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Biffle breezes to win at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Greg Biffle raced to his second straight Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway, easily holding off Kevin Harvick after points leader Jimmie Johnson smacked the wall in the final laps Sunday.

June 16, 2013 | By Noah Trister Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Hefflinger named to Single-A baseball All-Star Game

Gainesville High grad and current Lynchburg Hillcats left fielder Robby Hefflinger has been chosen to play in the Single-A Carolina-California League All-Star Game on June 18 in San Jose, Calif.

June 07, 2013 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


North Hall grad finishes Clemson track career with degree, some of program's best times

Three years is all it took for Ty McCormack to leave a lasting legacy as a great distance runner at Clemson University.

June 04, 2013 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Former Gainesville star Hefflinger tearing up Carolina League

Robby Hefflinger can't single out any one reason why he has so thoroughly dominated the Carolina League this season.

June 03, 2013 | Jared Putnam | Staff sports picks


Late pass lifts Stewart to victory at Dover

DOVER, Del. - With one big move, Tony Stewart put Juan Pablo Montoya and a sluggish season well behind him.

June 02, 2013 | By Dan Gelston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jimmie Johnson wins All-Star race

CONCORD, N.C. - Cross another milestone off of Jimmie Johnson's list. He stands alone in All-Star history.

May 18, 2013 | Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kentucky coach visits Lowery in Gainesville hospital

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has visited injured junior safety and White County High graduate Ashely Lowery as he recovers from a Saturday morning car accident in Georgia.

May 06, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


David Ragan steals last-lap victory at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Rain and wrecks pushed NASCAR to the edge of darkness Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, where three of the biggest names in the sport led the field to final flag.

May 05, 2013 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


White County grad, Kentucky football player Lowery hospitalized after car wreck

The Georgia State Patrol says University of Kentucky safety and White County grad Ashely Lowery was not wearing a seat beat when he wrecked and got ejected from his car.

May 05, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Orb comes from behind to win at Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Orb was so far behind a wall of horses at the Kentucky Derby that even his jockey wasn't sure he could master the muddy track and make a run for the roses.

May 04, 2013 | By Mike Farrell Associated Press | Staff sports picks


North Hall grad Wright named to SSAC Gold Glove team

North Hall grad and current Emmanuel College senior Josh Wright has earned a spot on the Southern States Athletic Conference Gold Glove team as one of the best defensive pitchers in the league.

April 30, 2013 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch graduate Cross picked up by Buffalo Bills

Flowery Branch High graduate Izaan Cross signed a free agent deal with the Buffalo Bills on Monday. As a senior at Georgia Tech in 2012, the defensive end Cross had 26 tackles (15 solo) and 1 1/2 sacks for the Yellow Jackets.

April 29, 2013 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Harvick wins on sprint to finish in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. - Kevin Harvick won Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway by plowing through traffic on a two-lap sprint to the finish.

April 27, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


College Football Playoff to replace BCS

PASADENA, Calif. - The Bowl Championship Series will be replaced by the College Football Playoff.

April 23, 2013 | By Ralph D. Russo | Staff sports picks


Kenseth holds off Kahne to win at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Matt Kenseth knew that he had a front-running car Sunday.

April 21, 2013 | By Dave Skretta Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Flowery Branch grad Jonathan Hughes opts for Georgia Tech over pro baseball deal

Delaying the start of his professional baseball career is a decision which Jonathan Hughes is completely comfortable with.

July 27, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Michael Shank Racing team prepares for Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta course

BRASELTON - Most people know the thrill of being handed a freshly laminated driver's license at 16 years of age, but not many have experienced the thrill of getting the keys to a 450-horsepower supercar at 16, especially at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.

July 23, 2015 | Colin Ochs | Staff sports picks


Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson says he’s healthy and ready to lead Tigers to big things

MAULDIN, S.C. - Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson isn't focused on the praise and honors coming his way, no matter how high they pile up this offseason.

July 23, 2015 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jamaica upsets US 2-1 in Gold Cup semifinals

ATLANTA - The United States had everything on its side. History. A raucous home crowd. And, supposedly, the better team.

July 22, 2015 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Buford's Olivia Shaw celebrating national title at MLB Pitch, Hit and Run competition

Get out the screwdrivers: Olivia Shaw needs room to figure out how she's going to organize the new gifts she received last weekend in Cincinnati.

July 21, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Clemson, QB Deshaun Watson earn preseason ACC awards

PINEHURST, N.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney hopes Deshaun Watson takes another step forward this season.

July 21, 2015 | By Joedy McCreary Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Tennessee, Georgia Tech to meet in 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium

ATLANTA - Tennessee and Georgia Tech will open their 2017 seasons by facing each other Sept. 4 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

July 20, 2015 | | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Jackson Bishop wins City Championship

After a 1-hour weather delay Sunday afternoon, Gainesville High grad Jackson Bishop fired a final round 2-under-par 70 to become the 2015 City Champion at Chattahoochee Golf Club in Gainesville.

July 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


New Brenau track and field coach Byron Kramer has high hopes for team

After winning conference championships in its first three years, Brenau University's Golden Tigers track and field team could be ready to make a significant mark on the national level.

July 16, 2015 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Clemson coach Swinney says injured quarterback Deshaun Watson cleared for football work

SUNSET, S.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said injured quarterback Deshaun Watson was fully cleared by the school's medical staff to take part in football activities.

July 15, 2015 | | Staff sports picks


Trout homers leading off, and American League All-Stars top National League 6-3

Mike Trout flashed the skill that puts him at the front of baseball's new generation, just moments after four of the all-time greats had just walked off the field.

July 14, 2015 | Ronald Blum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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