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England's chances fading at World Cup after loss to Uruguay

SAO PAULO - Luis Suarez scored twice to give Uruguay a 2-1 victory over England at the World Cup on Thursday, making an instant impact on his return from injury to revive his team's Group D campaign.

June 19, 2014 | By Rob Harris Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former Jefferson QB Shirreffs transferring from NC State

Former Jefferson High quarterback Bryant Shirreffs is transferring after one year at N.C. State.

June 18, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Mexico holds host Brazil to 0-0 draw in World Cup

FORTALEZA, Brazil - He was called a hero and a savior by his Mexican teammates. His Brazilian opponents said he produced miracles.

June 17, 2014 | By Tales Azzoni Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Dempsey, Brooks lift US to 2-1 win over Ghana

NATAL, Brazil- After Clint Dempsey's historic early goal, the United States spent more than an hour struggling to hold off wave after wave of Ghana attacks. It was no surprise when Ghana tied the game in the 82nd minute.

June 16, 2014 | Jim Vertuno Associated Press | Staff sports picks


MLB Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dies of cancer at 54

SAN DIEGO - Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has died of cancer at 54.

June 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Spurs finish off Heat with 104-87 win in Game 5

SAN ANTONIO - From their low moment in the NBA Finals, back to the top of the league. The San Antonio Spurs turned the rematch with the Miami Heat into no match at all.

June 15, 2014 | By Brian Mahoney Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kaymer closes out wire-to-wire US Open win

PINEHURST, N.C. - Martin Kaymer returned to the elite in golf with a U.S. Open victory that ranks among the best.

June 15, 2014 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Johnson breaks through with first win at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich - Jimmie Johnson finally won a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.

June 15, 2014 | By Noah Trister Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kaymer sets US Open 2-day scoring record at 10-under

PINEHURST, N.C. - Martin Kaymer is playing a brand of golf rarely seen in the U.S. Open. It might even be enough for soccer-mad Germany to pay attention.

June 13, 2014 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Teams from Oklahoma, D.C. to join Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club for Southern Invitational

Training can be a brutal process for canoe and kayak racers. With practices at least twice a day, six days a week as part of the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club, Owen Farley-Klacik said he and his teammates have to keep an eye toward the end game.

June 13, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Sharapova edges Halep for French Open title

PARIS - Nothing came easily for Maria Sharapova in the French Open final.

June 07, 2014 | Howard Fendrich Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Spurs run away from Heat in 4th quarter for 110-95 win in Game 1 of Finals

SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Spurs handled the Heat, and the heat, during a sweltering start to the NBA Finals.

June 06, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


North Hall grad Wright chasing MLB dreams in New Mexico desert

Josh Wright is finally finding a little time to get acclimated with his new surroundings in the desert of New Mexico.

June 02, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Johnson builds on track record with ninth Dover win

DOVER, Del. - Jimmie Johnson raced his way to another routine romp at Dover International Speedway.

June 01, 2014 | Dan Gelston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


SEC prepares for possibility of early signing day

DESTIN, Fla. - The Southeastern Conference is preparing for the possibility of recruiting reform, change the football powerhouse would rather avoid.

May 28, 2014 | By Mark Long Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Area paddlers seek Olympic berths through this weekend's Pan American Championships

Claudiu Ciur believes that the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club has its best chance in recent memory to place multiple local athletes in the upcoming ...

May 18, 2016 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Former Atlanta Falcon Todd Weiner hosting USA Football Fundamentals clinic

Former Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Todd Weiner will be hosting a USA Football Fundamentals clinic for children ages 6-15.

May 18, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Robert Sapp Baseball Camp coming to Flowery Branch in June

The 36th annual Robert Sapp Baseball Camp will be held June 20-24 at Hog Mountain Baseball Complex in Flowery Branch.

May 18, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Clemson QB Deshaun Watson says he’s not great yet, but working on it

NEW ORLEANS - Clemson quarterback and Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson wasn't expecting any revelations about what he could have done differently to lead the ...

May 17, 2016 | By Brett Martel Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Semi-pro Georgia Wolves advance to National Development Football League championship with 12-0 win

The Georgia Wolves defeated the Columbus Truth 12-0 in the National Development Football League semifinals Saturday.

May 16, 2016 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Matt Kenseth holds off Kyle Larson for thrilling NASCAR victory at Dover

DOVER, Del. - Matt Kenseth held off Kyle Larson in a thrilling run down the stretch to win a wreck-filled race Sunday at Dover International Speedway.

May 15, 2016 | | Staff sports picks


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