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Stewart wins at Martinsville on a restart

MARTINSVILLE, Virginia - Tony Stewart hadn't won a race all season and didn't list himself as a championship contender when asked to handicap the field before NASCAR's 10-race playoffs got going.

October 30, 2011 | By Hank Kurz Jr. Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Shaw, Gamecocks defeat Tennessee 14-3

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Flowery Branch grad Connor Shaw threw for one touchdown and ran for another as No. 14 South Carolina survived Tennessee with a 14-3 victory on Saturday night.

October 29, 2011 | By Beth Rucker Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Shaw struggles in Eagles' 1st loss of the season

BOONE, N.C. - Jamal Jackson threw for three touchdowns and Appalachian State's defense stood firm in the fourth quarter in a 24-17 victory over previously unbeaten Georgia Southern on Saturday.

October 29, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former North Hall standout chasing dream in mixed martial arts

Stephen Flanagan has always been fighting. What he's fought has, of course, changed over the years.

October 25, 2011 | By David Mitchell dmitchell@gainesvilletimes.com | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad named SEC Freshman of the Week

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson has been named the Southeastern Conference's freshman of the week.

October 24, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Buford softball plays in third round of state playoffs this week

With just eight teams reaming in the Class AA state softball playoffs, Buford High School will look to move toward its fifth consecutive state title this week.

October 23, 2011 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


Jaybo Shaw leads Georgia Southern past Presbyterian

STATESBORO - Georgia Southern erupted for 31 points in the second quarter Saturday and coasted to a 48-14 win over Presbyterian.

October 22, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Missouri takes another step toward leaving Big 12

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Missouri has taken another step toward leaving the Big 12 Conference and there is interest in the SEC in taking the Tigers.

October 21, 2011 | By John Hanna Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Buford grad Melvin Harris dismissed from Ole Miss team

OXFORD, Miss. - Mississippi coach Houston Nutt says receiver Melvin Harris has been dismissed from the football team.

October 17, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Volleyball, softball state playoffs lead packed week

All five local volleyball teams won their first round matches in the state tournament last week, and all five will play Tuesday for a shot at the third round and a ticket to the championship bracket.

October 17, 2011 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Former GHS linebacker making an impact for Vols

October 12, 2011 | | Staff sports picks


Shaw named SEC Offensive Player of the Week

Former Flowery Branch quarterback Connor Shaw was named the SEC Football Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in South Carolina's 54-3 rout of Kentucky.

October 10, 2011 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Johnson makes necessary adjustments on car to win at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Jimmie Johnson didn't qualify where he wanted, and his car never quite cooperated during the final practice session at Kansas Speedway. So he spent Saturday evening in the garage area, going over different setups with the rest of his team.

October 09, 2011 | By Dave Skretta Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former Flowery Branch star Shaw leads Gamecocks to big win

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina quarterback and former Flowery Branch star Connor Shaw threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns leading No. 18 South Carolina to a 54-3 win over Kentucky on Saturday.

October 08, 2011 | BY JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former Flowery Branch star re-named starting quarterback for Gamecocks

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Steve Spurrier isn't happy with No. 18 South Carolina's stumbling offense, so he's benching quarterback Stephen Garcia and inserting sophomore Connor Shaw back in the starting lineup.

October 04, 2011 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Ashway: Never too late to set a world record

It's never too late to set a world record.

July 29, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Ralston falls by 1 hole in U.S. Junior Amateur match play

WOODLANDS, Texas - Gainesville golfer Spencer Ralston lost his match in the round of 64 by one hole at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship on Wednesday.

July 23, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Ralston advances to U.S. Junior Amateur match play

WOODLANDS, Texas - Gainesville's Spencer Ralston has qualified for the round of 64 match play in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at The Club at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus Course).

July 22, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


North Georgia installing turf on sports fields at Dahlonega campus

The University of North Georgia plans to install turf on sports fields on the Dahlonega Campus, allowing the facilities to be used for both athletics and intramural sports.

July 22, 2014 | For The Times | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Rory dominated defenseless Royal Liverpool

Rory McIlroy's come a long way in the past three months.

July 22, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Nix cruises to Gainesville City Championship

Morgan Nix shot a blistering 5-under par 67 in the final round of the 2014 Gainesville City Championship on Sunday at Chattahoochee Golf Course to finish the tournament with a 7-stroke victory.

July 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Elliott wins 3rd NASCAR Nationwide race of season

JOLIET, Ill. - Chase Elliott is proving to be a quick study. A few questions for his teammates and a couple practice laps, and he was ready to roll in his first race at Chicagoland Speedway.

July 20, 2014 | By Jay Cohen Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local golf roundup: Nix maintains City Championship lead

The second round of the 2014 Gainesville City Championship was completed on Saturday at Chattahoochee Golf Club. The second round was scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m., but the start was delayed until 1:30 p.m. due to heavy rains.

July 19, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


IronDawgs make strong showing in Georgia Games

It was a good day for members of the Georgia IronDawgs Powerlifting team Saturday at the 2014 edition of the Georgia Games in Gainesville. The IronDawgs came away with a number of gold medals as well as some of the best performances of the day in the meet held at their home gym, the Iron Beast.

July 19, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


Rory roars late to lead by 6 at British Open

HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy looks as if he had just thrown a knockout punch at the British Open, and it was only Saturday.

July 19, 2014 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


McIlroy shoots 66, remains in lead at British Open

HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy only saw birdies at Royal Liverpool, mostly on his scorecard, and even one pheasant that trotted across the eighth green as he was lining up a putt. That was but a minor interruption in his command performance Friday in the British Open.

July 18, 2014 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


McIlroy, Woods deliver in Round 1 of British Open

HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy had everything go his way Thursday in the British Open.

July 17, 2014 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


5 to watch at British Open (not named Tiger, Phil or Rory)

As the British Open starts super early Thursday morning, the chase for another major championship commences.

July 16, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


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