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O'Connell taking on new role of broadcaster for Petit Le Mans

Johnny O'Connell has a personality fitting for keeping fans interested during a television broadcast of an American Le Mans Series race, even though his career as one of the sport's more accomplished drivers isn't necessarily finished.

September 27, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Audi pushes past Peugeot late in Monday qualifying at Road Atlanta

Audi Sport's Romain Dumas waited until the second-to-last lap Monday to set the fastest time in the second day of testing for the 14th annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda – a 1:08.394 (133.696 mph) lap at Road Atlanta. The Frenchman set the time in the diesel-powered Audi R18 TDI that he will share in Saturday's 1,000-mile/10-hour race with Timo Bernhard and Marcel Fassler.

September 26, 2011 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


This week: Petit Le Mans highlights busy week

The marathon of motorsports returns to Road Atlanta for the 14th Petit Le Mans endurance race Saturday at the 2.54-mile, 12-turn course in South Hall.

September 26, 2011 | By Bill Murphy bmurphy@gainesvilletimes.com | Staff sports picks


Former Flowery Branch grad Shaw named starting QB for South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Steve Spurrier is at it again with his quarterbacks.

September 01, 2011 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grads, brothers translate high school stardom into college football success

When Jaybo Shaw's phone rings during the day down in Statesboro, he has a good idea it's his younger brother, Connor, on the other end calling to chat.

August 27, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


This week: Let the games begin

After months of preparation, the majority of high school football teams will finally kick off the regular season this week.

August 21, 2011 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


Busch wins first race at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Kyle Busch won his 23rd race on NASCAR's Sprint Cup circuit, pulling even with brother Kurt in career victories.

August 21, 2011 | By Noah Trister Associated Press | Staff sports picks


LCKC athletes kick off Senior Sprint World Championships

Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club athletes kicked off the Sprint World Championships Thursday in Szeged, Hungary.

August 18, 2011 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Former Trojan now coaching with UNC-Wilmington

Chris Stephens, a former North Hall baseball player and assistant coach, has been hired to the University of North Carolina-Wilmington baseball coaching staff as an assistant coach after serving on the staff at Presbyterian College for one season.

August 18, 2011 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Shaw looked at to lead Georgia Southern

STATESBORO - Georgia Southern exceeded expectations last season by advancing to the FCS semifinals under first-year coach Jeff Monken.

August 16, 2011 | George Henry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


For now, SEC will stick with its 12 schools

The Southeastern Conference is staying just as it is - for now.

August 14, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Bradley wins PGA in playoff after rousing comeback

August 14, 2011 | | Staff sports picks


Former Gainesville High star finds success in Bigs

The most impressive thing about Micah Owings' young pro baseball career so far might be how resilient he's been in the face of adversity. It's a trait he didn't have to learn at a young age after starring at Gainesville High, and both Georgia Tech and Tulane University. But after his second and most recent stint in the minor leagues, Owings, a right-hander relief pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks, has found peace and comfort in just doing what he can do help the team.

August 13, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Cunningham signs free agent deal with Tennessee Titans

When Chad Cunningham received a call from his agent Jimmy Sexton on Tuesday night, it put about 4 1/2 months worth of uncertainly to rest after a long NFL lockout.

July 27, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Fickey helped build shotgun program at Clemson

Wake Fickey has already found a sport that he'll stay involved with for many years to come.

July 26, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


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Watson makes most of opportunity in Clemson debut

ATHENS - Deshaun Watson didn't know when his moment was coming. That didn't stop him from making the most of it.

August 31, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Stewart set for NASCAR return at Atlanta Motor Speedway

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Tony Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race.

August 28, 2014 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville golfer ties for 7th in Georgia Senior Championship

ALBANY - Walter Hope of Gainesville tied for seventh in the Georgia Senior Championship at Doublegate Country Club.

August 28, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


NFL adopts stronger penalties for domestic violence

NEW YORK - NFL players will be subject to a six-week suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment from the league for a second under a new policy outlined by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

August 28, 2014 | By Howard Fendrich Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia State wins opener 38-37 over Abilene Christian

Wil Lutz kicked a 26-yard field goal with 4 seconds left and Georgia State won for the first time as an FBS member, beating Abilene Christian 38-37 on Wednesday night.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Leonard: NASCAR's changes have paid off

NASCAR was chasing buzz rather than being concerned with a true champion when it made points system changes in the offseason.

August 27, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Logano surges past Kenseth for first victory at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Joey Logano surged past Matt Kenseth with 44 laps to go and won for the first time in his career at Bristol Motor Speedway, foiling Kenseth's gambling attempt to secure a spot in NASCAR's playoffs.

August 23, 2014 | Hank Kurz Jr. Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Translating SEC coachspeak

SEC Media Days? That's a misnomer.

August 20, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Local golf: Luna's Tuesday event held at Crystal Falls

Bud Black, Sam McGee, Frank Waggoner and Don Rogers won last week's Luna's Tuesday golf group's match at Crystal Falls Golf Course.

August 19, 2014 | | Staff sports picks


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