on Sunday at Chattahoochee Golf Course to finish seven strokes ahead of runner-up Will Peeples and win the tournament.

July 21, 2013 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Former Red Elephant Niles breaking out on defensive line at Central Florida

Thomas Niles has a lot to like about playing football at the University of Central Florida.

July 19, 2013 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Rivera perfect, AL beats NL 3-0 in All-Star Game

NEW YORK - Mariano Rivera reported for work an inning early, and walked off to a fitting tribute.

July 16, 2013 | Mike Kirkpatrick Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Chase Elliott beginning to make own name on track

Chase Elliott isn't letting his family name dictate the direction of his racing career.

July 11, 2013 | Mitch Blomert | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grad Coker learning the ropes at North Carolina

Kanler Coker didn't register a single statistic for the North Carolina football team in 2012, but he was never far from action the entire year.

July 09, 2013 | Mitch Blomert | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Hefflinger promoted to Class AA Braves

Through his first 11 at-bats with the Mississippi Braves, Robby Hefflinger had nothing to show for his efforts. Apart from four strikeouts, the Gainesville High grad's stat line was filled entirely with zeroes.

July 06, 2013 | From Staff Reports | Staff sports picks


Dwight Howard tweets he's signing with Houston Rockets

Dwight Howard is joining the Rockets, leaving Los Angeles after one season to chase championships in Houston.

July 05, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former Flowery Branch LB Drummond looks to honor late father in final season at Tech

Linebacker Daniel Drummond is preparing to play his final season at Georgia Tech with a heavy heart and high expectations.

July 05, 2013 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


North Hall grad McCormack remains top Georgian at Peachtree Road Race

Even on a wet running surface, Ty McCormack didn't slip.

July 05, 2013 | Jared Putnam | Staff sports picks


Kenseth gambles late, wins at Kentucky

SPARTA, Ky. - Matt Kenseth has raced long enough to know that rough starts can still have good outcomes.

June 30, 2013 | By Gary Graves Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Sims hopeful for more playing time with Crimson Tide

When Blake Sims committed to play football at the University of Alabama, he was praised for his athletic ability. It was said that Sims could fit into the Crimson Tide's system in multiple ways, becoming a true difference maker for coach Nick Saban.

June 29, 2013 | Ed Hooper | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Maddox shining despite struggles of Vols' baseball team

Following a successful freshman season at Tennessee in 2012, Will Maddox believed he could make an even bigger impact as a sophomore. The former Gainesville standout did just that this year, even if he won't quite admit it.

June 23, 2013 | Ed Hooper | 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


Tennessee, Georgia Tech to meet in 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium

ATLANTA - Tennessee and Georgia Tech will open their 2017 seasons by facing each other Sept. 4 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

July 20, 2015 | | Staff sports picks


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