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Habersham Central graduate Lee McCoy earns spot in U.S. Open

ATHENS - Former area golf standout Lee McCoy earned a spot in the U.S. Open on Monday during sectional qualifying tournaments.

June 09, 2015 | From staff and wire reports | Staff sports picks


LeBron James' triple-double leads Cleveland Cavaliers past Golden State Warriors 95-93 in OT

OAKLAND, Calif. - The final buzzer sounded, and LeBron James wasn't done.

June 08, 2015 | By Antonio Gonzalez Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Blake Sims suiting up in Canadian Football League after signing with Toronto Argonauts

The transition from Tuscaloosa to Toronto isn't that dramatic for Blake Sims. He's still playing football. Now he's crossed the border to begin his professional career with the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League.

June 06, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


American Pharoah becomes first triple crown winner in 37 years

NEW YORK - At long last, the Triple Crown drought is over.

June 06, 2015 | Beth Harris Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Thackham: Hall County athletes were impressive throughout the 2014/2015 season

On one of my first nights at The Times, in late August, I remember helping to design the Flowery Branch football preview capsules, utterly clueless of how the Falcons would fare in the coming season. Perhaps I should have cut my summer internship short a little sooner.

June 05, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Golden State overcomes LeBron James' 44 points to beat Cavs 108-100 in OT

OAKLAND, Calif. - After an eight-day break, the NBA's top teams and biggest stars put on quite a show.

June 05, 2015 | By Antonio Gonzalez Associated Press | Staff sports picks


North Georgia softball team 'gave everything we could' to win Division II national championship

It started off as a mindless hobby, just a simple game to keep occupied during rain delays.

June 02, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


FIFA President Sepp Blatter abruptly announces resignation

ZURICH - FIFA President Sepp Blatter will resign from soccer's governing body amid a widening corruption scandal and has promised to call for fresh elections to choose a successor.

June 02, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jimmie Johnson makes history with 10th win at Dover

DOVER, Del. - Jimmie Johnson pulled away on the final restart Sunday to win at Dover International Speedway and become the fifth NASCAR driver with 10 or more Sprint Cup victories at a single track.

May 31, 2015 | Dan Gelston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former Jefferson High star Chris Beck makes MLB debut with Chicago White Sox

BALTIMORE - Jefferson High School graduate Chris Beck made his major league debut Thursday, pitching six innings as his Chicago White Sox lost to Baltimore 6-3 in the second game of a doubleheader.

May 29, 2015 | By David Ginsburg Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Yogi Berra’s reputation stretched throughout baseball

Yogi? 90?

May 27, 2015 | | Staff sports picks


American Pharoah wins Preakness; Triple Crown try next

BALTIMORE (AP) - American Pharoah has Bob Baffert back in the Triple Crown groove.

May 16, 2015 | By Richard Rosenblatt AP Racing Writer | Staff sports picks


Sixth-ranked UNG Nighthawks softball team looks to continue success in Southeast Super Regional

Kim McMillan enjoys all the positive feedback she hears in the community about the University of North Georgia's softball success. Around Dahlonega, McMillan, the power-hitting first baseman for the Nighthawks, knows the success of the program matters to the people in the close-knit Lumpkin County community.

May 15, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Deshaun Watson on track for full recovery as Clemson's QB

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson believes he won't miss a beat despite sitting out all spring after knee ligament surgery. And the Tigers most dynamic player insists he'll return at full speed once he's cleared to cut loose this summer.

May 04, 2015 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Dale Earnhardt Jr. cruises to 1st Talladega win since 2004

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. cruised to his first win of the season at an old familiar place that has always been good to his family.

May 03, 2015 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Chestatee High grad, Olympian Arthur passing down weightlifting skills to next generation

Almost one year ago, Jenny Arthur inspired Hall County residents as a member of the U.S. Olympic weightlifting team in Rio de Janeiro.

July 22, 2017 | Marcus Rodrigue | Staff sports picks


North Hall graduate, Mercer football senior Marchman recognized for service work

Thomas Marchman was perceptive to the environment.

July 20, 2017 | By Layne Saliba The Times | Staff sports picks


Devotion on another level: Love of soccer takes Gainesville native Jesse Mendoza across the U.S.

There are fans and fair-weather fans, and then there are the devoted - ones who invest a great deal of their lives exploring and even sharing ...

July 19, 2017 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks


Former Gainesville High golfer Spencer Ralston qualifies for US Amateur

Gainesville High graduate Spencer Ralston, a rising sophomore golfer at the University of Georgia, shot a blistering 7-under par on the opening day of 36 ...

July 19, 2017 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Spencer Ralston in contention at The Players Amateur

After proving his worth in the Southeastern Conference during his freshman season at Georgia, Spencer Ralston is solidifying his place among the entire field of ...

July 14, 2017 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Local fans agree Atlanta United provides authentic experience

Just look around Bobby Dodd Stadium on any given match day for Atlanta United FC, and you'll see the city is abuzz with a ...

July 13, 2017 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks


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