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Wild race blows championship open for Keselowski

AVONDALE, Ariz. - When the fighting stopped, the oil had dried and the last of the wrecked cars had been towed away, Brad Keselowski found himself on the brink of a first Sprint Cup title for himself and team owner Roger Penske.

November 11, 2012 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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


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Buford graduate Connor Bennett signs minor-league deal with Cincinnati Reds

Connor Bennett, a 2015 Buford graduate, agreed to a contract with the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. The right-handed Bennett was selected in the 34th round of the MLB Draft in June, but said at the time he expected to turn down the offer and honor his scholarship to play at West Virginia.

July 02, 2015 | Colin Ochs | Staff sports picks


US heads to Women's World Cup final with 2-0 win over top-ranked Germany

MONTREAL - Carli Lloyd buried a penalty kick, Hope Solo got another shutout and the United States beat top-ranked Germany 2-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the title match at the Women's World Cup.

June 30, 2015 | By Anne M. Peterson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kyle Busch holds off brother Kurt to win at Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. - After two practice sessions at Sonoma Raceway, Kyle Busch spent an evening icing his surgically repaired left foot.

June 28, 2015 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Virginia wins first College World Series title with 4-2 victory over Vanderbilt

OMAHA, Neb.- After battling a spate of injuries and struggling to even reach its conference tournament, Virginia finished a magnificent postseason run to win its first baseball national championship.

June 25, 2015 | By Eric Olson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch graduate Brad Keller impressing for Single-A baseball team Kane County Cougars

The perfect end to Brad Keller's victory Sunday wasn't his teammate's walk-off RBI, closing the first half of the season on a five-game team winning streak or pitching three-hit ball through six innings.

June 23, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Vanderbilt holds Virginia to four hits in 5-1 win at College World Series

OMAHA, Neb. - Carson Fulmer combined with two relievers on a four-hitter, Will Toffey's two-run double broke a scoreless tie in the sixth, and defending national champion Vanderbilt opened the College World Series finals with a 5-1 victory over Virginia on Monday night.

June 22, 2015 | By Eric Olson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


ESPN: Report shows Pete Rose bet on Reds in 1986

BRISTOL, Conn. - ESPN says it obtained a notebook that shows Pete Rose bet on Cincinnati Reds games during his last season as an active player in 1986.

June 22, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jordan Spieth picks up stunning US Open victory on heels of Masters win

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - Jordan Spieth is halfway home to the Grand Slam, a prize only three of the biggest names in modern golf have ever chased.

June 22, 2015 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Henrik Stenson, Dustin Johnson share US Open lead after Day 1

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - So much for Chambers Bay being the star of this U.S. Open. Thursday turned into another horror show for Tiger Woods.

June 18, 2015 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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