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Arbitrator rules A-Rod should be suspended for 2014 season

NEW YORK - Alex Rodriguez's drug suspension was cut to 162 games from 211 by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, a decision that sidelines the New York Yankees third baseman the entire 2014 season.

January 11, 2014 | By Ronald Blum Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Georgia Southern names Willie Fritz head football coach

STATESBORO - Georgia Southern on Friday named Sam Houston State coach Willie Fritz to lead the Eagles into their new era as a Football Bowl Subdivision team.

January 10, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Florida State chips away at Auburn for 34-31 national championship

PASADENA, Calif. - Jameis Winston and Florida State faced down adversity for the first time this season, and showed they could take a punch if that's what it took to win a national championship.

January 07, 2014 | Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Chase Elliott to run for Nationwide title with NAPA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Budding star Chase Elliott has landed a full-time NASCAR ride for 2014 with JR Motorsports, with surprise sponsorship from NAPA Auto Parts.

January 06, 2014 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Freshman QB Knight leads No. 11 Oklahoma past No. 3 Alabama in Sugar Bowl

NEW ORLEANS - Bob Stoops declined to announce a starting quarterback before the Sugar Bowl, and when freshman Trevor Knight took the field on the Sooners' first possession, Alabama's defenders couldn't have anticipated what was in store.

January 03, 2014 | Brett Martel Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Braves' relocation plan leads top stories of past year

The top sports stories of the year for those who follow the local sports scene - from the pros down to high school - are usually easy to identify. They're the items that keep fans talking and, in some cases, debating for a long time. The top sports stories often come out of nowhere, which is why they are so hotly debated, while others are much more anticipated.

December 31, 2013 | By Jared Putnam and Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks

Lakeview Academy holding basketball clinic to benefit former student

Lakeview Academy is hosting the "Hoops for Daniel" fundraising basketball clinic and 3-on-3 tournament for students in third-sixth grades on Dec. 29 at the school in Gainesville.

December 17, 2013 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks

Florida State's Winston wins Heisman by landslide

NEW YORK - Jameis Winston left voters no choice but to give him the Heisman Trophy.

December 15, 2013 | BY RALPH D. RUSSO Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Gainesville grad Johnson picked as First-Team All-SEC linebacker

ATLANTA - University of Tennessee middle linebacker and Gainesville High graduate A.J. Johnson was named All-SEC on Monday after recording 106 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss for the Volunteers in 2013. The junior has been a three-year starter for Tennessee.

December 09, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Florida State, Ohio State jump to top two spots in BCS

Florida State and Ohio State are in position to play for the BCS national championship, though Auburn and Missouri are close enough behind in the BCS standings to put pressure on the Buckeyes.

December 01, 2013 | Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Georgia Southern shocks Florida, 26-20

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Habersham Central High graduate Kevin Ellison ran for two touchdowns, Jerick McKinnon had a huge score late and Georgia Southern stunned Florida 26-20 Saturday in what will go down as the worst loss in school history.

November 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Harvick wins Phoenix race; Johnson extends lead going into season finale

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Matt Kenseth had one of those rare seasons in which everything seemed to go right every time he got behind the wheel of his car.

November 10, 2013 | Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Electronics key in locating schools of hungry crappie

Lake Lanier temperatures are from the low to mid 60s.

November 07, 2013 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Staff sports picks

Red Sox win first title at Fenway since 1918

October 31, 2013 | | Staff sports picks

Boston takes Game 5 of World Series 3-1, needs one win at Fenway to take title

ST. LOUIS - Jon Lester pitched the Boston Red Sox within a whisker of yet another World Series championship.

October 28, 2013 | By Ronald Blum Associated Press | Staff sports picks

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Ellison, Georgia Southern romp South Alabama 55-17 in Statesboro

STATESBORO, Ga. - Habersham Central graduate Kevin Ellison and Matt Breida rushed for two touchdowns apiece and Ellison threw for another score as Georgia Southern ran ...

November 28, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Gainesville grad Watson's 4 TDs boost No. 1 Clemson past Gamecocks

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Deshaun Watson isn't giving up on Clemson's step-by-step approach, not when it's worked so well.

November 28, 2015 | By Pete Iocabelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Kyle Busch holds off Harvick to close season with 1st Cup championship

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Kyle Busch opened the season in a hospital bed and ended it in victory lane with the championship trophy.

November 22, 2015 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Gainesville graduate Deshaun Watson, No. 1 Clemson romp past Wake Forest 33-13

CLEMSON, S.C. - Deshaun Watson and No. 1 Clemson enjoyed another big day and kept on track for the College Football Playoff with a 33-13 ...

November 21, 2015 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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