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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


Keselowski emerges late to win at Dover

DOVER, Del. - Brad Keselowski had just enough fuel left to take the checkered flag Sunday at Dover International Speedway for his second victory in three weeks.

October 01, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This Week: Medical Center Open, Senior Championship scheduled at Chicopee Woods

Golfers at Chicopee Woods will tee it up for a good cause on Thursday. Spread out over the course, 216 golfers will play in the Medical Center Open, with proceeds benefitting My Sister's Place in Gainesville.

September 30, 2012 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


NFL, referees union agree to deal

The NFL and the referees' union reached a tentative contract agreement at midnight Thursday, ending an impasse that began in June when the league locked out the officials and used replacements instead.

September 27, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Shaw, Hunter earn SEC honors

Flowery Branch graduate Connor Shaw of South Carolina and Buford graduate Omar Hunter of Florida have been honored by the SEC following their performances in last weekend's games.

September 24, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


This week: Region softball tournaments begin

Region tournaments for area softball teams begin this week, and teams will be vying for one of the coveted top four spots to clinch a trip to the state tournament.

September 23, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Snedeker pulls away to win FedEx Cup

ATLANTA - Brandt Snedeker played the biggest round of his career for the biggest payoff in golf.

September 23, 2012 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


NASCAR: Hamlin takes New Hampshire for 5th win

LOUDON, N.H. - Denny Hamlin won the NASCAR race at New Hampshire on Sunday, getting the mistake-free trip he needed to win for the series-leading fifth time this year.

September 23, 2012 | By Jimmy Golen Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Branch grad Shaw on target in No. 7 South Carolina's 31-10 win

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Connor Shaw completed 20 straight passes and threw for two touchdowns, Marcus Lattimore ran for two scores and No. 7 South Carolina manhandled Missouri 31-10 in the Tigers first Southeastern Conference road game Saturday.

September 22, 2012 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Keselowski takes Chase opener, points lead

JOLIET, Ill. - Brad Keselowski began the season with a bit of goofiness, posting on Twitter during a red-flag stoppage at the Daytona 500.

September 16, 2012 | By Noah Trister Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Leonard: Final Four a who's-who of coaches

We're down to the Final Four, and it's like a reunion of college basketball's best coaches.

March 30, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Hamlin wins for 25th time, and fifth time at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Denny Hamlin just needed a visit to Martinsville Speedway to get his racing team back on track.

March 29, 2015 | By Hank Kurz Jr. Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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


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